Latest news: Court Annexed Mediation Workshop, Justice Writers Workshops, Collateral Brandbuilding and Income Earning wnd other cool stuff

Greetings in peace.

Here is an update on some of the latest developments in the world of ADR and Access to Justice and Justice News:

1. JUSTICE NEWS

We have an an amazing response to the launch of Justice News. OPur current feature surrounds the controversy of Labour Exploitation Song released by Hip Hop group AmaCDE. Is it Anti-Indianism or a cry for help? Please go to www.justicenews.co  and participate in the discussion. We have had an amazing response by a south African of Indian origin. This should highlight the value of dialogue and it’s centrality to advocating for CARE over CURE
2. JUSTICE WRITERS
Writing is a powerful platform and we know we have access to some of the most brilliant legal minds and dispute resolution minds in South Africa. We want to activate you to write. Not only is this a powerful way of sensitizing society to alternatives in Justice, but the collateral benefit of writing in personal  brand building and income earning is immeasurable
We will be running a series of workshops specifically to activate writing and hopefully attract those writers to Justice News. Topics covered will include:
1. Simple disciplines to apply and get writing. Inspiration drawn from the artists way
2. Re-imagining social, political and economic structures for the betterment of all and the centrality of writing
3. Collateral benefits of writing: brand-building and consequential income earning. Practical how to’s
Our first workshop will run in Durban on 17 September 2014 from 9am to 4pm. The cost is R 1000 and includes manuals and light snacks and refreshments

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/JNWW

Please send proof of payment and we will revert with confirmation of your registration together with PDF manuals for pre-reading

3. COURT  ANNEXED MEDIATION

We are conducting a series of workshops particularly to supplement existing training in the area of upcoming Court Annexed Mediation and proposed accreditation standards. Manuals cover basic civil procedure, the role of the mediator, norms and standards and other matters specific to Court Annexed Mediation. The workshops are organic in the sense that the project is still unfolding and there will be updates to material and regular ongoing workshops as a platform for learning and discussion

Costs are as follows:
Registered Panellists no charge
Past and Existing Trainees R 200-covers cost and manuals and updates
All others R 1000  –includes manuals and updates to manuals

Upcoming workshops are:
Durban 25 September 2014 9am to 4pm
Johannesburg 25 September 9am to 4pm
Cape Town 25 September 9am to 4pm
Bloemfontein 11 September 9am to 4pm

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/CAMdbn or CAMct or CAMjnb or CAMbloem

Please send proof of payment whereupon PDF manuals shall be delivered for pre-reading

4. DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program still available at a subsidized rate of R 3000. This is suitable for those who cannot take off 5 consecutive days. Contact time will be made up via webinars and attendance at half day seminars
For more information please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “distance learning subsidy” in the header

5.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROVINCIAL SUBSTRUCTURES
If you have not yet joined Access to Justice, and wish to do so, please send an email with “access to justice” in the header to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za
6.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE GOLF DAY
Please diarise 18 November in Durban for the first annual Access to Justice Golf Day. If you are interested in entering, sponsoring a fourball, prizes or a green or tee, it will be great exposure for legal services or ADR and ancillary services. Please send an email to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header
Also if you are keen to help us host a golf day in any other centre, please get in touch similarly

7.  FIVE DAY PROGRAMS
For Upcoming dates or a proposal on in-house training, please send an email to training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Five Day Training” in the header
Please NOTE: The Cape Town program runs next week. If you still wish to attend contact us urgently on training@adr-networksa.co.za
Remember that past trainees just pay cost of catering (normally R 220 per day) and panellists attend Thursday (ie Court Annexed Mediation) at no charge

8. JUSTICE NEWS
www.justicenews.co Our Online News Postal, Justice News is live! This is an aggregator bringing together the work of dynamic bloggers and writers that write around legal, social, political and economic justice and creation care. In time you will be able to buy advertising space. To link your blog, or website, please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za  with “Justice News” in the header. Also please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za to query advertising opportunities. Use the header “Advertising”

9. PANEL

If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a service provider to Access to Justice, please email panel@adr-networksa.co.za and legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za with “panel” and “service provider” in the respective headers

Panellists enjoy ongoing attendance at training times and newtworking functions either at no charge or preferential rates
Thanks for your attention, support and continued interest in our work.
Please send your thoughts.
As always,
Peace
Sheena Jonker
0843773340
sheena@mediatorsa.co.za
Holla!
I blog in peace.
Here is an update on some of the latest developments in the world of ADR and Access to Justice:
1. JUSTICE NEWS

We have an an amazing response to the launch of Justice News. OPur current feature surrounds the controversy of Labour Exploitation Song released by Hip Hop group AmaCDE. Is it Anti-Indianism or a cry for help? Please go to www.justicenews.co  and participate in the discussion. We have had an amazing response by a south African of Indian origin. This should highlight the value of dialogue and it’s centrality to advocating for CARE over CURE
2. JUSTICE WRITERS
Writing is a powerful platform and we know we have access to some of the most brilliant legal minds and dispute resolution minds in South Africa. We want to activate you to write. Not only is this a powerful way of sensitizing society to alternatives in Justice, but the collateral benefit of writing in personal  brand building and income earning is immeasurable
We will be running a series of workshops specifically to activate writing and hopefully attract those writers to Justice News. Topics covered will include:
1. Simple disciplines to apply and get writing. Inspiration drawn from the artists way
2. Re-imagining social, political and economic structures for the betterment of all and the centrality of writing
3. Collateral benefits of writing: brand-building and consequential income earning. Practical how to’s
Our first workshop will run in Durban on 17 September 2014 from 9am to 4pm. The cost is R 1000 and includes manuals and light snacks and refreshments

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/JNWW

Please send proof of payment and we will revert with confirmation of your registration together with PDF manuals for pre-reading

3. COURT  ANNEXED MEDIATION

We are conducting a series of workshops particularly to supplement existing training in the area of upcoming Court Annexed Mediation and proposed accreditation standards. Manuals cover basic civil procedure, the role of the mediator, norms and standards and other matters specific to Court Annexed Mediation. The workshops are organic in the sense that the project is still unfolding and there will be updates to material and regular ongoing workshops as a platform for learning and discussion

Costs are as follows:
Registered Panellists no charge
Past and Existing Trainees R 200-covers cost and manuals and updates
All others R 1000  –includes manuals and updates to manuals

Upcoming workshops are:
Durban 25 September 2014 9am to 4pm
Johannesburg 25 September 9am to 4pm
Cape Town 25 September 9am to 4pm
Bloemfontein 11 September 9am to 4pm

Please confirm your place via EFT as follows:

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa
FNB 62481988916
Br 223726
Ref: Surname/CAMdbn or CAMct or CAMjnb or CAMbloem

Please send proof of payment whereupon PDF manuals shall be delivered for pre-reading

4. DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM
We have a limited amount of places on our distance learning program still available at a subsidized rate of R 3000. This is suitable for those who cannot take off 5 consecutive days. Contact time will be made up via webinars and attendance at half day seminars
For more information please email training@adr-networksa.co.za with “distance learning subsidy” in the header

5.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROVINCIAL SUBSTRUCTURES
If you have not yet joined Access to Justice, and wish to do so, please send an email with “access to justice” in the header to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za
6.  ACCESS TO JUSTICE GOLF DAY
Please diarise 18 November in Durban for the first annual Access to Justice Golf Day. If you are interested in entering, sponsoring a fourball, prizes or a green or tee, it will be great exposure for legal services or ADR and ancillary services. Please send an email to sheena@accesstojustice.co.za with “Golf Day” in the header
Also if you are keen to help us host a golf day in any other centre, please get in touch similarly

7.  FIVE DAY PROGRAMS
For Upcoming dates or a proposal on in-house training, please send an email to training@adr-networksa.co.za with “Five Day Training” in the header
Please NOTE: The Cape Town program runs next week. If you still wish to attend contact us urgently on training@adr-networksa.co.za
Remember that past trainees just pay cost of catering (normally R 220 per day) and panellists attend Thursday (ie Court Annexed Mediation) at no charge

8. JUSTICE NEWS
www.justicenews.co Our Online News Postal, Justice News is live! This is an aggregator bringing together the work of dynamic bloggers and writers that write around legal, social, political and economic justice and creation care. In time you will be able to buy advertising space. To link your blog, or website, please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za  with “Justice News” in the header. Also please send an email to justicenews@accesstojustice.co.za to query advertising opportunities. Use the header “Advertising”

9. PANEL

If you wish to join the panel of ADR Network SA or as a service provider to Access to Justice, please email panel@adr-networksa.co.za and legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za with “panel” and “service provider” in the respective headers

Panellists enjoy ongoing attendance at training times and networking functions either at no charge or preferential rates
Thanks for your attention, support and continued interest in our work.
Please send your thoughts.
As always,
Peace
Sheena Jonker
0843773340.
sheena@mediatorsa.co.za.

Do I really wanna Surf?

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Do not let the injury or limitation of one thing become an injury or limitation to all thing

-7000 ways to listen

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I blog in peace. A warm welcome to new subscribers.

The past 8 months have been tumultuous at a personal level. My beautiful Daddy was diagnosed with cancer in August and lost his life in December. Serious issues relating to violence my daughter and I were subject to reared their head when I discovered that my daughter had been in the presence of violence and had witnessed it up until very recently.

 

In February I broke a bone in my foot and have had extensive corrective surgery to my lower right leg and foot. The surgery was a lot more extensive than envisioned and I am 5 weeks into 8 weeks of being pretty much house-bound, not being able to drive or swim.

 

It has been a time of soul searching and questioning just about everything I believe.

 

Do the Christians I know really represent Jesus. Including, or most particularly myself?

Can I, as a survivor of violence, and with the continued threat of violence, really back restorative justice? Do I really believe there is no place for redemptive violence? Do I really believe restorative justice works?

Do I really believe it is possible to dismantle violence and establish peace?

Do I really want to surf?

 

As a child age 11 months, I was paralyzed by encephalitis from the neck down. I had just started standing when I got ill. My Daddy was overseas on business at the time and my two big brothers and myself were in Pietermaritzburg with our Mother, visiting our Grandparents. 7 babies were struck with encephalitis. 6 lost their lives. 1 lived. Me. I did not move at all for several days. My father rushed back from his trip and when he entered the hospital room, he said my face broke into a smile he would never forget. That was the nature of my relationship with my Daddy.

 

 

 

Over the next 9 years I had extensive surgery and daily physio. Age ten I abandoned a wheelchair and a “special school” to walk with a stick and go to a “normal school”. My physio told me I would never cope without a wheelchair. She told me I would never make it in a “normal school”. I didn’t believe her. I got walking. I went on to become vice-head girl of my school in matric. I think that qualifies as making it.

 

I did give up stuff though. I had been a very good swimmer. I desperately wanted to swim against kids without disability. But I was pretty bummed at how fast they were. So I gave it up and shifted my focus to public speaking and academics. It was the 80s and my father had started to talk to me about what was going on in South Africa and I started to become very conscious about being part of bringing about peace and justice in our land. I went on to study law, practice for a decade and then entered the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution full time 8 years ago. I had qualified with International Peacemaker as part of the board of the Christian Lawyers Association right at the beginning of practice. Over the past four years my focus has shifted more and more to transformative and restorative methods of achieving justice and establishing peace. But I digress.

 

My brothers, the one in particular, felt there was more room for improvement in my walking. He often spoke to me about it and at Varsity started taking me to gym and physio. I was committed to getting fit and strong but never that committed to abandoning my crutch. My father would always fiercely defend me as the most courageous person he knew and that I had already achieved the insurmountable by abandoning my wheelchair.

 

In December on the Madiba died, and just a few days before my Dad, the Big O lost his life, I was sitting with him on his bed. I told him all my lawyer jokes, a bunch of other really brilliant jokes and I told him I was going to change the world. He said: “I know you are”. I told him I was gonna learn to surf. He said “I know you are.” I said: “No Dad, you don’t understand, I am not gonna boogie board or body surf, I am gonna friggin stand up surf”. He said: “I know you are”.  He was that guy

 

Two years ago I took up open water swimming. After twenty years out of swimming training and after being back in the pool three weeks I told my family I was gonna swim a mile in the sea. My Dad said: “I know you are” He was always that guy. He completely backed me. Completely. There was no room for doubt.

 

The past 5 months I have been doing life without him. And serendipitously I find myself having major reconstructive surgery to my foot, just because I broke a little bone. A second shot at learning to walk. A second shot at learning balance. A forced rest. A forced time to heal….from everything.

My brother Gareth sent me the most amazing video of Bruce Lee who was forced to rest when he injured his back. It was amazing because I had learnt through this experience how vital rest is to healing. He talks in the video about one of life’s biggest challenges being to express who you really are. I have been able to search the depths and ask myself profoundly “Who am I”

My beautiful daughter is so strong. So courageous. She said to me the other night: Mommy, this year I have discovered true joy. Up until this year I was numb. I didn’t allow myself to feel anything. The hard part is now I feel pain. But I wouldn’t give it up because I have learnt to know joy you have to be able to feel pain.

She has learnt at 13 what has taken me 4 decades to stumble upon.

So where do I stand on restorative justice. I back it 100 percent. I back non-adversarial dispute resolution 100{db4c0d2959e302539fe96b7aa3161328ff99665e8aefb664444410c6414dd29e}. I am completely opposed to any form of violence. I am completely opposed to the idea of redemptive violence and any systems that mirror it. I think I have a voice in this as four years of being subject to violence nearly stripped me of my life and everything in it.

I also think I have a voice because I practice this stuff. I am seeing results. I am seeing lives change, communities change, schools change. It works.

At the heart of what I do is restoration. At the heart of who I am is restoration. Central to my ability to learn to surf is restoration. As a follower of Christ, central to my faith is the greatest work of restoration in history: the reconciliation of all and all things on earth and in heaven.

And I have learnt how important it is not to let the injury or limitation of one thing, injury or limit all things.

As always

Peace

Upcoming Training workshops in ADR (mediation and dialogue processes) and Restorative Justice Peacemaking:

12-16 May Jozi

19-23 May Durban

9-13 June Cape Town

7-11 July Winter Schools for Students

Email: training@adr-networksa.co.za

Dispute Resolution Email: sheena@mediatorsa.co.za or Brandon@adr-networksa.co.za

Access to Justice: legalservices@accesstojustice.co.za

Ethical Streetwear: Bloodless Revolution hoodies, beanies and other: A2J@accesstojustice.co.za