Friday, January 30, 2015

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] January 2015

[#mnrising Dispatch] January 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 promises to be a year of transformation, as we continue building on our past learning and success and prototype some new approaches and methods to advancing our mission. We welcome your ideas and inquiries and invite you to join us on Monday, February 2 for the first Minnesota Rising Sounding Board Session of the year or Thursday, February 5 for a reprisal of our Story Lab: Our Story, Our Future (more details in the right column). Either way, keep an eye out for exciting ways that you can contribute to the evolution and elaboration of the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour in 2015. We hope you'll join the conversation! 
Sondra Samuels

Bipartisan Legislative Update

Wednesday, February 11 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Theater of Public Policy is taking its unqiue brand of wonk and improv comedy to the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. State Representatives Nick Zerwas (R-Forest Lake) and Dan Schoen (DFL-Cottage Grove) join T2P2 for an unscripted update from the 2015 legislative session. Straight from the Donkey and the Elephant's mouths. This special engagement at the Humphrey School is free and open to the public, but pre-registering is recommended to secure a seat! [Read more.]

Thinking differently about diversity

MPR News

The word is frequently used when people talk about Minnesota's demographic transformation. And, Millennials offer a more encompassing view of the term's meaning. In this episode, host Maddy Mahon takes on the topic of diversity and what it means for the future. Mahon's conversation with Alfonso Wenker, the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, explores the walls of segregation and how they can be broken down. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Imagine Lab: Portrayed in pictures and prose

Minnesota Rising

The Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities took place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the temporary pilot Hothouse co-working venue. The brainchild of MIA Entrepreneur in Residence, Sarah Lutman, the Hothouse space ensured that the Imagine Lab was set among natural light, high ceilings, and plenty of artistic inspiration! [Read more.]

Hello to Good-Bye (A Treatise on Transitions) 

Diane Tran, YNPN Twin Cities Blog

// "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." - Lao Tzu // As the founder of Minnesota Rising, a generationally-based group, I'm often asked about the point at which our Millennial generation will no longer be referred to as "emerging," but could be considered, "emerged." While there will be a point in time at which, as individuals and as a cohort, we could be said to have moved on from the "emerging leader" moniker, that is not to refute that our journey and learning is lifelong and thus we will always be emerging into the next experience. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

#mnrising Sounding Board Session
Monday, February 2
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Grassroots Solutions

Our Story, Our Future: Recognizing and Valuing Diversity
Minnesota Rising
Thursday, February 5
9:00am - 12:00pm
Hamline University Minneapolis

Zooming in: Finding meaning in measurement
Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 5
11:00am - 2:00pm

Tempo Happy Hour & Behind the Curtain: Manchurian Candidate
MN Opera
Monday, February 16
5:00pm - 8:30pm
The Freehouse

2nd Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference
Minnesota Cup
Tuesday, February 17
12:30pm - 6:00pm
Carlson School of Management

Visuals That Compel and Influence
Friday, February 20
8:00am - 10:00am

Women's Mindfulness Day
One Moment Center
Saturday, February 21
8:30am - 4:30pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


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! 
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

[Recommended reading] MN Next: Thinking differently about diversity

Minnesota Rising friend, Alfonso Wenker, was recently featured on the MPR for MN Next: Thinking differently about diversity. He highlights recent findings from the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour and reflects on the implications of our state's diversifying demographics. Give it a listen and enjoy some laughs along the way!

MN Next: Thinking differently about diversity

January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

[Recommended reading] Minnesota's Energy Future

In the last weeks of my current term as Citizens League Board Chair, I'm excited to share a new video about electrical energy reform produced by TPT. As the 2015 legislative session begins, the League is helping put a spotlight on the inefficiency of Minnesota's electrical energy system and suggesting regulatory reform. Visit the website for more details and take 2 minutes and 26 seconds to learn more in the video below!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab: Portrayed in pictures and prose

The Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities took place on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the temporary pilot Hothouse co-working venue. The brainchild of MIA Entrepreneur in Residence, Sarah Lutman, the Hothouse space ensured that the Imagine Lab was set among natural light, high ceilings, and plenty of artistic inspiration!

The event kicked off with energizing participant introductions, featuring an active verb and corresponding action to share a bit about each of the creative and talented folks in the room. Attendees then settled in to hear from two compelling co-presenters: Jenny Hegland of the University of Minnesota, Rochester, and Maja Radulovic, of the Mayo Clinic, who posited that imagination is a technology of the future. Emboldened by the power of imagination to create new worlds and quite possibly save the current world, participants rotated among Imagination Stations in small groups, playing with Play-Doh, engaging in improv, and putting into word and pictures their visions of what might be. The afternoon concluded in triads sharing and listening deeply about the times at which participants have felt most creative and imaginative in their lives.


Between a beautiful setting at Hothouse, open-hearted engagement in inspiring conversations, and plenty of fun tools for making and expressing art, the afternoon left a powerful imprint on each attendee. During our closing circle, participants reflected on their takeaways, including:
  • Don't put people in boxes.
  • Tiny time constraints were helpful; I want to do it more often.
  • Because you don't have rules, you're not afraid to fail. Imagination has its own rules: It has no rules. It's empowering. Anything can happen.
  • Getting out of my comfort zone was powerful. More play-doh!
  • To feel more imaginative, you need to be in a safe space. You need to be and have a shared vulnerability. We put up walls in the real world to survive.
  • I look at it this way: Wherever I am, I bring value to them. And they bring value to me. If they don't see it, it's not my problem. 
  • There is a privilege of this space. Overcoming obstacles and power are needed to do it for social transformation.
  • As a VISTA, I'm supposed to be a fresh set of eyes, but isn't it just about being yourself?
  • The people we are around impact us. It's important to stay around people who help us to be imaginative.
  • It's so cool to know 17 others are trying to think about and do this work. If we each interact with 10 people, that's 180 people total. And it would be amazing especially given the caliber and quality of the people in this room.
  • We need to seek out stories and people. Every person that walks by is a potential friend, story, etc.
  • Creative people love to be around their kind, in order to be ever more creative.
  • It's so nice to allow ourselves the freedom to be silly and goofy!
  • It's amazing how a small event can have such a profound effect.


Monday, January 26, 2015


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"Learn from the past and let it go.
Live in today."
-Louise L. Hay

|| Join us at the Minnesota Rising Story Lab - Our Story, Our Future: Recognizing and Valuing Diversity at Hamline University Minneapolis on Thursday, Feburary 5, 2015 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. ||
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