Chaos Theory and Restorative Justice |TODAY|

Submitted by dan. on 2007-07-05 01:48.
Restorative Systems
Earle asked participants to close their eyes and identify the image associated with "peace." Most were typical, calm, pastoral scenes. The dove, nature, etc. Most images of peace are low energy, she said, but real peace must have conflict embedded in it, will require conflict. True peace, said Earle, must be designed to include, to embrace "turbulence."

In a Chaos theory model, conflict and turbulence aren't viewed as disrupting to the process but as their own source of energy and power. The Founding Fathers realized this when they created the separation of powers in the US governance structure. Conflict is a resource! If you don't have enough resources, but you have conflict and turbulence, those are energy - you have an potentially endless fuel supply.

New patterns and shapes emerge when you get enough turbulence to brings diverse points of the system into greater levels of interaction in a braiding effect, until they're in simultaneous or near-simultaneous action, then the pattern "tips" into a shape.

This is another of Scott Henson's terrific posts from the Restorative Justice conference in Texas last week. Read all of his summary of Twila Hugley Earle's interesting presentation.


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