For Minnesota, 2012 meant experiences as diverse as Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings rushing 2,097 yards in a single season to nearly break the Hall of Fame record, an election that saw nation-leading voter turnout and energized a new movement of organizers, and "Hot Cheetos & Taki's." For Minnesota Rising, the year included our third annual Un/Conference, working in partnership to broaden the reach of the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour, and being featured on Policy and a Pint and MPR. What was momentous, heart-wrenching, and once-in-a-lifetime for you this year? It all adds up to the story of Minnesota and her Minnesotans. We hope to share these moments and more with you in 2013 and welcome you to come alongside us to continue strategizing, collaborating, and building network for what's next. Happy New Year!
Minnesota Rising 2013 Goals Gathering Thursday, January 24, 2012 6:00pm - 8:00pm Grassroots Solutions Large Conference Room RSVP to minnesotarising[at]gmail.com by Tuesday, January 22
Minnesota Rising Blog: Post Playback x 12
2012 In Review
We culled through 268 blog posts this past year to find the ones that capture the essence of 2012 for Minnesota Rising. Through continued collaborative work with Network Partners, bringing new blogger voices to the fore, hosting and co-hosting 18 events to advance the Cascading Conversations Tour, and recognizing emerging leaders' accomplishments and development as they continue to rise, here's how 2012 breaks down: [Read more.]
The most important election of our lifetime?
Diane Tran, Minnesota Rising Blogger
The turn of phrase comes as regularly as election cycles, but was this last election really the most important in our lifetime? Youth voter turnout, while high, was not record-setting in 2012; and although much has been made of older Americans lamenting the low civic engagement and voting patterns of Millennials, it turns out that today's youth are voting at the same rate the Baby Boomers did when they were our age. Cliched expression and middling benchmarks aside, here are three key observations from the recent election that reflect the transformation of the rising generation's role in politics and change-making. [Read more.]
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