",Trustbuilding, using personal narrative and exhaustivereporting by Rob Corcoran, chronicles how Hope in the Cities has moved what looked like animmoveable barricade. The job is not done, but Hope in the Cities has provided a map for thefuture.",-from the foreword by Governor Tim KaineThe national director ofInitiatives of Change and founder of Hope in the Cities, Rob Corcoran has been involved in promotingdialogue and conflict reconciliation among diverse and polarized racial, ethnic, and religiousgroups in an array of locales in Europe, South Africa, India, and the United States for over thirtyyears. Trustbuilding is part historical narrative and part handbook for a model of dialogue andcommunity change that has been adopted both nationally and internationally. At its center is thestory of how Richmond, Virginia, a former slave market, capital of the Confederacy, and leadingproponent of Massive Resistance, has become a seedbed for inter-racial dialogue andtrustbuilding with national and international implications. In 1993, this conservative southern citycaught the attention of the nation with a public acknowledgment of its painful history and a callfor ",an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility.", City and countyresidents of all backgrounds launched an unprecedented and sustained effort to address the",toxic issue of race.", Known as Hope in the Cities, this endeavor is now in its seconddecade of work. Trustbuilding should extend its important mission by carrying Richmond's storyto communities everywhere.
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