Eran Thompson will be representing NIOT (Not In Our Town) which documents and shares the experiences of everyday people developing extraordinary ways to oppose bigotry. Stories of positive action, told through films, social media, educational programs and grassroots community outreach motivate others to launch their own initiatives.
Our unique approach is based on the premise that change happens best at the local level. As such, we focus on solutions to inspire and empower communities to help themselves by fostering innovative, responsive, locally-driven efforts that convene diverse stakeholders, helping them create a world where:
- Citizens stand together to stop hate and promote safety and inclusion for all
- Students and school leaders work to prevent bulling and intolerance, and promote kindness
- Law Enforcement and communities join forces to prevent hate crimes and violence
Since NIOT’s founding 20 years ago, we have produced five PBS documentaries, held thousands of community screenings nationwide and launched campaigns in Russia, the Ukraine, Hungary, and Central Europe. In the US, we maintain a core network of active community groups. Our online platform, NIOT.org attracts more than 1 million visits annually and our YouTube channel hosts over 100 films which have been viewed 640,000 times.
Join, Not In Our Town National Board Member and Not In Our Town Billings, Chairperson: Eran Thompson for an inspiring tour of stories, tools, and strategies for promoting a positive climate of safety and inclusion for all.
Eran Thompson graduated from Laurel High School in 1994. While attending LHS Eran was involved in several student organizations; he served in student government, competed in Speech & Drama, and served in Key Club. Some of his high school accomplishments are: being Lt. Governor of Division 4 Key Clubs in Montana, a Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship nominee, and two State Championships in Speech and Drama, Eran placed 1st (undefeated) at all meets his Senior year, when he competed and ultimately won the State Championship in Memorized Public Address with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream”.
Eran continued his service in college. He attended Montana State University Billings where he worked in Student Government, College Democrats, worked on several state political campaigns and chaired the Student Activities Board for two years. Eran graduated in 2001 with two Bachelor’s degrees: in Organizational Communications and Theatre