Restoring Community

The world is much smaller and more interdependent than at any time in human history. Global communications, migration and technology are bringing an ever-greater diversity of peoples into direct contact. Not surprisingly, societies across the globe are struggling to adapt. In the 21st century, relational progress may prove more valuable than technological progress. Without “belongingness,” relationships and the ability to actively participate in the decisions that most impact daily life, glittering technological innovation is hollow and unsatisfying. Invention makes life interesting. Community makes life meaningful.

The IIRP’s mission to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world is more relevant and important than ever. In just 30 years, the IIRP consortium of organizations expanded from just one private school for struggling teens to become an international graduate school that educates more than 13,000 people per year from more than 60 countries. This year, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education commented during our re-accreditation: “The faculty and staff of the IIRP practice what they teach, resulting in an organizational culture that is open and fair. The thorough integration of the mission of applying restorative practices in operations, educational programs and assessment is commended.”

We are the intellectual home of this emerging social science and are engaged in the largest civil society projects and most rigorous scientific studies in the field of restorative practices. Today, researchers, practitioners, community leaders and policy makers are increasingly turning to IIRP faculty, staff and alumni for leadership and solutions regarding the world’s most pressing social issues. As we grow to meet these challenges, the IIRP is committed to:

  • Establishing restorative practices as a dynamic social science
  • Modeling 21st century higher education in our graduate programs
  • Including and collaborating with partners and stakeholders worldwide
  • Attracting creative and skilled people who can enhance our impact
  • Evolving and articulating our restorative culture as we grow

We will be guided by the belief that the right ideas, at the right time, with the right people — will change the world.

John W. Bailie, Ph.D. 


John W. Bailie, Ph.D., is President of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). Dr. Bailie is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on education reform and civil society development. He has initiated major research projects on restorative practices in schools and frequently publishes on the application of restorative practices in leadership, social innovation, adult learning and education reform.

Dr. Bailie is also Visiting Faculty, Teachers College, Columbia University. He studied English, art and military science at Norwich University and accounting and logistics at the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School; received his Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP and holds a Ph.D. in Education and Adult Learning from Lesley University.

Dr. Bailie lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife Erin, their four children and an ever-growing array of pets.

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