July 1, 2020: An invitation

About this project

Page initiated April 10, 2020

A deadly virus upended the world. There were indications that the isolation orders so important to protecting lives might remain in place for many weeks, and that large meetings might be prohibited for months. And pandemics have a history of returning. The 1918 influenza pandemic struck once, twice, three times, with the second spread in the fall of 1918 being the most lethal.

In the lead-up to this pandemic, twentysomethings were reported watching community livestreams from their home offices, then calling in their questions, using a friend actually in the room to speak their truth to the presenter. The system worked well for them. Would it work for others, for all of us? This project is an effort to answer that question.

The growth of the The Word will require buy-in by young people who are interested in it and would like to shape it to serve their needs. If that includes you, let us hear from you by e-mail or by message at mobile phone below. The Word will need lots of support:

  • People willing to schedule other people to present material.
  • Ambassadors who can spread the word about The Word.
  • People skilled in production of online meetings.
  • We’re open to a new name, of course, but The Word will do in the interim.
  • And most importantly, people willing to do lots of homework on an issue so that they can ask the tough questions that this community needs answers to.

This project would have launched long ago except for one reality: The people willing to help must have a long-term commitment. Doing something once is fun, but The Word will need people willing to stick it out as the enterprise grows. The future of this virtual space for discussion of public policy in Charlotte needs you, and needs you for the long term! E-mail us to volunteer.

Contact us




Birthing officer: Steve Johnston 704-408-3348 [email protected]



Lew Powell, a former twentysomething, coined the initial name. Initial theme music: “Eagle Eye” by Joe Sacco.