Every World Trust workshop and keynote speech is customized to address the specific issues, needs and aspirations of every organization we work with. All of them share a common approach and a common goal.
World Trust workshops and keynotes serve as a compassionate bridge between people of color and white people interested in building a more equitable and inclusive way of being together. Our goal is to help your organization build the capacity to challenge both the internal and external systems that reinforce racial inequity.
Our approach is designing programs that leverage the power of film and dialogue to educate minds and open hearts. They are designed to tap into the deep human connection we all share to catalyze critical thinking, self-inquiry, transformative learning, healing, and change.
Workshops range from 2 ½ hours to multiple days. We all know that one workshop or one keynote address will not suffice to “fix” the problematic racial dynamics that your organization may be facing. World Trust workshops provide you with language, frames, and tools so that you can continue constructive and productive conversations and next steps.
Here are some sample formats we have for our workshops/keynotes.
(keep checking back as our facilitators are constantly updating and adding new sessions).
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
Film Screening and Dialogue Event
This event is designed as a catalyst for transformative learning about systemic inequity. The powerful combination of film, dialogue, art, theatre, poetry and transformative learning can create pathways for analysis and understanding that can foster equitable change. We build community among audience members, introduce a simple frame for understanding the system of inequity, then braid segments of our acclaimed film Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity with facilitated audience dialogue. This event is both challenging and uplifting, and is suitable for racial equity advocates as well as those who are new to the topic. Cracking the Codes asks that we understand and talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.
How to Keep the Momentum for Change Going
Across the country, college and university administrations are waking up to the fact that their campuses are not all one big happy family, that even apart from blatantly racist incidents, there are deeply rooted problems of inequity. Some universities are responding by establishing a diversity committee; others by providing a few more dollars to the already existing equity and inclusion departments; some will invite speakers and run symposia; others will investigate “incidents” and make policy recommendations. No administration wants to be the next the University of Missouri or Claremont College.No doubt some good will come of all this, but just as inevitably, the spotlight on racial inequity will fade, and attention and resources will be diverted to other issues. This workshop will explore strategies and practices that can build momentum for change.
Topics will include overviews of:
• revisioning equity through strategic or power analysis
• how to identify and frame issues for the media
• techniques that will make students and faculty more effective organizers
• how to use film to generate authentic dialogue that continues and grows the ‘congregation’
A Bold Dream: Creating a World That Works for Everyone
This workshop supports participants to reframe and deepen the national conversation on race. Through multi-media, dialogue, case studies and other participatory methods, the facilitator guides participants to seek new questions that foster collective engagement and build leadership skills that can illuminate pathways towards healing, equity and a more sustainable future. A multicultural future requires that we move towards collective impact that is imbued with understanding, equity and wisdom. To that end, participants will gain a practical framework for understanding and deconstructing systemic racial inequities, creating positive dialogue and building skills that enable dialogue to continue after the workshop.
Building Racial Equity or Transforming White Culture: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity
This workshop is designed to help current and emerging leaders from a variety of sectors better identify, talk about, intervene and address white privilege and its consequences. Groups working on racial equity who add attention to white privilege as part of that work reap important benefits, particularly in terms of opening up new entry points for policy and system change.
Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Learning and Change
Strategic questioning is a technique designed to create knowledge that awakens possibilities of change. It is a process that empowers new questions, releases roadblocks to new ideas, facilitates people’s own responses to change, and creates answers that may not be immediately know but may emerge. Using case studies of clashes and conflicts within the client institution, we apply a systemic and structural lens to address them in ways that consider multiple perspectives and analyses.
Movement and Belonging
This workshop uses a physical exercise to allow participants to connect to their own internal absorption of living in a culture in which racism and privilege are pervasive. It is most directly related to internalized privilege and internalized oppression within the system of inequity. The exercise has been constructed using whole body learning. Some participants will be accustomed to bodywork as part of dealing with emotional consequences of racism, and some will be unfamiliar. Our time together is designed to access the internal wounding of oppression by:
• providing each participant a way to privately connect with his or her own internalized oppression
• helping address or heal through bodywork
• deepening participants access to empathy for themselves and others
Irresistible Justice: Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity
This session uses clips from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity as a catalyst for transformative learning. The system of racialization is presented through a holistic framework. The internal and external or structural components of racial inequity are self-perpetuating. This session uniquely frames an analysis that promotes dialogue and union between the head and heart and applies it to social change. It is the head that can recognize, analyze and strategize to overcome disparities. It is the heart that obliterates fear and connects us with others. It is through this union that we can infuse our actions with our deepest held values. Then, it is joy, rather than fear, in conjunction with deep analysis that informs radical acts towards promoting justice or Irresistible Justice: Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity.
Deconstructing Dominant Culture or How to Work Effectively with White People
White space, white culture, white privilege—some white people understand and have deep experience of those concepts. But these are often new and difficult concepts for many white people, including those who are well-meaning. This workshop will focus on how to talk to white people in a way so they understand that it is in their interests to dismantle white supremacy. We’ll present some tools that are useful in helping white people move beyond guilt, fear and defensiveness and that can help institutions examine their systems that replicate white supremacy.
Getting Beyond “But I’m a Good Person”
This session is especially helpful for white people who believe they “do not see color” and “do not have a racist bone” in their bodies. It will dive deep into the system of racial inequity and explore the unconscious bias and white privilege that are systematically embedded in every white person, no matter how conscious or good-hearted. The session will also begin the process of learning how to use questions as pathways for shifting perspectives and embedded assumptions that offer promise for creating possibilities towards changing outcomes.Read Less