Shakti described her experience this way:
"Working on this project provided an opportunity to support the potential of media to reinforce principles of equity in culture. It's refreshing when writers and directors are actively seeking ways to interrupt biases and stereotypes. Jared Bush and his team watched Cracking the Codes first and then, after a trip to Disney, we were able to use a frame for setting common language and understanding that supported character development. It was both my honor and a delight to provide input throughout the film making process."
Through education rooted in love and justice, World Trust is a catalyst for racial equity. Through our films, curriculum and workshops, thousands of new people each year learn about racial justice and commit to positive change. World Trust is a respected and valued resource because we:
We build a environment of trust in our workshops so that authentic conversation can happen, and so that stakeholders are open to hearing perspectives that are not their own. This step of building community is a critical component of change, equal to intellectual understanding of racism. Without it, participants have less personal stake in the outcome, and with this step a sense of hope, connection, healing and possibility emerges. Employing framing, we take the focus off of individuals and put it on to the system of inequity, where it belongs while still empowering individuals to engage in self-reflection.
Our highly acclaimed films, including Cracking the Codes: the System of Racial Inequity, have been used by millions to deepen understanding and conversations about race.
We also produce curriculum, our Racial Equity Learning modules, that educators can use in the classroom and during workshops to deepen learning. Each module consists of 4-6 hours of instructional material with community building exercises, film and video, arts learning, history, core lessons from experts in the social justice field, indigenous wisdom, and additional resources.
World Trust Founder and President
Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker, Founder & President of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity. Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.
Our Workshop and Seminar Facilitators
World Trust has a gifted and highly skilled team of facilitators. Click here to learn more about our diverse roster of workshop leaders.
Higher Educational Institutions
University of Notre Dame
Blue and Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA
Disney, Burbank, CA
IBM – Palo Alto, CA
Kellogg Corporation – Battle Creek, MI
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterrey, CA
City of Seattle
US Dept. of Forestry
US Postal Service
Ann E. Casey Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Boston Public Health Commission
Alameda County Health Services
Non-Profit and Faith-based Organizations
Amnesty International – San Francisco, CA
Ann Martin Center, Emeryville, CA
Episcopalian Church – San Francisco, CA Diocese
Community Action Group, MA
Montessori Schools in Chicago and Bay Area
Unified School Districts throughout CA
Oakland Unified School District
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-Ann Russo Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, DePaul University
It helps to have a conversation with our Outreach Coordinator, Ginny Benson, to discuss your organization's particular needs and to match the right format and facilitator perfectly suited to bring about the transformitive work you are looking for. Please also contact her for securing keynote engagements as well.
Please fill out the form on the right, email her directly at Ginny@world-trust.org or call our office at (510) 969-9837.
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