Bonnitta Roy guided us in exploring how our natural intuitions for trust contribute to the development of sacred societies. We identified the people we trust the most and those we trust less. Bonnie then presented twelve sets of character traits to help us recognize what qualities we find trustworthy. This process was uncomfortable, exciting, and surprising! Trust varies among individuals. We may trust some people more or less than we initially thought. It was eye-opening to examine the reasons behind our implicit trust in certain individuals.
Next, Bonnie led us in creating trust maps, visualizations that illustrate why we trust people and the interdependence and autonomy we experience when interacting with them. When we compared our trust maps with those of others in the workshop, we discovered the value of overlapping, complementary, and diverse styles of trust and interaction.
Finally, Bonnie introduced her framework for four different domains of care: disintermediated care (automated systems like Amazon), reciprocal care (including markets and neighborly favor trading), non-reciprocal care (care offered without expecting anything in return), and deep mutuality (where boundaries between self and other blur). We discussed which domains our real relationships should belong to and why current societies overemphasize disintermediated care.
The evening concluded with a delicious meal of smoked fresh sea bass and greens. Many of us enjoyed playing and dancing into the late evening, fostering trust and expressing care.