Masterclass Restorative Communication: I give a f*ck, now what? @JongTNO

Do you ever find yourself in situations where the (inappropriate) behavior of another person towards yourself, or someone else, makes you feel uncomfortable, or even leaves you feeling helpless? Think of rude or offensive behavior, labeled as a “joke”, (sexually) transgressive behavior or (covert) racist comments displayed in public, at the workplace or even within your friends’ group or a family setting. Often, those actions leave us baffled and unable to react – in the moment or at any given moment – since it may be hard to find a response that feels both appropriate and authentic.

When ‘the subtle art of not giving a fuck’ is not working for you (anymore) – this workshop is for you. During this masterclass we will dive into the topic of restorative communication in conflictual situations. We will explore conflictual situations and responses, social interactions and transgressional behavior @ work.

Facilitator: Carla-Maria Verwer

Lezing VUAmsterdam: Culture of Accountability: about ownership and leadership

Towards a Restorative University: In the last five years, countless incidences and research reports have raised problems around social safety in academia. The academic environment is known by high competition, temporary contracts and power imbalance, which can lead to undesirable behaviour, such as (sexual) intimidation, (micro)aggression, bullying and discrimination. When interpersonal conflicts are reported, the current solution is a legal route. Dialogue, learning and prevention are often lacking. An alternative route to explore is restorative justice. Restorative justice is an alternative for criminal law with better and more sustainable outcomes for both victims and offenders. Supported by an NWO Aspasia grant, the goal is to implement restorative practices at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in relation to interpersonal conflicts. A kick off symposium will be held on 19 October 2023 to bring together staff, students and support networks to create dialogue on social safety and a restorative university climate.