Monday, August 31, 2015

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2015

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2015

Our blog may have been on summer vacation this month, but rest assured Minnesota Rising was road tripping and field tripping all August long! Our Greater Minnesota Rising project team hosted focus groups to explore attracting, retaining, and engaging emerging leaders in Saint Paul, Alexandria, Nisswa, and Brainerd; we continued working with the Make It. MSP. Makers on efforts to improve social inclusion in GREATER MSP, and a crew of #mnrising leaders participated in the Bdote Field Trip to learn more about Dakota history in order to more meaningfully, conscientiously, and respectfully work to impact Minnesota's future. Join us at our upcoming Sounding Board Session at the picnic tables near Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis on September 14th to soak up more of the great outdoors and help us prepare to transition into the next season of learning and growth for the #mnrising network!
Sondra Samuels

Accepting Applications

Minnesota Council on Foundations
The Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which launched as a partnership with the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) and Bush Foundation in 2013, will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. But the fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it's about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field. Fellows will be employed by MCF and placed in full-time positions at host foundations. Over the course of a three-year appointment, Fellows will receive significant professional development and networking opportunities. Applications are due by September 9. [Read more.]

Hand-in-Glove 2015

Works Progress

Common Field, Works Progress Studio, and The Soap Factory invite you to join the third Hand-in-Glove convening, an itinerant gathering created by and for practitioners in the field of alternative art spaces, projects and organizations. Over four days in Minneapolis-St. Paul we will investigate the contexts and conditions of artist-led culture across the country, exploring existing and emerging structures of support, and deepening peer relationships. Common Field, a new network for visual arts organizations and organizers, will officially launch at Hand-in-Glove 2015, celebrating the public opening of its webspace and membership. We are excited to announce that one free Common Field membership is included with your ticket to Hand-in-Glove 2015! [Read more.]

Call for Applications

Minneapolis Hub of Global Shapers

The Minneapolis Hub of Global Shapers are currently looking to identify extraordinary young or emerging leaders to join our community. Global Shapers represent all walks of life but share an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated leadership ability with potential for growth, and a desire to improve the state of the world. Our community is committed to creating a diverse community that unites people from all backgrounds, fields, and perspectives. Applicants from all sectors are encouraged to apply and demonstrate the unique perspectives, experiences, and skills that you would bring to the group. Please apply online by September 20. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

PODER Fellows Fall 2015


NAVIGATE Poder Fellowships is a program that elevates the leadership development of young adults who have interests in organizing immigrant/Latinx youth, and promote systemic change around access to higher education, jobs, and legal status. Fellowships will be awarded to 5 young adults who have demonstrated leadership and are committed to build collective power. Priority will be given to young adults who have financial, social, and legal barriers to higher education and to students who are ineligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA) because of their immigration status. Students with DACA, U Visa, Withholding of Removal or no status are strongly encouraged to apply by the September 14 deadline. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Tap'd In
United Way Emerging Leaders
Thursday, September 10
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Minneapolis Event Center

Community Visualization Program
Call for Issues
Deadline: September 10

#82 Social + Search = A Whole New Ballgame for SEO & SEM
Friday, September 11
8:00am - 10:00am
St. Catherine University

Farm Open House
Hmong American Farmers
Sunday, September 13
1:00pm - 4:00pm
20385 Coates Blvd, Hastings

September Sounding Board Session

Monday, September 14
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Sandcastle, Lake Nokomis (RSVP for details)

EDTalks: Students Lead in Anti-Racist Classrooms + Knowing Where We Come

AchieveMpls & Citizens League
Monday, September 21
6:00 - 7:30pm

Minnesotanos Awards and Gala
Thursday, October 1
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Parkway Theater

2015 IDEA Summit
Friday, October 16
8:30am - 4:00pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

2015 Civic Celebration
Citizens League
Tuesday, October 20
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Metropolitan Ballroom

2015 Women in Public Service Conference
Hamline University
Friday, November 13
8:30am - 4:00pm
Hamline Saint Paul campus


Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
Copyright © 2015 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Rises against

Copyright: rmorijn / 123RF Stock Photo

"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.” 
-Hamilton Wright Mabie

Friday, July 31, 2015

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2015

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2015

Tonight's rare blue moon gives us pause and an opportunity to reflect on the special things July brought: this month, we hosted an ice cream social at Izzy's for our Sounding Board Session focused on being #MinnesotaBrave, started planning for half-day events this fall for LOCUS (on identity-driven leadership) and #mnrising (our next IDEA GENERATION), and facilitated an "Improving Social Inclusion" breakout conversation at the GREATER MSP Makers session. If you'd still like to come out and play with us this summer, we invite you to be hosted in a cascading conversation and/or to join us at our August Sounding Board Session, which in addition to being a potluck dinner, will serve as a focus group to gather insights for our Greater Minnesota Rising project. Thanks for your support and here's hoping you enjoy this special season in the sun!
Sondra Samuels

RSDP Happenings

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Last year the Partnerships, in collaboration with the Page family and friends, created the Mary Page Community-University Partnership Fund. The fund honors the memory and continues Mary Page's legacy as a trailblazing leader of RSDP and Greater Minnesota. This summer, the Page Fund is supporting a student who will study how Northwestern Minnesota communities could better retain and attract young professionals. Humphrey School of Public Affairs student Brooke McManigal is working with Minnesota Rising, a group of millennial generation leaders, to outline the region's assets and challenges related to workforce needs and community vitality. [Read more.]

Native Nation Builders Program

Bush Foundation

Join the nation-building movement - apply to be a Native Nation Rebuilder! The Native Nation Rebuilders Program brings together Native leaders so they may be instrumental in moving their nations, in cooperation with their elected leadership, toward realization of their tribes' unique goals. The Bush Foundation seeks candidates for a seventh cohort of Rebuilders who will help ensure that elected tribal leaders and the tribes they serve will have a cadre of skilled and courageous individuals dedicated to strengthening their nations. [Read more.]

Nonprofit Board Recruitment Fair

Board Repair

Are you a person of color interested in making an impact in the nonprofit sector by joining a board of directors? Register for the upcoming Board Repair Nonprofit Board Recruitment Fair on August 3rd! The mission of Board Repair is to support underrepresented groups on nonprofit boards and committees in the Twin Cities. More than 100 local nonprofit with board openings will have staff or board members at the event who will meet with attendees for meaningful discussions about joining boards and committees.  [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Accepting Applications: NLP Cohort

Wilder Foundation

Our six-month Neighborhood Leadership Program is an in-depth program for leaders engaged - or planning to engage - in the community. Participants in this program are eager to connect with a diverse learning community to explore community involvement and develop leadership skills to take effective action. This program typically brings together 30 people from a wide diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of experience. Participants come from a variety of formal and informal community-based organizations. Volunteer Community Coaches are paired with each NLP participant to share their six-month journey as attentive listeners, sounding boards, and reflective companions. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

August Sounding Board Session
Monday, August 3
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Potluck at Ruth's (RSVPfor details)

Little Mekong Night Market
Asian Economic Development Association
Friday and Saturday, August 6-7
6:00pm - Midnight; 4:00pm - Midnight
University Avenue and Western Avenue

"Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities"
Twin Cities Research Group
Wednesday, August 12
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation

#81 Brewing Up Buzz for Beer
Friday, August 14
8:00am - 10:00am
The Freehouse

"A Living Changing River" featuring Ben Weaver
River City Revenue
Friday, August 21
7:00pm - 9:00pm
City House

Scattershot Cafe
YNPN Twin Cities
Saturday, August 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
Multiple locations


Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
Copyright © 2015 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Accepting Applications: Wilder Foundation Neighborhood Leadership Program

Wilder Foundation is recruiting applicants for the next Neighborhood Leadership Program cohort. If you live, work, or play in Saint Paul, consider taking part in this opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your ability to act on important community issues. Learn more below and consider applying by the September 9th deadline!

Challenge yourself . . . Enhance your leadership skills . . .
Learn how history can inform actions of today.
Help make the goals & dreams of your community a reality!

Join the Neighborhood Leadership Program

If you live, volunteer or work in a Saint Paul neighborhood, and want to connect with others who make a difference in their community, then this opportunity is for you!  NLP is an in-depth program bringing together diverse leaders from across the community to develop skills and promote effective action.

Program runs September 2015–February 2016

Session Topics Include:
• Understanding Your Leadership Style
• Working Inclusively in Neighborhoods
• Navigating Systems
• Networking for Effective Action
• Drawing on Community History to Inform Your Current Work

The NLP staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please contact us at or by calling Chalonne Wilson at 651-280-2653. You can also learn more by visiting our website at

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

[Recommended reading] University, millennials collaborate for talent research in Greater Minnesota counties

We're excited that our Greater Minnesota Rising project continues to gain traction and interest across the state. Check out the latest coverage in the Walker Pilot-Independent to learn more about the effort to attract and retain next generation leaders in northwestern Minnesota!

University, millennials collaborate for talent research in Greater Minnesota counties

Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:00 am

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Rising, a group of millennial generation leaders, and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) are supporting a project to study how North Central and West Central Minnesota communities might better attract and retain young professionals.
The project, dubbed Greater Minnesota Rising, won a grant from the Mary J. Page Community-University Partnership Fund, which is advised by RSDP, to support Humphrey School of Public Affairs student Brooke McManigal, who will research the region’s assets and challenges related to workforce needs and community vitality.

“Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders working to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for the future,” said Diane Tran, the organization’s founder. “We’re excited to partner with these communities in Greater Minnesota to help ensure shared prosperity for all Minnesotans.”
The project is based on the hopeful work of University of Minnesota Extension researcher Ben Winchester, who showed that, despite a net migration of recent high school graduates from rural areas, some parts of Greater Minnesota have recently experienced a “brain gain” of people between the ages of 30-49.
That work makes sense to Minnesota Rising member Chet Bodin, a state labor analyst who moved to Nisswa a year ago and helped organize Greater Minnesota Rising. “To many folks, our part of the state carries a lot of sentimental value, summertime on the lakes, family vacations, and so on,” he said. “But the level of innovation and economic ingenuity is also remarkable; our region is not only a fun place to visit, but a fine area to make a life.”
The project will involve communities and people in Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena, Morrison, Clay, Becker, Wilkin, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, and Traverse counties through November and develop recommendations for engaging local emerging leaders and community organizations around future workforce needs, broadening of the tax base, and talent attraction in light of the area’s changing demographics.
“The next generation of leaders in Greater Minnesota will be asked to step up in new ways — to care for an aging population, to lead civic life, and to help their communities to transition in the new economy,” said Bodin. “This project will engage emerging leaders in a space and process to unpack how we can prepare for the opportunities and challenges quickly approaching our communities.”
The Greater Minnesota Rising project is the second to be supported by the Mary Page Community-University Partnership Fund, established by family and friends of former Olivia Mayor, Renville County Commissioner, and University of Minnesota Regent Mary Page (1934-2013). It is being conducted in collaboration with Raising The Bar LLC, with additional support from Central RSDP, the West Central Initiative Foundation, and the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls, MN, and UMN Community Assistance Program (CURA/CAP), which matches student researchers with Greater Minnesota communities and organizations, and administers student support.
“The Greater Minnesota Rising project is a great example of how the University can connect to vital community needs,” said CRSDP Executive Director Molly Zins of Pequot Lakes. “We look forward to the project’s findings for our region and what they might mean for demographic challenges throughout Greater Minnesota.”
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