About the Restorative Practices Foundation

The IIRP is dedicated to ‘restoring community in a disconnected world,’ a purpose that is consistent with the themes of my own life’s work. I trust that the IIRP will make an important contribution toward making the world a better place. — Si Lewen

The Restorative Practices Foundation is the philanthropic sister organization of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Restorative practices is a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

The field of restorative practices has significant implications for all aspects of society — from families, classrooms, schools and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, even whole nations — because restorative practices can develop better relationships among these organizations’ constituents and help the overall organization function more effectively. For example, in schools, the use of restorative practices has been shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning.

Everyone who finds themselves in positions of authority — from parents, teachers and police to administrators and government officials — can benefit from learning about restorative practices.