Trustees Without Borders, or TWB, is a podcast of the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance. TWB features leading practitioners, thinkers, and designers working to reframe and strengthen community, doing so without borders or limits on their ideas and aspirations, without borders on what they think is possible, without borders on whom they will work with nor on their dreams for a world that works for a just, inclusive community.
TWB guests are idea entrepreneurs, leaders for change and community action, people who are experimenting and redefining what it means to be trustees of community, trustees of the commons. They are innovators. They are experimenters. Scientists. Artists. Designers. Scholars. Practitioners.
TWB listeners are interested in stories. TWB is all about stories. TWB listeners are interested in our guests and their experiences. Trustees Without Borders interviewers ask guests about important moments in their life. About failures and lessons learned. About aha moments that changed the course of their lives. TWS wants its guests to tell what they are most proud of. Ideas and concepts are important. And they come to life through story.
Dr. Theresa Williamson – January 24, 2019
The CCC welcomed Theresa Williamson, Ph.D., for a day of lectures, discussions, and the Trustees Without Borders podcast program on January 24, 2019. Dr. Williamson is a city planner and founder and executive director of Catalytic Communities (CatComm), an NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s favelas. In addition to fostering strategic networking, training and communications support on behalf of community organizers, CatComm has become known for advocating a community-controlled asset-based development approach to informal settlements, through Favela Community Land Trusts and CatComm’s Sustainable Favela Network. Theresa is an outspoken, respected advocate for the recognition of favelas’ heritage status and their residents’ right to be fully served as equal citizens. Dr. Williamson also serves as Editor for RioOnWatch, a grassroots media and reporting network providing more comprehensive and accurate coverage about Rio’s favelas.
Vanessa Guerra and Lehi Dowell facilitated the Forum conversation.
Andy Morikawa curated audio of the event for the Trustees Without Borders podcast, available here:
A recording of Dr. Williamson’s afternoon lecture, “Realizing Favelas As a Sustainable Model via Insurgent Planning: Rethinking Our Assumptions in Sustainable Development,” is available here.
You can also access the lecture slides here: www.bit.ly/VTfavelatalk
This visit made possible by the generous support of the VT Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the VT Institute for Policy and Governance.
Professor Emily Satterwhite – November 15, 2018
Dr. Todd Schenk – October 11, 2018
TWB Pakistan TEA Cohort – August 10, 2018
Beltrone Vietnam Graffiti Project – April 23, 2018
William Cleveland- April 19, 2018
Amy Goldstein- February 19, 2018
Keryl McCord- February 15, 2018
Carolyn Zelikow & Brad Stephens- November 6, 2017
Amy Brooks- October 30, 2017
Anthony Flaccavento – October 24, 2016
Ethan Kent – October 7, 2016
Rick Cavey – September 21, 2016
Ted Edlich – April 26, 2016
Dust in the Bottomland – March 21, 2016
Patricia Parera – February 11, 2016
interview recording available
Elizabeth Streb – September 30, 2015
discussion recording available
Tracy Kunkler – April 27, 2015
interview recording also available
Lisa Jo Epstein – March 24, 2015
Liz Lerman – March 17, 2015
roundtable discussion recording also available
Main event recordings are still being collected and added to this page. For events prior to 2015, please check the Past Speaker section. Any available recordings from those events will be on the speaker pages. Thank you!