Building restorative culture: a guide through the challenges of polarization and harmful conflict.

Welcome! We look forward to engaging with organizations large and small. In our current climate where every industry wrestles with polarization, harmful conflict and issues of belonging, World Outside My Shoes works with your community to see the opportunities to embed restorative practices and strategies for creating  safe workplace environments. 

We do this by coming along side your teams to learn about your values, expectations, and practices so as to discover opportunities to infuse connection through curiosity. Our hope is that integrating the philosophy of World Outside My Shoes will further strengthen the connective tissue within your organization.

Tailoring the Experience

For years now, visitors to Rwanda have had the opportunity and privilege to hear the incredible stories of survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi as well as the inhumane stories of those who brutally swung machetes in an effort to exterminate innocent families. These visitors have been astounded by the relative absence of vengeful spirits compared to what one would expect less than a generation after the systematic slaughter of over one million people, often at the hands of their neighbors.

You just can’t help but wonder how these men and women have journeyed together to this place of peace and cooperation? The rebirth of trust and the authentic repairing of relationships would seem unthinkable and impossible to most, yet visitors are seeing and hearing it from those who lived it. Again and again people ask, “How can we bring this––this reconciliation journey––back to our communities, to our places of work? Would people back home even believe these restorative miracles?”

And yet, these are not miracles. This peace––this healing––has been born of great intentionality, years of incredibly demanding and exhausting work, along with strategies pulled from deep within Rwandan culture and history.

Head-to-Heart Engagement

We believe the possibility for healing, for restoration, for connection exists – even when it seems unattainable. One of the greatest gifts we have in life is the ability to change our perspective and thoughts about the world we live in and the people we are in relationship with.

By answering the questions “How does a nation move from genocide to rebuilding?” And “What does it mean for us?”, we can begin to navigate our own day-to-day tensions and conflicts, we can embrace a new way of engaging the world.

Finding Connection through Curiosity

What does it mean to reframe the way we see the world? Our storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Through case studies, testimonies, and stories we’ll explore the larger themes of human connection and restoration within our own communities and selves. Together we’ll explore how these stories can help build our capacity to navigate the complexities of interpersonal conflict, and rebuild trust.

All of our available presentations and learning opportunities seek to achieve the following:

    • Explore methods and tools for effective introspection so as to meet differences with curiosity.
    • Challenge our own identity and examine assumptions we make within the stories we tell and are told.
    • Build our capacity to navigate the complexities of interpersonal conflict through case studies, testimonies, and stories that illustrate World Outside My Shoe’s values, and the innovation of those who have done so successfully, our Rwandan Partners and friends.
    • Examine the dynamics and relationships of our social landscape through the lens of social, emotional, and neurological intelligence.
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A sampling of our content: A Hope-Based Process for Addressing Division


Interactive Assemblies IN CORPORATE SETTINGS

No matter where you are in the world, our 30 to 90 minute presentations are available both in-person or online. Through a series of stories, we cover moments from the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda all the way through to the nation’s reconstruction and dynamics today.

professional Development

Workshops are story-based learning experiences brimming with dynamic conversations! Participants will explore the decision points, choices, and key relationships involved in navigating times of tremendous risk both during the genocide as well as the physical and psychological demands of the years that followed.


Using interviews, archival footage, and animations, the 40-minute film I’m Not Leaving serves as an excellent resource, followed by an in-person or virtual Q&A session with Carl Wilkens.

Rwanda Educational Immersive Experience

“How can people live together peacefully when betrayal, murder, and genocide is such a recent part of their history?” That’s the question we address as we traverse the scenic hills of Rwanda for 10 days visiting memorials and school campuses, farms and factories, speaking with survivors, perpetrators and government officials, all working together to build a new Rwanda.



Our work spans from professional development for educators, team building professional communities, keynotes for leadership programs, and more. Engagements are tailored to your community.

Whether you want to know more about how it works or you already have dates in mind we want to hear from you!

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