Wednesday, July 31, 2013

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2013

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2013

Save the date! We're thrilled to invite you to join us on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am to 6pm at DLR Group in Minneapolis for the 4th annual Minnesota Rising Un/Conference: "Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership." While planning is just getting underway (see below for details on how to get involved), we're confident that this year's event will help us make our individual and collective marks on Minnesota, continue building the network for what's next, and leverage expansive leadership for our state's future! In the meantime, we hope you're engaging with all the beauty that Minnesota has to offer in the summertime, whether splashing around on one of 11,842 lakes, mini-golfing at the Walker Art Museum, or cheering on the hometown team at a Twins game. Remember to lather on the sunscreen, check for ticks, and stay safe out there!

Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference Planning Meeting
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Grassroots Solutions
RSVP to minnesotarising[at]!

What You Missed: Leading Strategy and Change in Culturally Complex Contexts

Rhiannon Williams, Minnesota International NGOs Network (MINN)
On April 30, 2013 MINN and ARC (American Refugee Committee) co-sponsored a presentation led by Tyler Zabriskie entitled Leading Strategy and Change in Culturally Complex Contexts. Tyler is the Principal Consultant for Zabriskie Consulting, a leadership, strategy, and organizational development consulting business working with NGO's, nonprofits, and foundations. This workshop addressed the complexities of the competing agendas between different stakeholders working within international NGO networks. [Read more.] 
Lori Sturdevant

Minnesota state economist Tom Stinson: The exit interview

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune 

Minnesota is economically stronger than you might think. Make that: Minnesota is economically stronger than Tom Stinson thought it was 26 years ago, when he moved into the humble office in the Centennial Building that says "state economist" on the door . . . He retires from his state job wanting Minnesotans to know what he discovered to his surprise in 1987 and holds is still true: Despite perpetual frets about the business climate and fears and about job flight, Minnesota is in good economic shape. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Torch Arts Event: Bridging Artists and Audiences

Torch Community

Join Torch for our annual Arts event: Bridging Artists and Audiences. During this event, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Discover the importance the Fringe plays in bridging unique artists with diverse audiences in the community. There will be a special live performance by Joseph Scrimshaw. Learn why the MSP area is home to numerous artistic communities and involving new generations in bridging art, music, theatre, dance, and culture. [Read more.]

Learning How To Fail

Nick Stuber, Minnesota Rising Guest Blogger 

On Saturday, May 4, an intrepid group gathered to engage in the exploration and act of failing through MN Rising's Fail Lab: Failing into the future. The afternoon began with an insightful presentation by Allie Moen and Maureen Ramirez in which they shared their wisdom about how to contend with and prepare for moments of failure. Next, we collectively engaged in the act of failing through a host of fail stations, which included Jenga, writing the lyrics to a song with your less dominate hand (an act that I utterly failed at), and recalling your grade school geography lessons by filling in blank maps of the world's continents. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed network partners and collaborators!

Accepting Applications: Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
Nexus Community Partners
BCLI will support, train, and place people of color and people from other underrepresented communities on priority boards and commissions that influence equity in economic development, employment, health, housing, and transportation in the Twin Cities
Application Deadline: Friday, August 2

Search for Home: An Introduction to Housing and Homelessness
Simpson Housing Services
Thursday, August 22, 2013
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Free Training

Ed Jam Twin Cities
48 Hours to Bridge the Gap
October 17-19, 2013
Dev Jam Studio/SoMakers: South MPLS Maker Space

Words from the World Wide Web

July 2013 Edition

The generation we love to dump on | July 9, 2013 | Special to CNN
Matt Bors was born in 1983 and was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in editorial cartooning. 

Why millennials are leaving the church | July 27, 2013 |
Time and again, the assumption among Christian leaders, and evangelical leaders in particular, is that the key to drawing twenty-somethings back to church is simply to make a few style updates - edgier music, more casual services, a coffee shop in the fellowship hall, a pastor who wears skinny jeans, an updated Web site that includes online giving. 

How Millennials are Reducing Food Waste | July 30, 2013 |
Today's college students and young professionals are particularly attuned to the environmental issues that face our nation. Universities across the United States are often stuck with excess food left over from dining halls, sporting events, and other social gatherings that more often than not goes directly into dumpsters. While many young adults across the country are working their way through school and loan payments, they are also becoming increasingly cognizant of the efforts underway at their Universities to reduce food waste. 


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! 
Copyright © 2013 Minnesota Rising, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You're Invited: Bridging Artists and Audiences

Join Torch Community behind-the-scenes at their 2013 Arts event: "Bridging Artists and Audiences." Held at the Walker Art Center, the spotlight will be on the Minnesota Fringe Festival and the unique role they play in the local arts community. Cap the night off with good-humored networking inspired by wit and jokes from Minneapolis comedian, Joseph Scrimshaw!


2013 Torch Arts Event

August 15th

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Walker Art Center

Join us for our annual Arts event: Bridging Artists and Audiences. During this event, we will take a behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Discover the importance Fringe plays in bridging unique artists with diverse audiences in the community. There will be a special live performance by Joseph Scrimshaw. Learn why the MSP area is home to numerous artistic communities and involving new generations in bridging art, music, theatre, dance, and culture.        

Event Details


Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN



5:30 Registration
6:15 Presentation
7:00 Comedian
7:30 Networking



$10  Early (by 7/31)
$15  Regular Price
$20  At The Door

Program Info


Minnesota Fringe is a rare breed in the performing arts community in MN. From advanced to beginner levels of theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone to share their works of art with the community.



Multi-talented, all around funny guy, described as "geek-flavored", Joseph Scrimshaw is a comedian based here in Minneapolis. Joseph also runs a comedy theater company in the Twin Cities called Joking Envelope.



Copyright © 2013 Torch Community, All rights reserved.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A form of action

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"Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change."
-Ingrid Bengis

Friday, July 26, 2013

You're Invited: Getting Hired (MINN)

Curious about dusting off your resume and getting hired? The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) invites you to an evening filled with learning and activities to help you land your next international development job. Register today to get a handle on a suite of tools that can take you anywhere in the world!

MINN Event: Getting Hired (8/1)

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You asked and we answered! Improve your networking and social media skills in order to ramp up your job hunt. Come join MINN's Education and Social Committees at the Rondo Public Library in St Paul, for a fun-filled evening with activities that will help you with your progress in landing an international development job.

Copyright © 2013 Minnesota International NGO Network, All rights reserved.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

You're Invited: YP Iowa Conference 2013

YP Iowa exists "to help young professional organizations in Iowa take responsibility for the growth of their communities to ensure the long term advancement of the State of Iowa." As a network that supports engaging emerging leaders early on to tackle complex statewide challenges, Minnesota Rising can get behind that mission! Join other young Midwest leaders next month at the YP Iowa Conference 2013, "Impacting Iowa," for opportunities to learn, grow, and network with our friendly neighbors!

YP Iowa Conference

The YP Iowa Annual Conference offers young professionals from all over the state an opportunity to network, learn and develop. With keynote speakers, break-out sessions and interactive presentations led by industry leaders, there is surely something for everyone.  Previous conferences have featured topics like Work/Life Balance, Technology & Marketing and a CEO’s Guide to Success. Participants leave every year motivated and excited to advance their families, careers, communities and the great State of Iowa!
Conference on Friday, August 23, in Ames, Iowa!  Impacting Iowa:  10 Years of Growing Young Professionals focuses on the growth of Iowa's future through popular, intriguing sessions presented by robust, comprehensive guest speakers!

Register today to be a part of something greater—a network of young professionals from around the state, working to improve themselves personally and professionals.  We're looking forward to seeing you in Ames!

Event information:
August 22-23rd, 2013
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
Ames, IA
Early Bird Registration $75 through July 1st
Regular rate registration $90 through August 16th
Late Registration $110 August 17th - 23rd

Conference Agenda & Session Descriptions

Keynote Speaker Alan Feirer

Alan Feirer sums up leadership in two words: Meet Needs. Through story, discussion, and activity, he will guide our conference through a day-long journey of becoming servant leaders. His high-energy, fast-paced sessions will leave you with research-based methods for becoming a better leader. Read More

"I have been to four or five Annual YPIowa Conferences and have met a lot of great connections every year.  Being part of the YPIowa events has increased my awareness about what is happening throughout the state of Iowa.  I now have connections in Des Moines, Sioux City, Muscatine, and Marshalltown.  YPIowa is helping to get young professionals outside of our silos… to think beyond our local communities."

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

[Guest Post] Learning How to Fail

Thanks to Nick Stuber for serving on the host team for the Minnesota Rising Fail Lab: Failing Into the Future, and for sharing his thoughts below on the May 4, 2013 event!

On Saturday, May 4, an intrepid group gathered to engage in the exploration and act of failing through MN Rising’s  Fail Lab: Failing into the future.  The afternoon began with an insightful presentation by Allie Moen and Maureen Ramirez in which they shared their wisdom about how to contend with and prepare for moments of failure.  Next, we collectively engaged in the act of failing through a host of fail stations, which included Jenga, writing the lyrics to a song with your less dominate hand (an act that I utterly failed at), and recalling your grade school geography lessons by filling-in blank maps of the world’s continents.  The fail stations offered us an opportunity to have fun and explore failure in low risk situations. 

For me, the most rewarding and invigorating component of the Fail Lab was collectively discussing the varying dimensions and impacts of failure through World CafĂ© table conversations.  Here are some of the key points I took away that were unearthed by participants during the conversations: Failure is the often-unacknowledged process of learning that undergirds experimentation and innovation; learn to harness the unifying effect of failure; failure makes a person real, it is an integral part of being human; think about the definition of success and how it relates to the definition of failure; we need to explore how we can construct space for failure within organizations.  Finally, I want to highlight some of the ideas that people took away from participating in the Fail Lab:
  • “If you’re too worried about short-term failure it can lead to stagnation, which is long-term failure.”
  • “Failure is based on certain standards—if we’re working on issues others haven’t been able to solve, it’s okay that we might not either.”
  • “Exposure therapy: tolerance for failing, resilience.”
  • “If there is no standard for success then there is no standard for failure, so be bold in innovating ideas in emergent places.”       

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Accepting Applications | MINN Conference: Calling All Experts

The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN), in its mission to connect international NGO practitioners in Minnesota, is hosting its first conference this October. Consider supporting their efforts by sharing your expertise with 300+ folks working to connect Minnesota with the world. More details below, including a proposal submission deadline of July 31!

Calling All Experts 

MINN is organizing its first flagship conference for ALL of Minnesota's international NGOs, practitioners and supporters. It will be the first of its kind in the state. The event will occur in October and while we are not quite ready to start accepting event registrations, we are actively accepting proposals for speakers. Please follow the link to learn more about how you can share your expertise with over 300 of Minnesota's finest international humanitarian practitioners, donors and supporters. Deadline is July 31, 2013. Read more

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here to stay

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"How does an essence of the world
Leave the world?
How does wetness leave water?
Don't even try.
You are here to stay."

Friday, July 19, 2013

You're Invited: Breaking the rules with integrity

Find yourself questioning why things work a certain way in your life, in your organization, or in the world? If you've got some ideas for how to change things up, consider joining YNPN Twin Cities and the InterCorps Council of Minnesota for "Breaking the rules with integrity." Gain insights and inspiration for re-writing the rules and some practical steps for doing it in accordance with your values and vision! 

YNPN Twin Cities invites you to attend:

Breaking the rules with integrity

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Moto-i Big Boy Lounge
2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
See map
Steve Jobs broke the rules when it comes to design. Rosa Parks broke the rules when it comes to discrimination. A first line supervisor at a chem plant broke the rules when he violated established protocol to avoid contaminating a nearby watershed.
Talk about breaking the rules is difficult when the headlines are filled with recurring news of leaders failing on their commitments, betraying promises, and stretching the rules for their own profit and gain.
Steve Boehlke understands, however, that the creative spirit will not thrive and innovation will not flourish without the courage to break the rules. With three basic principles and lively stories, Steve will challenge us to examine with one another our understanding of integrity even as we strive to be leaders who want to make a difference.
  • Identify the rules of a community/culture/organization
  • Assess when you are personally willing to take risks and break rules to make change
  • Network with peers in a similar position
Networking and registration starting at 5:30pm, program from 6:00 - 7:30pm.
Steve Boehlke
Whether speaking with emerging leaders in Zagreb, Croatia, scientists and engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center or students and faculty at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, SA, Steve blends the passionate voice of a former youth leader with an edgy sense of business. More than 20 years ago he established SFB Associates, a global consulting practice in leadership development, focusing extensively on senior leaders in R&D. Corporate clients have included Cargill, ExxonMobil, HP, Merck, Nestle, among others. Author of the book, "50 Lessons on Leading for Those with Little Time for Reading," Steve is now devoting more time to equipping the next generation of leaders to serve. His message is simple: Leadership is born from having the courage to be who you are.
Thank you to our event partner, InterCorps Council of Minnesota!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

You're Invited: "A Place at the Table" Community Viewing

"Just because you're not hungry doesn't mean you're not affected by hunger." The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers invite you to a free community screening of "A Place at the Table." Featuring a light meal, film viewing, and a call to action on hunger, you'll leave full of critical information and hungry to do more to create a world where we can all have a place at the table.

The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers
cordially invite you to a free community viewing of
"A Place at the Table", an engaging and enraging documentary about food insecurity in America.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 5-8 pm
Lebanon Hills Discovery Room
860 Cliff Rd, Eagan

Your evening will include:
5:00 pm   Welcome and light meal
5:45 pm   Film viewing
7:15 pm   Call to action on hunger
Appropriate for ages 12 and up

50 million Americans don't know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of people struggling with food insecurity.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Just because you're not hungry doesn't mean you're not affected by hunger. 

Please RSVP by clicking here


A light meal and beverages will be served.          

Copyright © 2013 Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You're Invited: "Tales of the Twin Cities, Live and Unscripted"

Oh, the stories you could tell! Better yet, the stories you could have The Theater of Public Policy tell through their classic and hilarious improv at "Tales of the Twin Cities, Live and Unscripted." Bring your best memories of the Twin Cities and the life you've lived in them, and let T2P2's art imitate your life onstage! 

The Theater of Public Policy Presents:
Tales of the Twin Cities, Live and Unscripted

A night of improv comedy inspired by your stories.

Date: Thursday July 18
Doors: 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm 
Location: SooLOCAL, 3506 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis

Details & Tickets:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

You're Invited: Ashoka Twin Cities Systems Change Workshop

Ashoka Twin Cities invites you to their 3rd Systems Change Workshop this afternoon at CoCo Minneapolis! Join other changemakers and delve into a conversation about systems change from both a personal and professional lens. No doubt you'll be inspired by the commitment of those present to lead positive social change and to develop solutions for the world's most urgent social problems!

Ashoka Twin Cities

 Join Us for Our Next Systems Change Workshop

We're happy to host our 3rd Systems Change Workshop on July 16th from 3-5pm at our location at CoCo in Downtown Minneapolis.  

Join us as we build a stronger network by diving into the most challenging part of our fellow-nominating criteria and develop a stronger understanding of systems change with the hope that all who attend are able apply this lens to their own life and work.  
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Please RSVP to Stephanie,, if you would like to participate.  We'd love to have you!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Full of the overcoming

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"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
-Helen Keller

Friday, July 12, 2013

You're Invited: July Young Professionals Group (YPG) Discussion

No plans for lunch today? Join a crew of folks at the July Young Professionals Group (YPG) Discussion at Second Harvest Heartland. Topics will range from a potential collaborative event for Give to the Max Day 2013, activities and ideas for emerging leader groups, and any other questions you and others have to bring to the table. Bring your food for thought and lunch, too!

Join other non-profits on Friday, July 12 for a discussion of best practices for maintaining a successful young professionals group. Bring a lunch and come with your questions and ideas! 
The conversation will take place at the Second Harvest Heartland Golden Valley office, located at 6325 Sandburg Road, Golden Valley, 55427 from Noon - 1 p.m.

We will plan to talk about:
  • potential for a collaborative event for Give to the Max Day 2013
  • good volunteer activities for YPGs
  • structure of your team/committee (membership, board, chair etc.) - also if your group volunteer-driven, or staff-driven

 If you have questions, or would like to offer other topics for discussion,
please contact Jenny Johnson at Aeon ( 
or 612-746-0519.
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