Mark’s contribution to RJWorld eConference 22-31 August 2020

This is some of the learning insights from a research project sponsored by the NED Foundation since 2018 where Mark had conversations with over 60 restorative practitioners across Australia and internationally to explore the learning edges of their restorative practice and what insights they have in strengthening restorative practice across Australia.

The RJWorld eConference 22-31 August 2020 was hosted at

This presentation describes a continuum of restorative practice from Violence to Regeneration using 7 stages of transition. Each stage is described in terms of the behaviours observed by the people involved.
In an organisation aiming to deliver and model restorative practice the capabilities of staff are described at three different levels in the organisation: Front line staff / Supervisor / Executive leader
Using this continuum as the X axis, a matrix is demonstrated with the players in the system, of people and organisations interacting in the world, as the Y axis. These five players are:
– Client/ Community member
– Front line staff
– Supervisor
– Executive leader
– Inter-organisation dynamics
This matrix is intended to be a useful tool for practitioners to restoratively discuss the system dynamics at work to help make their restorative practice and inter-organisation collaboration more conscious and effective.

pdf of Slides RP Continuum RJ Conference 2020

Conference presentation – Restorative Practice Continuum Mark Spain Aug2020 [52mins]

How to participate
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North West Rural Leadership

Local Land Services, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Tamworth Regional Landcare Association and Global Learning worked together to deliver the 2019 North West Rural Leadership Program.

Here’s what participants have had to say in a 5min video on their experience of the program.

If you are interested in participating in future programs, please contact Craig Pullman (Regional Landcare Coordinator – North West) at or Global Learning

Learning from the Bushfires

This community conversation sponsored by SouthCoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) provided an opportunity to discuss and learn from the recent and ongoing fire catastrophe that has impacted the South Coast of NSW.

More than 50 people came along to tell stories, share ideas and knowledge and most importantly just connect. We explored what worked well, lessons learnt, and what we can do better next time, and how, as a community, we can build resilience and capability into the future.

This is important and ongoing work and we look forward to helping host future conversations.

Steve & Mark

Climate Emergency

Black cockatoos are constant companions in my bit of the south coast at the moment. They are flying in regularly to access water from our neighbours birdbaths and maybe to seek some solace from the incredibly smoky fire conditions that are threatening us.

Incredibly our local council feels there is no need to declare a climate emergency. Yet for much of the past two weeks fire has blocked parts of the Princes Highway and the Kings Highway from Canberra. It looks and feels like armageddon!

The lack of political leadership to confront climate chaos is stunning! In our 30 plus years of leadership development, we know that when emergencies happen true leadership shows up. Something we are only seeing at the community and individual level.

Ironically it has taken 16-year-old Greta Thunberg to help show the way!

Climate Emergency Rally

Mark and myself recently attended the Climate Emergency Rally in Canberra. A stunning display of young people standing up and leading for the greater good. “When the adults won’t lead we have no choice ” was a consistent theme. All inspired by 16 year old Greta Thunberg who started her own school strike outside the Swedish Parliament in 2018. Well worth watching her TED talk.