The Restorative Justice Think Tank is an annual gathering of Maine's restorative justice advocates, proponents and practitioners.  Each year, we choose focus areas that are relevant to the field in Maine.  


This year's Think Tank will offer participants in the restorative justice movement a chance to identify that which unites us by exploring, discussing and sharing our perspectives, our knowledge and our stories.  We will bring together a diverse and thought-provoking group of speakers, presentations and workshops to highlight the things that bring us together in support of this important work.  


We hope you will join us!


Third Annual

Restorative Justice Think Tank


That Which Unites Us

Featured presenters include:  Lynn Davey of Davey Strategies; Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman of "Agree to Disagree"; Donna Galluzzo of Salt Institute; Betsy Smith of Vision and Strategy LLC and formerly of Equality Maine; and Leah Hurley of Craft Media and Director, Co/Producer of documentary film. 






The Science & Art of Effective Framing

Whether the general public understands and supports restorative justice depends on how we, as experts and advocates, communicate about the issue.  Lynn Davey, psychologist and advocacy communications expert will help us understand how nonexperts reason about social problems, and how intentional framing strategies can improve understanding and build support for policy. 


Agree to Disagree

Recently, bipartisan momentum has been building behind criminal justice reform.  Join Former State Senators and Press Herald contributors Ethan Strimling (D) and Phil Harriman (R) of “Agree to Disagree” as they discuss and debate: the importance of agreeing to disagree; how to get your voice heard in Augusta; what the role of justice is in community; whose responsibility it is to administer justice; and, whose needs – the victim or the offender – are paramount in justice. 


How Storytelling Can Move Us Toward Justice

Maine is rich with stories about restorative justice.  How important is it to capture and tell these stories?  What tools – film, social media, photography, written word – have the most impact?  What is the value of storytelling as an advocacy strategy?  How do stories help us forward the restorative justice movement? With the help of Donna Galluzzo of the Salt Institute, Betsy Smith, formerly of Equality Maine, and Leah Hurley, owner of Craft Media and Director/Co-Producer of the documentary film Criminal we will explore these questions, and build our own individual and collective storytelling skills.



Think Tank 

June 4, 2015

8:30AM - 4PM

Bet Ha'am Congregation

81 Westbrook Street

South Portland


$50 Registration Fee






Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Jen Goldman at jgoldman@rjimaine.org to learn more about Thank Tank sponsorship opportunities.





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