Throughout its history, CBI has collaborated with community partners to offer dialogues and facilitated conversations around issues of equity and inclusion. We believe that being able to make connections and build relationships across difference is a key element in helping people wake up to discrimination and injustice, interrupt inequitable systems and structures, and step up to champion equal rights, access, and opportunity.
Our conversation model continues to be adapted for a variety of audiences and topics. In addition to facilitating “in-person” dialogues and conversations, CBI has created issue-based dialogue guides and other resources that can be downloaded and used by various groups interested in learning together.
Highlighted Past Conversations:
CBI partners with Three Bone Theatre to support its production of OSLO with conversation cards.
CBI partners with OZS Consulting to support the implementation of community dialogues in conjunction with Opera Carolina’s production of I Dream.
CBI partners with the Levine Museum to offer Nuevo DIA, a public dialogue series in conjunction with the Levine Museum’s “¡Nuevolution! Latinos & the New South” exhibit.
CBI partners with CRC and the YWCA on two community conversations based on ”The Danger of a Single Story.”
CBI and OZS Consulting are engaged by the Gantt Center to develop a facilitated dialogue model to support the “Question Bridge: Black Males” exhibit.
In partnership with Crossroads Charlotte, Discovery Place, and OZS Consulting, CBI develops and implements “RACE Exchanges” - a series of facilitated dialogues based on the exhibit, Race: Are We So Different? The series engaged more than 2,000 people.
“Speaking of Change,” CBI’s partnership with the Levine Museum’s “Changing Places” exhibit offered a public dialogue series engaging more than 1,500 people.
CBI partners with Community Relations Committee and Mecklenburg Ministries on “Salting the Roads,” an open letter to the community in response to the turmoil that erupted in the community as a result of the process to appoint a new Mecklenburg County sheriff. The “Salting the Roads” letter led to the development of the “Can We Talk? community conversations series.
2004 - 2005
CBI partners with the Levine Museum of the New South on “Conversations on Courage,” a dialogue project in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit “COURAGE: The Carolina Story That Changed America.”
Following the success of the dialogue project, CBI launched a follow-up project, “Organizational Courage,” to further extended conversation.