Trustbuilding: an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility

by Rob Corcoran

University of Virginia Press
312 pages
15 b&w illustrations

Trustbuilding by Rob CorcoranThis book is both a historical narrative and a handbook for a model of dialogue and community change that has been adopted both nationally and internationally. At its center is the story of how Richmond, Virginia, a former slave market and capital of the Confederacy, has become a seedbed for interracial dialogue and trustbuilding.

In 1993, this conservative southern city drew national attention with a public acknowledgment of its painful history and a call for "an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility." People of all backgrounds launched an unprecedented and sustained effort to address the "toxic issue of race." Known as Hope in the Cities, this endeavor is now in its third decade of work. Trustbuilding extends its important mission by carrying Richmond’s story to communities everywhere.

Rob Corcoran has facilitated dialogue, reconciliation and partnerships among diverse and polarized racial, ethnic, and religious groups in an array of locales in Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and the United States. He is the national director of Initiatives of Change and founder of Hope in the Cities, which models honest conversation and sustained partnerships across traditional boundaries. He has lived with his family in Richmond for 30 years. Download bio here (PDF)

Rob is available to:

Speak at public forums
Teach classes and lead discussions
Facilitate workshops on community dialogue, healing racial history, and teambuilding.

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Connecting history and social change>>
April 2015
Trust as social capital>>
August 2014
Overcoming racism, building community>>
November 2013
When majority becomes minority>>
March 2013
The courage to face facts>>
June 2012
The war on America's poor>>
February 2012
America must deal with race to deal with poverty>>
July 2011
Moving beyond election rhetoric>>
November 2010
Needed: a revolution of unselfishness>>
December 2009
Discovering the DNA of a trustbuilder>>
June 2009
A new day for America - as seen from Richmond, Virginia>>
November 2008
A panic-proof experience>>
October 2008
The conversation that is already happening>>
March 2008
Trust is a fragile bridge that must be built each day>>
June 2006
Repairing the breach>>
September 2005
Challenge, irritate, and demolish>>
August 2004