This Thanksgiving, we're grateful to you, the Minnesota Rising network, for your inspired and imaginative commitment to Minnesota and our shared future. We couldn't ask for better partners in this work, as evidenced by the amazing team of speakers, sponsors, volunteers, attendees, and more, who helped bring the Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership to life! We hope you'll stay connected, and are offering two opportunities throughout the holiday season to do so:
Minnesota Rising founder and blogger, Diane Tran, will be on live on-air on The Daily Circuit with Kerri Miller on Monday, December 2, 2013 after 11:00am. Tune in to MPR at 91.1 FM to hear about Minnesota Rising's work and Millennial trends!
Let us know to save you a seat for the Minnesota Rising 2014 Groupthink & Goals Gathering to help pave a path forward for the year ahead. Join us Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at the Grassroots Solutions office; RSVPs appreciated at minnesotarising[at]gmail[dot]com!
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes as well as 10,000 ideas on how to improve the education system. Like Minnesota's lakes, Minnesotans have a passion for education. Citizens of Minnesota know that education impacts everyone across sectors and industries. In fact, the state is home to the greatest number of Fortune 500 companies per capita with education as a primary method for recruitment. Minnesota also owns some of the greatest educational disparities by race and ethnicity. Naturally, Young Education Professionals believes that education in the United States will be improved if education professionals connect with each other in a range of environments. In Minnesota, Young Education Professionals - Twin Cities (YEP-TC) is working to connect passionate young professionals throughout 10,000 education ideas. [Read more.]
Groundswell . . . Upsurge . . . Rise.
Damon Shoholm, Wilder Foundation
Groundswell . . . upsurge . . . rise. These words all evoke very active images of what I see happening around our shared community - especially as it relates to collaborative leadership. These descriptors also outline a strategy continuum that should move us fromthinking to actionto lifting up all voices and people in our community! There are a number of challenges we face in our community . . . challenges that require collaboration among a diverse cross section of leaders across communities. Whether it is opportunity gaps, or homelessness, or affordable housing, or advancing social and economic opportunities for our most underserved and underrepresented communities, we achieve success when we've come together to share resources and leverage wisdom to develop solutions. [Read more.]
T2P2 featured in Forbes.com
J. Maureen Henderson
Like many Millennials, Tane Danger and Brandon Boat think politics are a joke, except this twosome mean that literally. They're the brains behind The Theater of Public Policy, a Minneapolis-based improv troupe that focuses on lampooning political issues both local and national. "We wanted to see if we could rekindle important political and public policy debates in ways that were actuallyengaging and fun, but without sacrificing the seriousness of the content and debates. I first brought the idea of The Theater of Public Policy to Brandon in the spring of 2011. We spent that a summer talking to smart civic-discourse types and other improvisers and put up our first show in October of 2011. We didn't know for certain that the show would work until we actually put it on stage. After two years and nearly 100 performances, we're pretty sure at this point that it works," says Danger. [Read more.]
2014 Facing Race Ambassador Award Seeking nominations by December 11, 2013 East Metro award and Minnesota award recipients will each receive $10,000 to direct to a nonprofit or public entity to further racial equity.
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!