ReCONNECT to Community: Asheville
Hear New York Times Columnist David Brooks and others speak about how to increase civic engagement across the state and help North Carolinians “Reconnect to Community!”
North Carolinians are stepping away from community life — from neighborhoods, from volunteer groups, from organizations — threatening our ability to solve major challenges and maintain economic competitiveness. ReCONNECT to Community explores this rise of disengagement and provides strategies to re-energize citizens, focusing on solutions that work. We will be highlighting community initiatives from across the state and sharing their innovative strategies to engage their residents and solve local challenges. We also acknowledge that some groups across the state have never felt connected to their community. How do we create access points or ‘civic on-ramps’ that include all residents?
Watch our video: Solving Problems Together for a More Prosperous Future
Our society is often divided by politics, geography, race and income. Trust – in each other, the media, and public institutions – is waning as we struggle to find common ground.
In order to improve economic competitiveness and quality of life, North Carolina’s cities and towns need residents invested and engaged in community life.
Strong civic engagement is important for the social and economic success of a community. Caring about where we live increases the odds that we will invest, spend, and hire there. When all parts of a community work together, we are better equipped to solve problems for all community members.
ReCONNECT to Community provides the opportunity to discuss, debate and learn about:
- Why civic engagement is important for North Carolina communities to prosper, including strategies for creating civil dialogue for communities and organizations of all sizes.
- Innovative ideas and actions to engage residents and create more engaged communities.
- North Carolina communities that are using civic engagement initiatives to address critical community challenges.
At the Fall 2018 Forum we will be highlighting community initiatives from across the state and sharing their innovative strategies to engage their residents and solve local challenges. These diverse, energetic community-based teams from around the state will move forward ideas and strategies from the Forum, leading and modeling solutions and sharing their learning with other communities. They will learn from each other, set clear goals and report back at future forums on their progress.
Listen to Forum Lead and IEI Policy and Program Manager Maggie Woods’ podcast on some of the behind-the-scenes details of the forum!
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