IEI Summer School Series

IEI Summer School Series: Community Capacity Building

IEI is committed to engaging and building capacity within our communities. IEI’s Summer School Series will offer a number of online discussions, training, and workshops that will help communities work better together to identify challenges, problem-solve, and connect to resources.
This four-part capacity building series will engage participants in virtual learning and sharing on the following topics: Civic Engagement, Storytelling, Adaptive Leadership, and Collective Impact.

IEI Summer School At-A-Glance: Tuesdays from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Date Topics Speakers
August 4, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Civic Engagement, 10 Lenses, Tree of Life, Service Matrix Darryl Lester, John Parker
August 11, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Storytelling and Public Relations Greg Hedgepeth, Jeff Polish
August 18, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Adaptive Leadership Greg Hedgepeth, John Parker
August 25, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Collective Impact  Laura Clark

(Please note: You do not have to register for all four parts of the series. Participants may register for our 4-part Summer School or individual sessions.) 

Tuesday, August 4 

The Personal and the Professional: Engaging and Maximizing My Civic and Community Engagement

Darryl Lester, Service Year Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
John Parker, Rural Faith Communities, Institute for Emerging Issues 

This workshop encourages personal and professional reflection around who we are and where we’ve been as a process to determine “where we want to go”.  Utilizing a variety of tools, including the Tree of Life and 10 Lens exercise, we’ll examine how we serve in the civic sphere, as a paid professional and as a community volunteer (ie: board work, faith community involvement, etc.) along with unpacking some issues of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.  Ideally, we’ll identify goals for future learning in our personal and professional lives through civic conversations as well as intentional engagement and reflection. 

Materials from the course: Tree of Life slides   |   Ten Lenses slides   |   Service Matrix slides    |    Video Recap (Coming Soon)


Tuesday, August 11 

A Story to Remember

Greg Hedgepeth, Communications Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
Jeff Polish, Executive Director, The Monti

“What do you do?” It’s a simple question, but not always easy to communicate in a way that resonates with your audience. And if people can’t remember who you are or why you do what you do, you may be overlooked when it comes to collaboration, funding, and other resources. As Jeff Polish often says, “In the end, it’s more important to make people care deeply about why you do what you do, rather than get lost in the details of what you do. And that is what stories can communicate best—a relatable sense of motivation based on conflict or need.” This session will break down the key components of a great story and how to best market your impact so that others will take notice. 

Materials from the course: Video Recap


Tuesday, August 18

Adaptive Leadership 2020

Greg Hedgepeth, Communications Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
John Parker, Rural Faith Communities, Institute for Emerging Issues

Everyone on track with their 2020 goals?  Let’s discuss our own leadership and how well we’ve adapted.  Whether it’s the public health crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, the related economic crisis, the spotlight on systemic racism, politics, hurricane season, or some combo, the terrain has made everyone burn their calendars and conjure up new visions for how to get to 2021.  “Where do we go from here?”  Bring all of your tools and your compass.  Buckle up for a wide-ranging conversation and let’s share what’s worked, what hasn’t, and how we’re getting oriented for the journey in front of us.

Materials from the course: Video Recap (Coming Soon)


Tuesday, August 25

Collective Impact in Practice

Laura Clark, President & CEO, United Way of Central Carolinas
Today’s challenges are large scale, arise from interactions of many factors, and therefore require a multi-organizational response. Collaboration alone won’t do. Collective Impact is built on a common goal and outcomes and requires active coordination, data-sharing and continuous improvement. It focuses on both the task at hand and the system around it. This session will present an overview of collective impact, including real-world examples of how it works–and fails–in practice, and how to start this work in your community.

Materials from the course: Laura Clark Bio   |   Collective Impact Readiness Assessment   |   Video Recap (Coming Soon)

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