Articles and Documents

Toward Transformative Reparations,” a paper by Rob Corcoran and Mike Wenger was published by the National Collaborative for Health Equity, January 2024, as part of an effort to build broad-based support for an approach to reparations that includes both structural change and healing.

Healing the Wounds of Racism: A Case Study of Richmond, Virginia,” a paper by Rob Corcoran for the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project, Healing the Wounds of Slavery, and the Global Humanity for Peace Institute, University of Wales Trinity St David.

“Building Trust in the Heart of Community” This essay by Rob Corcoran for the National Civic Review describes the process of dialogue, healing and partnership building in Richmond, VA

“A Call to Community” This manifesto was launched at the National Press Club in 1996 by Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change in partnership with Everyday Democracy and signed by city mayors including the mayors of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Austin, & Louisville, as well as members of Congress of both parties, national civil rights organizations and leaders of all major faith denominations. It formed the basis for dialogue implemented in cities across America.

Healing the Wounds of Slavery This Report encapsulates the key findings of a Desk Review which was part of the UNESCO Slave Route Project and the GHFP Research Institute’s partnership. The Review explored major approaches and practices in the context of healing the wounds and traumas resulting from the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.


Rob Corcoran and Dr. Gail Christopher speak on Healing and Repair: Transforming Traumatized Communities” for a UNESCO webinar series

Rob Corcoran talks about the key principles of the Community Trustbuilding Program, which Initiatives of Change, supported by the Fetzer Institute, is implementing in several countries. For details see IofC global website.

Dialogue in the context of Black Lives Matter Rob interviews two colleagues about the role of dialogue and their experiences

The three-legged stool of reconciliation Rev. “Tee” Turner offers a thought-provoking presentation of his approach to reconciliation: acknowledgment and apology; forgiveness; and accountability and commitment to work together for change. He was speaking to a diverse group in Montreal as part of a Trustbuilding workshop.

Calling Richmond Home A short documentary by filmmaker Karen Elliott Greisdorf on the trustbuilding process in Richmond, VA

Unpacking the Census The New Realities of Race, Economics, and Jurisdiction. This short overview and 4-part video shows how the Richmond Va community came together, using census data and historical narrative, to address concentrated poverty, leading to the creation of the city’s Office of Community Wealth Building.