Wednesday, April 30, 2014

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2014

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2014

If April showers (and snows) bring May flowers, then no it's wonder we've got so much blooming next month! Minnesota Rising will celebrate our 5th birthday, reprise theFail Lab: Failing Into the Future at bushCONNECT, and host the Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities. Join us at these events, or any of the other exciting activities for emerging leaders across the state identified in this Dispatch, to connect and build community!

#mnrising Sounding Board Session
Thursday, May 15 | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Grassroots Solutions
Join us in our 3rd session (of 6) strategizing about and stewarding Minnesota Rising's core purpose, communications, and infrastructure in our 5th year.
RSVPs appreciated to minnesotarising[at]

#mnrising Imagine Lab: New Paradigms, New Possibilities
Wednesday, May 28 | 5:15 - 8:00pm | The Center for Changing Lives
The Minnesota Rising Imagine Lab will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 5:15pm - 8:00pm at The Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. Hosted by and for emerging leaders, we invite you to join us at this highly interactive event as we spend time exploring the power of imagination to reshape our experiences and relationships, exercising our creative muscles and skills in engaging hands-on activities, and elevating the opportunities we have for leveraging our individual and collective imaginations for Minnesota's future! Register here.
Sondra Samuels

"Don't Worry; We've Got This" - A Gathering of Rising Leaders

CURE (Granite Falls)
We are convening a gathering of Rising Leaders for a number of reasons:
1. We want you guys to meet each other!Especially in rural areas, the sense of isolation can be great for those of us trying to imagine a better community, and we want to combat that.
2. We want to support your growth! Part of our discussion will focus on what promising leaders need to succeed so that CURE knows what resources we can provide to help you on your path to success.
3. We want to have fun!We've asked people we think are pretty darn cool to give short and engaging presentations; World Cafe conversations make it easier to talk to strangers as if they were old friends; and we're finishing off the night with a social hour and open mic, so you can bring your musical, poetic, comedic, dramatic, or other talents with you to share! [Read more.]

Dancing with fear as we launch our first Krypton course!

cross-posted from Colidr
Today was an epic day for the Colidr crew. We launched our first official endeavor, which is the delivery of a 5-week Krypton Course based on the work of best selling author Seth Godin. This particular course is entitled "Go: How to Overcome Fear, Pick Yourself, & Start a Project that Matters." We are fortunate that Travis Wilson, who recently started Wilson Career Coaching in Rochester, agreed to facilitate the course for us. It is evident after our first gathering that he was exactly the right person for the job! One important aspect of our vision for Colidr centers around creating spaces where the growing community of changemakers in Rochester can connect, inspire one another, co-learn, and co-create. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Help a Minnesota Maker Succeed!


HAMMS Event is a one-day, dog friendly, crowdfunding market for men and women. HAMMS Event was born out of the "shop local" and "shop small business" movement and around the fact that small businesses need to stick together. The HAMMS Event takes place at the former Hamm's brewery shipping docks. Shop 25,000 square feet of products for men, women, and their pooches. Meet the Minnesota Makers themselves, nibble on food from both vendors and food trucks, sip vino and samples of local brew. Funding is difficult for micro businesses, so we have put a spin on the "crowd funding" concept by choosing one talented Minnesota Maker (by a game of chance) to receive up to $5000 of ticket sales to help them bring their business to the next level. When we all stick together we can make a difference. [Read more.]

Consulting 4 Good

Social Innovation Lab
Are you a consultant interested in doing pro bono or reduced rate consulting with nonprofits, to broaden your network and make a difference? Or are you a nonprofit that wants volunteers or reduced rate help from consultants to get stuff done and make it stick? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, we invite you to this event designed to help you make a match. What's our vision? We want to create a speed networking/match-making event to bring together consultants and nonprofits so that: Every nonprofit in the Twin Cities has access to the professional skills they need to effectively carry out their mission, and every interested consultant who wants to learn, connect, and give through pro bono and reduced rate consulting has the opportunity to work on a project that is a good fit for what they want to give. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

How to Negotiate What You Want
Thursday, May 1, 2014
6pm - 8pm
University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business

Accepting Applications: YNPN National Leaders Conference Deep Dive Sessions
Applications due Friday, May 2 for Friday, June 27, 2014 workshops:
1. Echoing Green: "Work on Purpose"
2: International Institute for Sustained Dialogue

Roller-Skating at World of Wheels
Young Professionals of Duluth & Superior
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:30pm - 10pm
World of Wheels

SMBMSP #66 - Social Media Analytics: Activating Your Company's Social Intelligence
Social Media Breakfast MSP
Friday, May 9, 2014
8am - 10am
St. Catherine University

"Volunteer Engagement and Recognition" Panel
MINN & Atlas Corps
Monday, May 12, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
American Refugee Committee

Accepting Applications: U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program
Partners of the Americas
Early Bird Deadline: May 12, 2014
Two-week fellowships Caribbean and Latin-American countries

Affirming Authenticity: Identity-Driven Leadership [for Yourself]
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rondo Library

Break the Bubble
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:30pm - 9pm
Spill the Wine

Accepting Applications: Mondale Research Fellowship
Deadline: May 30, 2014
Encourages research in archives of Minnesota Historical Society on elected officials whose service in office improved Minnesota and the opportunities of its citizens

Accepting Applications: Thrive Fellows - A Yearlong Leadership Program in Social Innovation
Deadline: June 1, 2014

Generation Now Leadership Visit
Citizens League
September 10-12, 2014
Fargo, ND
$1250 pp


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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