- Keynote Speakers
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 25 countries.
On June 1, 2015 Dominic opened the 5th National Conference on Community Justice with a wonderful talk on “Using Restorative Justice to Build Sustainable Community”. His speech focused on his personal journey that has led to work in impoverished and violent communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. Dominic founded and directed the Dialogue Restoration project for the State Education Department of Rio de Janeiro, bringing restorative practice to high schools, and partnered with the Centre for the Study of Public Security and Citizenship at Candido Mendes University. Projects he has worked with have won the Premio Innovare - the national prize for innovation in justice - a record 4 times in 10 years.
As a long time student and colleague of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Dominic serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, shares the principles and application of nonviolence throughout Brasil and internationally, and supports its learning in project-based, community contexts. From his youth in England up to recent occupations in Rio he has been active in street-based social movements, with an emphasis on participatory, dialogical and consensual political forms.
In 2014, together with colleagues, he founded the Inquiry Hub—the first student-centred learning environment in Rio de Janeiro.
He's the very happy dad of an amazing 14 year old, who reminds him daily of the limits of his understanding of conflict and mediation.