Happy 3rd birthday to Minnesota Rising and 154th birthday to the great state of Minnesota! Thanks to all those who joined us to celebrate the occasion with Minnesota trivia, the "Ogre of Political Incivility" pinata, a delicious cake, and toasts to the future of our communities. We look forward to seeing many more of you in the weeks and months ahead as we venture forth into planning season for the Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference. See the sidebar below to find where you can meet up with us this month. Enjoy the sunshine and keep your cool!
Save-the-Date | "Millenial Leadership: Different by Design" World Cafe Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:30PM - 8:30PM Location TBD The Millennial generation is described as being the most diverse generation in U.S. history, distinctly known for having come of age in the digital era, and for rivaling the Baby Boomers in population. Millennials have already begun to demonstrate an interest in helping to make a positive change, whether through their purchasing power, volunteer hours, or taking action via social media. As this generation begins its journey and rises to higher levels of leadership, it will be essential to develop the tools, skills, and relationships necessary to lead in a new way. What are the unique and timeless traits that characterize our generation and how will we lead in a bold way that remains relevant to how society, technology, and politics are rapidly changing? Join us to explore these questions and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat for yourself and to get first notice of the location!
See the blog post and ourFacebook albumfor images of the prizes, cake, pinata, and the party-goers! [See more.]
Conversations that count
Diane Tran, YNPN-TC Guest Blogger
One of my favorite theoretical concepts is that of linguistic determinism, or the idea that language and its structures limit and determine human knowledge or thought. Our classic Minnesota example is the various types of condensation we encounter in the winter, being able to refer to the white stuff as slush, wintry mix, and sleet, whereas others in warmer climates might only be able to name it snow.
The idea that we can only understand the purposes or capacities of items insofar as we have been introduced to them should urge us to dream up new ways to relate to and interact with everything around us. It matters not only to our ability to repurpose vases as drinkware when the rest of the dirty cups are in the sink, but also to the creativity and vision we can have for our lives and the communities we call home. [Read more.]
@MinnesotaRising Communications Confab 2.0 Monday, June 4, 2012 Grassroots Solutions 5:30pm - 7:00pm Are you an avid reader of the Minnesota Rising Blog? Do you have opinions on how to make things more visually appealing or host better online discussions? Our conversation will focus on strengthening Minnesota Rising's digital presence with the intention of supporting the Cascading Conversations Tour and the 2012 Un/Conference. We welcome your big ideas and RSVPs at email@example.com!
#mnrising 2012 Un/Conference Planning Meeting Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Grassroots Solutions 5:30pm - 7:30pm We're excited to be kicking off the planning process for Minnesota Rising's third annual Un/Conference, slated for Fall 2012. Feel free to send ideas for sessions, formats, speakers, as well as meeting RSVPs, to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!