William C. Friday Dialogues for the Expansion of Democracy
The Friday Dialogues position Wildacres Leadership Initiative (WLI) as a key player in raising public dialogue above the rhetoric and confusion that divert attention from the ills imposed against African American, immigrant, indigenous, poor people and communities. Friday Fellows leverage their extensive networks to create space for civil dialogue aimed at abating gridlock, improving human relations, and advancing a just democracy.
Regional and local dialogues are a place-based effort to analyze and prioritize issues that might be unique or at least most important, across similarly situated communities. At the same time, statewide dialogues bring attention to crucial issues that extend beyond but impact multiple regions. These dialogues can then form the basis for more transparent regional and state action agenda to bring about a better North Carolina.
Encouraging civil dialogue across difference is at the heart of Wildacres Leadership Initiative's work. To provide a very clear model, WLI provides this hour long discussion about education between former NC Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and former NC Community Development Initiative CEO (and current WLI CEO) Abdul Rasheed. Note how June and Abdul take the time to get to know each other's past and perspective before discussing some of the hot-button issues of the day. Listen to the podcast here.