The Maine Trust Project
In our mistrust-filled world full of political contention and both fake and devastating news, mustering the courage to have authentic conversations with people can be a challenge. Finding common ground and engaging in civil discourse about important issues facing our communities, our state, our country and our world can seem elusive, if not sadly impossible.
This concerning state of affairs prompted Pine Tree Watch to examine the concept of trust. In this series called “The Maine Trust Project,” we sit down each month with a Maine resident to discuss this precious commodity. We’ll see which people and institutions Mainers trust and how the concept of trust drives their thought processes and actions.
A presidential granddaughter talks building trust in family, politics, society
Anne Roosevelt has found a home in central Maine, enjoying the natural resources while continuing a life based on truth.
Understanding trust from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s perspective
In a world where trust “runs through us like capillaries,” Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap believes it’s important to maintain perspective.
Entrepreneur who weathered Great Recession talks trust, economic resilience amid COVID
After fighting to keep her boat-building business afloat during the Great Recession, Maureen Hassett learned about financial sustainability and bouncing back. Now, she is better equipped to face today’s coronavirus-related economic hardships.
Finding self-love by learning to trust that others will accept you as you are
Owen Logue used to hide his deafness. When he became a champion athlete, he realized it was a source of inner power and began to trust he could be accepted.
Embracing trust in the most basic — yet meaningful — relationships
In an era of growing suspicion and doubt, Ann Rivers dismisses politics in favor of nurturing some of Maine’s most vulnerable wild animals.
Defining how our brains help us trust
The experiences our brains have of the world — from the womb through early childhood — and our interactions with caregivers shape the patterns our minds build to figure out who and what can be trusted.
When trusting yourself is a ‘constant work in progress’
While he’s always confident in his forecasts, longtime Maine meteorologist Russ Murley says learning to trust himself, however, is a constant battle.
Finding peace, contentment — and trust — in the outdoors
A lifetime in the woods and on the waters of Maine has taught Sheri Oldham that peace, contentment and trust comes from the freedom of being outdoors.
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