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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Howard Zehr

 

Howard Zehr & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice (Restorative Empathy)

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field.  Author of many books including The Little Book of Restorative Justice.

We talked about the role of empathy as a foundational value in the restorative justice movement. Edwin thinks a more accurate term would be restorative empathy.  Howard said, "This vision of mutuality is supported by neuro science and attachment theory. The new neuro science is teaching us that we as a human being, our brains are designed to connect with other people."  He feels victims of harm may be resistant to talking about empathy.
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Howard Zehr & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice


 

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  • 00:00 Introduction

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The Call of Restorative Justice P1/2
"The First Annual Dr. Liz Elliott Memorial Lecture & Dialogue held at the Simon Fraser University Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, B.C. November 21, 2011. Keynote Speaker Dr. Howard Zehr - The Call of Restorative Justice: Tapping, Focusing And Sustaining The Moral Energy."


 

18:50 "This vision of mutuality is supported by neuro science and attachment theory. The new neuro science is teaching us that we as a human being, our brains are designed to connect with other people. If you watch an infant as they just being to mature, they look at you and they're trying to connect. I heard several neuroscientists looking at Restorative Justice say, the brain desires to connect with other people and healthy learning healthy neural pathways, are our learning mechanism ... abuse, no bonding,

19:00 "And as neuro scientists who is looking at Restorative Justice said, 'You know what works, is nothing reprograms the brain faster than an experience of empathy, because the brain is designed to work that way."