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International Institute for Restorative Practices features ivoh’s work

International Institute for Restorative Practices features ivoh’s work

Patty and Dereck Stonefish, the founders of Arming Sisters/Reawakening Warriors. Photo by Dan Koeck for 2016 ivoh fellow Christa Hillstrom’s story



The International Institute for Restorative Practices recently featured ivoh’s work in advance of the Institute’s 21st World Conference next month.

The Restorative Works article, written by Joshua Wachtel, unpacks ivoh’s mission, history and programs, and highlights the organization’s work in the Restorative Narrative genre.

Wachtel notes that multiple ivoh community members will be presenting their research on the Restorative Narrative genre and media for good at the October gathering.  

Executive Director Mallary Tenore and ivoh trustee Paula Ellis will talk about the Restorative Narrative genre in their session entitled, “How Restorative Narratives Can Strengthen Media Coverage and Communities.” ivoh 2016 fellow Dan Archer will focus on immersive approaches to restorative storytelling through virtual reality and comics in his session, “Walk in Another’s (Virtual) Shoes: Immersive Approaches to Restorative Storytelling Through VR [virtual reality], AR [augmented reality] and Comics.”

Wachtel interviewed Tenore in the piece to learn more about ivoh’s six-month fellowship for media practitioners working in the Restorative Narrative genre. ivoh fellows work collaboratively with their cohort and ivoh staff, and they receive mentorship from Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Missouri Knight Chair in Journalism professor Jacqui Banaszynski. Fellows, who represent from a wide range of media fields, develop their interests and storytelling practices throughout the fellowship. In 2016 ivoh supported fellows working in documentary film, radio broadcast, virtual reality and immersive storytelling. Tenore highlighted the specific Restorative Narratives work of 2016 ivoh fellows Christa Hillstrom and  Dan Archer, and 2015 fellow Elissa Yancey.

In addition to the Restorative Narrative fellowship, ivoh hosts conversations and events for media practitioners, continues to research the Restorative Narrative genre and maintains an online community on

“Through its website, fellowship program and events, ivoh delves into the nature of Restorative Narrative – stories that demonstrate the resilience of individuals and communities,” Wachtel writes. “For example, a recent article on ivoh’s website examines how some media practitioners are addressing race-related violence in ways that ‘offer more room for dialogue, unity and healing’ – an approach that will resonate with restorative practitioners.”

The World Conference will focus on restorative practices, which IIRP describes as “a new field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world.” Restorative Narrative falls under this umbrella, as does restorative justice. Click here to find out more about the conference, which will be held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 24-26.

Looking forward to speaking about Restorative Narrative at the conference, Tenore said:  “I think it’s going to be really great to be in this restorative space and present to an audience that is really interested in restorative justice and restorative storytelling. We hope to make new connections and learn from the questions people ask us and the good feedback we get to help us think even more deeply about this subject.”


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