"Changing the Chatter" to Advance Equity in Charlotte
Equity Impact Circles (EICs) are the primary tool CBI uses as we work to increase both the understanding and advancement of equity in our community. Using TED Talks and other content as a jumping-off point, participants learn to exchange perspectives, ask questions, and articulate ideas. EICs are intended to support people to learn and use a common “equity vocabulary,” help them develop an “equity lens” to analyze community issues, and guide them toward action as they work to build a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Groups of 8 - 12 people gather over 5 - 6 weeks to develop and strengthen relationships, and engage in deepening dialogue about equity and how it – or the lack of it – appears in our community. EICs are ideal for both intact groups like work teams, corporate affinity groups, or book clubs, and for assembled groups from across sectors or organizations. If you would like to bring an EIC to your group or work team, or if you would like to take part in a cross-sector group, contact Megan Jones.
Equity Impact Circles are intended to:
- Broaden the community of people who can utilize an equity lens in exploring community identity and issues.
- Build relationships among community and organizational leaders through shared learning about equity.
- Deepen the commitment to CBI’s mission to “Wake Up – Interrupt – Step Up” and build the will and skill to respond.