How can we change from a divisive community into a cooperative, supportive community? We are plagued with incessant infighting and hostility over almost every issue that arises. Why are we battling each other so fiercely? How can we discuss things peacefully and resolve our issues to our mutual satisfaction? How can we start working together, communicating in positive ways with each other, rather than addressing issues through personal attacks and vituperative displays? What role can the media play?
The Salt Spring Island Restorative Justice program, which works to bring consensual agreements between perpetrators of minor legal offences and those affected by their actions, is interested in seeing if its approach can be applied to community disputes. So we’ve invited top mediator and former islander Gordon Sloan to talk about how we might discuss issues publicly in a cooperative and supportive fashion rather than the often confrontational, belligerent fashion we’ve become accustomed to.
One of the founders of the SSI RJ program, Gordon’s interests in dispute resolution range from working with individuals to large corporations, governments and First Nations. He is fascinated by the role people’s values and group identity play in conflict resolution. Gordon’s intervention practice includes facilitation of value-charged conflicts, workplace advice and assessment, multi-party cases in the public policy arena, and a full array of litigation mediation.
Gordon currently teaches negotiation and mediation courses to a wide array of audiences. He provides training programs and seminars in dispute resolution. Gordon’s presentation will be interactive so bring your concerns and questions. If you would like more information about Gordon Sloan, refer to his company website www.adreducation.ca.
Gordon’s talk will take place on Monday, October 27, in the Salt Spring Library’s Program Room at 7:15. Admission is free but seating is limited, so come early.
For more information on SSI Restorative Justice, please visit our website. The Restorative Justice program is hoping to facilitate future dispute resolutions in the community in the hope of solving problems without the hostility of the past.