Thursday, August 31, 2017

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2017

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2017

From Hurricane Harvey to Charlottesville, this month's headlines hurt the heart. More than ever, as the stakes become increasingly higher and the challenges painstakingly extreme, we are reminded we must seek and speak the truth; call out racism, hate, and bigotry in all forms; and more importantly, go beyond merely discerning and disparaging to do the life-giving work of holding space, building relationships, and ultimately creating the kind of community that knows, values, and is in relationship with one another and the earth. And especially doing so in a way that honors the need for our self-care and collective care. May we bring light and heat to what the world calls forth from each of us now.

Seeking visual identity and web designer


LOCUS is seeking proposals to assist with updating our visual identity and website. Deliverables include a LOCUS logo and website with a project timeline of October 1 - December 31, 2017. Applicants should have a POCI-lens centered in the experiences of indigenous leaders and leaders of color that translates into writing and designing from this perspective. Through the generous support of the Linking Leaders Initiative of the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, funding of up to $6,000 is available for all costs related to this project, including design, production, and hosting. To receive a copy of the full Request for Proposal or with questions, email Diane at Proposals due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 22.

2017 Elections Summit

Secretary of State

America’s increasing reliance on social media creates exciting new opportunities in the realm of elections. Facebook’s pioneering effort in 2016 to make voter registration easier and more accessible reduced costs for taxpayers and increased citizen engagement in Minnesota. The effort helped Minnesota to regain its #1 ranking in voter turnout. The 2017 Minnesota Election Summit, which serves as the University's 2017 Constitution Day event, brings together Facebook leaders with Secretary of State Steve Simon and others to spotlight the breakthroughs in 2016 and lessons for 2017 and beyond. Join us Thursday, September 14, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. [Learn more.]

Seeking grant reviewers 


MRAC is now accepting inquiries for new grant review panelists! MRAC holds panels year-round to support each of our grant programs and we take great effort to make sure our review panels the reflect diversity from across the region. As a panelist, you'll review peer applicant groups which can include small non-profits and informal groups (arts and non-arts related). Ideal panelists bring a diverse personal, professional, and artistic backgrounds from across the 7-county Twin Cities Metro area. To inquire further, please contact Oskar Ly, Community Connections Manager at with subject line: Panelist inquiry. [Read more.]

North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship

Nexus Community Partners
Nexus is pleased to announce The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship. The North Star Fellowship is a four-month fellowship focused on Black American Cooperative Economics. North Star teaches Black Cooperative Economic local and national history, rethinking capitalism, support and network new black coop enterprises and their leaders, analyze local cooperative resources and institutions and support emerging cooperative businesses. The North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship is centered on the history of Black cooperative economic thought and practice. We place priority on applicants who share the ancestry of Enslaved Africans in the United States and place value on their legacy of cooperative economics and collective care. The North Star Black Cooperative Fall Session Applications are now open August 15 and will close by September 15, 5:00pm. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Policy and a Pint: Just Add Water – The Future of Minnesota's Clean Waters 
Citizens League
Sunday, September 3
Minnesota State Fair MPR Booth

2017 Veterans' Voices Award
Minnesota Humanities Center
Monday, September 11
5:00pm - 8:00pm
University of St. Thomas

Twin Cities Professionals of Color - Fall Membership Celebration
ALPFA & NABA Twin Cities
Friday, September 15
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Foundry Lake Street

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala
Sunday, September 17
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Brackett's Crossing

2017 Facing Race Awards
The Saint Paul Foundation
Monday, September 18
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Mind The Gap: News – Is it Fake?
Citizens League
Tuesday, September 19
Doors: 5:30pm | Program: 6pm
Minneapolis Event Center

YPro: Debunking The Millennial Stigma
Wednesday, September 20
7:30am - 9:00am

Conversation with Scott Burns on Entrepreneurship, the Changes in the Workplace, and The Cities
Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Thursday, September 21
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Carlson School

MSP HELLO: Hello Fall
Make It. MSP.
Tuesday, September 26
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Minnesota History Center

Conversations with the Fed on Thought Leadership
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Thursday, September 28
5:45pm - 8:30pm

Climate Change and Collective Action
Bagels Beyond Boundaries
Friday, September 29
11:00am - 12:00pm
Carlson School of Management
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