Initiatives of Change UK has created some interesting trust-related podcasts for you to enjoy and share with others. Take a moment to listen to them on your way to work, during a walk in the park or perhaps while relaxing on the sofa.
with Letlapa Mphahlele, a former commander of a South African liberation army during apartheid times. He ordered high profile retaliatory massacres on white civilians, but after a radical transformation he now sees all of humanity as ‘my people’. This transformation was triggered by his meeting with Ginn Fourie, whose daughter was killed in a massacre which Letlapa ordered. They have together gone through a process of recognizing their shared humanity, each living into the deep pain that the other has experienced. Listen to and read more Letlapa Mphalele’s story here. You may also be interested in Beyond Forgiving, a documentary about Letlapa and Ginn, directed by IofC’s Executive Director Imad Karam.
with Shakiyla Smith of the Fetzer Institute. ‘Dialogue is more than the mechanics of sharing information,’ Shakiyla says. ‘The power of dialogue is transformative in trustbuilding, based on mutuality and connection as a spiritual foundation. If we learn how to do dialogue in a way that creates deeper understanding, that’s transformative. I would like people to see everyday conversations as spiritual practice. Little conversations are a practice for the big ones.’ The missions of the Fetzer Institute and IofC are closely aligned, and they are co-creators of the Trustbuilding Program.
with Matt Freeman, an international consultant and co-author of Overcoming Bias, who advocates for building authentic relationships. He challenges each one of us to examine stereotypical assumptions and expose ourselves to people, cultures and ideas beyond our usual comfort zone. This requires some work on ourselves. Matthew helps us become aware of our own biases, stereotypes and unacknowledged privileges.
Matthew supports the TBP project teams on facilitation. Most recently he visited Kenya to co-facilitate a four-day capacity building and trustbuilding workshop, in order to help contextualize the TBP training manual to the Kenyan context.
From the power of forgiveness to recognizing bias, there are many components to building trust. Are there trust-related themes you would like to read and learn more about? We would love to hear from you! Send an email to our TBP Communications Manager Manon Michelle Monhemius.
All podcasts were produced by Yee-Liu Williams, Multimedia Executive Producer, IofC UK
Header photo: by Mohammad Metri
The Trustbuilding Program is aimed at addressing divisive issues at the international and national levels, on the premise that only those who have undergone the internal process of becoming trustworthy themselves can close gaps across the globe. The Program was launched by Initiatives of Change International in 2019 with projects in Kenya, Canada and France.