Saturday, March 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] March 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] March 2018

The Gregorian calendar shows that with the Vernal Equinox springtime has arrived in our hemisphere of the world and the alternating warmer days and snow showers help us to begin making the transition ourselves. The link below featuring the recent YNPN Twin Cities blog post, Living into the answers details how we at Minnesota Rising have been shifting in the past few years in response to questions about what we are willing to let go and what we want to center instead.

Like others, we gained hope from the intention behind the intersectional approach to this month's March for Our Lives and drew inspiration to continue investing in youth and communities as #NeverAgain #MeToo #BlackLivesMatters continue to compel us to create change. And so we offer some great current opportunities to do so locally: share with a young woman of color and/or Indigenous woman about St. Kate's First Step Summer Institute, submit a story to #MinneAsianStoriesby CAAL to deepen the diversity of Asian Minnesotan narratives, encourage Latinx/Latina/Latino youth ages 12-18 who live in Minnesota to apply for the NAVIGATE MN (Unidos MN) Youth Action Summer Camp, pass along AmeriCorps opportunities with Public Allies and C3 TwinCities, and spread the word about a Marketing 101 session specifically for BIPOC small business owners and entrepreneurs. See the rest of this Dispatch for other community-building and resource-sharing opportunities!

YNPN Leadership Institute

Deadline April 30

Are you hungry for leadership and personal development opportunities, but struggle to find them in your daily routine? Do you work in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector? Fired up about your work and want to see that flame burn brightly throughout your career? Well that takes fuel, that takes space, and that takes tending. That takes the Leadership Institute. YNPN Twin Cities is offering a unique cohort experience. The experience is aimed at encouraging exploration of the big career questions you’ve been asking, and will continue to ask, while doing some serious skill swapping and network weaving across the local philanthropic and nonprofit worlds. [Read more.]

Living into the answers

by Diane Tran, YNPN Twin Cities Blog
“Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rilke At Minnesota Rising, our mission is to build trust, relationships, and a shared vision for the future of Minnesota, while developing the collective capacity of the rising generation to lead collaboratively. Just how we do this has evolved over time, as we continue to inquire into and assess our strategic intent and impact. For those nonprofiteers who also value emergent learning and developmental evaluation, we offer a couple of our questions and answers. Q1: What are we willing to let go? [Read more.]

Emerging City Champions

Deadline April 2 

Emerging City Champions is a fellowship program for young civic innovators with transformative ideas. They are looking for future city leaders with creative solutions to activate public life in public spaces, enhance mobility options, and build a culture of civic engagement in their communities. This program elevates new voices in city building, and supports projects that strengthen communities. Champions will receive $5,000 in seed funding to implement one community project in one year. These projects must address public space, mobility, and civic engagement challenges in the community. They are looking for projects that respond to community needs, build on local assets, and are implemented through collaboration. [Read more.]

Political Leaders of Tomorrow Internship


womenwinning is seeking candidates for the Political Leaders of Tomorrow Internship Training Program. The program trains the next generation of political leaders in Minnesota. womenwinning staff teach participants how to navigate campaigns and the tools to be successful on any campaign. Staff then helps interns find a candidate to intern with for hands-on, real-life experience. After completing this training, participants will be a great asset to a candidate’s team and have built the foundations of a strong network. This is the first step to starting a fulfilling career in politics! Program details: Interns hired into the program will recieve an in-depth training hosted by womenwinning covering a wide range of topics from the Minnesota political landscape to how to run a successful campaign operation at any level of office. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Community Conversation: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassination 
Wednesday, April 4
4:30pm - 5:30pm
YWCA Minneapolis

Art as Inspiration for the Common Good: Honoring Joan and Walter Mondale
Thursday, April 5
Humphrey School

Social Media Breakfast MSP: Social Media Case Studies
Friday, April 6
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Mu Gala 2018: The Can Can Wonderland Edition
Monday, April 9
Can Can Wonderland

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion: Power the Future 
April 10 - 12, 2018
Mpls Convention Center

2018 API Day at the Capitol: "Our Youth, Our Future"
Thursday, April 12
Capitol Rotunda

Twin Cities Young Professional Summit
Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Friday, April 13
7:30am - 1:30pm
Sheraton Bloomington

Succession Planning: You Need to Start—Yesterday!
Friday, April 13
9:00am - 12:00pm
Hamline University

CLA Lunch and Learn
Friday, April 13
11:30am - 1:30pm

Pho vs. Khob Poob (Nplooj Radio's Spring Fundraiser)
Saturday, April 14
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

St. Stephen's Human Services Benefit
Saturday, April 14
UST Law School Atrium

2018 Consumers Celebration
Citizens Utility Board
Monday, April 16
5:00pm Reception
Metro State University

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship Information Session
Friday, April 19
10:30am - 12:00pm

Scholar Reception & Community Fundraiser for College-Bound APIA Youth
Friday, April 19
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Campus Club

Arts & Crafts 2018: The Creative Race
Sunday, April 21
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Can Can Wonderland

Inclusive Science
Saturday, April 28
1:30pm - 4:30pm
MN Humanities Center

The TCBPN 10th Anniversary Get Together: Design Thinking Crash Course 
Thursday, May 3
6:00pm - 8:00pm
University of St. Thomas

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Friday, March 23, 2018

[Blog Buddies] Living into the answers

It was time this month for my annual YNPN Twin Cities blog post and I had questions. And . . . some answers. See below for an update on what Minnesota Rising has been inquiring into and how we've been responding over the past couple of years.

Living into the answers

“Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rilke
At Minnesota Rising, our mission is to build trust, relationships, and a shared vision for the future of Minnesota, while developing the collective capacity of the rising generation to lead collaboratively. Just how we do this has evolved over time, as we continue to inquire into and assess our strategic intent and impact. For those nonprofiteers who also value emergent learning and developmental evaluation, we offer a couple of our questions and answers.
The Minnesota Rising Un/Conference was our network’s first signature event, bringing together 100-150 emerging leaders each year. The daylong events featured optional AM connecting and creativity sessions, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Open Space sessions, Show and Tell sessions, and a happy hour. Through these annual gatherings between 2010 – 2014, we built the leadership capacity of volunteer event planners, provided emerging leaders opportunities to showcase their talent and knowledge earlier than they might be invited to do so in their professional careers, and built community among our state’s emerging leaders as well as young professional groups. The most commonly cited outcomes for attendees were the ability to connect with other leaders via an energizing event as well as to gain and generate new ideas for specific projects they were advancing.
As we considered our strategy moving forward after hosting five successful Un/Conferences, we lamented the potential loss of a key event that our community had come to know and rely on and the opportunity to collaborate with a wide array of local emerging leader groups and organizations. On the flip side, planning and hosting an annual Un/Conference took a great deal of resources and we knew we could afford to let go of the five months of extensive planning required annually. So we chose to take a hiatus from the annual Un/Conference and began to explore opportunities to more directly help emerging leaders connect and collaborate in ways that could more efficiently leverage our volunteer time and organizational resources.
The IDEA GENERATION was our effort to test a more focused format that innovated on how to help emerging leaders move even further and faster in their efforts to impact Minnesota’s future. A Pro-Action Café allowing attendees to share and workshop their ideas with one another in real-time, the two events we hosted in 2015 were highly regarded and resulted in several ideas proffered gaining additional traction and/or coming to life following the events.
A1: Rather than continue to host an event, no matter how great an event, in perpetuity, we wanted to be thoughtful about what other formats or methods might help us best achieve our goals. Further, we anticipated that this move might demonstrate to the rising generation the importance of letting go and the ability to become increasingly comfortable with impermanence. Rather than end up ourselves as long-time leaders who struggle to let go of power or to make space for others, we wanted to begin to gain a comfort and confidence in letting go of things early and often as individuals and as a generation.
Our approach at Minnesota Rising is meant to create a tent large enough that anyone who connects themselves to this geography or generation (i.e. Minnesotan or Millennial) can come together beneath it. While this broad lens would seem to inherently encompass “all,” since most Millennials eschew labels and not everyone living in Minnesota feels welcome here, considers it is their primary or most visible identity, or would characterize this native land as the #BoldNorth, we miss those not in the mainstream. Indeed, the words “we” and “us” are not always as inclusive as they aspire to be.
In fact, in order for us to center those at the margins of this conversation, we have had to narrow in on who with and how to have new conversations. The two ways we responded:
An initiative of Minnesota Rising, Greater Minnesota Rising was a research and community engagement project in North Central and West Central Minnesota. From April 2015 – February 2016, the project team sought to outline the region's assets and challenges related to workforce needs and community vitality and develop recommendations for engaging local emerging leaders and community organizations in northwestern Minnesota. We conducted an environmental scan, focus groups, and a World Café in effort to engage the insights of emerging leaders in developing recommendations to ensure their local communities could offer the lifestyles, relationships, and opportunities to support them, their families, and their futures.
An initiative of Minnesota Rising founded in 2013, LOCUS works to provide space, connection, and opportunities for authentic community building, identity-driven leadership, and resource sharing – by and for people of color and indigenous peoples. LOCUS aims to host meeting grounds for authentic community building and we host regular dialogues, events, and Family Dinners. We embrace and support each other through the pursuit of stronger connection and inclusiveness. Through these practices, we strive to cultivate a pool of identity-driven leaders, ready to lead in our local communities.
A2: By spending time in communities where our network has not been as deeply engaged, building relationships and having the conversations they’re interested in, we develop a more expansive understanding of the stories and opportunities in our state. With this context, we can support emerging leaders to connect with one another, identify what they want to build in their own communities, and move to action on co-creating those assets and relationships that help us shape a stronger Minnesota inclusive of voices that are not always interested in or that do not feel invited to participate in the mainstream conversation.
What questions have been sitting with you or your organization lately? And how have you found yourself living into them?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] February 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] February 2018

This shortest month was quite full with momentous occasions to mark. While Purple Pride stopped one game short of the Super Bowl, the #BoldNorth showcased some of the best (and coldest) that Minnesota and Minnesotans have to offer, including a zip line across the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. #skol The start of the Lunar New Year on February 16 ushered in the Year of the Dog, paired this cycle with the element of earth, which will bring more groundedness and stability to support movement into positive action for all Chinese Zodiac signs this year. And so as we move ahead into International Women's Month, check out opportunities within this Dispatch to support womyn, including Still Kickin's original FEMNIST design, and to use your voice and agency to be the change you wish to see in the world.


MSP Hello

Tens of thousands of working professionals already move to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region each year, and our MSP HELLO team is working to welcome as many as they can find! Join hundreds of newcomers and the MSP HELLO team for the latest celebration of the seasons as we welcome our newest neighbors to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. Hello Spring marks our return to the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul. This free event will feature live music, interactive installations, opportunities to meet new people, and fun ideas to enjoy spring in MSP. Take the opportunity to step back in time with the MN History Center’s 1968 exhibit, just one of many exciting exhibits exploring the history and culture of MN. [Read more.]

NEW Leadership Northern Lights

Applications due March 23
NEW Leadership™ is a national nonpartisan program to educate women about politics and leadership and encourage them to become effective leaders in the political arena. NEW Leadership™ Northern Lights intensive five-day residential institutes provide leadership training, inspiration and support for women in the upper Midwest with particular emphasis on supporting women from communities that are underrepresented in public leadership. Participants gain valuable leadership experience by attending workshops on running for office, public speaking, fundraising and grant writing, public policy advocacy, working with the traditional and new media, and building community partnerships. Next Institute: May 30-June 3, 2018. [Read more.]

How to Use Your Voice to Get Sh*t Done: Self-Expression

jabber logic

You have everything it takes to make the world a better place! Despite the challenges you face, you’re an inspiration to those around you and this is your year. Join us March 16 at the East Side Freedom Library for a half-day interactive forum focused on self-expression to help you create change and get shit done. Our group of incredibly talented presenters (Blackout Improv, John Gebretatose, Amee McDonald and Erica Hanna) will lead you through hands on workshops exploring topics like improv, video, and visual storytelling. You’ll leave with the tools you need to elevate your voice and inspire change in our community. [Read more.]

International Women's Day: Promoting and Supporting Women of African Descent

March 8, 8am - 5pm at Humphrey School

In celebration of International Women's Day, Isuroon and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs invite you to join a symposium centered on women of African descent. Keynote addresses and panels will focus on economics, health, and other topics. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won't close until 2186, and even later for women of African descent. This daylong event will address Minnesota's racial disparities, which are among the worst in the United States, and will identify ways that Minnesotans could help promote the lives of women of African descent in Minnesota and elsewhere. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MACC Social Enterprise Symposium
Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities
Thursday, March 1
8:00am - 5:00pm
Red Cap Room, Union Depot

Muslim Women Strong: 2018 Women's Leadership Conference
Saturday, March 3
7:30am - 4:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington

The New NAAAP MN Kick Off Event 
National Association of Asian American Professionals MN
Wednesday, March 7
5:00pm - 7:00pm
612 Brewing Company

Be Heard 2018 Semifinals Bout 1
Saturday, March 10
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Loft Literacy Center

Powderhorn Shark Tank
Apply by March 11 at 12:00am

Susan Brower on Gearing Up for Census 2020
Twin Cities Research Group
Wednesday, March 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation

CAAL Day At The Capitol
Coalition of Asian American Leaders
Thursday, March 15
8:30am - 2:00pm

AKOA: Untold True Stories from the Korean Adoptee Community
Network of Politicized Adoptees
Friday, March 16
6:30pm - 9:00pm
The Loft at Open Book

Women Gathering for Action
MN Women's Consortium
Tuesday, March 20
1:30pm - 7:00pm
Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill

5th Annual WE* Conference: Start Small, Think Big + Grow
MN Cup
Thursday, March 22
12:30pm - 6:00pm
Carlson School

Courageous Conversations: The Aging Workforce in Southwest Minnesota
Friday, March 23
10:30am - 11:45am
Marshall Area YMCA

Conversations with the Fed: An Economic Outlook with Mark Wright
March 28
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

CERTs 2018 Conference
Clean Energy Resource Teams
March 28-29
St. Cloud Convention Center
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] January 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] January 2018

New year, new brand! At least for our sister initiative, LOCUS, focused on engaging and supporting emerging leaders of color and indigenous leaders. Below, the design team and LOCUS leadership team show off the new look at the January 10 brand launch party at Soberfish Restaurant on January 10. Cheers to a fresh take on an image that conveys our network's intersectional, connected, and identity-responsive efforts!

Millennium Fellowship

Applications due March 1

The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2018 class of its Millennium Fellowship. We seek leaders, innovators, and agents of change, ages 25-35, to join our growing, multidisciplinary, and international community of fellows at the Atlantic Council. Ideal candidates will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, bold vision for the future, character to lead and inspire, and passion for solving global challenges. This two-year, part-time program brings together top young leaders around the world who share the Council's mission of securing the future together through multiple in-person programs ranging from 2-10 days each. [Read more.]

Educator Institute

Applications due March 15
Apply today to be one of a few Minnesota educators who are welcomed into the 2018 Educator Institute. All Minnesota educators are invited to apply for this immersive, change-making experience at the Minnesota Humanities Center. Forty applicants will be selected through a competitive process. The Humanities Center's K-12 Education strategy has proven to be a powerful way of engaging young people in learning, deepening and strengthening relationships, and engaging the community as a critical partner and resource - all of which leads to better student achievement. This experience, Sunday, June 17-Friday, June 22, 2018, led by community scholars, prepares Minnesota educators to develop meaningful connections with their students and implement practical classroom strategies to bring absent narratives pedagogy into practice. [Read more.]

'Come Together' Spring Concert

February 7 at 7:00pm

The Twin Cities Women's Choir is proud to present our Spring Concert! This year's spring concert features a collaboration between The Twin Cities Women's Choir and area high schools. Mentorship and leadership abound as we sing beautiful music with singers of all ages. We are delighted to be joining Roosevelt and Washburn High Schools in concert at Roosevelt High School, and invite you to join us for what is sure to be an inspiring performance! There is no admission cost for this concert and no tickets. Seating is general and first-come, first-served. Be sure to arrive early to ensure your seating preferences. [Read more.]

Social Responsibility in Healthcare

February 15, 6pm - 9pm

The goal of this event is to expose young professionals to the healthcare non-profit sector of the Twin Cities through introductions to MILI, LEAD, and Be The Match. Featured speakers will help attendees gain perspective regarding how to get involved in the non-profit community and its benefits. The speakers will also discuss their personal experiences. Through LEAD’s nonprofit connections, attendees will learn about potential board and volunteer positions. Ultimately, this is an opportunity for young professionals to get together to share the value of community-engagement, network with non-profits to learn about opportunities (board or volunteer) and network with other passionate young professionals in their local community. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Art Shanty Projects
Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, February 11
10am - 4pm
Lake Harriet

The Great Northern
10 days of signature events and new programming
Thursday, January 25 - Sunday, February 4, 2018 across Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Bagels Beyond Boundaries: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Address Sex-Trafficking
Center for Integrative Leadership
Friday, February 2
Carlson School

Bold North Winter Night Market 2018u
Little Mekong
Saturday, February 3
5pm - 10pm
Saint Paul Farmers Market

Excellence, Leadership, and Common Ground: A Tribute Symposium to Former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton 
Friday, February 23​
8am - 4:30pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Insights & Trends Seminar "Social Equity: What is Going on in Our Communities? What Can We Do?"
Friday, February 23
9am - 12pm
Hamline University West End
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Sunday, December 31, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] December 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] December 2017

In this season of dark and cold in the Bold North, we can be grateful that this time of hibernation and dormancy are providing the necessary ingredients for the seeds of creativity, connection, and hope within us to sprout in 2018. May you find what you need among the opportunities within this month's Dispatch, friends and family around you, and the larger community committed to taking action to improve health and vitality for all in the year ahead. "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -Rainer Maria Rilke

MNxMN 2018

Statewide social justice conference

MNxMN 2018: Beyond Resistance is a brand new social justice conference designed to bring new and experienced activists from around the state together to focus on issues affecting all Minnesotans. Our goal is for participants to become more effective advocates in preparation for the 2018 legislative session, mid-term elections and ongoing grassroots activism. This one-day event on Saturday, January 28 at Harding High School will feature workshops, speakers, forums and activities to deepen knowledge, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and existing activist organizations and individuals.
 [Read more.]

Somali Youth Anthology

Submissions due January 31
The Minnesota Humanities Center is excited to share that we are seeking submissions for a new anthology project of storytelling by Somali youth. This first-of-its kind anthology will be edited by community-leader Marian Hassan and will include the authentic, first-hand stories of Minnesota's Somali youth (ages 10-30). Through stories and storytelling, these youth will take inspiration and realize the power of their voices by sharing their experiences in a variety of creative formats, collected together as a tapestry of experience. First draft submissions are due January 31, 2018 and over the next few months will be workshopped into a final draft to submit to the editorial panel for final review and assessment. [Read more.]

MSP Mingle

Make It. MSP.

On Thursday, January 18, Travelers and the Science Museum of Minnesota will host a lively event for the professionals of color who help make our region thrive. This isn't your typical professional networking event, you’ll engage with new people and have the opportunity to connect post-event. Join us to make new connections across organizations and build towards a more supportive, inclusive community! This MSP Mingle includes the added opportunity to experience the Science Museum's popular RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit with the curator responsible for its creation and the museum's equity and access leadership staff. [Read more.]

Better Angels Moderator Training

Applications due January 16 at 11:59pm

Do you want to bring together people who lean red and blue politically to talk with, rather than simply at or about one another? Some workshops in Minnesota and elsewhere have produced ongoing Better Angels alliances of liberals and conservatives working together in their community. Minnesota Campus Compact and Better Angels are co-sponsoring a training on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Augsburg College for people interested in organizing and moderating workshops. Please note that participation in the moderator training is limited to 25 people, with preference given to people at Minnesota Campus Compact member institutions. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Inauguration of Melvin Carter, III as Mayor of Saint Paul
Tuesday, January 2
Central High School

Hack the Gap All-Women Hackathon 2018
Saturday, January 6-7
7:30am - 5:00pm
Target Plaza Commons

TCRG Event: A stormwater research strategy for Minnesota
Twin Cities Research Group
Wednesday, January 10
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Wilder Foundation

LOCUS Brand Re-design Launch Party
for POCI members
Wednesday, January 10
6:00pm - 8:00pm

"End Sex & Human Trafficking in Minnesota" Panel Discussion
LWV Saint Paul & LWV Minneapolis
Wednesday, January 10
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network

Dessert & Discussion - "NEW YEAR - NEW LOVE"
Make It. MSP.
Sunday, January 14
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Stem Wine Bar

Improv to be a Hero
jabber logic
Wednesday, January 17
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Actualizing Equity: A Community Gathering
The Alliance
Thursday, January 18
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Cowles Auditorium

MSP Mingle - Connecting Our Region's Diverse Professionals 
Thursday, January 18
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Science Museum of Minnesota

The Great Northern
10 days of signature events and new programming
Thursday, January 25 - Sunday, February 4, 2018 across Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives 
Friday, January 26
8:00 am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

#SMBMSP: Making the Case for Social Media Resources - Steps to Get the Budget You Need
Friday, January 26
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

2nd Annual Winter Social
Water Bar & Public Studio
Friday, January 26
6:00pm - 9:00pm

"Blues Vision" for Educators 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Minnesota Humanities Center
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