Call for Communities

As part of the ReCONNECT NC series, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) will host six Emerging Issues Forums over the next three years, each focusing on a different topic to address North Carolina’s loss of community engagement.

Local communities and organizations—with their traditions, willingness to work, and history of coming together in the toughest of times to solve the biggest of challenges—can help launch us on the path to reconnection. These experts can lead change and inspire others to become part of a more connected North Carolina.


ReCONNECT to Community

The first Emerging Issues Forum in the series, ReCONNECT to Community, focuses on increasing the number of people making their community stronger through civic engagement. ReCONNECT to Community explores the rise of disengagement and identifies strategies to re-energize citizens.


How can your community get involved? 

We are seeking communities actively working on successful or promising initiatives to increase civic engagement to address critical community challenges.

Examples include:

  • Using technology to increase community participation.
  • Designing communities and spaces that engage citizens.
  • Creating innovative branding and marketing campaigns to encourage community involvement.
  • Creating opportunities for civil dialogue across community divides.
  • Exploring changes in organizational culture, policies and/or procedures to make participation more accessible.
  • Launching public education and training initiatives.
  • Engaging individuals and groups that have historically been under-engaged.
  • Communities in the early stages of a civic engagement strategy but have not yet begun to implement activities.


Selected applicants are showcased in the next Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Community, on September 17, 2018 in Asheville. The application is short, and straightforward. If selected, participants receive:

  • Statewide platform to amplify work
  • Opportunity to speak at the forum
  • Network of peers from across the state
  • Training and tools over the next year to enhance your initiative

Applicants may include, but are not limited to, local government, education institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith communities.

Deadline: July 27, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Questions? Contact Maggie Woods,

For more information:

Download Call for Communities Application