Recorded June 30, 2020
We're talking a lot about policing in the United States right now, and that conversation has spilled over into the rest of the world. And we can't talk about police reform without turning to prison reform.
The US has over 2.3 million prisoners. That's 25% of the world's entire incarcerated population. US prisons are not designed for rehabilitation. And the recidivism rate for violent crimes hovers around 40%.
You may be wondering what this has to do with Holacracy. Well, Likewise College is using practices from Holacracy to help individuals incarcerated for violent crimes claim empowerment. It's a little piece of rehabilitation sneaking into a system that's focused only on punishment. According to Likewise College President Dr. Jeff Kreh, "Our goal for inmates is to train them to be self-governing in society and give them the skills to become an entrepreneur so that they can go out and succeed."
At this month's Forum Fireside, Dr. Kreh is presenting on his work on promoting dignity in inmate education with the aid of Holacracy practice.
Presenter: Jeffrey Kreh, PhD., President of Likewise College
Dr. Kreh started and now serves as President of Likewise College — a Holacracy-powered institution that offers in-person, college-level coursework to prisoners incarcerated for violent crimes. Likewise College serves students in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and through online classes for paroled students.
Facilitator: Rebecca Brover, Partner at HolacracyOne and Certified Holacracy Coach
Rebecca has 15 years of experience in continuing professional development, technology implementation, and organizational behavior in the nonprofit sector. Her specific areas of expertise are fostering cultures of service and process refinement.