At Asociación para el Liderazgo en Guatemala -ALG-, we are always open to implement collective, collaborative and circular processes. These processes are spaces to exercise the leadership style that we promote.
Since 2013 we have included Restorative Practices as one of the fundamental methodologies of our programs and in 2017 we promoted the creation of the International Collective of Restorative Practitioners, a space for exchange of learning between restorative practitioners who wish to influence and build more inclusive, collaborative and equitable societies.
As part of the opportunities for continuous strengthening that we seek to achieve with the Collective, in 2019 we started a Participatory Action Research project with John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, led by PhD. Rochelle Arms Armengol. The project is developed simultaneously by two groups of practitioners and researchers, one in Guatemala and the other in New York.
We are conducting a research using the Participant Action Research modality, in which the participants function as their own researchers with the guidance of a principal investigator. The research topic of the Guatemalan group is focused on Restorative Practices in organizational contexts.
The research process is in itself restorative and all the members of the group advance the research in respect of our mutual agreements, contributing in a creative space in which we, as well as our ideas, are seen, heard and recognized. Our wish is that the final product reflects the collective wisdom of the group around the research topic.