Thursday, July 31, 2014

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2014

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2014

Cheers were in order at this month's Minnesota Rising Cascading Conversations Tour 2014 Advance Team Ice Cream Social: Minnesota Rising was featured in the most recent edition of Initiative Quarterly and planning has begun in earnest for the 2014 Un/Conference. While we urge you to take every opportunity to bask in the sunshine, we also welcome you inside our efforts to pull off our best annual Un/Conference yet. See below for more details and we hope to see you yet this summer!

Sondra Samuels

Now Recruiting: 2014 U/C Volunteers

Minnesota Rising
Hosted by and for emerging leaders, the 2014 Minnesota Rising Un/Conference will engage 150 emerging leaders across the state in an energizing day of innovative learning and dialogue, skill-building, and network-building with their peers! The fifth annual Un/Conference, slated for November 2014, will explore themes of inquiry and the emerging future through engaging breakout sessions, inspiring speakers, and a highly interactive learning lab.

Minnesota Rising is seeking volunteers to serve on the Un/Conference planning team, in the areas of logistics, content and program, and outreach. Have expertise + experience and/or interest + energy to lend over the next 4 months? We welcome you to join us on Tuesday, August 5th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm for our next planning meeting! [RSVP here.] 

Forever Young

Adam Yust, YNPN Twin Cities Blog
Have you ever felt like the youngest person in the room? Growing up in a civically-engaged family, I constantly found myself the youngest person at neighborhood meetings.

In 2000, at age 13, I went on the record at a Saint Paul community meeting to oppose a project that would have destroyed aspects of my neighborhood. A bus-way from downtown Saint Paul to Mall of America was proposed to travel down the center of West 7th Street. This transit project would have cut service levels, divided the neighborhood in half, and taken away boulevard trees. Because of my young age, people at the meeting asked me, "Why are you here?" I answered, "I'm here because I care." [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

Generation Next: The Millennials

IQ Magazine

Franz Vancura always thought he'd practice law in the Twin Cities. That certainly was the plan when a Minneapolis law firm hired him in 2011. But when his new employer encouraged the recent University of St. Thomas School of Law graduate to take a year to clerk for a judge before jumping into life as a corporate attorney, Vancura didn't pursue any opportunities in the metro area. "I applied to any judge north of Brainerd," said the New Ulm native.

Vancura's interest in the region started when he was young. His family owned property on Little Webb Lake in Hackensack and he had happy memories of fishing and relaxing with friends and relatives on the lake. "I had a real connection with the geography and nature of the area," he said. When he was hired by Judge John P. Smith in Walker, Vancura packed up his Minneapolis condo and moved to a cabin in the woods on Horseshoe Lake. [Read more.]

Seeking Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows

Minnesota Council on Foundations
MCF's Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which we opened applications for earlier this month, will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. But the fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it's about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field.

Are you interested in applying to be a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellow? Do you have questions about the application process? Join Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, for a short informational webinar about the process and the program on Thursday, August 7, at 3 p.m. Alfonso will provide a high-level overview of the program and take questions from participants. [Read more].

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Emerging Civic Leaders Committee meeting
Citizens League
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Wilder Foundation, Room 2410

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship Informational Webinar
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Urban Oasis Food Fest
Urban Oasis
Sunday, August 17, 2014
740 Seventh Street East, Saint Paul

Cultivating Leaders in a Changing Nonprofit World
Hamline University
Thursday, August 14, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation

Creating a Social Benefit Product & Marketing Campaign
Social Enterprise Alliance
Thursday, August 14, 2014
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Joule Co-Working Space

The Accidental Jackass: Why Social Media Etiquette Matters
Friday, August 22, 2014
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Generation Now Leadership Visit
Citizens League
*Register by Friday, August 1!
September 10-12, 2014
Fargo, ND
$1250 pp

Value of Simple
*Seeking videography, photography, or workshop presentation skills in exchange for complimentary ticket!
October 3-4, 2014
University of Saint Thomas

Celebrating 10: Women's Leadership Forum (WOLF)
WOLF Inspires Foundation
Friday, October 10, 2014
5:00pm - 9:00pm
International Market Square


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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Accepting Applications: Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows

After a successful launch to the MCF Philanthropy Fellowship, the recently re-named program is currently accepting applications for Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows. Seeking to engage new ideas and perspectives to strengthen the field, the fellowship prepares applicants from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. Learn more at an informational webinar later this week and consider applying before the August 27 deadline!


Learn About Becoming a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow

MCF’s Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which we opened applications for earlier this month, will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. But the fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it’s about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field.

Are you interested in applying to be a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellow? Do you have questions about the application process?
Join Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of diversity, equity and inclusion, for a short informational webinar about the process and the program on Thursday, August 7, at 3 p.m. Alfonso will provide a high-level overview of the program and take questions from participants.

And for a look at what the 2014 Philanthropy Fellows are up to, don’t miss MCF’s new issue of Giving Forum, online and in your mailbox now.We caught up with Venessa Fuentes and Dameun Strange and asked them about their responsibilities and how they’re helping effect positive community change. Read about their experiences, then join our webinar to see what the fellowship would mean for you!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You're Invited: Expo 2023 July Speaker Series Event

There's a hearty crew of Minnesotans working to make our state the host of the 2023 World's Fair! Join them at their July Speaker Series event to learn more about their efforts, their upcoming crowdfunding campaign, and how you can help bring the world to Minnesota in 2023!

Greetings Expo 2023 Friends,
A quick reminder this morning that our July Speaker Series Event is this Thursday, July 31st from 9 am - 11 am at HGA Architects.
We'll be sharing a sneak preview of our upcoming crowdfunding campaign and our new website.
Please RSVP so we know you are coming and have a badge ready for you-

See you there!

Crowdfunding Kick-off | Speaker Series on 7/31/14 at HGA

9:00 Welcome + Registration


9:15 Program (Google+ Hangout begins)


Mark Ritchie | Expo 2023 Update- Momentum, We are at that Moment


Wendy Meadley | Expo 2023 Strategic Communications Overview- 3 Key short term initiatives: Website for Bid Process, Crowdfunding Campaign, and Minnesota State Fair


Eric Raarup | RBA Consulting | Expo 2023 Website


Marty Wetherall | Fallon Creative Spotlight- Video Preview 


David Williams | Minnesota State Fair Innovation Strategy


Linda Presthus | Expo 2023 Volunteer Opportunities


10:15 BONUS | Social Media Primer | Expo 2023 Indiegogo, Conversation, and MN State Fair Social Strategy- Training and PDF Primer to help folks participate on Indiegogo


Expo 2023 | The Minnesota World's Fair · PO Box 8832 · St Paul, Mn 55102 · USA

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

You're Invited: Urban Oasis Food Fest

Next month, the Forever Saint Paul Challenge's winning idea will launch, and you're invited for a taste of the fun! Join your neighbors at the Urban Oasis Food Fest, a free community food festival. The event features a tomato-canning demonstration, sample treats from East Side food vendors, and delicious menu ideas!

Urban Oasis Food Fest
When: Noon-4 p.m. August 17
Where: 740 Seventh Street East, Saint Paul
Cost: It's free!

In 2013, Urban Oasis was the winning idea in The Saint Paul Foundation's $1 million Forever Saint Paul Challenge. Today, Urban Oasis is an initiative of the Lower Phalen Creek Project, a nonprofit organization on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Urban Oasis is kicking off their efforts to create all sorts of ways you can feed your family and support our local food system with its launch event, the Urban Oasis Food Fest, a community food festival. And you're invited!

The event will celebrate the growing East Side food scene and say "thank you" for making Urban Oasis a reality. There will be canning demonstrations, menu discussions and taste tests of delicious, locally sourced food from Urban Oasis and East Side vendors.

Sign up for the Urban Oasis e-newsletter to find out more about the classes, catering, meal services and food products Urban Oasis is developing to create a healthy, resilient and prosperous community.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You're Invited: Citizen League Emerging Civic Leaders Committee Meeting

Have you saved your seat on the bus yet? Less than one week remains to reserve your spot on the 2014 Generation Now Leadership Visit to Fargo, ND from September 10-12! Once you confirm your registration, be sure to put the upcoming Citizens League Emerging Civic Leaders Committee meeting on your calendar, too. More details on the exciting new initiative below!

Emerging Civic Leaders Committee Meeting

This summer, the Board of Directors approved a charge for the Emerging Civic Leaders to function as an operating committee of the League.

Join us August 5th from 5:00-7:30 at the Wilder Foundation, Room 2410 (451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul) as we discuss our work for the rest of the year and listen to a presentation by General Mills' Good Works program, which kindly donated their services to us earlier in the year.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Adam at or 651-289-1073.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

[Recommended Reading] Joe Kahne: "Should Graduation Speakers Talk About Improving the World?"

A 2004 Citizen Scholar at the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) at Mills College, I have long been grateful for Joe Kahne's founding vision for the ICL and his continued national leadership in the realm of civic and community engagement. His blog post, "Should Graduation Speakers Talk About Improving the World?" during the height of graduation season last month considers the critical role of schools in involving young people in community service and civic engagement.

Joseph Kahne Headshot 
Professor of education at Mills College, chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics and member of the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning

Should Graduation Speakers Talk About Improving the World?

Posted: 06/17/2014 5:52 pm

It's high school graduation season. A time for speeches that remind youth to draw on their talents to make their communities and the world a better place. As an educator who focuses on ways to support youth civic engagement, I love those speeches. But, they do leave me wondering, if this is a goal we laud on graduation day, why aren't students asked to focus on this more during high school?
Schools and school districts aim to prepare students for college and for careers. Vitally important goals, but helping to make the world a better place is enormously important as well.
Of course, many teachers want their students to care about societal problems and to contribute to their communities. But teachers have to fit these concerns in. Attention to these priorities isn't required. The structure of the curriculum standards in California and of the state and federal assessments that students receive barely attend to civic life. One exception is that some districts have a community service or service-learning requirement of 25 hours or so. Youth spend roughly 4,000 hours in high school. Is mandating 25 hours spread across four years (one minute a day) really the best we can do?
Consider an alternative. In Oakland, supported by the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative, the school district has expanded its focus from preparing all students to be "College and Career Ready" to preparing all students to be "College, Career, and Community Ready." Teachers are implementing innovative curriculum from grades 9-12 so that students will have the capacities and commitments they need to address community concerns. Students' research and action projects include environmental protection, access to healthy food, educational improvement and violence prevention. The capacities students develop include running workshops, blogging, speaking to legislators, producing a webinar and conducting policy analysis.
In addition, to honor student work this year, the district held its first "Community Ready" awards ceremony. Two students from each of Oakland's 12 high schools received awards from Oakland's mayor. One award recipient, 17-year-old Yasser Alwan of Oakland International High School, produced a video to support a group working to get his school a soccer field. He and his peers developed a website, spread the word through their online social networks and spoke to the media and at community meetings in an effort to mobilize support for this cause.
Acting with similar goals in mind, LA's County Office of Education has launched an effort to institutionalize civics in 12 high schools and a new initiative is being planned for Sacramento. Could this emphasis on learning about and responding to community needs become the norm, rather than the exception?
The California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning thinks so. Established by California's Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Supt. Tom Torlakson, the task force calls for ensuring that all students have opportunities to study issues, to evaluate different possible responses and to help make a difference. Yes, this means youth will need to discuss some controversial issues. The Task Force believes that it's key for teachers to help students learn to have such discussions in productive ways. The Task Force also is proposing to strengthen the State's history and social science 15-year-old standards. These standards predate Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and the Web 2.0 ecosystem that have literally transformed how civic and political life is practiced.
The benefits of adopting these recommendations would be substantial. Research demonstrates that when students have civic learning opportunities to research and discuss controversial issues, develop digital literacy skills, and engage in service-learning they become more interested in, capable of, and engaged in civic life. They also enhance their ability to undertake rigorous analysis and to produce compelling and informed perspectives -- crucial skills in the 21st century.
In short, policymakers, educators and the public must work to ensure that all youth receive these civic-learning opportunities. If we do, maybe in a few years, when graduation speakers exhort students to help improve both their communities and the broader world, the schools will have systematically prepared their students to do so.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You're Invited: Breakfast with The Shannon Institute

The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute is a structured, challenging and supportive opportunity for personal and professional renewal for experienced leaders of philanthropic, civic and community service organizations. As the program itself seeks to be renewed through a strategic planning process, they invite your input and ideas on how it could better serve the needs of emerging leaders. See below for more details on the upcoming breakfast and brainstorming opportunity!

James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

Start your day inspired!
Do you have a perspective on leadership, self-reflection and renewal, and what it takes to achieve authentic community change?
Enjoy starting your day with a good cup of coffee and some tasty eats?
Like gathering with other like-minded emerging leaders?
Yes? Then join us Thursday 7/24 from 8-9:30am to help create a stronger Shannon Leadership Institute!
We are currently undergoing a strategic planning process and we’re especially interested in hearing from younger leaders about how The Shannon could better serve you.
We’ll host the event and provide food and facilitation; you bring your insights and experiences. Share this invite with a friend!
The details:
Date: Thursday July 24, 2014
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Place: Wilder Center, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
            451 Lexington Parkway N.
            Saint Paul, MN 55104

Monday, July 21, 2014

Take the lead

Copyright: atlantisfoto / 123RF Stock Photo 

“The only way to follow your path is to take the lead.” 
-Joe Peterson

Friday, July 18, 2014

[Recommended Reading] IQ Magazine | Generation Next: The Millennials

I was pleased to be interviewed for the most recent issue of Initiative Quarterly for their "Generation Next: The Millennials" piece, and incredibly impressed by the Millennials represented in the article. Read on for more about who and how Millennials are making a difference in Greater Minnesota!

IQ Magazine

Franz Vancura: “I came to the conclusion that I’d have a better quality of life staying here.”

Generation Next: The Millennials

Franz Vancura always thought he’d practice law in the Twin Cities. That certainly was the plan when a Minneapolis law firm hired him in 2011. But when his new employer encouraged the recent University of St. Thomas School of Law graduate to take a year to clerk for a judge before jumping into life as a corporate attorney, Vancura didn’t pursue any opportunities in the metro area. “I applied to any judge north of Brainerd,” said the New Ulm native.

Vancura’s interest in the region started when he was young. His family owned property on Little Webb Lake in Hackensack and he had happy memories of fishing and relaxing with friends and relatives on the lake.  “I had a real connection with the geography and nature of the area,” he said. When he was hired by Judge John P. Smith in Walker, Vancura packed up his Minneapolis condo and moved to a cabin in the woods on Horseshoe Lake.

Most people with big-city ambitions would find the off season at a resort community like Walker a little sleepy. But Vancura thrived, especially after he bought an English Springer Spaniel and spent his weekends walking through the woods hunting grouse and pheasants. “It became harder and harder to justify leaving a place I loved and a community I’d gotten involved in to go back to the Twin Cities,” he said. “I just came to the conclusion that I’d be happier and have a better quality of life staying up here.”

At 31, Vancura is at the old end of the generation dubbed the Millennials. Born between 1981 and 2000, the group gets its name from the fact that it’s the first generation to come of age in the new millennium. 

According to Minnesota Compass, there are 1.5 millennials living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes—200,000 in Central Minnesota. That’s compared to 1.3 million Baby Boomers—the demographic bulge of people born between 1946 and 1964. As the Boomers retire, these young people are crucial to our region’s future. 
That’s what Vancura found when he did some research and discovered that there was only one other attorney under the age of 55 with a solo practice in Cass County. So he literally hung out his shingle and founded the Vancura Law Firm, now located in Walker.  He immersed himself in the community, joining the Walker Rotary Club and St. Agnes Parish, and learned how to curl. He also took on as much pro bono work as he could handle and raised money for Hackensack’s  PAWS and CLAWS Animal Shelter, an Initiative Foundation Turn Key component fund.

Locals took note. “Franz was one of the first people to get back to us and say he’d help in any way,” said Betty Thomas, the founder of beekeeping supply company Mann Lake Ltd. and the driving force behind PAWS and CLAWS.  “Sometimes you can’t just have older folks who are established. You need to bring in the people with new ideas and listen to them.”

Economic development experts agree. “The Millennials are our future leaders, elected officials, employees, company owners and parents,” said Kathy Gaalswyk, president of the Initiative Foundation. “As the Baby Boomers retire, sell their companies and discontinue their public service, this is the next wave of leaders.”
Attracting these future leaders to Central Minnesota could be a challenge. An analysis done by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., found that only 14 percent of Millennials live in rural areas nationwide, a marked decline from the 29 percent of Boomers who called small town America home when they were young adults. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that even though Millennials are less inclined to buy a home than older Americans, there’s a housing shortage in Central Minnesota.

The good news is that there’s another story beneath these statistics. Research by Ben Winchester, a fellow at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, actually shows a “brain gain” in rural Minnesota since 1970, comprised primarily of people between the ages of 30 and 49 who, like Vancura, move to rural communities because they are drawn to the quality of life. As Millennials start families, Central Minnesota has an opportunity to capitalize on the region’s natural assets and the fact that our economy is no longer based solely on agriculture.

“This isn’t your grandpa’s rural,” said Winchester.  “Anywhere between 30 to 60 percent of people in the rural communities are proprietors. A lot of people are independent contractors.”

Generation start-up 

Like any generation, Millennials have their own perspective on the world, which is often shaped by current events. Hit hard by the recession, they don’t feel the same kind of loyalty to a single employer that their older co-workers do. According to the Pew Research Center survey, about two-thirds of all employed Millennials say it is likely they will switch careers sometime in their working life, compared with 55 percent of Gen Xers and 31 percent of Baby Boomers.

In fact, many Millennials in rural communities will have to start and run their own businesses. “Millennials will be the most entrepreneurial generation,” said Jack Schultz, the author of Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns. “That’s important because most small towns aren’t going to be able to bring in the next company. We have to grow our own.”

Starting a business just made sense to Travis Kelley, the 28-year-old co-founder and owner of JenTra Tools in Backus. After two years of working at a Minneapolis lumber company, the Backus native moved back home to sell doors to lumber yards north of Brainerd. When he noticed that the doors often warped after they were installed, he and his wife, Jen, decided to figure out a solution.

“The doors in our factories were always flat as a board,” Kelley said. “If the door is installed properly, it shouldn’t warp.” Seeing an opportunity for a precision tool that takes the guesswork out of door installation, the Kelleys created a prototype using tin, cardboard and a level from Menards. “We used it to put a door in and thought, holy cow, that will work,” said Kelley.

As a new company with no track record, the Kelleys weren’t able to get traditional funding for a loan to start their business. But research turned up several local opportunities that turned their dream into reality. An ex-lawyer from Andersen Windows wrote their utility patent pro bono. Business financing from the Initiative Foundation and Crow Wing Power got them on their way.

Manufactured in Rogers and assembled in Backus, The CHEATAH door level hit store shelves in 2012 and already has been mentioned on the DIY Network’s “Must Have” list from the International Building Show. They’ve sold 6,000 units and are working toward introducing other tools and breaking into the big box market. Kelley credits much of his success to his hometown. “I have so much support,” he said. “I grew up with these people so I know they always have my back.”

Connectors and collaborators 

This can-do spirit is part of a Millennial’s approach to work in general. It’s not unusual today to hear a Boomer marvel, and sometimes even gripe, about how their Millennial colleague feels entitled to a one-on-one meeting with the company’s president. But there’s a positive spin to that generational stereotype. “Millennials like to be in the loop,” said Diane Tran, the founder of Minnesota Rising, a network for emerging leaders in Minnesota. “People can say they constantly want ribbons and awards, but it’s more that they enjoy human connections. Millennials like feedback, collaborating and working in teams.”

That’s not the only way Millennials are changing the way that traditional workplaces operate. “Boomers are into the time clock,” said Chris Fastner, who in his work as the senior program manager for organizational development at the Initiative Foundation oversees the organization’s VISTA volunteers. “Millennials seem to be more focused on getting the work done,” he said.

That’s a generational stereotype that resonates with Katrina Pierson, the 28-year-old partner at HBH Consultants in St. Cloud. “I was 10 when my family got the Internet,” she said. “We are used to being on all the time because technology is part of who we are. People my age don’t want to be tied to a 9 to 5 structure.”

That natural ease with technology makes Millennials extremely valuable to their workplaces. As the first generation to view texting, tweeting, and “liking” posts on Facebook and Instagram as everyday parts of life, they understand how to capitalize on social media in a way that might elude their older colleagues. 

“Technology has given us a new set of tools that can lead to opportunities for innovation and connecting people,” said Tran. “The younger part of the workforce can help make meaning of these technologies.”

That doesn’t mean the Millennials entrance into the workforce has not come without bumps. At Mann Lake, Thomas says that her younger employees have learned that when they are at work, they need to keep their piercings and tattoos hidden. (Four in 10 Millennials have at least one tattoo, according to Pew Research.) “What they do after hours is up to them,” she said. “But when they are the face of Mann Lake, it has to be our corporate image.”

As an employee stock ownership company, Thomas knows that the future of Mann Lake  relies on this generation. “In small rural America kids graduate from high school, flee and don’t come back until they are ready to retire,” she said. “We need a reason that they can come back, live, raise their families, enjoy the quality of life we have and offer them a good standard of living.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You're Invited: YNPN-TC and YEP-TC Night At The Guthrie

Let YNPN Twin Cities and YEP-TC take you out on the town for drinks and a show! Building on the success of last year's "Night at the Guthrie," this year's event features "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" followed by Happy Hour at Aloft. Tickets are extremely limited so be sure to follow the steps below and save your seats today!

Last year, YNPN-TC brought over 200 of our members and their friends to see two amazing performances at The Guthrie Theater. Those events were a smashing success and we have been invited back for an event at the Guthrie once again! This year, the event will be in partnership with the Young Education Professionals (YEP) of the Twin Cities.

Join YNPN-TC & YEP-TC on July 29, 2014 for a night out at the theater, and get to know your YNPN-TC & YEP-TC peers in this unique networking event. We'll be seeing the play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike", a hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Learn more.

That's not all, folks. Join YNPN-TC & YEP-TC for the after party at Aloft Minneapolis hotel with a live DJ. There will be happy hour drink specials, along with a free drink ticket valid for a bottled domestic beer that comes with your ticket to the play.

This great night out must be expensive, right? Not even close. For YNPN-TC & YEP-TC members only, you'll get the play, after party, and drink ticket for only $15. 

To be part of this great event, you'll need to make your reservations with the Guthrie. It's super easy to get this great deal - just three simple steps:

1. Call the Guthrie Theater at 612-377-2224
2. Ask for the "YNPN" offer for the performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
3. Have your credit/debit card ready to pay over the phone. Handling fees may apply (for our last Guthrie event, they were $0.25).

That's it! We'll give you your performance ticket and drink ticket when you arrive at the Guthrie Theater on the July 29. There is no online purchase option for this event. You may order more than one ticket with this offer if you are purchasing for a groupYou can pick up tickets the night of the event at the YNPN-TC table. Please arrive at the theater 30 minutes before the 7:30 PM showing.
We also want to give a special thanks to Guthrie Theater for their partnership with YNPN-TC & YEP-TC on this great event!
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Parking: Parking is available in the ramp on South 2nd Street directly across from the Guthrie and in numerous parking lots throughout the neighborhood. The event rate for Guthrie performances is $8. Rates vary during other area events.

The After Party: The after party is located just one block away from the Guthrie at Aloft Minneapolis hoteland will go from post-show to 11:30 PM. Your ticket gives you access to this party and one free drink ticket. Music at the after party will be provided by DJ Marinos.

About the Guthrie Theater.
About YNPN-TC.
About YEP-TC.
PS - Tickets are extremely limited and are sold on a first come first served basis. Purchase early to ensure your spot!   
Copyright © 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You're Invited: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible w/Charles Eisenstein

Seeking an evening of inspiration and insight? Consider this your invitation to hear from visionary speaker and writer, Charles Eisenstein, elaborating on his latest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. Register today for the catered community dinner and a conversation about consciousness and connection!

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible...

You are invited to join us for a special evening with visionary speaker and writer Charles Eisenstein.
In his latest book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible,” Eisenstein inspires us to discover how small, individual acts of courage, kindness and self-trust can change our culture’s story of separation.  He invites us to recognize that by embracing and practicing the principles of interbeing and interconnectedness, we become more effective agents of change.  
Charles Eisenstein brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know—when we get ourselves in order, the actions we take catalyze a next step in creating a new story.  
Join us in community to explore a new understanding of self, life and world.
Come before the conversation for a community dinner and movement and music. Experience joy, connection and a sense of community in the spirit of creating a more beautiful world.    
Evening Timeline:  
4:30 - 5:30: Catered Community Dinner
5:30 - 6:15:  Connecting Through Movement and Music
6:30 - 8:30:  A Conversation with Charles including Q & A
8:30 - 9:30: Book Signing and Socializing 
For more information on Charles Eisenstein’s work, including links to his books and videos, visit
We look forward to seeing you.
Supporting Organizations: Alliance for Sustainability, Ecology Democracy Network, Future First Women’s Congress, Green Party of Minnesota, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, KFAI, MN Interfaith Power & Light, MN Pachamama Community, MN350, Northland Sustainable Solutions, OccupyMN, Raeheart Financial, Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation
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