14 Arcs to Unitive Justice

The 14 Arcs to Unitive Justice form the foundation of Unitive Justice Theory. These Arcs provide structure and sustainability to Unitive Justice, making it relevant and applicable in diverse settings.

Arc 1: Rules to Values

Arc 1: Rules to Values

Moving from a world where rules guide our behavior and actions to one where we are guided by values.


Arc 2: Hierarchy to Inclusion

Move from a system based on superiority and entitlement to a system where inclusion in the norm.


Arc 3: Compliance to Mutually beneficial Action

Solutions move from solutions created for the people involved to mutually beneficial solutions created with the people involved.


Arc 4: Punishment to Connection

Instead of using punishment as a driving force, connection is fostered so people want to help and support each other.


Arc 5: Judgment to Insight

When we move from a place of judging to a place of curiosity, we gain new insight about situations that may change our perspective and create a new understanding and connection.


ARc 6: Self-Interest to Community

In this Arc, we move from self-interest to a wider focus on community, and in doing so, we find ways to make the world better for us all.


Arc 7: Event to Context

Here we move from a limited view of an event to see the broader picture—the underlying context in which the event occurred.


Arc 8: Deception to Honesty

In punitive systems, deception is often encouraged and rewarded. In Unitive systems, honestly is the foundation for interactions, particularly when dealing with conflict.


Arc 9: Distrust to Trust

Here we move from relationships filled with distrust to relationships built on trust.


Arc 10: Opposition to Synergy

When we move from opposition to synergy, we can create something much more meaningful by bringing our separate parts together to create something new.


Arc 11: Proportional Revenge to Lovingkindness

Here we move from “an eye for an eye” systems to systems where we treat others the way we would want to be treated—the Golden Rule found in many sacred texts.


Arc 12: Duality to Unity

When our worldview changes to a view based on duality, or separation, to one based on unity, or oneness, we recognize and honor our shared humanity.


Arc 13: Control to Co-Creativity

When we stop controlling others, the result is wonderful co-creativity that, in the end, is far more productive and beneficial to everyone.


Arc 14: Fear to Love

Every time we forget to act out of love, we act out of fear. In this Arc, we move our actions and reactions from being fear-based to being centered in love.