A New Public Square Explainer Reach NC Voices Weekly Insight

Our national, state, and local government systems serve more people that were imagined at the point of design. North Carolina, for example, has more than twice as many people as the entire United States in 1790, the year before the state ratified the U.S. Constitution. On good days, I admire the governmental chassis the early engineers designed and remark at how well it has scaled.… Full story »

Social media, bots and civic engagement Reach NC Voices Weekly Insight

One of the difficulties with modern technology innovations is that they often require an understanding of previous technologies in order to be useful.  To appreciate the power of search engines like Google, a user must have an understanding of the web and an appreciation for its potential. The pace of these technological iterations is fast and can be overwhelming to follow. … Full story »

Successful policies are rooted in parent experiences Reach NC Voices

It is time to build on North Carolina’s history of innovation and success to tackle one of the greatest challenges facing the state: the overwhelming majority of our children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Reading well in the early grades predicts a child’s academic and career success. … Full story »

We need your voice Reach NC Voices

Caregivers come in many different forms – grandparents, uncles, siblings, mother, father, guardian, friend. Regardless of relationship, the lives of our children matter, and each caregiver does their best to create the opportunity for their children to live healthy, happy, successful lives. Creating those opportunities requires a heavy lift – scheduling, coordinating, communicating, and trying to stay on top of the very basics of life.… Full story »

First Lady Kristin Cooper discusses child hunger Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. First Lady Kristin Cooper spoke on February 22nd at the 2017 No Child Hunger Leaders Conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.… Full story »

One educator’s experience with school food Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues that we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. Growing up, school lunch was pretty simple.… Full story »

The Reach NC Voices chatbot lives Reach NC Voices

Chatbots are an emerging media innovation that show promise for increasing two-way engagement between organizations and their audience. It is a tool that will help us live up to the promise of two-way communication that is the blueprint for our EdNC Architecture of Participation. Initial versions of bots first showed up on social media, allowing Facebook pages to automate their interactions with members.… Full story »

Meet your latest Facebook friend Reach NC Voices

Facebook can be used for many things. Sharing photos of your kids. Commenting on the latest meme. Watching cooking videos. The list goes on. And now it can be used to tell us your opinion on the issues. Opinions that we will use to shape our coverage and therefore shape the policy debates facing our state.… Full story »

A ripple and then a wave: Real people, real stories lead to change Reach NC Voices

Real stories touch people. Real stories reach people. Real stories educate, motivate, and inspire. EdNC’s Reach NC Voices is a new way for you to share your story with our state. Reach NC Voices inspired me to tell this story. A story beautiful in its complex simplicity. A real story about a real person.… Full story »

Reach NC Voices: Returning to your roots of communications Reach NC Voices

In October I went to the North Carolina Barbecue Festival in Lexington. Everywhere I turned I saw homemade t-shirts and signs in support of then-candidate Donald Trump. I was surprised to not see signs in support of other Republican candidates or any Democratic candidates on the state or federal level. I called Mebane Rash on my way home to discuss a phenomena that was unlike anything I had seen in electoral politics.… Full story »