Five days, 1 hour, and 6 minutes until Election Day 2018, but who's counting? Given the divisive and difficult days across our nation these past few weeks, it's clear that the midterm elections are a critical time to vote for elected officials who will work to ensure our communities are welcoming, equitable, and vibrant for all of our neighbors.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's website provides information in multiple languages on registering to vote, where to vote, sample ballots, and early voting. Put your vote plan in place and support others to exercise their civic duty at the polls next Tuesday, November 6! #GOTV
*This event is organized for and by people of color and indigenous leaders (POCI) as a supportive and courageous space.Join our LOCUS community in an evening of writing, reflection, healing and community. Coming off the heels of the Midterm Elections, Unwritten America will be a space to center the narratives and voices of those that have often been left out of the mainstream narrative of America. Come for a chance to participate in structured writing exercises and workshop, discussions and conversation. Whether you are a seasoned writer or have never written before, all are welcome to our evening of power and healing through written and spoken word. [Read more.]
LOTT recruiting board members
Apply by December 3
Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) is actively recruiting board members. LOTT ignites women to lead with confidence. When women lead with confidence, their leadership will build stronger, more equitable communities that will transform the world. We want you to help us live out our mission. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow is an entirely volunteer-run initiative. The LOTT Advisory Board oversees and plans all components of the fellowship and alumni/networking events bringing together women leaders throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. [Read more.]
Planting SEADS Book Launch
+ Raise Our Roots Reception
On November 10, The SEAD Project is hosting their first two-part Southeast Asian Day through a book launch community event and evening reception for the "Planting SEADS: Southeast Asian Diaspora Stories" stories gathered this past year in partnership with ManForward, mk nguyen and Narate Keys and other Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Viet young people, healers and connectors. The day event is free and open to the public, although space is limited. Book sales and signing will be available. There will be performances, storytellers, art and activity stations. Light food and drinks will be provided. [Read more.]
Give to the Max Day turns 10 this November!
Ten years ago, when GiveMN.org was a brand new and relatively unknown website, a group of people decided to try to raise awareness about this new fun way to give online by creating a one-time, one-day event focused on online donations. By the end of the day, everyone's expectations had been shattered by an outpouring of $14 million from generous Minnesotans, and a new giving tradition—Minnesota's giving holiday—had been born. Give to the Max Day celebrates its 10th anniversary on Thursday, November 15, 2018! Join GiveMN and thousands of your favorite nonprofits and schools as we raise millions of dollars for the organizations which make our communities stronger. [Read more.]
The start of another school year, the recent autumnal equinox, and the cooler weather of late are sure signs that we are transitioning to a new season in our Minnesota geography. So we anticipate the upcoming holidays—civic, religious, state—and prepare ourselves to recognize Indigenous People's Day on October 8, celebrate Día de los Muertos and All Hallow's Eve at the close of the month, and vote in upcoming local and national elections soon after.
Minnesota offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. In Minnesota, you can also register at your polling place on Election Day (this includes registering when you go to vote if you are voting early). To help you make good on your #IWillVote pledge, visit the Secretary of State's website to register.
Shannon Leadership Institute
Apply by October 15
The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute's mission is to nurture the creativity and vitality of community-serving leaders from all sectors. The Shannon Institute provides a structured, challenging, and supportive opportunity for these experienced community leaders to clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want that work to exemplify, to enhance their focus and effectiveness, and to increase their sense of fulfillment. The result that the Institute achieves is purposeful and effective leadership with a renewed commitment to community service. [Read more.]
Indigenous People's Day
Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebratory gathering that continues to honor the perseverance and culture of Indigenous people. In 2014, the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) worked with the Native American Urban community to campaign and won to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day in Minneapolis using community development, engagement, and organizing. All My Relations Gallery (AMRA), and NACDI is hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Festival to raise awareness, and provide education of Native American Arts. [Read more.]
Twin Cities Startup Week
October 7 - 14, 2018
In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there is a hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. During this week, we say thank you in the form of attention, praise and money... if you feel so bold. It's an entire week of startups on display. Welcome to #TCSW18. Showcasing the best from the Startup Capital of the North October 7-14, 2018: 15,000+ attendees, 200+ events, hundreds of speakers, pitches, demos and more! [Read more.]
Center for Economic Inclusion
Most U.S. cities compete with one another to attract talent and corporations. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, we compete with ourselves by overlooking growth opportunities in our own front yard. Our region will only unlock its full potential when our economy works for everyone, but our values of equality haven’t yet resulted in racial and economic equity. We need a roadmap and fuel to guide our next steps. Keynote Speaker Dr. Andre Perry will identify inclusive practices, policy levers, and proactive roles each sector must play to ensure our region grows because of our diversity not in spite of it. Doing so will align our actions with our values and further position Minneapolis-St. Paul as a hub for talent, investment, and innovation. [Read more.]
"Dream, girl." Filmmaker Erin Bagwell has produced a documentary for women by women showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs - Dream, Girl. The film reinforces the mission of the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF) to inspire and encourage girls to imagine something bigger. A benefit screening of Dream, Girl, plus a panel discussion and a woman-owned business marketplace, will take place on Saturday, September 29, from noon to 4 p.m. at St. Catherine University. All proceeds from the event will further the programs of the Ann Bancroft Foundation. [Read more.]
Connect, Share, Learn
Looking to connect with other expert practitioners and supporters of international development, share best practices, and learn about the NGO landscape in Minnesota? The MINN Summit is a one-day conference for global citizens in Minnesota and beyond to come together and network. The Summit convenes individuals from all over the world to build community, exchange information and resources, and gain insights into strategies and tools that support their work. Angela Bruce-Raeburn will join as keynote speaker to give the address Race, Gender, and Leadership in Global Development: Lifting New Voices for Better Outcomes. [Read more.]
As we are just weeks away from the annual Great Minnesota Get-Together that brings together countless Minnesotans, we are also aware of the efforts underway to ensure that all Minnesotans count. Specifically, local organizations are working to ensure a complete count as part of the 2020 Census. See below for the action alert and submit your comment by the close of the public comment period on August 7 to ensure ongoing support for our Minnesota schools, transportation, healthcare, small businesses, housing, etc., as well as full representation for our communities.
And for those futurists interested in 2020 and beyond, consider the "Communities of the Future (COTF) Fellows" program, which seeks to introduce the knowledge and skills of a 'master capacity builder' - transformational leadership for an age of constant change. Contact Rick Smyre for more details.
BE MSP Workplace Toolkit
Make It. MSP.
As part of its ongoing work to better retain professionals of color in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, Make It. MSP. partners launched a new toolkit designed to aid employers in building more inclusive workplaces. The BE MSP Workplace Toolkit is a free digital toolkit designed to drive meaningful conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace no matter where you may be at in the journey. Through honest, authentic conversation and exploration into real experiences, leaders, managers and colleagues can begin to understand the nuances and everyday actions that can truly change workplace cultures. [Read more.]
Bodies, Gender, Sexuality & the Workplace Training
by Team Dynamics, LLC
The public dialogue happening about sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based power dynamics in the workplace have many of us talking about what we can and should do. As a cross-race, cross-gender, queer training team, Team Dynamics is ready to tackle these questions. Participants of this training will leave with tangible tools, new language, and innovative practices for moving your team forward – aligning your values of gender equity with your workplace practices. [Read more.]
Recruiting for 2018-19 Neighborhood Leadership Program
Apply by August 24
Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Program is for anybody who wants to improve their abilities to act on important issues faced by our Saint Paul neighborhoods. We offer in-depth training sessions, networking opportunities and individual coaching sessions. The Neighborhood Leadership Program brings together 30 people from a wide diversity of ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of experience. Participant groups meet twice a month for six months. Individual participants also get paired with a volunteer community coach who serve as learning partners. [Read more.]
Act now to block 2020 Census citizenship question
Submit by August 7
The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership (MCMP) is a collaboration of organizations and individuals from throughout Minnesota who are working together to advocate for policies and resources to promote full participation by Minnesotans in the 2020 Census. They are mobilizing the community during the current 60 day public comment period and invite you to submit your comment to ensure a full, fair, and accurate census. [Read more.]
June has been full of opportunities to come together, including Pride and Juneteenth, as well as opportunities to overcome - to ensure families stay together and that #blacklivesmatter. For those you know who are working to change the narrative locally, consider nominating them by July 3 for the 2018 Facing Race Awards from The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations.
Minnesota Rising Founder, Diane Tran, was invited to share in a video released in early June about the vision for the GREATER MSP region in 10 years. And in the journey between here and that future, this past month's Minnesota Rising RE:treat reminded us to make time to connect with and care for ourselves and each other amidst life's transitions in order that we can contribute our best efforts to what our communities most need.
RE:treat - New Doors for Old Ideas
by Andreanna 'Andy' Mond
On Saturday, June 16th, 2018 we gathered at the Wilder Center for what we hope to be the first of many retreats hosted by Minnesota Rising. The intent of the retreat was something that we’ve all heard before: taking intentional time out to rest and gather ourselves in a way that fueled rejuvenation. It was a cozy group, and to me that encouraged more authentic sharing in a way that allowed us all to leave lighter. We gave away past pain, anger, and confusion to the circle in the morning as we began which created a connection that allowed us the freedom to not feel judgement or condemnation as we shared. [Read more.]
2018 MINN Summit Breakout Sessions
Proposals due July 31
The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) welcomes proposals for the sixth annual MINN Summit on Friday, September 28 at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Please join us in applying to be a part of the biggest Summit yet! MINN Summit attendees will connect, share, and learn during breakout sessions and workshops throughout the day. Each session will be 60-75 minutes on a topic related to the work of international development. [Read more.]
Seeking Cow Tipping Press Fellows
Apply by July 20
Cow Tipping Press is a trailblazing social venture with two years of fundamentally changing the way people think about disability under our belts. We understand our work as a matter of justice, not charity; of relishing the assets of our 1 in 50 peers with developmental disabilities, not pitying their deficits. Selected Fellows will be placed in full-time, fully paid roles with host organizations in the Twin Cities, serving as frontline advocates to help adults with developmental disabilities live, work, learn, and recreate in the most inclusive and enriching settings possible. [Read more.]
RaiseMN 2018-19 Campaign Institute
Applications due July 13
GiveMN is thrilled to begin searching for seven organizations to take part in the 2018-19 RaiseMN Campaign Institute! RaiseMN works directly with nonprofits to build infrastructure and capacity around sustainable fundraising practices. Thanks to generous support from The Saint Paul Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, and the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation, we are pleased to expand our work in 2018 to include seven nonprofits located in, or primarily serving, Dakota, Ramsey or Washington Counties in the Twin Cities East Metro. [Read more.]