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OneSouthCarolina 2014


Third Annual OneSouthCarolina® Event
February 28 – March 2, 2014
Hilton Head Island

Keynote speakers are Emmy- and Peabody-award winning journalist David Brancaccio 
and NASA chief and South Carolina native Charles Bolden

To view videos of the speaker, click here.

OneSouthCarolina 2014, the third annual event, anchored by keynote speakers Emmy- and Peabody-award winning journalist David Brancaccio and NASA chief and former astronaut Charles Bolden, brought old and new DLI friends together to be inspired by stories of progress in education and economic development in South Carolina and the nation. In addition to powerful speakers and the serious exploration of issues critical to the state’s progress, DLI graduates reconnected with classmates and forged new ties with other Riley Fellows from throughout the state.

The pre-conference panel Remembering “The Forgotten South Carolina” –Where Are We Now? kicked off this year’s event. Connecting back to Doug Pardue’s dynamic and cogent four-part Post & Courier series exploring disparities in income, education and health in South Carolina, a panel of distinguished guests—Mark Quinn, Roland Gardner, the Honorable Jenny Horne, Doug Pardue and Terry Richardson—continued the discussion of the “Two South Carolinas” and progress made since last year’s discussion. Friday evening ended with a stimulating conversation about how the arts figure into economic and community wellness in the state with Ken May, Mark Quinn, Kerri Forrest, and Cate Ryba as panelists in Conversation: Arts, Culture, Community and the Economy.

Saturday was a full day of thought-provoking content. DLI facilitator Juan Johnson gave an inspiring tribute to ten years of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative. Ten Years of DLI celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of DLI capstone projects, ending with a powerful video about the Momentum Bike Club project and its continuing program of mentoring young people with multiple risk factors, including persistent poverty, parental incarceration, and instability in home life.

Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute discussed the impact poverty has on achieving real economic development. With the context setDavid Brancaccio delivered his talk on "A Tale of Three Cities: How Experiments in Education, Entrepreneurship and Healthcare are Bridging Divides" using clips from his recent documentary that portrays stories of innovative partnerships in three cities—Cleveland, Cincinnati and Camden, examples of initiatives that have attacked poverty-related ills at a grassroots level. Quoting the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together,” Brancaccio stressed the vital role of community collaboration in attacking poverty.

Jonathan Green, a celebrated Gullah artist, delivered a powerful address that detailed the extensive contributions of South Carolina slaves to the legacy of South Carolina’s rice culture and questioned why few, if any, museums in the state have major exhibits to tell those stories. Images of Green’s beautiful paintings were used as backdrops in the meeting rooms.

The afternoon panel Toward an Inclusive Economy, moderated by David Brancaccio, featured four successful projects in South Carolina that have used business, nonprofit and community grassroots collaboration to effect positive growth and change in South Carolina. A panel of South Carolina business leaders—Anita Zucker, Jim Reynolds, Bill Barnet, and Harris DeLoachwere paired with corresponding community leaders—Russell W. Booker, Rainey Knight, Sherrie Snipes-Williams, and Karen Woodward—to speak about successes and challenges in their projects.

NASA chief and former astronaut Charles Bolden, a South Carolina native, wrapped up the weekend on Sunday morning with inspiring, personal stories about his own upbringing in South Carolina, and the importance of education, community and diversity. Bolden flew in four shuttle missions and was tapped to run NASA in 2009.

OneSouthCarolina 2014 included such staples from the 2012 and 2013 events, as award-winning South Carolina artists (read more about the artists) and artisans demonstrating and selling their work, delicious traditional Southern food and drink, and excellent live music from South Carolina’s best – in this case, Mac Arnold and his band Plate Full O' Blues, making an encore appearance.

  • To find out about speakers at OneSouthCarolina 2014, click here.
  • To learn about the artists and musicians at OneSouthCarolina 2014, click here.

“Be well, do good work and keep in touch”
− 2012 closing remarks by Richard W. Riley,
former U.S. Secretary of Education and Governor of South Carolina

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