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John Malloy: Insights from Ancient Traditions

John went to work for the county probation department as a senior group counselor at the mere age of 21.  It was there that he first used group therapy to help inmates make peace with their victims’ families and with their own families.  He also sought to guarantee prisoner rights...

Jacques Verduin: Guiding Rage into Power

Jacques Verduin, MA Somatic Psych. is a father, community organizer and a teacher with a unique understanding of the profound meaning of criminal activity. He is the Founding Director of the Insight Prison Project (IPP), a non-profit that since 1997 pioneers innovative in-prison...

Bidyut Bose: One Breath at at Time

After his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Bidyut Bose spent many years doing research and development for Silicon Valley's tech companies.  However, in 1998, he started paying forward a gift that his father (and later monks from the Himalayas) had endowed him with -- gift of...

Kazu Haga: Movement of Peace Warriors

Kazu Haga is a nonviolence trainer and founder of the East Point Peace Academy in Oakland, California. East Point Peace Academy envisions a world where historic conflicts are fully reconciled and where new conflict arises solely as an opportunity for deeper growth. Where the depth of human...

Haleh Zandi: Social Justice - Cultivate Food, Nurture People

Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of Planting Justice. Planting Justice is on the forefront of a movement to create living-wage jobs for reentry people with barriers to employment, while transforming their local food system into one that fosters positive relationships...

Sarah Van Gelder: Unity in Diversity

As co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yes! Magazine, Sarah has been at the forefront of positive and solutions-driven activism. With articles like '10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013' and 'Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy', Sarah speaks on leading-edge innovations...

Sujatha Baliga: Forgiveness of Unforgivable Acts

sujatha baliga's legal career is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, she was fairly certain that she wanted to become a lawyer and lock up child molesters. Along the way, life circumstances brought her to...

Kay Pranis: Coming Full Circle: Safe Spaces, Learning to "Not Know", and Collective Wisdom

Kay Pranis teaches and writes about the dialog process known as "peacemaking circles."  Kay learned about peacemaking circles in her work in restorative justice in the mid-1990s.  Her initial teachers in the circle work were Barry Stuart, a judge in Yukon, Canada; and Mark...

Rudy Corpuz: It Takes a Hood to Save the Hood

“I got tired of going in and out of jail. I got tired of waking up at people’s houses that were dope houses. I got tired of being on the streets where I didn’t know where I was going to be at, you know what I mean, the next day because I was living foul," says Rudy Corpuz....

Howard Glasser: Transforming the Difficult Child

In his own words, Howard Glasser was a "doozy of a kid -- as difficult as they come." Having known all too well the ins and outs of a challenging childhood, for the last 20 years, Howard has been fueling a Nurtured Heart Approach of working and communicating with children. He's...

Fleet Maull: Waking Up Rather Than Killing Time Behind Prison Walls

Fleet Maull, a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is the Founder and Board President of Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network), with over 175 organizational members and several thousand individual members providing mindfulness-based programs in prisons, jails and...

Emily Baxter: We Are All Criminals

Emily Baxter is the Creator and Director of We Are All Criminals, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to inspire empathy and ignite social change through personal stories of crime, privilege, justice, and injustice, disrupting the barriers that separate us. Through their stories,...

Sonya Shah: Witnessing Suffering and Transcendence in the Most Extreme Places

Sonya Shah has decades of experience as a facilitator of restorative justice practices in her family and community, as well as in schools and prison settings. She has been teaching social justice education for 20 years and grounds all of her work in critical pedagogy and a systemic analysis. She...

Maria Jain: Buddhas on Death Row

Maria Jain is a seeker, traveler, writer, entrepreneur, advocate, and story teller. For the past 8 years, she has been working in international development, focusing on women's empowerment, gender equality and ending gender-based violence.  Between 2008 and 2012, she lived and...

Rhonda Magee: Addressing Social and Racial Injustice with Compassion

Rhonda Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at the Jesuit University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she is dedicated to...

Charles Halpern: Cultivating Wisdom for Justice and Social Transformation

Charlie Halpern is a public interest pioneer and an innovator in legal education. Author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom, he has made multiple big waves in the public sector – as the "father" of the public interest law movement, as a...

Edmund Benson: Making a Difference as Elders

Florida businessman Edmund F. Benson, together with his wife Susan, declined to rest on their laurels when their well-earned retirement began.  Instead, the energetic and service-committed couple in some ways just began (again) their service journeys during their golden years.  They...

Silas Hagerty: Film-making and Gifting for Transformation

Silas Hagerty is a filmmaker and founder of Smooth Feather Productions, a Maine-based film production company that creates films of significance and gives them away.  Silas and Smooth Feather Productions are perhaps best known for their creation of Dakota 38, a feature-length film that...

Karen Lischinsky: From Organizing to Helping Heal Communities

As the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people. Healed people heal people.” Dr. Karen Lischinsky has been at the forefront of efforts to work with the incarcerated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through restorative justice practices.  As the decades-long volunteer...

Lee Perlman: Love and Philosophy Between Prison Walls and Ivory Towers

“In 1987, while teaching a class at MIT [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] on nonviolence, philosophy lecturer Lee Perlman had a novel idea: Why not take the students to a prison, to talk with men who had committed extreme forms of violence?  Needless to say,” an MIT...

James Fox: Serving Prisoners and Transforming Criminal Justice

James Fox M.A. is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, (PYP), an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, Fox has been teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison as well...

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