Thursday, July 28, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2016

Together with so many other Minnesotans, we are grieving the loss of trust, hope, and life that our community has experienced so profoundly this month. At this time, caring for ourselves and one another, in order to create connection where there may be a sense of isolation and to feel gratitude when the amount of loss can seem overwhelming, is critical to being able to move forward in addressing inequity at all levels. Moving forward, it is clear that we need more capacity and skills to lead in this time - the ability to hold multiple contradictory and coexisting realities, a nuanced understanding of institutional power and intersectional lives, an open-hearted curiosity that seeds generative questions and possibilities, and personal and community resilience to grow and sustain over time. May we acknowledge and respect the life of our fallen fellow Millennial Minnesotan, Philando, by committing to increasing our donations, conversations, advocacy, and showing up, particularly in this election year (in the spirit of Keeping It 100 in Minnesota). #RestInPower

MSP Welcome Survey

MSP Welcome
 
Whether you have lived in Minneapolis-Saint Paul for one day or many years, the people of this region welcome you. A team of your neighbors from companies, community organizations, colleges and universities, and elsewhere is working together through Make It. MSP. to learn more about your experience moving to MSP so we can do better. MSP Welcome is a chance to hear from you. This survey was designed using insight that 50 newcomers shared in a series of discussions earlier this year. Make It. MSP. aims to take what you share with us to work harder and smarter to welcome and integrate new residents from around the world. The survey should take roughly 15 minutes of your time to help make a major impact in MSP. At the end of the survey you'll be given an option to enter for a chance to win Target gift cards and tickets to this summer’s TEDxMinneapolis festival. Thank you for sharing your insight! [Take survey.]

Nominate: Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans

JCI Minnesota
 
Since 1950 the Minnesota Jaycees have acknowledged the efforts and accomplishments of young adults who have contributed to our state through their service, thought and influence, community involvement, or entrepreneurship. The Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans program is Minnesota’s only statewide recognition program for outstanding young leaders. The program acknowledges the efforts of individuals between the ages of 18 and 40. Past recipients include some very well-known names: Vice President Walter Mondale, Senator Dave Durenberger, and Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield just to name a few. At this time JCI Minnesota is still accepting nominations for TOYM. Nominations are due no later than August 1, 2016. [Read more.]

Summer 4Play

Make It. MSP.

Minnesota's four seasons offer plenty of opportunities 4Play. Join us for Summer 4Play when we return to Fort Snelling State Park on July 30 between 11:00am - 4:00pm. 4Play provides a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Try a new activity for the first time or stick with a trusty favorite that works for you - there's no wrong way to do it. Dozens of outdoor activities – from simple to extreme – will be coordinated into a regional play day. Every activity will be staffed by a local organization so anyone can learn how to safely participate. Fun people from all over MSP will come together at Snelling Lake Beach at historic Fort Snelling for Summer 4Play. We'll canoe, hike, bike, eat, dance, laugh and make new friends! All for FREE! Join us! All that's required is you and an open mind. [Read more.]

Board Recruitment Fair for People of Color

Board Repair

Are you a person of color looking to join a board or a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities seeking to diversify your board of directors? Join Board Repair and partners to table at the second annual Board Recruitment Fair on August 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oxford Community Center (also known as Jimmy Lee Recreation Center). Our goal is to introduce hundreds of people of color with various skills and backgrounds who are interested in joining boards to potential board openings. Please feel free to come with friends – invite them! Come for the whole time or just a bit. We will also provide light refreshments and are planning to have some fun prizes! [Read more.]

 

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MSP Mingle: Connecting Twin Cities Professionals
SPACC
Tuesday, August 2
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Ecolab

America's Global Leadership Forum Lunch
MINN
Thursday, August 4
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

The Voting Booth Chronicles: Post-Conventional Wisdom
Tuesday, August 9
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minneapolis Event Centers

Annual Meeting
Minnesota Women's Consortium
Wednesday, August 10
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minnesota Nurses Association

Food/Ag/Beverage Pitch Slam
Minnesota Cup
Thursday, August 11
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Minneapolis Event Centers


Independent Sector National Conference Scholarships
Bush Foundation
Application Deadline: August 12

Cafe Conversations
YNPN Twin Cities
Saturday, August 13
10:00am
Cafes across the Twin Cities

Annual Lunch Celebration 2016
Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Wednesday, August 17
11:30am - 1:30pm
Olive Garden St. Louis Par

Board Recruitment Fair for People of Color
Board Repair
Wednesday, August 17
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Community Center

 
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2016


[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2016

As this election year continues to heat up, we were excited last week to host a powerful event in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio's Generation Listen entitled, "Keeping It 100: Politics In Your Community," highlighting the unique civic pathways of four young Minnesota changemakers. Check out event photos online and watch for more news next month to access the broadcast or podcast featuring Nevada Littlewolf, Luis Moreno, Abeer Syedah, Kevin Vollmers, and moderated by MPR's Doualy Xaokaothao! Summer boasts ever more ways to get involved and connected to creating civic change across the state (check out the news from the network column at right for some ideas) and is also the perfect time to unwind as a resident and simply enjoy Minnesota's arts, parks, lakes, concerts, recreation, foods-on-sticks, and more with family and friends. In all cases, enjoy the sunshine and celebration of our shared natural resources and community capital!

May 10 Identity-Driven Leadership Workshop Recap

The Ashlees
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Minnesota Rising and sister initiative, LOCUS, hosted an identity-driven leadership workshop as a part of this year’s BushCONNECT. More than 50 people spent the day immersed in thoughtful reflection and courageous conversations about race, ranging from strategies for self-care and community healing to unpacking the meaning of allyship and empowerment. To get the day started, facilitators led participants through a series of brief exercises to emphasize individual identity exploration and active listening as the foundation for the day’s work. Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, of Ashlee Consulting LLC, helped frame the day-long program with a story-centered lens, encouraging participants to speak from their own lived experience and value the gift of bearing witness to others’ stories. [Read more.]

Free July Trainings for People of Color

Board Repair

Board Repair is hosting two July trainings for people of color interested in nonprofit board service or already serving on boards! Those serving on their first nonprofit board or wanting to better understand nonprofit board service before committing to serve on a board can attend the Board Basics Boot Campon July 13. You'll learn typical board responsibilities, identify the nuances of board authority and relationships, and discuss how you would respond to specific board scenarios. Those who are already serving on a nonprofit board may benefit from intermediate Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance on July 27. Become more comfortable with nonprofit finance by walking through real nonprofit examples and reports that will help you understand jargon, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) Application Deadline: Friday, July 1 at Midnight CST

Lean Startup Xena Style: Customer Discovery
Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
Friday, July 8
8:00am - 10:00am
Carlson School of Management

2016 Fellows Fundraiser Brunch
New Leaders Council
Saturday, July 9
11:00am - 2:00pm
Darby's Pub and Grill

Second Tuesday Networking
YPOTC
Tuesday, July 12
4:30pm - 7:00pm
UNION Restaurant

#MakeItMSP at Bastille Day Block Party
Newcomer Nosh
Sunday, July 17
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Barbette

Policy and a Pint: Next Generation Leaders - Young Minnesotans Serving Public Office
Citizens League & 89.3 The Current
Tuesday, July 19
Doors: 5:30pm Program: 6:00pm
Minneapolis Events Center

#92: Social Media Case Studies
SMBMSP
Friday, July 22, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Broach the Subject: An Evening with Cheryl Strayed
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Tuesday, July 26
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Minnesota Rising & LOCUS: 5/10 Identity-Driven Leadership Workshop Recap

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Sketchpad journaling by participant, Cori Lin (IG: @cori.lin.art). Used with permission.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Minnesota Rising and sister initiative, LOCUS, hosted an identity-driven leadership workshop as a part of this year’s BushCONNECT. More than 50 people spent the day immersed in thoughtful reflection and courageous conversations about race, ranging from strategies for self-care and community healing to unpacking the meaning of allyship and empowerment. To get the day started, facilitators led participants through a series of brief exercises to emphasize individual identity exploration and active listening as the foundation for the day’s work. Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, of Ashlee Consulting LLC, helped frame the day-long program with a story-centered lens, encouraging participants to speak from their own lived experience and value the gift of bearing witness to others’ stories.

Participants spent a majority of the day split into companion tracks, one track for self-identified people of color and indigenous/native communities and the other track for people who self-identified as white/of european-descent. These separate but concurrent sessions enabled participants to delve more deeply into the nuances of engaging in race-related power and privilege work from different racial perspectives. In the white/european-descent track, participants explored concepts related to whiteness and discussed the importance of using privilege to dismantle systems of oppression. In the people of color/indigenous track, participants focused on restorative practices and ways to cope with and heal from racism. Both tracks also spent time learning about wellness practices, such as meditation, tai chi, and intentional breathing to help work through moments of tension that can inevitably arise when delving to difficult topics like race and racism.


One of the most powerful moments of the day came during the lunch performance from Blackout, Minneapolis’ all-Black male improv group. To engage the audience in their creative process, Blackout invited participants to anonymously write down questions about race that hadn’t yet been answered in the day’s program. All the anonymously penned questions were thrown into a hat and drawn at random. One of the questions drawn focused on the use of the n-word; when it might be appropriate to use and what communities are/are not “allowed” to use it. As one of the members of Blackout read the question aloud, he elected to say the full word. Immediately, a stiffness radiated throughout room as participants sat on the edge of their seats cautiously curious about how the improv team would take on this contentious topic.


What was most powerful about this climactic moment was not the specifics of any one person’s response to the posed question or the arrival at a collective or universal decision about the use of the n-word. The most powerful and pivotal moment of the day happened after the Blackout performance, when a woman participating in the self-identified indigenous and leaders of color track bravely voiced her discomfort with and disappointment in the sketch. Through tears, she named the pain and triggering she experienced by the repeated use of the n-word throughout the performance. She expressed her deep frustration and anger that even in a space dedicated to advancing conversations on race and racism, she had to endure such a common and brutal microaggression. The tension in the room was palpable. And yet everyone stayed present. In a wonderful embodiment of the purpose and goal of the identity-driven workshop, participants compassionately and gracefully heard the woman out; empowering her voice and supporting her well-being.


Calling upon some of the wellness and self-care skills learned earlier in the day, everyone took a couple of collective deep breaths together acknowledging the historical pain and complexity of honestly and vulnerably talking about race in a mixed-race group. Rather than retreating from emotionalism or responding defensively, we stayed engaged. We sat in the discomfort. We acknowledged each other’s truths and lived experiences, and we were able to go deeper as a result. While dismantling systemic racism will most certainly require more than a one-day workshop, this day dedicated to identity-driven leadership was a great start. An important and necessary first step for community leaders to come together, share stories, gain greater insight, develop empathy, and begin to build the necessary relationships for making real racial progress in Minnesota.

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More sketchpad journaling from Cori Lin.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

You're Invited | "Keeping It 100: Politics In Your Community" on June 21

 

In this election year, political involvement and civic engagement are at the forefront of the news and community conversations. Although we may not all agree on politics we think it’s safe to say that this election year has been charged.

These topics are national, local, and deeply personal, requiring attention from each of us individually and all of us collectively. "Keeping It 100" is an interactive event designed to explore how we can each get involved in our neighborhoods and communities to work toward positive change.

Join Minnesota Public Radio's Generation Listen and Minnesota Rising for light appetizers and an evening of inspiring storytelling from emerging leaders with diverse paths and approaches for community engagement, connecting with organizations and resources to get involved locally, and discussion about what we each can do to make a difference in today's political climate.
Nevada Littlewolf (@nrlittlewolf) is the first Anishinaabe woman ever elected to the Virginia City Council and the only council member under the age of 65. In addition to her nearly 20 years of experience in community-based work, organizing and advocacy, she is founder and Executive Director of Rural and American Indigenous Leadership (RAIL), a nonprofit focused on growing women’s leadership in rural and indigenous communities.
Nicque Mabrey (@nicque) is a 34 year-old Community Organizer and Policy Advocate proud to be building power in Minnesota for over 10 years. She is the former Associate Director of Policy and Organizing at Outfront Minnesota. Nicque is passionate about racial and economic justice and served as a lobbyist with the Safe Schools for All Coalition to pass the historic Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act in 2014. She grew up in rural Wisconsin; and now lives on the Southside as part of an intersectional collective with queer women of color.
Luis Moreno is a business and community leader. He started his career as a consumer products marketer in Venezuela and has since become a marketing leader in the US, leading cross-functional teams in six prestigious global Fortune 500 companies. Luis co-founded The Twin Cities Business Peer Network, a 1,700+ member organization to help students and peers grow personally and professionally. He received a 40 Under 40 Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and a Real Power 50 Award by Minnesota Business Magazine.
Kevin Vollmers (@kevinhvollmers) is a social entrepreneur, activist, consultant, and speaker. Previously a program host at KFAI, he went on to found Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), a multimedia company based out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, The Good Men Project, Daily Beast, and Fox News.
Panel Moderator: Doualy Xaykaothao (@DoualyX) is a correspondent for MPR News, covering race and culture. She is Hmong-Texan, born in Laos and raised in Texas. She got her journalism chops in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Portland, and most recently in Dallas. She also spent a decade reporting overseas for NPR from Southeast and Northeast Asia. If you can't pronounce her name, she also answers to Shadow of the Moon, that's what her first name means.
 
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2016

This month marks the seventh anniversary of our founding! It's amazing to look back at all of the connections created, relationships built, and conversations hosted by the Minnesota Rising network during this time. This past month, we had the pleasure of hosting an Identity-Driven Leadership session as part of bushCONNECT 2016 Day 2 to explore issues of race, identity, and power. Join us as we continue the conversation in June - with a PiVOT and LOCUS discussion on race in the workplace, an event to explore politics and civic engagement in 2016 with Minnesota Public Radio's GenListen, and at our June Sounding Board Session at Sandcastle. Thanks for being a part of this journey and we look forward to seeing what else emerges over the next seven years!

Keeping It 100: Politics in Your Community... Who Cares?

MPR GenListen + #mnrising
 
In this election year, political involvement and civic engagement are at the forefront of the news and community conversations. Are you disheartened by the political climate or your options for the 2016 presidential election? Struggling to see how you can create positive change in your neighborhood or community? These topics are national, local, and deeply personal, requiring attention from each of us individually and all of us collectively. And amidst all the bad news of late is some good news - you can make a difference by getting involved in your community! Join Minnesota Public Radio's GenListen and Minnesota Rising for light appetizers and an evening of inspiring storytelling from emerging leaders with diverse paths, connecting with resources to get involved locally, and discussion about what we each can do to make a difference in today's political climate. [Read more.]

A Discussion on Race in the Workplace

PiVOT + LOCUS

PiVOT is partnering with LOCUS to hold a series of focus groups to discuss the initiative and share stories. These focus groups will be an open space where people of color in the Twin Cities can share personal stories of their work experiences. This space is meant to be a healing space for attendees and stories shared may be used to inspire a script for the videos. All comments and stories will be anonymous. Dinner and child care provided!

Do you hate the phrase “Diversity in the Workplace?” We do, so we’re not using that term. Do you often feel like you’re the only person of color in your office or department? We know how that feels. If so, join us for a conversation about your experiences! PiVOT is an initiative to produce fun and educational videos with an accompanying discussion guide about what it’s like to be a person of color in the workplace in the Twin Cities. The goal of the videos and study guide are to help spark a conversation in various work environments to address diversity and inclusion. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Code Switch
Open Twin Cities
June 4 - 5
8:00am - 7:00pm
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central

#91 Going Out On Your Own - Embracing Freelancing & Entrepreneurship
SMBMSP
Friday, June 10, 2016
8:00am - 10:00am
COCO Uptown

Future Women In Government Program
23rd Annual Midwestern Regional Conference
Friday, June 24, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
June 10 Application Deadline

LOTT Spring Open House
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Sunday, June 12, 2016
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Urban Growler

A Discussion About Race in the Workplace
PiVOT & LOCUS
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fox Advancement

Second Tuesday Networking Event
YPOTC
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pinstripes

Dare to Lead Minnesota
VoteRunLead
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:30am
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Keeping It 100: Politics in Your Community . . . Who Cares?
MPR GenListen & #mnrising
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
5:30pm - 8:30pm
UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio

June Sounding Board Session
#mnrising
Thursday, June 30
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis
RSVP for more details!
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