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There are many occasions in my work when I am moved toward the feeling that I am doing something very simple. Almost too simple and not any more deserving of the lines within this reading space than anyone else who does what I do. I am someone who brings people together. And together we create a space that allows each of us to listen, be heard, and perhaps be understood. We solve conflicts and are often moved to create collective solutions that are often as unique as we each are as individuals. Some experience this space as sacred or profoundly meaningful. Others experience it as an innovative way to build consensus, mutual understanding, and uncover solutions that are able to last. But no matter what individual experiences might be, there is an experience common to all restorative processes. And that is the experience of human beings connecting with sincerity.

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