Greg Jackson is the founder of Heal Charlotte, an organization created in response to the 2016 police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the subsequent civilian protests. Through Heal Charlotte, Jackson facilitated protest simulations and empathy workshops with CMPD, and he started the after-school program Dream Academy Youth Camp in his neighborhood Orchard Trace. Recently, as demonstrated in the new Reagan Drive Initiative, Heal Charlotte has taken a placed-based approach to community healing. Worth Advisors spoke with Jackson to discuss these timely topics and more. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.
In recent decades, employers have made a conscious effort to bring diversity into the workplace. They’ve made progress, at least when it comes to gender; today’s entry-level workforce is 46 percent female (Waller). Though the numbers are promising, they don’t reveal the culture gap that remains even in the presence of equal representation. Men and women tend to work, ask questions and supervise differently. The distance between the two communication styles can cause problems in the workplace, especially since the majority of corporate culture is decidedly masculine.
Breweries, expensive housing, coffee shops, and galleries— all signs point to gentrification in the low-income communities that surround uptown. Much has already been said about the changing faces of Cherry, Optimist Park, and Washington Heights. Soon Druid Hills will join the ranks of the gentrified. Druid Hills is a small, quaint neighborhood with craftsman-style homes, active churches, and a K-8 public school. With its unique identity in mind, Druid Hills hopes to maintain its pride and culture as it’s done in previous hard times.