Institute for Emerging Issues Monthly Digest - November 2019
Institute for Emerging Issues Monthly Digest - December 2019 


December 19, 2019
A Word from the Director | December 2019

All I Want for Christmas Is New Brake Pads

I’m dreaming of a — polite Christmas.

As we head into 2020, I’m nervous.

Pearce Godwin, the North Carolinian who heads up the national Listen First Project and who helped IEI earlier this year as we launched our Civic Conversations Series, keeps up with polling in the U.S. and reports some frightening numbers.

The latest installment of a poll called “Civility in America” shows that Americans have an average of 10.2 “uncivil” interactions a week. This year’s polls shows 93 percent of Americans believe incivility is a problem; 68 percent believe it is a major problem.

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Register now for ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity

Join us on February 10, 2020, in Raleigh for our fourth forum in the ReCONNECT NC series, ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity.

At the forum, participants will explore what their communities can do to leverage high speed Internet in an equitable way.

We are offering a special discount for community members who register together. Bring five people to the forum for the price of four! We are specifically encouraging communities interested in exploring a digital inclusion plan to take advantage of this deal.

Learn more and register now!

Call for Applications: Tell Your Story on the Forum Stage in February

We’re looking for brief but compelling true stories about how the Internet—or lack of access to the Internet—has affected people in North Carolina in each of these areas: education, agriculture, health, and small business.

Has access to high speed internet changed your life, education, livelihood or business? Do you have a story that everyone needs to hear? Can you tell it in a really compelling way in front of a crowd? Apply today to tell your story to a statewide audience at the next Emerging Issues Forum on February 10.

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ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Impact Report

The ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Impact Report provides a synopsis of the ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity Forum and provides key statements, findings, readings and further steps. We invite you to read what we’ve heard and learned, and test out our “six recommendations” in your community.

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Text, Talk, Future Piloted with Middle Schoolers

On December 5, Text, Talk, Future was piloted with middle school students for the first time. Three career-focused classes at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh participated in the activity which guides small groups of students through a conversation about life after high school. Even though that seems far away for a middle school student, career exploration classes have become available in middle schools. As a teenager, thinking about your future can seem overwhelming, especially with parents, teachers and counselors. Text, Talk, Future takes some of the pressure off the students by having it as a conversation among their peers.

If you want to see how it works, text FUTURE to 89800.

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Open Positions for AmeriCorps VISTAs

Apply now to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA! Service Year NC is currently highlighting two open positions:

United Way of Pitt County. The VISTA at the United Way will support the Imagination Library Program and will be responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with a variety of community organizations (e.g., preschools, birthing center, university) for the purposes of promoting and enrolling children in Imagination Library.

Forward Cities in Durham. As a VISTA volunteer, you will assist with marketing and communications content creation and dissemination to our national audience, including including building a story-telling playbook, designing informational collateral, and supporting the execution of our national conference.

KidsReadyNC Participants Reflect on Initiative Impact

During the final meeting of the KidsReadyNC pilot initiative, community members had the chance to reflect on the overall success of the initiative and their work and to discuss what’s next to ensure collaborative efforts continue to improve the health and development outcomes of the young children in NC.

Click here or the image below to see what participants had to say.

Rural Faith Communities Peer Network Debrief

The Faith Team at IEI (Kylie, Ellen, and John) that directs the Rural Faith Communities at Anchor Institutions (RFCAI) program is always interested in helping others plan ahead. This is a friendly reminder to all faith communities that beyond the digital inclusion and technology forum in February, we have our faith leaders gathering in May in collaboration with our partners and friends, so be on watch for more information and a few surprises.


Congratulations to the winner of a free forum registration: Jesus Padilla!

Jesus completed our mid-series survey for a chance to win a free forum registration.


Happy Holidays from IEI

We here at IEI wish you a very happy holiday season. We mark this season with special appreciation for all you do to help build a stronger, ReCONNECTED, prosperous North Carolina.

Wishing you a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!



ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity
Monday, February 10, 2020
McKimmon Conference and Training Center, Raleigh Learn more and register now!


Partner Spotlights

Focus Group on North Carolina’s Strategic Economic Development Plan with Anita Brown-Graham and the ncIMPACT Initiative
Monday, January 6, 2020
701 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 400, Raleigh
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Connect, Engage, Transform: Rural Community Partnerships
Friday, January 24, 2020
Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill
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NC Entrepreneur Corps Challenge
A new work-based learning opportunity for North Carolina’s college students to serve their state in a meaningful, high impact, and flexible way
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