1st Edition

Building Communities of Trust Creative Work for Social Change

By Ann E. Feldman Copyright 2022
    144 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    144 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Winner of the 2022 Hearten Book Awards for Inspiring & Uplifting Non-Fiction’

    Drawing upon a combination of ethnographic research and media and communication theory, Building Communities of Trust: Creative Work for Social Change offers pathways to building trust in a range of situations and communities.

    Ann Feldman presents rich examples from her own life and social-impact journey with nonprofit, Artistic Circles, along with supplemental case studies from interviews with 20 to 30-year-olds, to address how to create vibrant, trust-based societies and to determine what works and what doesn’t while advancing towards creating social impact. These case studies and shared experiences from real life media projects across 30 years, reveal behind-the-scenes stories of challenges, conflicts, and resolutions in global impact efforts ranging from women’s empowerment to water access. The book explains how the success – or failure – of social-impact initiatives depends on power struggles, funding, interpersonal misunderstandings, identity crises, fears, and stereotypes.

    The book’s goal is to help aspiring changemakers develop strategies for sustainable social-change projects. It serves as a guide for undergraduates, graduate students, and high-school upperclassmen in environmental studies, business, sociology, gender and sexuality, cross-cultural studies, music, religion, and communications and media.

    For more on Artistic Circles and Ann E Feldman’s work, please visit https://www.buildingcommunitiesoftrust.org/

    The Open Access version of this book has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-mono/10.4324/9781003296423/building-communities-trust-ann-feldman

    About the Author
    List of Figures

    Introduction: Repair The World Through Trust
    The Path to Social Impact

    1. Shift From "Me" To "We"
    When You Lose It All, Find Your Destiny

    2. Leaders and Role Models: Chicago World’s Fair Women
    Look to Women of the Past to Show Us How to Lead in the Present

    3. Gender and Media: "Noteworthy Women"
    Use the Power of Media to Amplify Unheard Voices

    4. Control - China: "Unbreakable Spirits"
    When You Fight for Others, You Fight for Yourself

    5. Identity: The "Eternal Feminine"
    Defy Traditions to Create Social Change

    6. Connect: "Ties that Bind" peace project at 9/11
    Connect to the Groups Most Affected by Conflict and Create Communities of Trust

    7. Water Hierarchy: "Water Pressures"
    Use the Power of Partnerships to Address Local and Global Water Issues

    8. Save Yourself: Trauma and Mindfulness
    Pause and Shift Directions When Your Life and Work Hit Major Obstacles


    Ann E. Feldman is a Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies and Sexuality at Northwestern University, USA, and Executive Director of the nonprofit Artistic Circles, USA.

    "This is much more than a book . . . it is truly a learning and engagement system, all intended to help bring people together, on many levels, by using tangible, proven, real-life case studies."
    Dan Bena, former Head of Sustainable Development and Corporate Water Steward for PepsiCo and current board member of the United Nations Association, Westchester

    "Dr. Feldman brought her extensive working experience to improve understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds and to help bring peace to the world in her new book Building Communities of Trust. Her radio program shared my music and life story with audiences around the world."
    Chen Yi, Distinguished Endowed Professor in Music Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory

    "It’s one thing to want to change the world for the better. It’s quite another to figure out how to go about doing that and avoid the inevitable obstacles to achieving one’s goals. Ann Feldman has been there, done that. And now, in this invaluable, never-needed-more book, she shares her unique wisdom and experience."
    Steve Fiffer, co-author 50 Ways to Help Your Community