Friday, June 28, 2013

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2013

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2013

Just a few days ago, we hosted a thought-provoking, "Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership" World Cafe with friends new and old at The Engine Room! We considered what current and emerging trends tell us about how Minnesota will look in 5 and 30 years, explored the role that leadership has played in shaping what our state looks like today as well as the role it could play in shaping our future communities, and deliberated about what tools and competencies the rising generation will need to successfully navigate and shape Minnesota's future. As we move forward in developing a Collaborative Competence Learning Labs Series to study and practice these critical skills in an inclusive and ever-evolving way, we invite you to join the conversation by indicating your interest in serving on the design team for this initiative to minnesotarising[at] or by signing up to take part in an "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversation. We look forward to hearing about your experiences in leading change and the capacities and perspectives you consider critical for leading into the future!

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute

Nexus Community Partners
Based on a program developed in the Bay Area by non-profit Urban Habitat, the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) trains community members and leaders from communities of color and other underrepresented communities to serve on decision-making bodies. A primary goal of the BCLI is to build a progressive network of decision makers and advocates working for more equitable policies on key issues affecting the lives of people of color and underrepresented communities in economic development, employment, health, housing, and transportation in the Twin Cities region. [Read more.]
LEAD Project Mentors

Mentoring Tomorrow's LEADers

The LEAD Project

The LEAD Project is excited to announce the launch of our new nonprofit mentorship program. This program is an extension of LEAD's ongoing educational efforts to develop future nonprofit leaders. The first of its kind, this two year program will offer young leaders the opportunity to be partnered with today's nonprofit leaders as their mentors. We are looking for up-and-coming volunteers who are dedicated to serving in nonprofit leadership roles to be mentees in this new program. Applications will be open until July 10th. [Read more.]
Failing into the future

Failing into the future

Diane Tran, @YNPNTC Blog

Think of someone you greatly admire or consider a hero. While ruminating about their secrets for success, have you ever also considered how much they may have failed to get to where they are? While it may not be the first question that springs to mind when you're curious about how they accomplished certain heroic feats, doesn't it make them seem more human and relatable once you know that they've also struggled and overcome obstacles along the way? [Read more.]
HCD for Social Innovation

Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation +Acumen is proud to announce Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation, a five-week course that we've created in conjunction with Acumen. This course will get you started using the human-centered design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change in your community. This course is free and designed with a group-guided learning structure. The course begins on July 10, 2013 and is designed to be conducted over 5 weeks. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed network partners and collaborators!

Generation Now Leadership Visit 2013
Citizens League Emerging Leaders
August 14-16, 2013
Milwaukee, WI
RSVP Deadline: July 1

The Political Exit Interview
Citizens League & Statesman Group

The Varsity Theater
Thursday, July 11, 2013
5:30pm - 7:30pm

YPG Discussion July 2013
Second Harvest Heartland & Aeon
Friday, July 12, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Second Harvest Heartland, Golden Valley

EDTalks: Getting Rid of Adolescence + The Impact of Spoken Word
AchieveMpls and Citizens League
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Doors 11:30am | Program 12pm - 1pm
Solera Rooftop
Free, Lunch provided

Words from the World Wide Web

June 2013 Edition

Survey: Millennials Are Innovative and Itching to Fix Stuff | June 4, 2013 | abcNews
Millennials dig tech and education, they hate climate change, and they generally think life is pretty sweet. That's according to a new Telefonica-Financial TimesGlobal Millenial Survey of young people around the world.

Millennials save the world: Smartphones to the rescue! | June 21, 2013 |
Smartphones and the sharing economy help Americans drive less - and an oft-derided generation is leading the way.

GE announces appliances for millennials | June 27, 2013 | Washington Post
Millennials, the generation that grew up on ramen noodles and Vitaminwater, now have a major appliance line designed for them by a fellow millennial. On Wednesday, GE released photos and tweeted links to its new Artistry series of five affordably priced kitchen appliances created by Tomas DeLuna, a 27-year-old GE industrial designer.


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, June 27, 2013

You're Invited: Wilder Foundation Center for Social Healing Open House

Wilder Foundation invites you to celebrate culturally-reflective mental healthcare tonight. Join them at the Community Open House for the Center for Social Healing, a holistic health and healing place for the Southeast Asian community can build strength and resiliency. Stop by for visual exhibits, children's art activities, and a chance to make your own Vietnamese salad at the Bun bar!

Please join me to celebrate and support Wilder Foundation's
Center for Social Healing
a holistic health and healing place where our Southeast Asian community can build strength and resiliency
for themselves and their families.

Dr. Khu Thao speaks about the Center here:

Center for Social Healing
Community OPEN HOUSE & Fundraiser
935 Lafond Ave. W, Saint Paul 55104
Thursday, June 27, 2013 • 5:30–8:00 p.m. (brief program at 6:15 p.m.)

Stop by any time. Family friendly and fun!

BĂșn bar (make-your-own Vietnamese salad), children's art activities and visual exhibits.
Optional RSVP by June 21 to Wilder consultant Sandy'Ci Moua

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

You're Invited: June MYPEG Happy Hour

Join the Minnesota Young Professionals Environmental Group (MYPEG) tonight at Zeke's Unchained Animal. Check out a new member of the Lake Street community in Longfellow while networking with your peers and other environmentally-minded emerging leaders. Save yourself a seat at the June 2013 Happy Hour and follow your passion on down to Zeke's!

Join us for our monthly happy hour where awesome people gather around great food and drinks to discuss interesting environmental issues and opportunities. This month we are going to be at Zeke's Unchained Animal, a new member of the Lake St. community in Longfellow. So hop on your bus, bike, scooter, Segway, etc and come on down to meet your peers and network with other environmentally-minded young professionals!

June 26th, 5:00-6:30pm

What: MYPEG June Happy Hour
When: June 26th, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Zeke's Unchained Animal, 3508 E. Lake Street, 55406

Get Involved!
Want to get involved in helping put together events, speakers, or trainings with MYPEG? Drop us a line with how you'd like to get involved, and we'll plug you in!

What is MYPEG? We're a group formed to provide opportunities for young, environmentally-minded professionals to get together, network, and have a good time.

Join us at our monthly events where environmentally-conscious and passionate people gather to discuss various environmental subjects and hear from colleagues and friends about their work. Together we work to further the issues we care about. We also aim to have a good time while doing it.

Minnesota Young Professionals Environmental Group · 2327 E Franklin Avenue · Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

You're Invited: ELCD Summertime Happy Hour!

Join the Emerging Leaders in Community Development (ELCD) for their Summertime Happy Hour on the riverfront. Meet new friends in the community development field, enjoy free appetizers on a summery evening, and do your best to win the networking activity prize at 5:15pm!

 For the 2012-2013 year, the Emerging Leaders in Community Development are sponsored by
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Help someone

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"If you're feeling helpless, help someone. " 
-Aung San Suu Kyi

Friday, June 21, 2013

You're Invited: MINN Social Hour at Sweeney's Saloon

The Minnesota International NGO Network invites you to their Social Hour at Sweeney's Saloon. You'll see the world come to St. Paul through the stories and work of international development professionals based in Minnesota. Learn more about the upcoming MINN Idea Summit and other exciting opportunities for engaging your local talent on a global scale!

Sweeney's Saloon

Meet others actively working to do international good, better. Join us at Sweeney's Saloonin the Dale Street Room, 96 North Dale Street, St. Paul, MN. We will be there on Wednesday, June 26th from 5:00-7:00pm. MINN will have the Dale Street Room reserved, ask a server if you are unable to find us! If you decide you would like to stay past 7pm, there is a patio space that we can migrate to. Street parking is available.
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Copyright © 2013 Minnesota International NGO Network, All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

You're Invited: 2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Summit

The Council on Black Minnesotans, in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center invites you to the 2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Cultural Relations Summit. Minnesota is home to a rich diversity of African descendants, and the event will explore bridging themes of Power of Unity, Power of Communication, and Power of Family. Featuring community leaders, arts and entertainment, and family-friendly activities, the Summit will recognize history and culture, celebrate the present, and shape a future for Minnesotans of African descent!

The Council on Black Minnesotans 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.

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.

handsWhere: MN History Center
When: June 28-30, 2013

For more information and to register,
click here.
Registration is requred; there is no fee for this event but space is limited so register early.

The Council on Black Minnesotans received a Minnesota Legacy grant in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center to coordinate a 2013 Minnesotans of African Descent Cultural Relations Summit.

legacy horizontalThis work is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

You're Invited: GenYWCA Fitness Social

Join YWCA of Minneapolis tomorrow for their 3rd Annual GenYWCA Fitness Social on their downtown rooftop! The evening will feature mini-fitness (HIIT, Mat Pilates, and R.I.P.P.E.D) classes, a program highlighting the great work of the GenYWCA committee, and free InBody assessments as well as a chance to win some great prize drawings. Delicious snacks will include Suja cold-pressed, organic juices), so come dressed ready to be active and social!

3rd Annual GenYWCA Fitness Social

GenYWCA is a great group of young professionals and leaders who support the mission of the YWCA of Minneapolis.
Join us for this free event featuring fun fitness activities (R.I.P.P.E.D., HIIT and Mat Pilates), delicious snacks and a great view of Downtown Minneapolis from the YWCA rooftop. Come dressed ready to be active – and social!

When: This Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Downtown YWCA, 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Accepting Applications: 2013-2014 NorthStar Youth Work Fellowship

The Minnesota Department of Education, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and Youthprise are accepting applications for the 2013-2014 NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship. Aiming to engage youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study in order to advance the field, the program facilitates a unique cohort experience and culminates in position papers that will inform systems development in Minnesota. Learn more below and consider applying by the June 30 deadline!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship. The NorthStar Youth Work Fellowship, previously known as the Minnesota Walkabout Fellowship, is not a typical class or workshop series. The purpose of the Fellowship is to engage a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota.

In 2013-14, the Fellowship will examine issues of autonomy and authority in youth work practice, the field of youth work, and youth worker professional development. Each of the fellows will formulate an inquiry question and spend the year reviewing relevant research and writings; tapping the local wisdom of their professional network; engaging in conversation with local and national leaders in the field; and writing a position paper that will inform systems development and field advancement in Minnesota.

The 2013-14 Fellowship is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, and Youthprise.

You can learn more about the fellowship and download the application by visiting: The Fellowship requirements are listed in the Overview document, and include consistent participation, monthly meetings, outside readings, and producing a position paper for publication. There is no cost to you or your organization for the Fellowship, and Fellows will receive a $500 stipend, two University credits (tuition fees apply), books and materials, and extensive contact with local and national field leaders.

The application deadline is June 30, 2013. For questions or more information on the NorthStar Fellowship, contact:  Sheila Oehrlein at  (651) 582-8448        

Sheila OehrleinErik SkoldMarcus PopeJanet Madzey-Akale
Safe & Healthy Learners
Minnesota Department of Education
Project Manager
Center for Democracy
and Citizenship
Augsburg College
Strategic Initiatives
and Outreach
Full Circle Youth Development

Monday, June 17, 2013

Make yourself yours

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"You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours."
-Anne-Wilson Schaef

Friday, June 14, 2013

You're Invited: Generation NOW Leadership Visit

Modeled after the InterCity Leadership Visit, the Generation Now Leadership Visit is a 3-day trip to Milwaukee for current and rising Minnesota young professional leaders. This is a great 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 learning program. The trip will introduce participants to a wide variety of innovative ideas, programs, and people in Milwaukee, and provide a unique cohort experience that will create a powerful catalyst for engaged action back home in Minnesota. Fill out the application form today and prepare to get on the bus!

Generation Now Leadership Visit
August 14 to 16, 2013
This trip will benefit anyone looking to expand their leadership skills, both personally and professionally, through a hands-on interactive program. The trip will introduce participants to innovative ideas, programs and initiatives, which may be adapted and replicated in our community; and will contribute to cross-sector relationships in the metro area and beyond. The shared experience of the trip will result in a more cohesive team working to tackle issues facing our region.

We will create an interactive and stimulating program that will foster networking, creative thinking and discussion among participants and community leaders. We will take the opportunity to see, experience, and explore as much of Milwaukee as possible through presentations by leaders and other sharp-minded thinkers from the nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors who influence community decision-making and have a vested interest in community development. 

After considerable research, we chose Milwaukee for our inaugural visit, as the community gives us the opportunity to explore such topics as attracting/retaining talent, intergenerational collaboration, and public/private partnerships. Milwaukee and Minneapolis-Saint Paul share many similarities that will allow us to learn from their successes and challenges.

 The GNLV delegation will depart the Twin Cities at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 14 for the six hour luxury motorcoach ride to Milwaukee, WI. There will be opportunities for interactive discussions, informative materials and video presentations comparing Minneapolis-Saint Paul to Milwaukee during the bus ride. The delegation will depart Milwaukee at 1:00 p.m. for the return trip, arriving back to the Twin Cities at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday August 16.

The total trip fee is $1,250 per person. This fee includes all transportation, single hotel accommodations for two nights, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 evening receptions, all tours, presentations and all trip-related materials. 

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with the final deadline being July 1st. Complete the registration form and return to Wendy Helgeson at  
For additional information visit our webpage, or follow us on twitter and like our Facebook page. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Get on the bus, head to Milwaukee, connect to other Generation Now Leaders and get our region moving in the right direction!

We are proud to announce the Bush Foundation as the  Presenting sponsor of the Generation Now Leadership Visit. We thank them for their support!

Promotional Partners
These organizations are supporting this initiative and will offer special opportunities for GNLV delegates throughout the year.  Check these links for more information.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

You're Invited | Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership

Minnesota Rising Fail Lab: Failing Into the Future

Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership

Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Minneapolis, MN

Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership 
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 "Collaborative Competence: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership" World Cafe will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm at The Engine Room in Minneapolis, MN. Building on learning from the Millennial Leadership: "Different by Design" World Cafe in June 2012, the results from this facilitated 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!
Monday, June 24, 2013 *revised from Wednesday, June 26*
05:30PM Check-In (Light Dinner by Sam Nygren Catering)
06:00PM Welcome and Event Overview
06:15PM World Cafe Kick-Off

08:00PM Post-Event Networking
Register online!
Registration closes Friday, June 21. Register online at Eventbrite:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You're Invited: Network Buzz's Turn Fitness Into Fun!

Network Buzz invites you to turn fitness into fun! Join them for a summer evening workout at Boom Island to start moving toward a healthier lifestyle. Through a mix of shared learning and some light physical activity, you can start increasing your strength, emotional well-being, and overall health!

Network Buzz Event - Turn Fitness Into Fun!
Wednesday June 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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Boom Island Park
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Be fit. Be confident. Be strong. Making Healthy Your Lifestyle.

Healthy is a lifestyle -- a lifestyle proven to make us happier and stronger in every part of life: physically, emotionally, and mentally.

When we are active and eating right, our lives change for the better. Healthy nutrients fuel our bodies and minds, while exercise releases endorphins, burns fat and builds muscle. The results? We're fit. We're confident. And we're strong. When we take care of our bodies, we're better leaders, employees, friends, and family.

So let's get started! Join Network Buzz on June 19th at Boom Island in Minneapolis for an evening of fitness and fun. Click below to RSVP. For more information, check out the Network Buzz website.
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I can't make it

We hope you'll join us for this fun evening -- we'll learn together and even workout a little (so be sure to wear/bring clothes you can move around in!). 

And remember: latecomers are always welcome!


Jean Nitchals

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