The arrival of the Coronavirus has taken us all by surprise, and when we were still debating whether it was a stronger flu or a new disease, we were all confined. The media has helped to spread fear and uncertainty, and now it seems that life will no longer be the same.
We have had a déjà vu with other situations such as the last economic and social crisis, which we do not know if we have overcome at all. In any case, we could now read again hundreds of articles and reports in which we swore that we would never again make the same mistakes. And in the case of the Covid-19, will we learn anything or we will be as “normal” as we once were?
We will be more supportive from now on, cooperating more, and remembering that the priority is not only work? Some of you will affirm and feel excited about this openness, and at the same time, we may wonder what steps we can take to consolidate new habits.
From INSTA, we want to inspire citizens by explaining ways to respond to this situation. For example, by providing elements that we believe are essential, such as strengthening the bonds between people through a mode of communication that takes care of relationships, promoting active listening and empathy, and the empowerment of society.
We wanted to take our share of innovative responsibility. So, let’s apply the “restorative practices” that integrate the elements we have described in our projects. We realize the positive impact they have on the trust they generate in the actors, the openness they create to find new solutions and unblock conflicts, the strength to feel listened and become aware of our needs and how we ourselves can take small steps to satisfy them.
We have been privileged that one of the actions undertaken by Jordi Recordà Cos, a founding partner and member of INSTA, has been selected in an international guide that includes restorative practices in environmental projects (available here). In addition, we have recently been invited to join the European Forum for Restorative Justice to develop restorative practices on such complex issues as climate change.
We are confident that restorative practices will help us strengthen the resilience of citizens and thus be better prepared and active for future environmental and social changes.
And if you have new ideas reading the guide, feel free to let us know. We want to keep networking!