You can Change the World

Do I think I can change the world? Yes 100% absolutely I do. I think you can change the world too. Everyone of you. How! I hear you ask. Well, the basic premise is this: if I manage to change one life for the better, just one life, I have changed the world. No?

-Sheena Jonker

Holla!

As always, I blog in peace. And this morning I blog from a very cold Johannesburg. I am here to run our 5 day ADR Training Program in mediation and arbitration. As it is school holidays, my kids, Che and Luc-Michael have accompanied me. This makes it a sweet deal. I love to have them with me and they get to hang with their cousin Gem and also their grandparents. Our program administrator Carrie is here with her daughter Grace as well.

On our program this week we have an amazing mixing of trainees: some dynamic lawyers, business people, someone from SAPS, a representative of child welfare and five clergy members from SA Council of Churches.

In addition to the normal benchmarked standards, we always bring aspects to our program gleaned from practice and ongoing research and so this week we start to crystallize concepts in non-violent communication and the pursuit of justice non-adversarially. We look at designing restorative processes that can live well within current formal systems. And we also look at making the shift from mere dispute settlement to actual dispute resolution.

Do I think I can change the world? Yes 100% absolutely I do. I think you can change the world too. Everyone of you. How! I hear you ask. Well, the basic premise is this: if I manage to change one life for the better, just one life, I have changed the world. No?

The thing about changing lives, is that you never no who you are dealing with. You never know who the person in front of you is destined to become. You never know how many lives that person may influence. And you never know…it may have all started with an encounter with you.

Today we fly in human rights activist Larissa Klazinga. She is from RhodesUniversity and one of the projects she does there is the annual silent protest. She will be sharing some amazing stuff on finding common ground.

My DreamCo co-director will also be flying in Thursday in order to capture some of our role plays Friday, so if you haven’t yet, you need to subscribe to our You Tube channel.

If you missed our five day program and are still keen to learn from us, we also run our main program via correspondence with attendance at four half day seminars in each centre. We are currently able to offer you a spot at 50% of the normal fee, so drop us an email if you need info on that adr@mediatorsa.co.za

We have been invited to be accredited as a private dispute resolution agency with a CCMA. We are honoured and this will enhance our panellists’ opportunities with us. That should conclude around mid-august.

Please send me your emails on sheena@mediatorsa.co.za. Follow me on Twiiter @sheena_ostjon and like our page on facebook for daily updates https://www.facebook.com/AdrNetworkSouthAfrica?ref=ts&fref=ts

Until next time, peace.

Sheena

 

 

 

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