Polydelphia Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Training

For: The Greater Polydelphia Community
Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Hilary Roslin
$756
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 15 donors
75% Complete
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The Story

Polydelphians: We have an opportunity to grow, respond, change, and rise to meet the challenges that face us.

If you're reading this, you probably already know what Polydelphia is; but just in case, Polydelphia is a community of self-identified ethically non-monogamous/polyamourous humans in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.  The community began as a relatively small social network, but has grown to include over 400 people.  As Polydelphia has grown, we have been faced with an opportunity to consider how we want to greet troubling circumstances.

The world we live in can be unkind, and no matter how openly we love, sometimes we will be faced with social rupture, reports of abuse or exploitation among our members, and calls to support people who are hurting.  Often when communities are faced with these challenges, the reflex is to fall back upon the familiar structures our culture has promulgated.  However, these structures themselves have their own problems, blind spots, and unkindnesses.  

Several weeks ago, I met with a man named Don Haldeman.  Don worked as the Delaware County restorative justice specialist for 16 years and now teaches restorative justice facilitation and peacemaking circle dialogue both privately and at Widener University.  I spoke with Don for several hours about the challenges of coping and healing after abuse allegations in a community where things like privacy and inclusion are competing priorities, and where traditional existing legal structures, remedies, and language are found wanting.

Don, and his co-facilitator Melissa Lucchesi (founder of Voices, Incorporated) have offered to hold a two-day training workshop for up to twenty Polydelphia members to provide ambassadors and leaders in providing a truly dialogue-based healing alternative.  The workshop will be tailored to speak specifically to a network of ethically non-monogamous humans.

In order to open this opportunity to as many enthusiastic and passionate attendees as possible, we'd like to give Polydelphia and its loved ones a chance to lower the financial barriers to entry for the attendants and make the training as accessible as possible.  The attendees will be called to dig deep on their emotional reserves, be vulnerable, and prepared to inform difficult situations with their wisdom and skills moving forward.  

Please consider making a donation of any amount to give the Polydelphia community a chance to explore and employ a new skillset as our network grows and changes.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 27, 2016

Posted on June 27, 2016

Hello Wonderful People!  We are at $623 out of our initial $1000 goal and it's been less than a week!  To everyone who has donated either via youcaring or at our happy hour: THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I know not everyone can afford to be generous with their wallets, so to everyone who has lovingly shared the link for the fundraiser on their social media: YOU ARE GREAT THANK YOU ALSO!

I wanted to invite anyone with questions about our project to @ me on twitter (@hnpolymath) with the hashtag #RestorativeJustice and #Polydelphia.  If you missed our meet and greet happy hour at BeerLove and have questions, feel free to hit me up!  Ideally, I'd like us to be polling our prospective attendees for suitable dates within the next two weeks, so the faster we hit our initial fundraising goal, the better for our planners and facilitators, so keep that in mind if you're putting off a donation.

I will be compiling a list of our prospective attendees, their personal profiles and featuring some of that information here to give donors an idea about who exactly they'll be helping attend, so look forward to that!

More soon,

H.

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