First in Future: Economic Leadership LLC Managing Partner Ted Abernathy

Summary: If you’re trying to imagine a new future for your town, or your county, or your region, or your state, or even your company, you need to have perspective. In an ideal world, you’d be talking to a lot of different, smart people; you’d step outside of your situation and see how other people are imagining their future; you’d want to know what assets you have to build on; you’d want to know what context you were working in; and if you were trying to advise people who were trying to plan for the future of a state, it would be hard to be better positioned than this week’s guest, Ted Abernathy. He grew up in a small town in North Carolina, and worked on a county level, worked on a regional level, worked on a multistate level. So naturally, when we sat down with him at the UNC-TV studios in Raleigh, we asked him to help us to imagine our state’s future.

Excerpt: “Every place is unique, but every place is also in context with the rest of the world. The fact that you have unique assets in a place doesn’t mean that you can ignore what’s going on around you.”

Book recommendations: The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, Tyler Cowen; Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg

If the states are a baseball team, what position should North Carolina play? Manager, of course. “You get to decide what happens for the future.” On the field? “Catcher. They control more of the game than anything else. I want my state to lead. I don’t want them to follow. I don’t want them to emulate something else.”

This is the first installment of a 13-segment series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV! We are so excited to share the First in Future podcast via traditional means and via taped segments to air on the North Carolina Channel! Check back soon for air dates.

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