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
“David, thank you so very much! I appreciated so much your professionalism and expertise. The group truly connected with you and the rave reviews of how much they got out of the sessions does not come by surprise. It is exciting to see the teams confidence, understanding, and curiosity towards community organizing continue to evolve. I cannot wait to bring you back and continue to work with these teams to continue to hone in on their skills, particularly their storytelling skills. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you and looking forward to more…”
Rosimar Melendez, Program Director, Horizon Foundation
“I had the absolute pleasure of spending two days learning and growing under the esteemed guidance of Mr. David Hunt during an organizing workshop in Columbia, Maryland. A powerful and incredibly gifted facilitator, David was open, honest, and tremendously engaging. Everything he shared had deep meaning and was in service of better understanding issues related to racial equity and community organizing. I was in awe of the wisdom and pointed analysis David shared, inspiring each of us towards action. Every detail of the space was well thought out and constructed with tender care, from the large and small group activities to the visuals, media, and PowerPoint presentations. I was struck by David’s capacity to really hear what we were saying and then effortlessly reflect back, with examples, our hearts’ words. There were moments I would pause to scan the room and noticed people mesmerized, taking in the beauty and power of David’s spoken truth. One participant shared that in one sentence, David would simply change our worlds. I wholeheartedly recommend David for any facilitation, and welcome the day we get to work together again!”
Saman Akhtar, Assistant Director, HopeWorks (formerly Domestic Violence Center)
“David Hunt has a very skillful technique and style of presenting. It was very comfortable for me to engage in the training entitled Michigan Power and Advocacy Training on April 13-14, 2019 at the Marriott Eagle Crest Hotel and Conference Center. His knowledge and technique were astounding. To give an example we had a participant at our table that used the I word often regarding what she does and is doing. Personally, I was not interested in hearing about her personal actions and activity. I was so impressed with David for skillfully using this as a teaching opportunity to all attendees regarding the strength in numbers as a We. A brought forth a very different perception in such a healthy non-threatening way that blew my mind. I wanted to package him and his skill in a bottle that I could carry with me at all times when dealing with a large group of adults who come with their own agendas other than learning. David exhibits high quality in teaching. He used so many different techniques of auditory, visual, tactile, and adjusting the atmosphere to meet the learning objectives. Very impressive work.”
Audrey A Anderson, Mayor Pro tem, City Council member, Ypsilanti MI.
“It was one of the most energetic and fun class I’ve taken and thank you so much for a good learning. I also greatly appreciate your follow up email and encouragements. I hope to have an opportunity to have you talk to my real estate professional network group in near future.”
Song Hutchins, Founder/President/CEO, HUD Certified Housing Counselor, HECM Counselor
“Your class was amazing and eye-opening.”
Amanda Salvador, Avenue Community Development Corporation, Houston TX
“Dear David, Thank you for facilitating the Conversation. My perception and experience of the session was that you, May, and David absolutely did create a safe and sacred space for us to share and learn and unlearn and process and heal and imagine. I saw a room full of people come to an understanding of history that is actively suppressed. It seemed that scales fell from our eyes and there was a digestion of the way’s history shapes daily experience. The experience moved me in a way I’m not sure I can express. I will use what I learned in my work and my Work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Sarah Stout, Neighbor Works Umpqua, Roseburg, OR
“Hi David, I had the pleasure of attending your class last week in Cleveland. It was amazing and opened my eyes to how we can do a better job in our community with storytelling. Thank you for the valuable insight and resources you have provided to me as a community organizer. Thanks again for the fantastic opportunity! I appreciate your passion and commitment to the power of stories!”
Abbie Brewer, Housing Resources of Western Colorado
“Thank you so much David! The class was incredible and I learned a lot. I hope it’s a 2-3 day class next time around (I put it on the evaluation form). Can you send me our class group picture? Thank you!”
Sitara Govender, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Detroit MI
Hello Mr. David Hunt, I heard you give a keynote presentation many years back at the Kansas Rural Center conference in Manhattan, KS. I want to say 2015 or 2016? I was SO impressed by your talk over the importance of storytelling and building strong communities. The conversations I had at the breakout session formed relationships I still hold today with farmers in Kansas- how cool is that?
Moving forward, I am working on Regenerative Agriculture and finding ways to connect more consumers to the nutrient dense foods grown by a group of super innovative farmers who are (really) going to change the world. I’m helping coordinate a conference next month in Emporia, Kansas with these same growers.
The purpose of this email to ask permission to use the worksheet you handed out many years ago. I kept a copy and scanned it recently into a PDF (attached). Is there any supplemental instructions that go along with the project? I’d love to give you further information if you desire. I will be sure to credit you on any information I develop from this page.
Thanks so much for inspiring me so many years ago. Know that I was able to develop my own style of storytelling that had been very beneficial to the cause of Regenerating Communities. Communication is key!
Best, Jessica Gnad Pratt, KS