Friday, May 31, 2013

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] May 2013

[#mnrising Dispatch] May 2013

Earlier this month, we celebrated our 4th birthday with some of our best friends at the Minnesota Rising Fail Lab: Failing Into the Future. We played games (Jenga!), drew pictures, and collectively reflected on the things we've learned from our stumbles and climbing over the years. Failure teaches us empathy, patience, and to re-prioritize. It affords us clarity, urges us to redefine success, and bids us to be seize opportunities! Emboldened, we're continuing our initiative to develop our Learning Labs series and hope you'll join us at our world cafe conversation next month to design and devise our next steps!

Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 5:30pm Light Dinner; 6:00pm - 8:00pm World Cafe
The Engine Room
91 South 10th Street, Minneapolis 55403
Register online by June 24

Minnesota is experiencing vast change due to rapid advances in technology, increased political polarization, and diversifying demographics. Exploring these trends can provide us insight into the new kinds of leadership that will be required to navigate and shape a future we can all be proud of 30 years from today. Join Minnesota Rising to discuss the implications of these changing trends and to help identify the collective leadership competencies that can be cultivated in order to lead collaboratively. The results of this world cafe conversation will shape future Minnesota Rising Learning Labs and the development of a collaborative competence resource collection. Come prepared to share about your own experiences in leading change and the skills and perspectives you consider critical for leading into the future!
Millennial engagement levels

Creating a Virtuous Cycle of Engagement for Millennials

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While members of the Millennial Generation, now the largest generation in our nation's history, are widely known for a desire to give back to their communities or be part of large social change movements - the way Millennials define their engagement tends to be very different from the way organizations do. When you ask a Millennial, "Do you support a nonprofit or social cause?" The resounding answer is "Yes!" When you follow that up by asking, "How do you support that organization?" You're likely to hear answers like, I signed a petition, changed my avatar on Twitter, or liked them on Facebook. Now, ask an organization if Millennials are supporting their cause, and they say, "No, we just can't figure out how to reach them." There in lies the disconnect between Millennials who believe they are supporting activism versus what organizations see as truly engaged participation. [Read more.]

UnDocu-book: documenting stories of MN's immigrant students and their allies

NAVIGATE Book Project

NAVIGATE is working with students in creating a book documenting stories of MN's immigrant students and their allies. We are collecting stories of individuals who want to share their stories with the world. We know that many other states are creating art and literature around their immigrant communities. But hardly do we ever document our own stories in our beautiful state of MN. We are looking for diversity - gender, country of origin, age, sexual orientation, different parts of MN, taken different paths to "success," different immigration status, students, professionals, race, ethnicity. Your story can be about school, your hopes, your dreams, your falls, your getting ups, you working with immigrant students, or whatever has inspired you to keep going. [Read more.]

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Generation Now Leadership Visit

Citizens League Emerging Leaders

The Generation Now Leadership Visit is a 3-day trip to Milwaukee for current and rising leaders within Minnesota's professional community. This is an opportunity for emerging leaders and mid-career adults (around 25-40 years of age) who want to expand their leadership skills, both personally and professionally, through a hands-on interactive learning program. The trip will introduce participants to various innovative ideas and programs in Milwaukee and to the leaders who champion these initiatives. Participants will leave the trip with a deeper understanding of community issues in Milwaukee, the various leadership styles in use and how these styles and solutions can be adapted and incorporated into our own communities. [Read more.]
2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Power of Unity Summit

2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Summit

Council on Black Minnesotans

The Council on Black Minnesotans in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center is delighted to invite you to join us in recognizing our history and culture, celebrating our present and shaping our future at the 2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Summit from June 28 - 30 at the Minnesota History Center. The 2013 Summit celebrates the connections, commonalities, and contributions of all Minnesotans of African descent and fosters harmony and growth. This weekend-long celebration will be centered around the themes of Power of Unity, Power of Communication, and Power of Family. Each day is packed with different activities. Expect to engage with community leaders, be entertained, create a lasting artistic impression, and celebrate the family. Registration is required; there is no fee for this event but space is limited so register early. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed network partners and collaborators!

YNPN's Night at the Guthrie
YNPN Twin Cities
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
7:30pm showing of Clybourne Park
Guthrie Theater

The Happy Hour Effect: Minimize Stress. Maximize Life.
Torch Community
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Grand Hotel Minneapolis
$10.00 before June 3 | $15.00 Pre-registration | $20.00 at door

Ashoka Solutions Forum 6: The Making of Inclusive Economies
Ashoka Twin Cities
Thursday, June 13, 2013
7:00pm - 9:00pm
James J. Hill Library

The Millennial Trains Project
10 Cities + 10 Days
Departs August 8, 2013
Apply today to begin crowdhitching!

Words from the World Wide Web

May 2013 Edition

Civic Engagement and Political Leadership Among Women - a Call for Solutions | May 9, 2013 | CIRCLE
Young men are significantly more likely in their senior year to think highly of their own leadership skills, even though young women are more likely to be civically engaged. Young White women are more likely to have participated in every measured indicator of engagement than young women of color. These differences in engagement raise significant concerns about access to opportunities, skill development and encouragement and confidence to take leadership roles.

Amazing Career Advice for College Grads from LinkedIn's Billionaire Founder | May 12, 2013 | Business Insider
Reid Hoffman says it took him 15 years after graduating from Stanford in 1990 to figure out what he was really doing with his life. Figure it out, he did! Hoffman is now the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, a $19 billion public company. 

Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation | May 20, 2013 | Time Magazine
Joel Stein examines the overwhelming negative data about Millennials and argues that rather than being inherently self-centered or overconfident, Millennials are just adapting quickly to a world undergoing rapid technological change. 


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! 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

You're Invited: MCN 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference will be a meeting of minds, people, and sectors. "Leadership Intersections: Crossroads for Public and Nonprofit Collaboration" will explore historical public-nonprofit partnerships, current trends for community impact, and the future for nonprofit and government collaboration. Read on for more details about the event, registration, and scholarships!

On Tuesday, June 25, nonprofit and government leaders will converge on the McNamara Alumni Center to explore how nonprofit organizations and government agencies can increase their abilities to engage individuals, improve systems and strengthen communities in Minnesota. You're invited to take part in the conversation!

Join MCN and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for the 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference—a day-long learning opportunity to refresh your knowledge of historical public-nonprofit intersections, discuss current trends for creating community impact and engage in discussions around the future that is emerging in our organizations, agencies and communities.

This conference brings you together with dozens of trusted experts to explore a wide range of timely breakout topics, including:
  • Closing the Leadership Gap
  • Community Mobilizing and Advocacy
  • How Partnership and Collaboration are Changing the Central Corridor 
  • Understanding Impact of Social Sector Investments
  • How the Health Care Reform Law was Designed in Minnesota
  • Open Space Technology
  • Innovations for Capacity Building Among Small and Minority-Serving Nonprofits

Complete with an engaging keynote address by Dr. Paul C. Light, the presentation of the 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Awards, and networking opportunities at every turn, this conference is the place to be for ideas, innovation and partnerships—old and new!

Register today for the best available rates. Plus, with team registration, register three people from the same organization and your fourth registration is free!

We look forward to seeing you on June 25!

All my best,

John Wurm
Marketing Manager
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

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2013 Nonprofit Leadership Conference
Tuesday, June 25
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, MN

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Scholarships are available for small nonprofits, organizations from Greater Minnesota, and immigrant and refugee-led organizations.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

You're Invited: Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum 6

More money, more problems? More like: no access to money is a big problem. In fact, an estimated 54 million U.S. adults are excluded from access to formal financial credit systems. The upcoming Ashoka Twin Cities Solutions Forum will feature two changemakers who are creating new approaches to include everyone in the formal economy. Register to learn how these frameworks might allow every individual the choice and ability to produce, consume, and create wealth.

Hello Diane,
You are invited to the following event:
Ashoka Solutions Forum: The Making of Inclusive Economies
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
James J. Hill Library
80 4th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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The Ashoka Solutions Forum is a public event that highlights the innovations of two Ashoka Fellows: José Quiñonez, founder of Mission Asset Fund, and Michael Turner, founder of the Policy and Economic Research Center (PERC).  José and Michael will share some of the world's most innovative solutions that make valuable, affordable, secure, and comprehensive financial services accessible to underserved and excluded communities, a problem that affects nearly 54 million adults in the United States.

Join us for this free live-interview event at the James J. Hill Library on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00pm, with a reception to follow.  Learn more and register now at

We hope you can make it!

Ashoka Twin Cities 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You're Invited | Torch Community: The Happy Hour Effect

Summer days are on their way, and Torch Community invites you to an event to help you minimize your stress and maximize your life in the sunny days ahead! "The Queen of Stress Relief" herself will be on hand to present The Happy Hour Effect and lead an interactive Life Mapping exercise. See for yourself what contributes to your stress and walk away with effective strategies to refocus and reenergize!


Minimizing Stress, Maximizing Life

We live in a very high-pace, high-stress culture. We are constantly juggling many responsibilities such as career, volunteer and personal. This first annual Torch Community Health and Wellness event allows for the opportunity to make both professional and personal connections all while learning how to effectively to minimize stress and maximize life. Key areas that will be covered by Kristin Brown, our resident stress expert, are the following: better understanding of the causes and harms of stress, better understanding of how to determine personal contributors to stress, and personalized tips on how to effectively manage and mitigate stress. Stress was never this much fun! See what Kristen has to say:
The Happy Hour Effect for TORCH Community
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Wednesday, June 12
5:30pm - 8:00pm

5:30-6:00 Appetizers/Networking
7:30 The Happy Hour Effect
7:30-8:00 Closing/Networking

Grand Hotel Minneapolis

615 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

$10 Earlybird (through June 3)
$15 Ahead of Event
$20 At the Door (cash/credit)

Click Here to Register                              

Program: The Happy Hour Effect™

with Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown, also known as The Queen of Stress Relief, is a bestselling author, coach, speaker and entrepreneur.  Kristen lives in the Minneapolis area, and will be making an appearance on June 12, 2013 as we have promised her lots of bacon. Kristen will be presenting the Happy Hour Effect™ and leading a Life Mapping exercise. Life Mapping is an interactive exercise wherein we will map out the things in our lives that cause build-up and ultimately cause stress.  We will then rearrange the contributors to stress and learn how to best refocus and reenergize. To read more Kristen Brown and see what she is up to, visit her site.

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