Today in the IA retreat, we began the day talking about trust, and how important is trust in a community or team. We all know what trust is, and who to trust, but what is that, that makes us trust someone? Why is it that we feel more safe leaving our kids in charge with a 16 year old neighbor than with a stranger with 10 years of experience in baby sitting? How can we start building trust among new people?
To figure this out we teamed up in groups of four and came up with an activity that would help us build trust among the IA community. My group and I created an activity where we had to guide a blindfolded person through a path, using only our words. The group that got to the end of the course first would win. This activity succeeded and met our expectations, we definitively built or reinforced trust among us students. To be able to win the game, or even complete the course, the blindfolded person had to fully trust his/her teammates, and let them take control of his/her body.
After reflecting on the activity we created, my group and I came to the conclucion that the base of trust was to know the other, when you know who you are dealing with, then you can decide if the person is trustworthy or not. We also agreed that mostly people trust people who have similar thoughts, beliefs and ideas as they do. The only way to build or reinforce trust, is with experience.