Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Tri-College NEW Leadership Institute welcomes applications for their 2014 cohort of women leaders from across the Upper Midwest region. Learn more about this incredible 5-day intensive training institute and apply today for the opportunity of a lifetime. As they say: whether or not you view yourself as a leader now, if you desire to create positive change in your community, YOU should apply!
Tri-College University NEW Leadership Development Institute
NEW Leadership Development Institute:
...empowering a new generation of women leaders.
May 28 - June 1, 2014 - hosted at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)
- Intensive 5-day residential program
- Limited to 50 participants
- No costs for participation and possible scholarships for childcare and travel
- Applicants who are interested in politics, leadership, public service, or community service, and have a desire to develop their own leadership skills are encouraged to apply.
Whether or not you view yourself as a leader now, if you desire to create positive change in your community, YOU should apply!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
MYPEG is reprising its happy hour series and invites you down to the Red Stag for some drinks, dining, and discussion about topics environmental and otherwise. Click below to RSVP and come out for a fun time!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hamline University and the Twin Cities Peer Network invite you to an evening focused on public leadership and local networking. Real World Insights event topics broadly seem to reference food and include:
- The Public Good of Peanut M&Ms
- Executive Turnover and Emerging Leadership Needs in the Nonprofit Sector
- Pickles and the Jarring Forces Facing Firms
Register today to hear more about real-time and real world insights!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Diane Tran is founder of Minnesota Rising, project manager at Grassroots Solutions, and current board chair of the Citizens League. Eriks Dunens is the Alumni Program and Cohort Coordinator for Leadership and Civic Engagement programs at University of Minnesota Extension.
Ever had that strange feeling that people are talking about you while you are in the room? We did while at Minnesota Compass' Annual Meeting "Minnesota next: Millennials, leadership, and the information economy." We were amongst 13% of the self-identified Millennial population in the room. Having served on the core team for the Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Tour over the past two years, we had a particular interest in data and trends related to the rising generation in our state. Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in Minnesota focused on building relationships, trust, and a shared vision, and seeks to develop the collective capacity of the rising generation to impact Minnesota's future. Recognizing that the Millennial voice was not fully represented in the room that day, MN Compass thoughtfully invited us to reflect on and consider how emerging leaders would use data differently.
Much has been made of the demographic shifts Minnesota is currently experiencing and will continue to undergo in the coming years. The State Demographer indicates that by 2025, Baby Boomers will hit age 80 en masse, the time in their life when health care costs will be at their highest, and the labor force growth rate will dip to 0.1%. Further, Minnesota is growing increasingly diverse at a rapid rate: from 2005 to 2035, the white population is projected to grow nine percent, compared to 112 percent for the total minority population. While these demographic shifts have been clear for decades, there has been limited interest in their implications and minimal action to identify paths forward until recently.
While the charts depicting how Minnesota will look quite different in 10 years' time provides a great deal of shock value and certainly induces a sense of urgency for galvanizing action around the topic, it is also entirely overwhelming. What is any one of us able to do to tackle such a long-standing and structural challenge? Here are a few ideas:
1. Use data to identify and encourage ways to act
Large-scale trends and indicators have, by definition, a massive scope. One unintended consequence is that individuals can feel powerless to impact them. Data that shows trends and identifies problems but is not presented with ideas for action is missing a key element. We have attended numerous events in recent years featuring presentations on demographic trends and been left, more than once, feeling helpless or uncertain about a path forward. Lacking a clear and unified plan for addressing all segments of our current demographic challenges can be disempowering to our communities. While data is largely perceived as neutral and merely subject to the agendas of those who interpret and relay it, there must be a recognition that data should inform trends, identify opportunities for remedying challenges, and offer real opportunities for changing otherwise dismal outcomes. These opportunities for impacting said challenges must exist on individual, organizational, community, and societal levels.
One group for instance, the Citizens League, is Taking On 2025 with plans to promote economic prosperity, enhance the value and decrease the cost of public services, and rebuild Minnesota's infrastructure. Using their civic policy making model, the League will engage community members as policymakers in their homes, schools, workplaces, places of worship, and more.
2. Use data to focus on assets and provide context
When we use phrases like the "achievement gap" or "opportunity gap," we unconsciously reinforce stigma and may inadvertently cause those affected by these challenges to appear as the causes of these problems. The way we often talk about data can make it seem that we view groups as "the problem" that needs to be fixed. This is not done on purpose, but can result from following the norms of the dominant culture responsible for producing and sharing this data. Language is important and the ability for it and data to be "other"ing should be taken seriously. How can we instead focus on leveraging the diversified assets our community brings to bear in order to compete in a global economy?
We saw a great example of this at the Annual Meeting. Marilee Grant and Allison Liuzzi shared a series of facts about the state of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in Minnesota. The state projects significant growth within the STEM job market. However, only one-third of Minnesota high school graduates are college-ready for STEM-related coursework, and those are predominantly white and non-Hispanic. How can we cultivate homegrown talent to satisfy increasing demand while addressing racial gaps? Marilee and Allison shared a plan, a cradle-to-career STEM framework, to ensure we are preparing our future workforce. The development team built the model from key measures that informed important points along students' developmental path. Some of these indicators - that students of color express similar or greater interest in STEM than other students do - form the basis for where and how to focus efforts. Positive data was incorporated into the framework to guide suggested actions while implying that there is hope for improving the overall situation.
Millennials are learning from MN Compass and myriad others who have compiled, interpreted, and acted on research for many years. Minnesota Rising's hope is that we can emulate the best of what data has provided to our communities in the past and that all generations impacted by this data can continue to have a place in this conversation. At this time where we are on the precipice of significant transition in our communities, we can either watch as demographic changes continue unfolding or we can leverage data to envision and create a future state that embraces all of our assets.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Having recently had an amazing opportunity to publish a children's book through the Reading Together Project, I'm excited to spread the word about the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) 2014 Open House! Join CAPM staff, board members, and supporters to learn about their exciting work in the year ahead. Enjoy light refreshments and a fun opportunity to mix and mingle with those connected to this Minnesota state agency!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Secretary of State’s Capitol Code Event Kicks Off Initiative for Citizen-Driven Solutions Using Existing Public Data
SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced his office will host Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam on Saturday, February 22, a collaborative, idea-sharing event for citizens to use accessible public datasets to create new technology solutions that can stimulate business ideas — such as smartphone applications or websites.
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State will provide public datasets for the event related to voting and elections (such as polling place information and election results), as well as business filings, official documents (proclamations, extraditions, oaths), and more. Public datasets from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, U.S. Census Bureau and other state agencies will also be available.
“Public data is a tremendous resource for Minnesotans, and I’m excited to see the innovation, new business and employment opportunities that can be generated by using this information,” says Ritchie.
Open data initiatives by government entities in the Twin Cities and in other parts of the country have resulted in technology solutions to address challenges relevant to communities:
• In the Twin Cities, open data from Metro Transit led to the development of a smartphone application that provides bus arrival and scheduling information: http://omgtransit.com/
• In New Orleans, residents can look up abandoned properties to see if they are available for purchase: http://blightstatus.nola.gov/
• In Boston, the “Adopt-a-Hydrant” program allows citizens to “adopt” nearby fire hydrants and receive reminders to clear them after snowstorms: http://commons.codeforamerica.org/apps/adopt-hydrant
Capitol Code is open to citizens, analysts, business and community leaders, designers, government officials, media, software programmers and other interested parties. Participants may register at http://capitolcode.mn.gov/. Subsequent to the event, applications developed by participants will be posted and presented online.
Capitol Code is the first step in the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s efforts to provide additional public datasets in a direct, immediate and accessible format to engage the public, and make government more transparent and accountable.
The event will be held at CoCo in Uptown Minneapolis; the co-working space is sponsoring the event through its Google for Entrepreneurs program. Capitol Code partners include the state’s lead technology agency, MN.IT, E-Democracy.org, the Minnesota State Demographic Center, and community technology groups such as Open Twin Cities.