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This episode of First in Future features Paula Henderson of SAS. We get to hear about growing up on a farm in rural eastern North Carolina and how it has shaped her approach to working with people. She talks aboutmake the world a better place through analytics and how it is solving healthcare finance issues and her thoughts on developing more woman…
 
Recently, the US has been getting more serious about an idea that European countries have been doing for a long time, apprenticeships. What happens when you connect apprenticeships to a fast-growingcareer field. The answer is great things happen!Our First in Future guest on this episode is Tony Marshall, president and CEO of Innovative Systems Grou…
 
North Carolina lost a really important citizen, Kel Landis. Kel was a North Carolina zealot. Someone who lived a life where, as our farmers would say, he “plowed to the end of the row.” He was, in a very real way, a doer. He was CEO of Centura Bank, cofounded the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina, Trustee of UNC Chapel Hill and ECSU,…
 
This episode of First in Future we hear from Dan Barkin of Business NC. As the former managing editor of The News & Observer, he has great insight and institutional knowledge about the rapid development of North Carolina, and we hear about his thoughts on broadband, which is a key issue on many minds these days.…
 
Starting in 1998 and with over 1,000 shows, North Carolina's longest running show came to close at the end of 2020. This episode of First in Future we feature the host of NC Spin, Tom Campbell. Tom brought together opinionated people from across our state to take a tough look at whatever is going on in the news in a given week. We get to hear how i…
 
When the pandemic hit, calls to United Way NC's 211 line for assistance tripled. Now the organization has taken a close look at what is happening to families across the state during the pandemic. No surprise there are a lot of people that are hurting. We talk with Laura Marx and Anita Barker about some of the surprising findings of their new survey…
 
In the final part of our three-part series on NC’s political center, we talk with Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of The Newsroom and John Hood, President of the John William Pope Foundation, both two long-time political observers who see the state from the left and right. Are the two major political parties too far apart to get anything do…
 
North Carolina’s fastest growing group of voters are “unaffiliated.” About 1/3 of those registered don’t register with any party. That should mean that there’s a big group of voters open-minded, and ready to vote on issues, not politics, or for the person vs. the party, or for candidates running closer to the “center." Right? Well, based on the exp…
 
NC has a long history of governing from something more or less resembling a middle. But this election season the state appeared to divide people more extremely into one party camp vs. the other. What came out of it was what looks like divided government for the foreseeable future. Our three part series looks at a question from three different angle…
 
This episode of First in Future, we hear from North Carolina's Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green. She speaks to our hearts with a message about our personal power to connect to something important within ourselves and to the power we have in common cause with each other. She noted that historically pandemics have been times for radical change and a…
 
This is part three of a three episode series of First in Future, where we focus on community, specifically what people and places in North Carolina are doing to make the places we live special.In the final part of our special focus on what transforms a place we live into a true community, we talk with Zach Barricklow of Wilkes Community College abo…
 
This is part of a three episode series of First in Future, where we want to focus on community, specifically what people and places in North Carolina are doing to make the places we live special. Small towns everywhere complain about "brain drain", young educated people who move away for college and don't come back. In the second part of our series…
 
This is part of a three episode series of First in Future, where we want to focus on community, specifically what people and places in North Carolina are doing to make the places we live special. This episode starts with the story of Hayesville, NC, in the far western corner of the state, and we talk with Caroline Parker of Education NC about her n…
 
There is a pretty good consensus that online learning is better this fall than it was last spring for K-12 students. But there’s also a pretty good consensus that it is not going great, and everyone agrees that learning face-to-face would be better. One thought is to get students more 1-1 help. That’s the idea behind the North Carolina Education Co…
 
The latest surveys from the CDC show 41% of survey respondents report mental health issues, three times the number at the same time last year.Mental health is the topic of the third and final part of the Institute for Emerging Issues fall webinar series, which is titled ReCONNECT to Move Forward. It is a three hour conversation, focused on mental h…
 
Recently, many have been trying to help our kids with digital homework, or our local government officials have been trying to figure out how to make our community more accessible or competitive in this digital world.This First in Future episode's guest is the Institute for Emerging Issues' own Maggie Woods, Policy and Program Manager, who is lookin…
 
One of the most complicated challenges the Coronavirus has been the need for more broadband. It has been a challenge that the Institute for Emerging Issues has been working on for awhile. We have been working with the state Broadband Infrastructure Office to get grants out to school systems, nonprofits, and communities.Our First in Future guest thi…
 
As of April this year, 45% of people were self-reporting that their mental health had declined. A survey found 70% of people were screening for mental health challenges, with the highest increases among the 18-44 year olds.Our First in Future guest on this episode is Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow. She has written a remarkable first-person summary of he…
 
Three years ago myFutureNC looked at NC’s future economy and came to the conclusion that to meet the needs of the future, we need more people with some sort of meaningful credential beyond high school.The Institute for Emerging Issues has been looking at this issue over the past few months, and we’re bringing together a big discussion of all those …
 
myFutureNC looked at NC’s future economy and came to the conclusion that to meet the needs of the future, we need 2 million more people in our state in the next decade with some sort of meaningful credential beyond high school. And that if we do nothing, we will fall 300,000 people short of that goal. The pandemic has caused 1.2 million North Carol…
 
This First in Future episode features Dr. Rupert Nacoste, author of the new book "To Live Woke: Thoughts to Carry in Our Struggle to Save the Soul of America". Dr. Nacoste is a native of Louisiana, but for the past 32 years has been a professor of psychology at NC State. Dr. Nacoste’s research and public service efforts have focused on developing a…
 
In celebration of 19th amendment that secured all women the right to vote over 100 years ago, this episode of First in Future, we are joined by Dr. Katherine Mellen Charron, Associate Professor of history at NC State. We explore what the amendment meant and did not mean and about how Tennessee passed it and NC did not.…
 
The Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a series of conversations around early childhood learning focused on how we develop stronger systems in the midst of ongoing uncertainty.This episode (COVID-19 and Child Trauma: Where do we go from here?) with guest host Patrick Cronin (IEI Assistant Director) and guests Sharon Hirsch (President & CEO, P…
 
Back to school is back, but this year it is complicated. Universities are trying to have at least face-to-face classes, but it’s not clear that’s going to work out. About 70% of public school students are starting their year totally online. It’s been a rollercoaster few months for folks across the world, around the country and throughout North Caro…
 
Host Leslie Boney, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues, talks with special guests Eric Davis (Chair, State Board of Education), Eliz Colbert, Ed.D., (Executive Director, NC Virtual Public Schools), Terry Stoops, Ph.D., (Director of Education Studies, John Locke Foundation) and Tabari Wallace (Principal, West Craven High School and NC 2018 Princ…
 
The rural part of our state were already facing a broad range of challenges before the pandemic with shaky economies and health care challenges.Our First in Future guests on this episode is Calvin Allen, the first Rural Forward NC director and we hear his thoughts on these issues and so much more.By Institute for Emerging Issues
 
The Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a series of conversations around early childhood learning focused on how we develop stronger systems in the midst of ongoing uncertainty.This episode (From Crisis to Opportunity in Child Care) with guest host Patrick Cronin (IEI Assistant Director) and guests Sheila Arias (Campaign Associate, MomsRising)…
 
The Institute for Emerging Issues is spending a lot of time focusing on the future of education and work. That is the main focus of the interview with this episode's guest, Tom Looney.Tom Looney solved a huge challenge in the early 2000s—how to help a Chinese company called Lenovo set up a new global headquarters in RTP and take over IBM’s PC busin…
 
The Institute for Emerging Issues is hosting a series of conversations around early childhood learning focused on how we develop stronger systems in the midst of ongoing uncertainty.This episode (Parenting Education Beyond COVID-19) is with guest host Patrick Cronin (IEI Assistant Director) and guests safiyah jackson (early childhood systems direct…
 
Our US colleges and learning institutions are in unique situations with the uncertain times with safety and quality of education. Our First in Future guests on this episode is Buck Goldstein, University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice at UNC in Chapel Hill. He is looking at it all from the outside and the inside as a entre…
 
African Americans make up 22% of the state's population, but have 24% of the COVID cases and 33% of the deaths. Ten percent of the state's population are Latinx, but Latinx people have 46% of the COVID cases. What is going on and why, and what can we do about this?Our First in Future guests on this episode to address this are Dr. Deepak Kumar, Dire…
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding. As we begin to reopen the economy, we start a series called Jumpstarting NC. Each week we’ll be talking with those responsible for jumpstarting critical p…
 
To celebrate the Fourth of July, First in Future revisits a special conversation with an American history scholar. Dr. Craig Friend is an NC State Professor of Public History, specializing in the Revolutionary War period. He first caught the bicentennial bug growing up near Kings Mountain, NC, the site of the first major patriot victory after the B…
 
Join us for this episode, Jumpstart Connectivity: Eliminating the Digital Divide in North Carolina’s Cities and Towns.How cities and towns across the state are addressing the digital divide and emerging from the pandemic with key strategies to increase digital access and skills. Join guest host Maggie Woods (IEI Policy and Program Manager) and gues…
 
Juneteenth or sometimes called Freedom Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.Our First …
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding. As we begin to reopen the economy, we start a series called Jumpstarting NC. Each week we’ll be talking with those responsible for jumpstarting critical p…
 
So far this year only a little over half of NC households have self-responded to the Census, and we lag behind other states and behind where we were this time last Census. The idea of the Census was to count every person living in the United States, and every decade since 1790. This is a Census year, but COVID-19 is making it tough to get accurate …
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding. As we begin to reopen the economy, we start a series called Jumpstarting NC. Each week we’ll be talking with those responsible for jumpstarting critical p…
 
In a time when we are desperate for local news and are slowly being offered less of it due to downsizing and internet-based operations, how do we find out what is going on in our community? In this First in Future episode, we had the opportunity to talk with two individuals working on solutions for local news: Lizzy Hazeltine, the coordinator of th…
 
IEI are hosting conversations around the issues of parenting, policing and systemic racism that the people of our state and nation are grappling with right now.This episodes guests are Troy Johnson (founder of Young Men 4 Christ Enterprises (YM4C), which works with young men aged 8-17), Tonya Lynch (founder of Black Light Project, mother of 5 sons …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated more attention for telemedicine. As more people access health care through their phones and computers, the John Locke Foundation and Brookings Institution have prepared a new telemedicine report. In this First in Future episode, we had the opportunity to talk with Jordan Roberts, Health Care Policy Analyst at the…
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding.Join us for this episode (Civic Conversations in Time of Pandemic) with guests Pearce Godwin (Listen First Project), Cyrus Rad (Class of 2021 Caldwell Fell…
 
A new series of reports from the Urban Institute at UNC Charlotte took a closer look at who has wealth in the Charlotte region and who doesn’t. The series of reports tried to understand where the wealth gap came from, taking a look at bank lending policies, transportation policy, housing policy, business ownership, and savings to try to understand …
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding.Join us for this episode (The Way Back from Unemployment: Jobs, School and Service) with guests US Rep. David Price (NC 4th District), Jeff Frederick (Pres…
 
First in Future Remembers Andrea HarrisNorth Carolina lost a really good citizen on May 20. Andrea Harris died in her home in Vance County at the age of 72. Andrea spent 50 years standing up for the elderly, fighting for affordable housing, helping minorities in our state get businesses started, and advocating for the essential role of historically…
 
This First in Future episode features Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, columnist for InformationWeek, author of "Beyond Transparency" and technology speaker with a sense of humor. We learn why technology is easy and people are hard, especially during the mass conversion to the WFH model we have experienced, and why in technology we l…
 
Leslie Boney, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, hosts a series of virtual conversations discussing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the ways our state is responding.Join us for this episode (COVID-19 and Mental Health) with guests Dr. Carrie Brown, M.D., MPH (CMO, Behavioral Health and IDD, DHHS), Dr. Kate Hobbs Knutso…
 
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