The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), a community based development organization committed to social and economic equity for low-income women and their families in Philadelphia, has been working with David Hunt since 1998. He has been very involved with our board and staff in creating campaigns that have developed a new level of power and leadership for our organization. His strong technical skills and expertise as a trainer enabled WCRP to move into a city-wide arena, to take on new roles, and to build the organization’s power to demand respect from our elected representatives. His work with us has always involved using the tool of storytelling to create safe space and to help all of us find our voice and tell our own stories. Through our work together WCRP has gained a more sophisticated understanding of organizing. His assistance has been directly responsible for enabling our organization to create strong intentional coalitions and to win new resources for the creation and preservation of housing that is truly affordable for the lowest income families in Philadelphia. We wholeheartedly recommend his services to others.
Nora Lichtash, Executive Director, WCRP
“David has a tremendous gift for seeing and mobilizing possibilities among people. Whether it’s a specific campaign, an organization, a town, or a classroom, he is able to quickly assess needs and strengths through listening. He is a flexible and dynamic speaker who inspires others to action and leadership. My students at Allegheny College continue to talk about the time they spent with him, and some are even pursuing a life of community organizing after learning with him about the power of collective action. I plan to be working with David for years and years to come on many fronts here in Meadville, PA!”
Julie Wilson, Assistant Professor, Allegheny College
“David facilitated a storytelling workshop to our coalition members and partners. His knowledge, passion, and skillful group facilitation led to an inspiring and worthwhile day of professional development for all. Participants left feeling energized and ready to bring light to the programs that make such a difference in our community. I would recommend David’s training to any group looking for a positive way to bond and learn useful skills while having fun in the process.”
Kathryn Staats, Prevention Services Coordinator, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
“I have used David Hunt as a trainer and consultant consistently over the last 7 years. David has trained hundreds of leaders for me and helped to design curriculum and highly experiential and engaging sessions on storytelling, organizing, coalition building, and strategy. David is one of the most dynamic and engaging trainers I have ever seen and he consistently receives rave reviews from staff and participants. David is also an absolute pleasure to work with and he brings tremendous wisdom, experience and empathy. I could not recommend him more highly as a trainer, visionary thinker and community builder.”
Mandara Meyers, Vice President, Leadership Development and Design, Leadership for Educational Equity
“I have worked with David since 2010. He was the keynote speaker at the 2010 National Aged Care Conference in Australia. He had a huge impact on the Conference – inspiring delegates to stand up for the changes that are needed in aged and community care. He also presented a workshop on story-telling that people still talk about.
In 2013 the Tasmanian aged care body brought David back to Australia to headline our first State Conference for 10 years. He participated in a program of momentum building activities around the Conference and was huge hit as the headline speaker. He also presented a workshop on story telling and post Conference gave the key Social Justice lecture in Tasmania for 2013 – the Dorothy Pearce Memorial Lecture.
David is great to work with – he adds value to events by getting involved in the planning and making suggestions that help you to achieve your aims.
I have no hesitation in recommending him to any organization – you won’t regret engaging him because he will engage you, your staff and your customers.”
Rod Hunt, Hunt & Fitzgerald
“We met Mr. David Hunt when a group of residents from the Palms of Hallandale Beach Weed and Seed went to a Weed and Seed Conference. My husband sat in on a workshop facilitated by Mr. Hunt – he was convinced that Mr. Hunt’s strategies was the answer to some of the issues we were trying to address in our community. We invited Mr. Hunt to Hallandale Beach, invited residents, business owners and religious leaders to a time of sharing. Bottom line, we left that meeting with a plan that would unite us all towards one goal. For the next two years, our community worked with the City to build the first new facility in our community in over thirty years. This project brought new life and vitality to our community, it gave the residents a new confidence in the City, and hope that our community will be better. Mr. Hunt helped us to understand that we may all have the same goal, but we can have different paths to get to that goal, as long as every one is “grown” enough to express their agenda up front. We love working with Mr Hunt, he has a way of getting to the root of the problem and is not afraid to confront the issues in a respectful way. We recommend David Hunt to work with any community.”
Higher Vision Ministries and Eagle’s Wings Development Center
Comments from attendees at the National Congress of American Indians in July 2013 regarding David’s presentation on “The Role and Power of Storytelling to Build Community, Set Policy, and Heal.”
“Storytelling is more powerful than I ever thought. I can use this technique in my direct work when I return back to the reservation.”
2013 NCAI Graduate Health Fellowship Workshop Participant, National Congress of American Indians
“Your presence and participation greatly enhanced the success of our week-long workshop…We are fortunate to have had someone of your professional expertise serve as a valuable resource for the health fellowship cohort. It has been a pleasure working with you. We look forward to continued partnership in future endeavors.”
Jacqueline Johnson Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians