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Plunge Practice

Going to Auschwitz to meditate and bear witness on the grounds of the former concentration camp in November, living on the street for several days/nights with only a blanket and the clothes on your back in a large northern city in early spring, or a southern city in the heat of summer, these are examples of the “plunge practices” Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers employ to help wake people up. Another good example is the wilderness vision fast – setting up alone in a wild place for 3 or 4 days of fasting with only a tarp for shelter.

Taking it to the Streets

I had just started to think about getting myself to NYC to participate in the Occupy Wall Street protest when I learned about the October 2011 gathering in DC That pushed me over the edge. So I’m heading out on Monday to spend two weeks in NYC and DC -- learning, supporting, interviewing, writing, and whenever possible and appropriate, teaching restorative activism and its foundational practices.

Separateness as Root Cause

Here's an article I wrote that was published today in OpEdNews. Please let me know what you think and feel free to comment on it at the news site as well:
War, Death Penalty, Environmental Crisis -- the Root Cause is the Same

Foundations for Resilience and Sustainability

I recently presented a workshop entitled Restorative Activism: Foundations for Resilience and Personal Sustainability at the Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins, CO. The workshop emphasized the four areas of restorative practice that we are working with here at the Colorado Center for Restorative Practices: Mindfulness, Nature-based Practices, Relationship Skills, and Service/Activism. A written version of the talk can be downloaded here. I welcome your feedback!

How to Survive Disasters Beyond your Control

Suffering arises from attachment to desires.
Desire for peace, good health, happiness
seems so reasonable but is desire nonetheless.

Restorative Activism Workshop

What is it?
A one or two-day workshop focused on practical skills that lay a foundation for personal and societal restoration and resilience. We live in a historical moment that contains crisis and opportunity in equal measure. Restorative activism helps us take full advantage of the opportunity to create a more peaceful, just, and environmentally sane world.

Restorative Activism Learning Community

A Restorative Activism Learning Community (a Google group) has been formed as a way to share information and support. Posts must have some relevance to the principles and/or practice of a restorative and nonviolent approach to activism and social change. If you're interested in being a part of this online community please feel free to drop me a line at Please include some information about your interest in a restorative activism and why you want to be a part of the group. Thanks.

Learning from the Disaster in the Gulf

Did you hope that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico would provide the kind of final wake-up call needed to move individual, community, and national priorities toward fundamental change, toward a more life-affirming and sustainable way of life? It’s a reasonable enough desire and yet it seems that it isn't working out that way.

A Restorative Bibliography

I put together a Restorative Practices Bibliography that can be downloaded here. I hope you find these resources as transformative as I have.

Four Foundations for Restorative Activism

 Scott Brown
September 8, 2010

The following is an edited excerpt from Four Foundations for Activism in the Face of Collapse, an unpublished Master’s paper. That paper can be downloaded in full (25 pages) as a PDF here.

1. Truth Telling

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