Social Innovation Workshop

Cultivating Trust: An X Factor for Effectiveness

Our world is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Daily we are bombarded with news and behaviors that disturb, threaten, or upset us. Or we work with others who trigger and challenge us. In the climate, fear and contraction are a natural response.

At the same time, higher levels of trust correlate to higher levels of functioning in individuals, groups, and organizations. It’s as simple as that. So how do we grow trust, and how do we restore trust when it has been broken?

In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore cultivating trust at three different levels:  Self, Group, and System.  Along the way, we will tap into the frameworks and wisdom of Trust Theory and Process Oriented Psychology.

We’ll also practice Groundwork, Intuitive Writing, and Flirts – three versatile inner work practices for gaining insights and responding well regardless of what life brings us. We’ll focus on embodiment as a way to deepen our learning and reflect on our own direct experiences to start the shift from fear to trust.

Come gain frameworks and in-the-moment practices for cultivating trust and showing up authentically, and build greater capacity to embrace trust as an essential guiding principle for your work and life.

This event is co-sponsored by SFU Continuing Studies, SFU Public Square, and SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.

Presenter: Kate Sutherland

Kate Sutherland is a founding faculty member and executive coach for Simon Fraser University’s Social Innovation Certificate and THNK School of Creative Leadership. 

As a consultant in community and organizational change she has worked for over 30 years with non-profits, private sector organizations and governments at all levels and on issues as diverse as food security, social inclusion, community currencies, early childhood development, liveable cities, and storytelling as a way of reporting outcomes. Her current focus is growing the capacity and nimbleness of leaders and change agents.

Sutherland studied economics at the University of Sussex in England, did postgraduate work in political economy and has worked for policy think tanks. Her latest book, We Can Do This! 10 Tools to Unleash Our Collective Genius, makes accessible the wisdom and insights from ten key frameworks used by professional facilitators and consultants for transforming groups, systems, and self.

Questions? Contact

Community Education Program
Telephone:  778-782-7925 




Tue, 21 Nov 2017 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM



SFU Harbour Centre

Rooms 1400-1420
Segal Centre
515 West Hastings St



$50+GST Adults
$25+GST Non-Profit  

Light refreshments will be provided.