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Dominic Barter

Dialogue, social technology innovation, system building - Restorative Circles / Espaço Beta / Financial Coresponsibility / Systems of support / Nonviolent Communication
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Dominic Barter develops social technologies that promote dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and community-owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 40 countries.

In 2015, after two decades of work as a teacher and consultant to government and community on education, he co-founded Espaço Beta, a public high school for student directed, prototype based research. Dominic was an apprentice and colleague of Marshall Rosenberg for 18 years, and served as president of the Board of Directors for the international Center for Nonviolent Communication. 

Dominic's work is sustained by the gift economy and community distribution process he developed.