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Pamela Shockley-Zalabak and Sherwyn Morreale Author Interview

Building High Trust CommUNITY examines the contributing factors that have led to mistrust in America’s leaders and the growing divide between the people of the nation and proposes what must be done to resolve the situation. Why was this an important book for you to write?

We have observed the widespread mistrust and divides, which are all around us and so frequently described in the media. We talk about those divides in the book. It was important for us to write about specific approaches to making progress, to rebuilding trust, to bridging divides whether at an individual level or working on larger problems. We have evidence trust can be built with intentional efforts and we want to broadly share this good news.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

The first important idea is that it is a myth that there is nothing we can do to build trust. In fact, everything we do contributes to trust or distrust. We can intentionally move from a distrusting to a trusting environment. It takes work but it brings out the best in all of us.

Did you find anything in your research of this book that surprised you?

We were surprised and pleased by the number of people who want to change and contribute to building a more trusting environment—more trusting socially, more trusting politically. Individuals we interviewed for the book, regardless of their backgrounds or political preferences, expressed genuine interest in bridging the divides that have led to negative polarization and the lack of problem-solving so characteristic of our present times.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

We hope readers will believe in possibilities; we hope they will believe they can make personal differences in their lives and the lives of the individuals around them. We hope they will believe in positive change and that trust is the bedrock of that change.

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This new book describes a trust-based approach to understanding and effectively dealing with the critical divides in the US. that are contributing to anger, fear, distrust of our leaders and institutions, distrust of each other, and ultimately polarization and untenable gridlock. In contrast to existing books about trust, this is the first book to directly examine the cataclysmic events of 2020 and 2021-the Covid pandemic, an economy in turmoil, racial clashes, and a trust-intensifying national election-through a lens of trust.  The book is not based on second-hand information; rather, the content derives from the authors’ first-hand research and lived professional experiences. Finally, while national polls have identified trust in leaders and institutions as a critical problem, this book is the first to identify and describe what drives trust, why it is present, or not, and how to build or rebuild it.

Building High Trust CommUNITY

In Building High Trust CommUNITY: Lessons Learned from the Past and the Year 2020, authors Pamela Shockley – Zalabak and Sherwyn Morreale bring forth issues affecting society, how the past has influenced current events, the status quo, building communities, and living in harmony. The authors passionately write about a myriad of topics that affect the average citizen, as they offer solutions to some societal problems. This insightful book is profound and will encourage readers to develop a stronger value for all life and instill a sense of unity in themselves. The authors write using simple language, phrases, and words that are easy to comprehend as they hope to reach readers of all ages.

There is plenty of history discussed in this book. The history aspect is my favorite part of the book as the authors point out past historical events’ impact on shaping our future. Pamela Shockley – Zalabak & Sherwyn Morreale write about the tragedy that was the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the civil war, the great depression, and the January 6 Insurrection, among many other events. I enjoyed going through the analysis by the authors as it provided me a different perspective than I had previously seen. The authors are not just great at narration but also great at explaining even the most complex subjects in a manner that the average reader can grasp.

Building trust takes work. The authors discuss why most people do not understand the magnitude of trust in communities despite them thinking they are trustworthy. I love that the authors take their time in explaining trust as a virtue and how a dependable community is appealing. Chapter two has everything one needs to understand trust and why it matters. The explanations they give are short but deep enough to make one identify with the discussion.

I appreciate the authors for talking about their first-hand experiences when discussing certain subjects. Through their eyes, I understood why inequality is still a significant issue in the world and why vices like racism, nepotism, and prejudice are still rampant. In addition, the lack of access to basic needs like healthcare and education is still a crisis even in the world’s biggest democracy is something to be concerned about.

What I enjoyed most about the authors’ writing is their ability to direct the reader tword reflection on their daily experiences. In addition, I appreciate the author preaching about love, kindness, and compassion even amidst the pandemic and the chaos witnessed.

Building High Trust CommUnNTY is an educational book about politics, economic conditions, and these things’ impact on US citizens. Readers learn how to build trust, be organized, and practice self-reflection, among other things, in the most demonstrative approach.

Pages: 192 | ASIN : B0BDFPQJ77

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