Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The 2011 Annual Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest
Contest Open: March 15-April 17
Poetry Workshops: April 9th
Enter at www.stpaul.gov/poetry
Enter the Sidewalk Poetry Contest!
All residents of Saint Paul are eligible. 5 prizes of $150 and citywide honor! We want your good poems— funny limericks, classroom haikus, bar napkin free verse, beautiful rhymes. The Department of Public Works and Public Art Saint Paul invite residents to enter this unique annual contest. Winning poems will be permanently published in city sidewalks.
Sidewalk Poetry Workshops
Saturday, April 9th 10:30am at Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Avenue; 651-642-0385) 2:00pm at Rice Street Library (1011 Rice Street; 651-558-2223) Award-winning poet John Minczeski will show you examples of poems just right for sidewalks. He will give you tips on creating your own poems, guide you through several writing exercises, and offer critique. Both sessions are open to all ages, Rice Street Library session geared toward under 18. www.sppl.org
For more information visit: www.stpaul.gov/poetry
Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project by Marcus Young, City Artist in Residence. The project is made possible with support from Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul’s Public Art Ordinance Program, Readings by Writers, and the Saint Paul Public Library.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Those active in Minnesota Rising and emerging leader organizations in Minnesota have similarly elected to take on civic leadership roles, whether that interest developed at an early age through involvement with Girl Scouts or a religious institution or has come to light more recently given a college club or workplace giving program. Some have described Minnesota Rising as a network of movers and shakers, already self-identified and actively making a difference for our communities and state. So, I'd urge you to take a look through their findings and fascinating infographics - do they resonate with you, how you consume media, what you think of The Daily Show, or what you believe? There's been a lot made of this generation in politics and the media; I'm more curious what Minnesota's new guard and what our next generation of leaders make of it.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR'S CUP
A Program of SVP MN, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota CupDeadline for submitting nominations is 5:00 pm CST, April 15, 2011.
Purpose of the Social Entrepreneurs Cup
The Social Entrepreneurs Cup is hosted by SVP MN as a division of the Minnesota Cup. The purpose of the Social Entrepreneurs Cup is to seek out, celebrate and promote Minnesota’s most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead. Four finalists make presentations to the judges and audience at the annual Engaged Philanthropy Conference. Finalists are judged on the following criteria:
- Social Venture Concept: Judges are looking for a well-articulated social value proposition. The finalist must make a compelling case for why society needs this social venture and the value the concept adds to our society.
- Innovation: How does the finalist organization standout from other organizations? Where is the innovation in how the finalist organization delivers its social value proposition?
- Social Return on Investment: What results have the finalist produced so far and what results can it project? Why would social investors (philanthropists) want to fund this concept when they have so many other options? Judges will evaluate ideas on their potential to generate a social return on investment both in the near and long-term.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Rotaract YP Happy Hour at Red Stag to Benefit Youth Farm and Market Project
Wednesday, April 65:00pm - 7:00pm
Red Stag Supper Club
509 1st Avenue NE
Please join us! Rotaract sponsored YP Happy Hour to benefit Youth Farm and Market Project on Wednesday, 4/6!
All first drink orders will be donated to Youth Farm and Market Project! Please join us for a Happy Hour networking with Young Professionals across the Twin Cities! A special drink list will be provided.Invite your friends!
Red Stag Happy Hours
Monday - Friday 3-6 p.m. and Monday - Thursday 10 p.m. to close
Featuring $3 domestics, $4 select taps, $4 select cocktails, $4 Crispin Ciders, $3 house wine.
FREE PARKING available in lot across the street!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A: No one.
Q: Well, then, why are we here, having this conversation?
A: Because we're all in charge.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Stop being the office Clark Kent…come hone your career superpowers (and meet some cool people, too) at the Unleash Your Inner Awesome professional development and networking series from the U of M.
Join us from 5:30-6 p.m. for networking and happy hour (cash bar). Workshops will start at 6 p.m.
All events take place at Spill the Wine, in downtown Minneapolis.
Space is limited--pre-register in order to assure your spot!
MIND CONTROL! Recognize (and Develop) Your Genius Ideas
Thursday, March 24
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
Register for this event
Learn to recognize opportunities and stay open to new ideas. The session will focus on how entrepreneurial thinking can be used inside an organization (intrapreneurial thinking). Instructor: Cecily Sommers. Read her bio.
Thursday, April 28
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
Register for this event
Learn to present your ideas creatively, to a variety of audiences and types of thinkers. Instructor: Stephanie McGovern. Read her bio.
I Am Rubber; You Are Glue. Flexibility in Times of Change
Thursday, May 26
Networking 5:30-6 p.m.; workshop starts at 6 p.m.
Register for this event
Learn to manage change, both in terms of your own job responsibilities and from a team perspective. Find out how to use the process to your advantage. Instructor: Nan Larsen. Read her bio.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
- Between 400-700 words
- Include a photo of yourself or logo of group you are highlighting
- Provide active weblinks where readers can turn to look for more information
- Make it easy to read or watch, with at least a takeaway or two for your audience
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- Enjoy a Fashion Show with all your favorite local boutiques (6-7:15pm)
- Shop all your favorite boutiques, beauty, and jewelry companies
- Entertainment, appetizers, and a cash bar
GrandStay's La Grand Conference Center
7083 153rd Street West
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Tickets can be purchased at www.chicksforacause.org.
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
State Budget 101
Monday, March 28th 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
$10.00 / Scholarships AvailableTo register, please email Allie Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org.To register, please email Allie Arends at email@example.com.
This is an opportunity in a safe environment to begin to understand the massive maze of the budget process in Minnesota. Learn Minnesota state budget basics, how the budget process works, how to engage decision makers and be an influential voice at the Capitol. You'll have an opportunity to ask any question you've had about the budget process. No question will be a dumb question!
Boards, Commissions, Appointments... Oh My!
Tuesday, April 26th 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis
$10.00 / Scholarships Available
If you're interested in stepping up your leadership, consider getting appointed to one of the many boards and commissions in your community. They exist at the state, county and municipal levels. And they, like all our governmental institutions, NEED DIVERSE VOICES AND PARTICIPATION. In addition to serving your community and expanding your networks, this is a great way to get behind the scene and dip your toe in public service.
This training will help you learn how to find open positions, how to be strategic in choosing what commission would be best, and what you can do to improve your chances of being chosen.
Blueprint Your Next Steps to Elected Office
Monday, May 23 5:30 - 7:30 PM
White House Project Offices - 8th Floor IDS Center, Minneapolis$10.00 / Scholarships AvailableTo register, please email Allie Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you ever thought about running for office, but you just don't know where to start? Come to this interactive session to begin to map out your next steps. You will get help assessing your strengths and possible hurdles. Identify some steps you can take that will help you get ready to run.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”-Author UnknownI once spoke with Eric Hoffberg—business and life coach—about his philosophy of intentionally coloring speech with nuance. He explained that providing detailed information, creating context, and explicitly relaying the subtler points in conversation make for a richer dialogue and deeper communication.Wiktionary defines something nuanced as “possessed of multiple layers of detail, pattern, or meaning.” While I agree wholeheartedly with Eric’s attitude, I would suggest that words are only the start to living more intentionally and with nuance. Words are powerful, but even more critical are the actions that ultimately result from thought and speech.LIFE WITHOUT NUANCEIn this fast-paced world, we dart back and forth between meetings, work, family life, social activities, and more, struggling to do each thing as well as we can with limited time and resources. This attempt to accomplish so much can result in our operating at a surface level, in catch phrases, and by making assumptions. We can fall too easily into the trap of doing things because it is what we believe we are supposed to do or because it is the default option when we lack ideas for what else to do: Broad generalizations generally befall our conversations, relationships are sustained by shallow, fleeting exchanges, and life then becomes a bit, well, generic.We hear a lot about the importance of being intentional, and that we should strive to go against the grain to live big lives and achieve revolutionary things. To be the change we wish to see in the world, we need not only to be intentional about doing the right things even if they are uncommon, but also to reflect about just why and how before taking nuanced action. The challenge, however, is locating in daily life the smaller ways that allow us easy opportunities to practice this innovative thinking and thoughtful action. To get us moving, I propose two simple and fun ways to incorporate nuance into your daily life via words and action.ADDING NUANCE[1.] Thank You NotesMuch is made of the fact that it is rare to receive handwritten letters or notes. People particularly lament the long lost art of sending handwritten thank you cards to express gratitude for the contribution of time, talent, or gifts. I’m always pleased, then, to receive such a card via USPS that acknowledges appreciation for my time speaking at an event or volunteering for a cause. However, I’m shocked and disappointed to so often find the messages generic and thus somewhat unconvincing. As such, I recommend trying to detail in thank you notes: the specific contribution of the recipient, context and feedback as to why it was so useful to the program or the people in attendance, and an indication of hope that the relationship will continue.Note the differences between the following messages (both of which can fit on the same size thank-you card):“Thank you for speaking during our leadership panel last week to our program participants. We are grateful for your time and your support of our program. You helped to make our day superb! Please know that we appreciate all you have done for us and our organization. Sincerely, [Thanker]”vs.“Thank you for sharing the story of your pathway to your leadership position during Monday’s panel. Detailing how you overcame certain challenges was immensely helpful to our emerging leaders, who are facing these very issues themselves. Many expressed that they were inspired by your achievements and consider you to be a role model. You’ve helped us to offer quality programming to our membership and we hope to work with you again soon! With respect and admiration, [Thanker]”[2.] Gift-GivingGift registries take the guess work out of what your groom or expecting mother may find useful in his or her next steps in life. However, they also limit the gift giver’s imagination and occasion to locate a present that is meaningful to both the recipient and supplier. After you find the listed item, procure some appropriate wrapping paper or gift bag, and a suitably themed card, your task is all but accomplished.Rather than be resigned to the idea that the plan is entirely laid out, I suggest that you be creative in considering the ways in which you can further support this person. Did they ask for a water purifying pitcher? You know they’ll likely need some replacements filters in the coming months. Go ahead and add them. Perhaps bakeware is on their wish list. Picking up an additional cake, brownie, or scone mix attaches more thought and fun for the gift giver and recipient.These are two easy ideas to get you started, but daily options for taking nuanced action and demonstrating thoughtful intention abound.Are there certain things you want to attempt with more detail, thought, or creativity? What have been your best strategies or ideas? Please share additional ideas to inspire others in the comments below!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Citizens League Morning CoffeeWednesday, March 167:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Overflow Espresso CafeJoin Citizens League staff and members for pastries and coffee. Network with fellow members and find out what we're up to! This is a great way for newer members to meet other Citizens League members and find ways to get engaged in the Citizens League's work. Feel free to bring a friend!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women's) Leadership Development Institute will be held June 1-5, 2011 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. The intensive five-day residential program is designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women in the upper Midwest who do not have extensive leadership experience. There is particular emphasis on recruiting women from groups that have typically been underrepresented voices in the political process.Thanks to the generosity of donors, there is no cost to participate. Participants will have the option of registering for a three-credit course in Women’s Studies, Sociology, or Social Work. Those who choose to register for course credit will have to pay for the course registration expenses. In addition, some scholarships are available to assist with travel and/or childcare expenses.For information or to apply, visit http://www.tri-college.org/new_leadership_institute/ or contact Deb White at email@example.com or 218-477-2041.Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2011.
Participants attend workshops on running for office, public speaking, fundraising, public policy advocacy, and working with the media. They meet with over twenty women leaders, including state and local officials, women in tribal government, and grassroots activists. Participants and some women leaders reside on campus throughout the institute, extending learning beyond the formal daytime sessions.
We seek applicants with interest in politics, public service, or community service who desire to develop their leadership skills. They need not be college students. Approximately 50 college and community women will be accepted.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Mark your calendars fellow change-makers, current and up-and-coming community leaders: it may be several months out, but I for one have been particularly energized this week by several opportunities for collaboration related to the upcoming Nonprofit Leadership Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School, to be held June 14th in Minneapolis.Last year's conference featured Jan Masaoka as keynote speaker. One of the things she talked about then, that I've been thinking about a lot lately - whether in my day job, mother and wife roles, and/or volunteer involvement - is the idea of NOT merely asking ourselves what kind of leader we want to be... but rather what kind of leader our organizations need right now.I feel pretty fortunate in thinking this through, particularly with regards to my role as current board chair of YNPN-Twin Cities, because I have the opportunity to do both. YNPN is at this exciting point as an organization, where we have been doing the soul-searching to solidify and document our mission and values, and we're pouring all of these sentiments, as well as input from our members, into our first-ever strategic plan. It's been quite an exhilarating challenge for our board to develop and communicate our best thinking about what difference we can really be making for our nonprofit peers and for our communities and the steps we will be taking to get there.We've made some important strides in establishing the infrastructure that we think will help us pursue our mission in the most effective ways, and we are offering valuable resources, both through online avenues like our blog, and via in-person programming events like our upcoming conversations on Race and Privilege in the Nonprofit Sector. But we still have some weighty challenges ahead, and I look forward to working together with you, our members and peers, to provide the facilitation, resources, accountability and encouragement we need.Let's all look for ways to support and encourage each other as leaders as we continue toward our vision of stronger communities for us all. As a clever one among us likes to say, 'We are the ones we've been waiting for'.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Join The Advocates for Human Rights for a panel presentation on Issues facing Women in Haiti from 3:00-5:00pm on Saturday, March 5.Expert Panel Presenters include:
- Mme. Jacqueline Morette, Haitian farmer, Head of Women’s Cooperative;
- Jacqueline Regis, author of The Daughter of L'Arsenal;
- Julie Dargis, American Refugee Committee, Director of International Programs;
- Beaudelaine Pierre, International Humphrey FellowLocation: First Unitarian Society, Dietrich Room, 900 Mount Curve Ave, Mpls 55403This event is free and open to the public.This event is co-sponsored by the American Refugee Committee, First Unitarian Society, Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, and Oxfam America.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
PARALLEL || POSTS
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans is currently seeking a diverse collection of nomination submissions for its 2011 Annual Leadership Awards. This is the time for community members to nominate and recognize one of their own. Please help us to honor an outstanding business owner, leader, organization, volunteer who has given themselves, their talents and resources to serve and better the Asian-Pacific community.
A committee of Council board members and community members will determine the number of awardees. The Award Ceremony will be held at the Council’s Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, May 6, 2011, starting at 6:00 p.m. The location is still to be confirmed. Awardees in the past have been the India Association of Minnesota, Takuzo Ishida, Vee Phan Nelson, Hedy Tripp, and Seng Yang.
The Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans honors individuals or organizations who have:
Candidates Are to be nominated under one or more of the following categories:
- Achieved excellence in his or her field
- Contributed to the well-being of the Asian and Pacific Islander Community
- Displayed leadership to advance social, economic, or educational spheres for people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent living in Minnesota
Nomination submission Guidelines:
- Outstanding contribution in any field showing vision and leadership
- Lifetime Service Award
- Humanitarian Award
- Submit 1 Original and 7 Stapled Copies of the nomination materials for a total of 8 COPIES. Documents submitted will not be returned (Items of Personal Value Should Not Be Submitted). We suggest the nominator make a copy of the materials for his or her records
- We must RECEIVE nomination materials no later than Thursday, March 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Materials may be Mailed or Hand Delivered. Please enclose all materials in a large 10” x 13” envelope—or equivalent—& address it as follows:DISCLAIMER: Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans board members, staff, or their immediate family members MAY NOT submit nominations or write letters of support for any nominee. These same individuals may not be nominated for an award, though it is acceptable to have an affiliation with a nominated organization. Nominations for those who have previously won a Council Leadership Award, out of fairness, will not be accepted. Additionally, nominator and co-nominators cannot be immediate family member or relatives of the nominee.2011 Heritage Month Award Nominations
Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans
658 Cedar Street, Suite 160
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155Contact Pa Chia Yang at the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) with questions at 651.757.1740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.