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Restorative Practices Alliance is a chaordic cooperative membership network that moves slowly and fixes stuff.

The alliance is a non-hierarchical network of aligned individuals and organizations, sharing common principles, working to bring the Restorative Practices framework to scale in broadly varying sectors and contexts. It licenses intellectual property and media from Applied Mindfulness, Inc.

What kind of organizational structural models can we create that mimic the way nature designs, redress past wrongs and imbalances of a genocidal White Supremacist historical structure, and maximally empower our allies to utilize their full passion, creativity, and brilliance, while earning a sustainable living in some of the most expensive places on the planet? (Have you looked at rents in San Francisco lately?)

Can you take a sliding scale model of service delivery to scale? Would it be possible to provide something of tremendous value (a restorative practices model) to people of lower socio-economic status, and pay them to be there, with the recognition that if we don’t, not only will they suffer, but the burden of care/ impacts will likely fall to the collective, because trauma is criminogenic, puts people in the Emergency Room, and correlates with every adverse health outcome there is? Since social determinants of health are a very large part of what creates health outcomes, should reparations perhaps be considered a public health issue? These are some of the things we are thinking about through the lens of organizational structure.

chaord [kay’-ord] n. fr. E. chaos [Gr. and L. chaos, n. formless, primordial matter; utter confusion; utterly without order or arrangement] and fr. E. order [ME. ordre. fr. OF. ordre, fr. L. ordo, ordinis, n. line, row, regular arrangement in accordance with rules.]

1. any self-organizing, self-governing, adaptive, nonlinear, complex organism, organization, community or system, whether physical, biological, or social, the behavior of which harmoniously blends characteristics of both chaos and order. 2. an entity whose behavior exhibits observable patterns and probabilities not governed or explained by the rules that govern or explain its constituent parts.

chaordic [kay’-ordic], adj., fr. E. chaos and order

1. the behavior of any self-governing organism, organization, or system which harmoniously blends characteristics of order and chaos. 2. patterned in a way dominated by neither chaos or order. 3. characteristic of the fundamental organizing principles of evolution and nature.

chaordic organization, n. an organization modeled on chaordic principles.


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