is a structured alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, built on restorative practices, whereby the parties in the dispute or situation sit in a circle and one by one talk to the group based upon questions posed by a facilitator. The ADR circle is built on a key set of values, the most central being respect. Other values include honesty, empathy, sharing, inclusivity, courage, and integrity. This process is confidential and so no observers are allowed. An object is used as a talking piece—the person holding it speaks while all other participants listen without interrupting the speaker. An object is also placed into the middle of the circle to act as a focal point on which the participants may focus during the facilitation process. The start of the process is opened with a reflective question that everyone including the facilitator responds to openly, after which more strategic questions are posed by the facilitator.
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