Equipping nonprofits to advance social change


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Social change takes both a vision about the world that can be shared and the conviction that, together and over time, it is possible to reach that vision. The key to doing this is trust, defined as “the firm belief in the reliability, ability, or strength of someone.”  It is one of the most underestimated building blocks in developing strong multi-generational and social justice leadership.

To develop trust, opportunities need to be created to share experiences, talk about individual histories and perspectives, and find ways to learn from one another. Since trust is built over time, it is natural for leaders to have faith in those with whom they have a long history. It takes conscious efforts to create trust across generations that might have fewer shared experiences.  The process of relying on people to make good decisions leads to increased confidence throughout an organization as a whole.

building and practicing trust