Weaving Trust began as a campaign to promote contact between people who would not otherwise meet. The idea was that contact and conversation builds bridges, creates awareness and weaves trust. There was no other agenda, but hope that the contacts people made would have positive effects, perhaps only a reduction of suspicion, perhaps something more.
Now a Weaving Trust event is a tool for bringing communities together and ‘listening’, eg as part of a listening campaign, sometimes recording participants’ comments about their thoughts following the conversations.
The basic set up is for a ‘host’ organisation to bring some of its members and we bring a roughly equal number of ‘guests’. We then lightly facilitate several one-to-one, or perhaps one-to-two, conversations lasting about 6 minutes each. We have a gentle wrap up session at the end. The event typically lasts two hours, perhaps less.
We have run more than a dozen events throughout Milton Keynes (click here for stories) and they have all been successful according to participants’ enjoyment of them and feedback about new insights gained and stereotypes reassessed.
We don’t promise any specific outcome or action. That is not our purpose. We can promise an engaged audience who will listen.
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