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.
The challenge of the Choosing Equity Series (CES), led by the Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF), is overcoming deep-rooted issues of race and equity …
David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, a position he began in September 2003, as well as an Executive Director at the Aspen Institute. He is currently a commentator on “The PBS Newshour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
He is the author of “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.” In April of 2015 he came out with his fourth book, “The Road to Character,” which was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. Mr. Brooks also teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Darin J. Waters is the Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement, and an Associate Professor of History at UNC Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina. As a professor, Dr. Waters teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History. He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America. In his role as the Executive Director of the UNC Asheville Office of Community Engagement, Waters works closely with campus and community leaders, representing an array of community-based organizations, to strengthen and build new partnerships for and with the university.
Waters is the co-host of The Waters and Harvey Show on Blue Ridge Public Radio. He currently serves as a member of The North Carolina Historic Markers Commission, the board of the National Blue Ridge Heritage Area, the board of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial of Historic Asheville, and the North Carolina Civil War History Center. Find out more about his work at darinwaters.com.
Mary Lou Addor serves as the NC Sentinel Landscapes Partnership & Adjunct Assistant Professor out of NC State University. Addor is a leader in the areas of leadership and professional development, facilitation and public participation, conflict management, team building, negotiation and coaching. She is the former director of the Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She is concerned with the ongoing, systematic process of implementing effective organizational change.