Friday, May 22, 2015

"Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour 2014 Analysis: Theme 3 of 6

In honor of our sixth anniversary celebration, Minnesota Rising is excited to release the initial six findings from the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour! Watch the blog in the coming days to learn about how this group of emerging leaders views and does leadership in Minnesota. You can read more about the report methodology and participant profiles in the first post of this series. And as the name implies, we are looking to continue cascading these conversations across the state this summer - and invite you to join us. Let us know if you'd like to be invited to participate in a conversation and/or join our Advance Team and help host 3 to 5 conversations this summer!


Theme 3 of 6: Emerging Leaders use critical thinking and dialogue as key tools to address society’s complex and contentions public issues

Emerging leaders identified several complex issues that we will need to collectively address, including improvements in inclusion, equity, and the environment and eliminating disparities in education, employment, and income. In order to explore and tackle these challenging multi-generational issues, we will need to view them with clear eyes and seek out additional and representative voices in order to have a more expansive dialogue. One participant noted the value in “being asked to give my opinions on things. Sharing my ideas, communicating with everybody else in the group, made it feel like a shared effort because of all the different levels of positions. It's important to get people from all different levels, if it's applicable, getting an outside perspective” to solving issues. It means broadening who gets to be a part of policy discussions, being open to different frames on a topic, and working together to make it a reality. “[I]t is important to be mindful of the fact that nobody sees the whole picture, so it is vital for us to keep an open mind about strategies, goals, and the like.”


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

You're Invited: Native Professionals Networking Night

Indigenous Cities at the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) invites you to their upcoming Native Professionals Networking Night. Connect with other Native professionals and aspiring professionals in a casual and fun environment. See below for the event description and details!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour 2014 Analysis: Theme 2 of 6

In honor of our sixth anniversary celebration, Minnesota Rising is excited to release the initial six findings from the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour! Watch the blog in the coming days to learn about how this group of emerging leaders views and does leadership in Minnesota. You can read more about the report methodology and participant profiles in the first post of this series. And as the name implies, we are looking to continue cascading these conversations across the state this summer - and invite you to join us. Let us know if you'd like to be invited to participate in a conversation and/or join our Advance Team and help host 3 to 5 conversations this summer!



Theme 2 of 6: Emerging Leaders express a common desire to connect through shared values and shift the focus of public discourse to broad community benefit.

Throughout the conversations, emerging leaders repeatedly expressed frustration with the current political state, which they characterized as partisan and laden with rhetoric. They expressed skepticism regarding the collective ability of Minnesotans to address significant issues under these kinds of conditions. In its place, participants commonly desired to connect via shared values in place of positions or arguments. “For me, a lot of it comes down to talking to people, talking to each other. Coming into conversations and different spaces knowing we may disagree about a lot of things but that we come to talk because we're in this together. When we talk and listen, we learn. Come in with the agreement that I will listen to you and you will listen to me and then that we will try to figure out what to do. I'm okay with compromise, which doesn't seem too popular these days. I know that if my opinion should be heard, I need to do the same for others. We sink or we swim together as communities.” 


The hope would be to elevate conversations past the yes/no binary to shared community concern. Participants named what some of these values could be, including integrity, empathy, intentionality, and respect across difference. Emerging leaders that participated in the second round of conversations expressed with a greater frequency than the first round of conversation participants that the time is now to become a generation that works for the benefit of all Minnesotans. One participant stated it in terms of geography, “With Minnesota that would be paying attention to what is going on in Greater Minnesota and making an effort to impact the lives of people who live there.” Another mentioned it in terms of racial and ethnic diversity, “We're better than the racial disparities in our state. They don't align with Minnesotan values. [I] hope people are getting to a point of not accepting them anymore. Let's get real about inequality and come up with solutions."


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aloud

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"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." 
-Coco Chanel

Monday, May 18, 2015

"Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour 2014 Analysis: Theme 1 of 6

In honor of our sixth anniversary celebration, Minnesota Rising is excited to release the initial six findings from the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour! Watch the blog in the coming days to learn about how this group of emerging leaders views and does leadership in Minnesota. You can read more about the report methodology and participant profiles in the first post of this series. And as the name implies, we are looking to continue cascading these conversations across the state this summer - and invite you to join us. Let us know if you'd like to be invited to participate in a conversation and/or join our Advance Team and help host 3 to 5 conversations this summer!


Theme 1 of 6: Emerging Leaders believe that listening and spending time together is at the core of building trusting relationships

Whether to build more inclusive and welcoming communities, bridge political differences, or resolve conflicts, emerging leaders highlighted the central importance of trusting relationships. In order to build trusting relationships, participants noted the necessary ingredients as listening and spending time together, highlighting the importance of face-to-face interaction. “These days, communities are so large that you’re not going to be able to have one-to-one conversations with 20,000 people. But if you talk to your neighbors, your neighborhood, start on that smaller level, you can keep building up and up and up. Express the ways that you want to improve the community, present some ideas and others can give you feedback and you can trust-build from one-to-one, face-to-face conversations. Not just giving words, but also giving actions. Words are important to build upon with actions, but without action, the trust doesn’t really have a foundation." 


They emphasized it is the way that emerging leaders can learn about people, share in their wisdom, and build common experiences. Participants expressed that building trusting relationships will create spaces where people can have difficult and necessary conversations about topics like race, gender, and socioeconomic status, and their implications for how we live and work together. “Within Minneapolis and just in the Twin Cities in general, we have a really hard time talking effectively, openly, and honestly about all sorts of things. Especially things like racism and sexism and homophobia and transphobia. I think we're really afraid to talk about race in particular in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Oddly enough we're okay talking about gender, at least for white women and white men. We haven't learned how to talk about race or class effectively yet, and we'll need to learn to do that well in order for there to be more trust within communities."


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