Programmes

The Trustbuilding Program

Peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

At a time of increasing fragmentation, trust is diminishing around the world. Communities face racial and religious divides, intergenerational conflict, the rise of extremist attitudes, as well as social divisions and the legacy of war. Building on its extraordinary record of trustbuilding achievements over generations around the world, IofC is marshalling its resources to address global divides. The Trustbuilding Program aims to address divisive issues at the international and national levels on the premise that at the heart of these larger issues is a need to build trust and reconcile personal challenges before changes can occur outside of oneself.

The Program prioritizes the needs of communities in conflict, which are working on transformation of their societies. We explore individual change and create safe spaces for community leaders and young people to have honest and open dialogues about uncomfortable issues that pose challenges to initiating positive change in one’s life, families and communities. The program will ensure having support on the ground from people of all walks of life including young people, migrants and refugees, committed to confronting the divides within their society. 

What is Trustbuilding?

Building trust is the essential foundation for building healthy communities. Social action and legislation without accompanying changes in individual lives and relationships are unlikely to be effective over the long haul. The most-needed reforms in communities require political courage and trust-based collaboration that can only be achieved by individuals who have the vision, integrity, and persistence to call out the best in others and sustain deep and long-term efforts.

Rob Corcoran, Founder Hope in the Cities

"Messy, real, raw, mutual engagement about stuff that affects our ability to relate to each other".

Louie Gardiner, coach and facilitator

Current News & Events

Illustration by Manon Michelle Monhemius
12-Nov-2020

The world seems to be more divided than ever. Can it be that social media plays a role in the escalation of polarization?

*Illustration by Manon Michelle Monhemius
15-Oct-2020

What have the teams been up to in July, August and September, and what is in store for the last months of the year?

White Privilege by Manon Monhemius
03-Sep-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inequities as never before. A panel discussion with diverse perspectives contributes to how each of us can make a difference.

Illustration by Manon Michelle Monhemius
20-Aug-2020

Impact is made together. That’s why we are so fortunate to collaborate with The Fetzer Institute. Together towards personal spiritual transformation.

18-Aug-2020

What a year! The Trustbuilding Program teams in Kenya, Canada and France achieved so much in their communities during the first year of the Program.

*Illustration by Manon Michelle Monhemius
06-Aug-2020

The Kenyan team has been organizing several interfaith dialogues, with one of them being between both Muslim and Christian clergies. What are they learning about each other in order to collaborate?