Innovation is embedded in our work, and includes the ongoing development of new approaches to healing and change. The following are examples of pilot programs that are currently under development.
the Ahimsa collective
Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that refers to the practice of nonviolence in all things. The Ahimsa Collective is a network of people committed to this concept through the creation of an alternative way to address violence and heal trauma that is driven by people, not systems. Our work involves deep community with all sides of the fence – with people who have committed an act of violence, survivors of violence, families impacted by violent crime, and law enforcement. While offering workshops, trainings, circles, and writing in two California State Prisons, this project combines key restorative justice practices and innovative approaches to peacemaking. Contact: Sonya Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
first offender prostitution program
The First Offender Prostitution Program (the “John’s School”) is a court diversion program that seeks to reduce recidivism among first time buyers of prostitution. Eligible “johns” participate in an eight-hour Saturday school (similar to traffic school) focused on building knowledge regarding the consequences, both personal and societal, of buying sexual services. Community Works is piloting a new men-helping men approach, in which the RSVP Team has adapted the manalive curriculum to the First Offender Prostitution Program. This was the first John’s School in the nation and has been replicated in more than 50 jurisdictions nationwide.
Contact: Alan Wilson (email@example.com)