A ReCONNECT NC Series Initiative
North Carolinians are feeling more disconnected than ever and they want to do something about it. We’re inviting people from different backgrounds and perspectives to spend time together in real and rich conversation in which all listen first to understand. Such conversations across difference are all too rare amidst the rising rancor and deepening division plaguing society. But we seek to make them the norm in North Carolina. The conversations may be casual, one-on-one or in groups; we ask that you talk about a topic that is concerning you or your community. The goal is to reconnect in good faith with fellow North Carolinians, learn from each other, build relationships, and identify opportunities to bridge divides in our state.
Together, let’s ReCONNECT NC one conversation at a time!
#ListenFirst to #ReconnectNC
Civic Conversation Principles
• Listen first to understand
• Be curious and open to learning
• Suspend judgement and extend grace
• Maximize diversity of perspectives
Wednesday, August 14!
This culture-shifting movement of conversations across differences in North Carolina launched with the first ReCONNECT NC Day on August 14th! ReCONNECT NC Day was a special occasion for North Carolinians of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to come together in conversations on issues that matter to them, creating greater connection. Through in-person and virtual conversations from the mountains to the coast exploring any topic of interest, people of all stripes listened first to understand and began to make progress on some of the biggest challenges we face.
Read more about this landmark day for our state!
Interested in being part of this mission? Select an action below!
If you’re already having civic conversations in your community, let us know! Share on social media using the hashtags #ListenFirst and #ReconnectNC.
Want a way to help your community engage in this movement beyond your conversation? Click here for a printable handout!
North Carolina is leading the nation!
The ReCONNECT NC Civic Conversations initiative is part of the national #ListenFirst movement to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides with conversation. The #ListenFirst movement, which has reached millions of people coast to coast and been featured on national television, was founded in our state. As part of ReCONNECT NC Civic Conversations, you can make North Carolina the model for the nation to follow!
Featured Guides for Your Civic Conversation
We hope you’ll talk about a topic that is concerning you or your community. We’ve featured several conversation guides below, which you’re welcome to use if you like. You might also explore 80+ other topical guides created by our partners at Living Room Conversations.
Conversations Through Art
On July 12, the Institute for Emerging Issues partnered with Empathy Through Art, the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, and Dementia Capable Cary to host Conversations Through Art. This event, designed by Empathy Through Art, used multimedia works of art as well as recorded musical and spoken word performances to help attendees better understand the challenges that caregivers face when taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Read the summary of the conversation, plus recommendations that came out of the conversation.