Humane: Do Some Good
A Catalyst for Racial Equity
Since 1987, the World Trust Educational Services has been producing films and conducting workshops across America to help facilitate a better understanding among people of diverse racial and economic backgrounds. The program builds a more trusting relationship in communities divided by prejudice. The World Trust is providing respite from the strife that dominates the news by showing us that through the power of film and the practical knowledge learned through dialogue with your neighbors, the world can become a more peaceful place. Here is an excerpt from their website:
Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust is a catalyst for racial equity. World Trust produces programs and seminars based on our films that open minds and hearts. We offer the skills to perceive and challenge the internal and external system that reinforces racial oppression. We believe that suffering perpetuated by racial and economic divides is, at its core, the result of a disconnect from our collective humanity. This disconnect plays itself out within ourselves, in our relationships with others and in our institutions and structures. We use the powerful combination of film, dialogue and transformative learning to create new understandings. In addition, we work to heal the wounds of racism by building community and cultivating the practices of love-in-action and respect: kindness, non-judgment, compassion, deep listening. World Trust sparks individual learning and links it to a growing collective will that is committed to change.
The World Trust Vision: We envision a world where transformative love-in-action is pervasive, deep peace is ordinary and the unity consciousness that permeates it … Extraordinary!
World Trust workshops serve as a compassionate bridge between whites and people of color interested in building a more equitable and democratic way of being together. Our goal is to help your organization to build the capacity to challenge both the internal and external systems that reinforce racial inequity. Our programs 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.
What can happen as a result of a workshop? A World Trust workshop can change the trajectory of an organization, just as a seemingly small course correction at sea can take a vessel to a completely new destination. With new understanding, shared connection and deeper listening skills, those present in the workshop are able to continue the conversation and evaluate next steps for the organization.
Shakti Butler and other World Trust facilitators address the unique needs of varied clients. Workshops are generally half-day to two days in length. Clients ranging from UC Berkeley to the City of Seattle, from the YWCA to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America have hired World Trust to:
- Break down barriers, initiate communication to deal with ”the elephant in the room”
- Create a more welcoming, culturally conscious campus, congregation, or community
- Initiate efforts to address, transform and build efforts for racial justice
- Deepen the framing of racial justice
- Build leaderships skills
- Build the collective will for change
Shorter presentations and keynotes that introduce concepts and begin the conversation are also available in person or via Skype. World Trust Educational Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1987, and supported by donations from individuals, families and foundations, and through income from seminars and the sales of our films.
You can book a workshop for your community.
You can watch the trailer of the film, “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity”