Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“There is an increasing need and demand for community dialogue,” says Rob Corcoran, Strategic Advisor for Community Trustbuilding with IofC. “Richmond is facing some significant challenges as it works for racial equity and people realize the need for honest conversation, trust and healing of historical wounds as a basis for real community transformation.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to become an authentic trustbuilder and leader? This is the theme of the first module of the 2018 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF) which this year has a cohort from across the greater Richmond region as well as from Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Mexico. CTF is held over five weekends from January to May and develops the capacity of community leaders to become trustbuilders capable of overcoming divisions of race, culture, economics and politics.

Monday, October 9, 2017
A Brave Space not a Safe Space

The group wrestled with the challenge of engaging all stakeholders, even those who appear to represent the problem. “I realize that we can build networks of trust with different views but shared values,” said a participant. “I don’t want to build a team of people who think just like me.” The dialogue did not back away from difficult topics such as the need for each person – regardless of their background – to hold themselves, their communities and institutions accountable for change where it is needed. As one person put it, “We need brave space, not safe space!”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Trustbuilding in Annapolis

“Historically our city and churches have been complicit in the racial divide,” said Rev. Mike Berry (CTF 2017), senior pastor of Common Ground Friends, Evangelical Friends Church in Annapolis, MD. to an interdenominational group of clergy as part of a series of “sacred conversations on race.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Community in Schools

For its 2017 Virginia state convening of 90 site coordinators, Communities In Schools called on Initiatives of Change USA to deliver a morning workshop on implicit bias and trustbuilding. Six of the IofC USA newly formed team of skilled facilitators and trainers led groups of 15 in lively discussion, kicked off by the drumming of musician and facilitator Ram Bhagat.