if you could see tomorrow, what would you do today?

How do you engage dozens of organizations and tens of thousands of citizens to build civic infrastructure, chart a course for a shared future and create purposeful connections among leaders, citizens and community institutions ?  In collaboration with a team of leaders, funders and expert colleagues, SOLID created a Crossroads Charlotte comprehensive brand experience, including unique engagement programs such as Get Real, KnowIt2WorkIt and Art in the A.M. and strategic outreach platforms that connected the Charlotte, NC community with four scenarios about their shared future and asked them to "Imagine Our Tomorrow, Act Today."  The Crossroads Charlotte initiative provided a ground-breaking civic platform for engagement across a spectrum of issues and drove impact through collective action.

A Crossroads Charlotte Learning Network linked dozens of leading institutions and organizations with initiatives planning, resources and professional facilitation guidance. The institutions were taken through a process of internal exploration around access, inclusion and equity, and participated in external initiatives to guide the community towards a positive future within their own sphere of influence to maximize the impact of collective action.

A Crossroads Charlotte Learning Network linked dozens of leading institutions and organizations with initiatives planning, resources and professional facilitation guidance. The institutions were taken through a process of internal exploration around access, inclusion and equity, and participated in external initiatives to guide the community towards a positive future within their own sphere of influence to maximize the impact of collective action.

Four scenarios depicting possible future for the community served as a key part of the Crossroads Charlotte engagement strategy.  Click on the CROSSROADS CHARLOTTE ACTION KIT above to see the scenarios AND spoken word responses!

Four scenarios depicting possible future for the community served as a key part of the Crossroads Charlotte engagement strategy.  Click on the CROSSROADS CHARLOTTE ACTION KIT above to see the scenarios AND spoken word responses!

SOLID produced Crossroads Charlotte: the Movie to bring four future scenarios to life.  The movie engaged thousands of citizens through live events, house parties, broadcast television and digital platforms. The movie was Emmy-nominated and selected as the feature project at the Sundance Arts Roundtable in 2008. Click the image above for the Crossroads movie trailer.

SOLID worked with spoken word artists to respond to each of the four Crossroads Stories, bringing them to impact in a different way. Check out this video of Q's (Quentin Talley of On Q Productions) response to the Crossroads Charlotte story, Class Act. For more information on Crossroads Charlotte, go to www.crossroadscharlotte.org. Poem and performance by Quentin 'Q" Talley, On Q Productions. Poetic responses to Crossroads stories coordinated by Quentin Talley.

Robust web-based and social media platforms augmented the reach of Crossroads Charlotte and served as key civic infrastructure for the community to connect on major issues.

Robust web-based and social media platforms augmented the reach of Crossroads Charlotte and served as key civic infrastructure for the community to connect on major issues.

SOLID designed and produced Get Real, engaging over 75 small groups of residents across the community in discussions about values and priorities that were important to guide public budget decisions.  The results were given to elected officials to support decision-making when tough budget choices. Click the Get Real logo to see a short video on outcomes and impacts.

SOLID designed and produced Get Real, engaging over 75 small groups of residents across the community in discussions about values and priorities that were important to guide public budget decisions.  The results were given to elected officials to support decision-making when tough budget choices. Click the Get Real logo to see a short video on outcomes and impacts.

Check out a short video on Get Real outcomes and impacts

A.C.T. Projects were one tier of a three-tiered program of grants and outreach.  Click on the image for a short video on A.C.T.

SOLID provided project management and executive leadership services to Crossroads Charlotte in the last phase of this large-scale civic engagement project.

SOLID provided project management and executive leadership services to Crossroads Charlotte in the last phase of this large-scale civic engagement project.

Crossroads Charlotte: the Movie was nominated for an Emmy and chosen as the focus of the 2008 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance with actor/activist Robert Redford in September 2008, where 29 leaders gathered to consider "The Arts and Civic Engagement: Strengthening the 21st Century Community."  Click the image above for a full report from the Roundtable.

Crossroads Charlotte: the Movie was nominated for an Emmy and chosen as the focus of the 2008 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance with actor/activist Robert Redford in September 2008, where 29 leaders gathered to consider "The Arts and Civic Engagement: Strengthening the 21st Century Community."  Click the image above for a full report from the Roundtable.

Collaboration is a SOLID value. Crossroads Charlotte was a multi-year, pioneering civic engagement effort that moved forward because leaders, dedicated people, adventuresome funders and community institutions came together to imagine tomorrow and act today. Credits and thanks to: Foundation For The Carolinas, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Community Building Initiative; initial scenarios by Denis Hayes and Carol Morris; Learning Network leads Octavia Seawell, Denis Hayes, Jeanine Bensi-Enchill, Sylvia Biddle Patton; shout-outs for artistic and creative outreach to Jessica Deltac, Quentin "Q" Talley, Melissa Harris, Lawrence Maher, Valaida Fullwood; movie production partner awesomeness to JoAnne Hock and GreyHawk Productions; making the trains run on time: Brant Aycock, Annetta Foard; Christi Robinson Lee, Patricia Zoder; design wizardry by Adam Roth; digital magic kudos to the team at UNION; telling the story glitter to the entire Crossroads Correspondents team; photos in crossroads matrix by Frank Balthazar.

Special thanks to leaders who supported the Crossroads vision with imagination and trust: Michael Marsicano, Susan Patterson, Brian Collier, Dianne English, Mike Rizer and Darrel Williams and all of the CEO's and senior staff of the amazing Crossroads Charlotte Learning Network.