Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

Hugh O'Doherty, of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, led the CCFP class in an exploration of the meaning of leadership.

This program, offered in a series of modules, provides specific tools to help leaders from diverse backgrounds address issues of critical importance to communities and work creatively together to build shared visions for reconciliation and justice.

Through a combination of teaching, dialogue and experiential learning participants learn to:

  • Connect theory with practice, and "inner change" with change in society
  • Participate in "honest conversation" and examine how acknowledgment and healing of painful history can be tools for reconciliation and building new partnerships
  • Engage "hard to reach" sectors in the process of community change through the building of diverse teams and networks
  • Appreciate diversity with shared vision, reconciliation with justice and personal skills and qualities for constructive action in the community
  • Develop multi-sector teams

Modules dealing with personal responsibility, acknowledgment of painful history, dialogue facilitation and design, and building and sustaining teams are offered as stand-alone weekend programs or as a complete series.

The next class begins in January 2017. For more information


Trustbuilding Forum Series

This series of regular forums held in Richmond, VA, brings stimulating and provocative speakers to Richmond to explore historic perspectives, current realities, and future hopes for regional cooperation in the Richmond metropolitan area. Leaders from the public and private sectors come together to address key issues and encourage partnership across differences of race, class and jurisdiction.

Journey to Equity: Closing the racial equity gap benefits all

Wednesday, February 8, 8:00 - 10:00 am

Location: University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center, 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond, Va 23173

Rev. Alvin Herring

Reverend Alvin Herring is director of racial equity and community engagement for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. His work advances the foundation's mission to support children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success in school, work and life. On an enterprise level, he actively guides the integration of community engagement and racial equity. As a much sought after speaker on campuses and in corporate board rooms, Reverend Herring has been described as a "messenger" of hope and inspiration.



Trustbuilding workshops

Trustbuilding workshops orient participants to understand trust as social capital and trustbuilding as an essential capacity for effective community leadership.

Participants learn how to deal with conflict in highly diverse and pluralistic societies where there is a history of mistrust and a need for honest and effective dialogue.

  • Participants examine personal qualities, values, and practices needed to create and maintain relationships of trust.
  • They learn ways to address community divisions and build partnerships across traditional divides.
  • They practice practical skills and strategies to provide a solid foundation for creating sustainable and constructive change in the community or workplace.

These workshops draw on the well researched material in Rob Corcoran's book Trustbuilding: an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility.

The workshop can be custom-designed as a half-day or whole-day session for corporations, nonprofits, universities, faith congregations, social service, or government agencies.


Trust Factor Forums

These public forums, convened periodically in different locations across the US, offer speakers, workshops, and skills-building opportunities.

The purpose is to:

  • Put Trustbuilding across divides of politics, race, economics and religion on the national agenda
  • Demonstrate through example what Trust looks like
  • Empower and equip individuals as Trustbuilders
  • Create a Trustbuilding network of organizations with a shared vision, understanding and language
  • Give hope to ordinary Americans and begin to change the national conversation

Read reports from Dayton, OH (2007)  Richmond, VA (2009) and Washington, DC (2011)