This approach takes into account:
- The needs of all the stakeholders affected in a dispute (including the life that comprises what we refer to as “the environment”) before co-creating appropriate strategies to meet all of those needs
- the emotional impact of the situation on the stakeholders
- the underlying dynamics that allowed the situation to occur
- the societal context
- the situation, circumstances and intentions of the parties involved
- fosters mutual understanding, collaborative problem solving, forgiveness, practical solutions that restore the balance and bring about healing and strengthening of relationships for everyone involved
- Empowers communities to resolve their own issues with wholistic lawyers acting as facilitators/guides
- Fosters healing, restoration of balance and harmony for the whole
- Takes into account the impact on the Earth and other life forms on Earth including future generations of all species including humanity.
As it operates within a “power-with” paradigm it does not involve judgement, fault finding or punishment which keeps us locked into the victim/perpetrator cycle.
Examples of methods that are currently being used and explored are restorative circles and other talking circles based on indigenous practices; NVC mediation and collaborative law. We are also experimenting with the use of systemic constellations as a dispute resolution tool to discover and transform the unconscious underlying dynamics that give rise to and perpetuate a situation. Once the situation is transformed at the energy level we find that a solution naturally emerges that is balanced and in service of all.