Sunday, January 31, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] January 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] January 2016

Happy new year! We kicked off 2016 with an illuminating event this past week co-hosted by MPR News host Tom Weber entitled, "New Year, New Conversations with Minnesota Rising." With a focus on race, politics, and media, participants at Sweeney's Saloon shared their insights on the at-times polarizing and paralyzing political dynamics and also reminded each other of the seeds of hope currently present in our communities and that can be conjured up by imagining a politics that works. There is a clear appetite for continuing to gather together, dialogue, and take action to shift, in ways big and small, structures and institutions in order that we reflect more equitable investment and outcomes across this land we presently refer to as Minnesota.

To continue the conversation and help emerging leaders develop the collective capacity to speak bravely and act boldly, join us at the next Sounding Board Session on Monday, February 1 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. RSVP to minnesotarising[at] for details!

Sondra Samuels


Attend VOTE2016 event on Thursday 2/25
This is going to be an important election year in Minnesota and we need to make sure all eligible Minnesotans get out and vote. Join Secretary Simon five days before precinct caucuses to learn about new voter outreach efforts and hear how you can get involved in 2016. After the Secretary's address, choose from one of two brief workshops:What happens at a precinct caucus? Join representatives from the two major parties to learn how to participate in each party's precinct caucus process on Tuesday, March 1. Building the next generation of poll workers. Learn how you can be involved with recruiting new people to serve as poll workers, with a special emphasis on bilingual citizens, youth and people of color. [Read more.]

Workforce challenges spur region-wide discussions

Chet Bodin, Greater Minnesota Rising

As the end of 2015 nears, it's important to revisit the trends that inspired Greater Minnesota Rising (GMR), and how our research evolved this year. Economically speaking, 2015 saw a return to unemployment reminiscent of the 1990's and a record number of job vacancies. It's likely that Baby Boomers will retire at an even faster pace in 2016, and Millennials will continue to fill the void. What will be missed are the years of experience, vast connections, and leadership traits of the Baby Boomer generation. These assets, honed over decades, won't be easy to replace. By numbers alone, it will be nearly impossible. [Read more.]

Facing Race

Ambassador Awards Nominations due 2/15

The Facing Race Ambassador Awards proudly presented by The Saint Paul Foundation celebrate and honor the leadership of individuals working toward racial equity and supporting the vitality of communities of color in Minnesota. Racial inequity cuts across many facets of our society, limiting access, opportunity and quality of life. Unsung heroes across the state from every walk of life are addressing the pervasiveness of racial inequity by raising awareness of its presence and destructive impact and finding ways to eliminate it from our systems and practices. We honor their work. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Facing Race Ambassador Awards. [Read more.]
Bridging Arts and Audiences

February 17 Chapter Makeover Party

Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities

Hello friends of social enterprise! The Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities is convening stakeholders like you who are interested in building a purpose driven economy in the Twin Cities. We believe sales of products or services can advance nonprofits' missions and that Public Benefit Corporations are critical assets in growing our local economy. We also believe SEA-TC has an important role to play in building momentum, capacity, and impact for social enterprise and the many practitioners in this sector. We're calling all social enterprise advocates and allies to help us craft our "New Year's Resolutions." Please join us in creating the pathway forward for SEA-TC! [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

New Sector Alliance Social Impact Fellowships
Applications due February 1

Make your organization's next video WORK
Bully Creative Shop & Line Break Media
Wednesday, February 3
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Intermedia Arts

2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference Call for Proposals
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Due Sunday, February 7

Second Tuesday Networking Event featuring Bridging MN
Tuesday, February 9
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Seven Sushi

btb The Wintry Mix
Break the Bubble
Tuesday, February 9
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fulton Brewing

Policy and a Pint: One Byte at a Time - Using Technology to Solve Community Problems 
Citizens League
Wednesday, February 10
Doors 5:30pm; Program 6pm
Amsterdam Bar and Hall

B'Cause we Care
GTCUW Arise Project
Thursday, February 11
5:30pm - 7:30pm

De Hombre a Hombre
Saturday, February 13
8:30am - 5:00pm
Metropolitan State University

Mind Opener: The Economic Status of Minnesotans
Citizens League
Wednesday, February 17
7:30am - 8:30am
Downtowner Woodfire Grille

#87: Content Kickstart - Get the Most out of your Video Content
Monday, February 22
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Strategies for Social Justice Storytelling: 3-part series
Line Break Media
February 23 + March 1 + March 8
6:00pm - 9:00pm

2016-2017 MN LEND Fellowships
Applications due February 29

2016-2017 Windcall Residency and Coaching Program
Applications due March 1


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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