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.
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.