Friday, November 28, 2014

2014 Un/Conference Content Curation | Mindfulness: The Key to Changing Your World

The Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference: The Future Is How was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group offices in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference engaged emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

Minnesota Rising is pleased to feature content as well as continued opportunities to learn from our insightful and engaging breakout session speakers. In our Content Curation series, we highlight the ideas of and ways to connect with our 2014 Un/Conference presenters! Kathleen Sprole, of One Moment Center, shares her presentation and a brief session recap below.

   

Attendees learned the basics of mindfulness and how it benefits them as an individual, coworker, leader, and in other roles in their lives. During the session we practiced observing our experience without judgment and seeing ourselves, others, and global issues through the eyes of compassion. The take-away from this session was that by focusing on our inner compassion and peace, we can begin to transform the world.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Live by them

Thank you, Minnesota Rising network, for your continued partnership and commitment to strengthening our communities. We're grateful and honored to work with you. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Copyright: voronin76 / 123RF Stock Photo

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." 
-John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2014 Un/Conference Content Curation | Open Space: Professionalism Today

The Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference: The Future Is How was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group offices in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference engaged emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

Minnesota Rising is pleased to feature content as well as continued opportunities to learn from our insightful and engaging breakout session speakers. In our Content Curation series, we highlight the ideas of and ways to connect with our 2014 Un/Conference presenters! One of our Open Space callers, Eric Sannerud, recaps his "Professionalism Today" session below. 


What is the prevailing image of a professional in society?
Close your eyes and create a mental image of that professional.


At the Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference on Saturday, November 15th at DLR Group in downtown Minneapolis, this is exactly what an inspired group of attendees did. Our shared energy fueled a meaningful conversation that led to important conclusions and even more important questions.

First, we drew what we imagined:


Professionalism today

Some highlights:
  • Serious
  • White, male
  • College educated
  • “Put together”
  • Touch of gray hair color

The professional mold that we identified painted a monochromatic picture. A professional is someone who is intellectual, is paid for their brain not their brawn, authoritative, wears a suit and tie to work, and/or privileged. There is not a lot of wiggle room in the mold, if you don’t fit, you won’t be considered professional.

The implications of this are far reaching.

Say you are not white or not male or not college educated - how does knowing you do not fit the mold affect your assessment of self? If you can never attain professional status while remaining true to your identity, why would you try?

What if you are in the professional class now? You feel you can’t be yourself, can’t show emotion, can’t admit to being imperfect for fear of being ostracized?
The theme of Un/Conference 2014 was “The Future is How.” Our conversation group took that to mean, “How do we want the professional mold to adapt in our future?”
So then we imagined and drew again:

What is the new word?

Some Highlights:
  • Authentic vs Aesthetic
  • Diverse
  • Empathetic
  • Culturally Adaptable
  • Whole

Bottom line from this imagining: we want the new mold to be flexible. We know that professionals come in all shapes, sizes, colors, outfits, sexual orientations, life purposes, ways of knowing, and work styles. The underlying, defining characteristic? Authenticity.

The professional of now and the future is authentically themself and welcomed for that.
The question we left asking was, "How do we help this new mold get adopted more broadly?"

How do we get there?

Our big question was, "How do we share our broadened understanding of professional?"

Now this is where you come in: Do you have any ideas on how we share this broader vision? How we crack the existing professional mold or how we craft a new, inclusive one?

Join our conversation by commenting here or on Twitter with #MNRising!
Eric R. Sannerud is a farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur in Minnesota. He grows hops at @MightyAxeHops and thinks with @ShapersMPLS. In his free time Eric loves food.

Contact: @EricSannerud ericsannerud@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Un/Conference Content Curation | Join Ashlee Consulting for VITAL Dialogue!

The Minnesota Rising 2014 Un/Conference: The Future Is How was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:00AM – 4:30PM at DLR Group offices in Minneapolis, MN. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the Un/Conference engaged emerging leaders across Minnesota in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers!

Minnesota Rising is pleased to feature content as well as continued opportunities to learn from our insightful and engaging breakout session speakers. In our Content Curation series, we highlight the ideas of and ways to connect with our 2014 Un/Conference presenters!

Below, Ashlee Consulting invites social justice journeyers to an evening of VITAL Dialogue to make connections, share stories, and develop a learning community that can both support and challenge the deepening of practice!

VITAL Dialogue: Deepening Your Social Justice Practice

Ashlee Consulting LLC

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Social Impact Garage


VITAL Dialogue: Deepening Your Social Justice Practice

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you desire a community of peers that will challenge and support you on your journey? Are you seeking a space to bravely engage in authentic dialogue about issues of power, privilege, and oppression?

Join us for an evening of VITAL Dialogue, as we seek to make connections, learn from and with one another, and deepen our social justice practice. Facilitated by Ashlee Consulting, this evening will feature VITAL Practice principles (Vulnerability, Identity, Trust, Authorship, and Liberation) as tools for social justice journeying.

Ashlee Consulting LLC fosters brave spaces for bold conversations. Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee are life and business partners. With more than 14-years of combined experience as social justice educators, the Ashlees have embarked upon their own social justice journey and welcome others to join them in deepening their social justice practice. Learn more about Ashlee Consulting online.

Monday, November 24, 2014

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