About Restorative Way
Restoration is both a vision of what’s possible in human relationships, and a way to accomplish that vision. It tells us that there is no situation too unjust or destructive that can’t be resolved, repaired, healed and reversed if we have the willingness and courage to work together. The Restorative Way is “practical wisdom in action.”
Over the course of the last nineteen years, I’ve been on a relentless mission to discover and develop methods of interacting that help people move through entrenched conflict, bitterness, trauma, and even violence in a way that activates our better selves. As a method, the Restorative Way does this. It holds the history of how we’ve been treated and treated others accountable, but does so constructively to help us become what we’re capable of.
I’ve learned that to be effective in the practice of restoration requires a deep understanding of the human condition and human suffering. We have to understand human development, behavior, individual and social psychology, trauma, and neuroscience. Restoration is fundamentally about comprehensive personal and social transformation.
To be a restorative practitioner is to be an instrument of peace and reconciliation. We have to be willing to step into the middle of conflict with courage, conviction, ferocious empathy, humility and a non-negotiable commitment to the well-being of others.
What some have said…
The testimonials provided here are not about me. They testify to the effectiveness of the Restorative Way process.
— “Dr. Bledsoe’s approach to conflict resolution is unique in that it not only heals broken relationships (both interpersonal and institutional), but creates an enduring framework to prevent the recurrence of ongoing destructive cycles. In short, Dr. Bledsoe offers those he works with the chance to see conflicts as neither intractable nor inevitable, but rather as opportunities in which we can all see our shared humanity, find workable solutions and grow.” – Matt Walton, Chairman, Fitscript LLC
— “Dr. Bledsoe is the consummate professional. He knows what he is doing and does it extremely well. His insight into the human condition is deep, broad, and profoundly informed by his empathy for all. Will’s love for his fellowman is palpable.” – David Bork, One of World’s Leading Pioneers in Family Business Consulting -since 1968
— “Dr. Bledsoe’s work contributes greatly to the health and vitality of our communities. What an incredible human being.” – Stanley Deetz, Ph.D. Former Director of Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of Colorado at Boulder.
— “My work in the field of conflict management was greatly influenced by his on-the-ground insights. He is a no-nonsense practitioner and scholar who provides an immediate compass for the rest of us.” – Jeannette Holtham, Founding President of Youth Transformation Center
— “Dr. Bledsoe exemplifies applied communication and conflict resolution scholarship to move our world closer to the ideals of peace and justice. He is a smart, skillful, and passionate professional whose development and delivery of Restorative Communication programming has changed individual lives, and strengthened schools, organizations and communities” – Bryan C. Taylor, Ph.D., Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of Colorado at Boulder.
— “Dr. Bledsoe researched our culture and our community. He identified what he called our “unrealized relationship assets.” Dr. Bledsoe worked with us for over a year to ensure continuity, consistency and refinement. He took what was best about us as a community and accentuated it.” — Anne Menconi, Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
— “I am so grateful for how you are bringing the restorative way forth in these times of uncertainty. I find that I am being transformed by this process. Thank you for helping me have the courage and strength of heart to stand up for what is right! The perspective you offered reminded me of who I am and what I am made of. You helped me shift my consciousness from ‘taking the hit’ to ‘making a stand’! Carolyn L., Parent
— “Dr. Bledsoe saw me. I was 22 years old, grasping for identity. He turned my crime into an invitation “What do you stand for?” No one had ever asked me that before” – Ben E.
Will was recently interviewed on the show “Shifting Gears” on KDNK Public radio