Community Cohorts

As part of the ReCONNECT NC Series, the Institute for Emerging Issues explored the root causes of disconnection and worked with citizens and organizations across the state to identify solutions for restoring civic health.

For each of the five forum issue areas, we found a small group of communities doing something remarkable to address the problem. Our five “cohorts,” made up of 26 local and regional initiatives touching 57 counties, are moving forward with the hard work of connecting. Many of them have shared their stories with us, which you can dive into below.

STEM SENC (Reconnect Rural and Urban)

STEM SENC (pronounced: scenic) is a partnership that supports science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, driven by the conviction that “all learners, regardless of …

Project 40 (Reconnect Rural and Urban)

How might a city and its region plan around sustainable food systems to address the critical issues of climate change, racial equity, and shared urban-…

Explore Elkin (Reconnect to Community)

Explore Elkin is a lean organization that works to promote development, tourism and community engagement in the Elkin/Jonesville region. The organization itself has become …

Project Empathy (Reconnect Rural & Urban)

We live in fractious times, where so much media (now exquisitely tailored to capture our individual attention) compounds and often distorts both real and perceived …