Institute for Emerging Issues
The Institute for Emerging Issues brings people together around complex issues in pursuit of a single goal: to ensure North Carolina’s future competitiveness. In its beautiful, high-tech headquarters in the new James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, the institute operates as a unique “think-and-do” tank committed to finding collaborative solutions to tough challenges.
Every year, the institute convenes the Emerging Issues Forum, a policy process that draws on leaders from industry, government, nonprofit organizations and higher education to discuss and debate a specific issue or opportunity facing North Carolina. The institute works to take the ideas coming out of the forum and put them into action.
The new Emerging Issues Commons, part of the institute’s presence in the Hunt Library, uses interactive technology to engage individuals, groups and organizations in North Carolina knowledge and resources.
The reason is simple: If people do not have the knowledge and resources they need to improve their local communities, North Carolina cannot expect to confront today’s challenges and emerge as a strong competitor in the global economy.
The groundbreaking institute was founded in 2002 by former Gov. Jim Hunt, who serves as chair of the organization.