Cultivating Legitimacy [8 of 10]
Conclusion: Building Capacity for inclusive, collaborative problem solving [10 of 10]
Cultivating the capacity for trustworthiness is the first, last, and constant step in cultivating the capacity to be the social architect of the space for transformative dialogue. At the heart of trustworthiness is self love and self care. If we fail to be loving and mindful of ourselves, we cannot meet our obligations and thus, we cannot offer trustworthiness to others.
Trust is an ongoing (re)commitment to a dynamic process of mutuality and sharing. When we build the capacity for trustworthiness, we intend compassion with ourselves and others as well as diligence in our commitments to ourselves and others. We recognize the path to integrity, understanding, humility, awareness, legitimacy, and trustworthiness is challenging, and when we cultivate trustworthiness, we promise our diligent effort and compassion as we embark together on a journey. Cultivating trustworthiness is essential to being a social architect for inclusive social change.
 Thich Nhat Hanh on Self-Love. 9/11/2007. Radio interview from Los Angeles, CA; Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love, Parallax Press; Thich Nhat Hanh, Cultivating the Mind of Love, Parallax Press; bell hooks, love trilogy; all about love, HarperCollins, 2002.