Trustbuilding: Toward Relational Justice and Sustainable Change

Barry Hart and Rob Corcoran

The course addresses the importance of trustbuilding in the creation of healthy relationships and communities. To do this, trustbuilders have to be self-aware, honor their own dignity and that of others, and understand the historical and socio-cultural context in which they work. It is also important for them to provide safe spaces for relationships to develop and meaningful dialogues to take place.

Course participants will explore these critical issues along with the roles of identity and trauma in the trustbuilding process. Emotional and cognitive empathy will also be examined as critical factors in establishing bonds of trust. Additionally, building diverse teams and networks will be highlighted regarding their role in dealing with complex issues of race, culture, religion, and politics, and how to develop just and sustainable relationships and communities.