Sunday, September 30, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2018

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

2018 Festival
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.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Minneapolis Idealist Grad Fair 2018
Wednesday, October 3
5pm - 8pm
Humphrey School

Principles and Priorities with the Concord Coalition: How Would You Solve the Federal Budget Crisis?
Thursday, October 4
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Humphrey Forum

Women of Color and Indigenous Women Network Gathering
Minnesota Women's Consortium
Thursday, October 4
5pm - 7pm
Ramsey County Library - Roseville

Indigenous People's Day Festival
October 6 - 7
American Indian Cultural Corridor

Little Mekong Pop-Up Night Market
October 6-7

POWERING INCLUSION: Achieving the Growth We Want by Engaging All of the Talent We Have
Tuesday, October 9
3pm - 6pm

The LEAD Project
Tuesday, October 9
5pm - 7:30pm
Pryes Brewing Company

DRIVE Leadership Laboratory: Meaningful Work
Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Wednesday, October 10
7:30am - 9:30am
University of St. Thomas

POC Career Fair
Wednesday, October 10
10am - 3pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

Book Release Party: When Everything Was Everything
Wednesday, October 10
4pm - 7pm
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

The Inaugural BIT Conference
Blacks in Technology
October 11 - 13

2018 Civic Celebration
Citizens League
Thursday, October 11
Reception: 5:30pm, Program: 6:30pm
Minneapolis Event Centers

Women's Mindfulness Day
Saturday, October 13
9am - 5:30pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bodies, Gender, Sexuality + the Workplace
Tuesday, October 16
8am - 12pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

Phalen Creek Nibi Walk
Minnesota Humanities Center
October 6 & 27

7th Annual Women In Public Service Conference
Friday, November 9
8:30am - 4:30pm
Hamline University
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Friday, August 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] August 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] August 2018

It's the season of back-to-school and opportunities abound to be lifelong learners not only via traditional education experiences but through community education, local conferences, and leadership development programs. Consider opportunities to build skills, create connections, and stretch yourself this fall with the James P. Shannon Leadership InstituteLeadership Saint PaulImpact Hub's Work Trade ProgramWork/Study with The Loft Literary CenterGovernor's Young Women's Cabinet, and/or the 2018 St. Paul Indigenous Womxn & Womxn of Color summit. Whatever classroom you encounter, may you find enrichment and enjoy the exploration!

Dream, Girl Benefit Screening

Ann Bancroft Foundation

"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.]

MINN Summit

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.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

David Mura Book Launch: A Stranger's Journey
September 6
7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Loft

Cafe Conversations 
YNPN Twin Cities
September 8
10:00am - 12:00pm
Twin Cities

Graduate Student Social/Networking with MINN!
September 12
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conversations with the Fed: Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
September 13
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Yellow: A Creative Technology Summit 
Monicat Data
September 14
8:00am - 2:00pm
Vandalia Tower

Minneapolis Professional Diversity Career Fair
September 20
11:00am - 2:00pm
US Bank Stadium

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

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] July 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] July 2018

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.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Underpass TechPlus
Asian Media Access
Saturday, August 4
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Outdoor pop-up multimedia event at East 2nd and Jackson Streets underpass tunnel, St Paul

Social Media for International Impact 
Thursday, August 9
6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Wedge

29th Annual Family Day
Minneapolis Urban League
Saturday, August 11
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Plymouth Ave N from Penn to Logan Avenues

Summer Festival
Vietnamese Community of Minnesota
Saturday, August 11
1:00pm - 7:00pm
Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Actualizing Equity: The Geography of Wellness Monday, August 13
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Hope Community

Networking at Surly Non-Profit Monday
Monday, August 13
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Surly Brewing

Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table
Tuesday, August 14
9:00am - 12:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

TCRG Brown Bag: "Contradictions of Belonging: The Educational Aspirations and Agency of Youth in the Somali Community"
Wednesday, August 15
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilder Foundation

LEAD Project & Coco's Heart Yappy Hour
Wednesday, August 15
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Modist Brewing Company

IndiaFest 2018 
Saturday, August 18
11:00am - 9:00pm
Minnesota State Capitol Grounds

Generation Z Project 
Saturday, August 18
7:00 PM

Japanese Obon Festival 2018
Sunday, August 19
3:00pm - 9:00pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Social Media Breakfast MSP: Kids & Social Media – A Panel for/by Parents
Thursday, August 23
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

Break the Bubble @ Dual Citizen Brewing Company
Thursday, August 23
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] June 2018

[#mnrising Dispatch] June 2018

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.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

MSP Hello - Hello Summer with Minnesota United 
Wednesday, July 4
4:30 PM
TCF Bank Stadium

2018 Little Mekong Night Market
July 7-8
Little Mekong District

Actualizing Equity: Who Speaks for the Neighborhood?
The Alliance
Monday, July 9
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Hope Community

Thought Leaders in Food and Ag: Nick Taranto, the CEO of Plated 
Thursday, July 12
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall

Dragon Festival 2018
July 14-15
Lake Phalen

Learning from Place: Bdote
Sunday, July 15
8:00am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

Rondo Days 2018
Saturday, July 21
MLK Recreation Center Park

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives
Wednesday, July 25
8:00am - 4:00pm
Minnesota Humanities Center

MSP Mingle for Professionals of Color
Thursday, July 26
5:30pm – 7pm
Target Plaza Commons

African American Leadership Forum Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner
Thursday, July 26
6:00pm - 8:30pm
JW Marriott
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RE:treat – New Doors for Old Ideas

by Andreanna 'Andy' Mond

Personal items symbolizing participant transitions during the Opening Circle.

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. As my retreat partners shared, I listened and turned inward—looking at the transitions that had happened in my life, were currently happening, and that I wanted to encourage for the future so that I could aptly apply the wisdom that my retreat partners shared.
As the day went on, we split into groups to allow for more intentional conversation and that is when we were able to get to the crux of what we (as a small group) most needed to have revealed to us: (1) perfection is not the goal and (2) the metaphor of the tree. We tell ourselves all the time that to err is to be human, but as we talked amongst ourselves we realized that we were holding onto the idea that the relationships and career paths that we pursued and how we behaved had to fit into the mold made for us by society (specifically the patriarchy) and that to fall short was the worst thing that we could do. We realized that we (as a group of four women) were looking to be poised and immaculate when we should be free to behave in whatever way makes us happy and that that will be perfect. Any other definition would not help us live life. It was powerful to experience this rekindling of the notion that we’re not perfect beings and we don’t need forgiveness as much as we need to accept what happened as a way of healing and moving forward with our mental and emotional states intact.
The second revelation was the tree metaphor. I’ve been hearing this metaphor since I was younger and it was a good illustration of the difference that can be found among groups of people as no one else was familiar with it. The metaphor places you in the center, as the aforementioned tree, and gives a sense of weight and time to the things connected to you. The tree is you; you are the solid trunk upon which relationships with others will be built. You have a root system that is symbolic of the connections in your life that feed your spirit and are very permanent, like family and really close friends. Next are the branches which represent strong relationships that have the potential to break off and require you to feed them – romantic relationships and new friendships can be found here. Lastly for this metaphor, you have the leaves. Leaves are the hardest part of this metaphor because they speak directly to the impermanence of life and the relationships formed. Leaves are individuals (or groups) that are only there for a season; a strong wind could send them fluttering away.
This metaphor was something that resonated with all members of my small group during our conversation and with the group as a whole during the closing circle. One of the facilitators asked how we could tell which someone was: a leaf, branch, or root and I was stumped. I had never thought about that aspect of it before, and it occurred to me that we sometimes give out information and expect that those hearing it will automatically know how to apply it to their situation. This was also a great example of something that happened frequently throughout the event: the questions of others opening up new doors to old ideas.  We decided that one way to know is to be in tune with your body and the signs that it shows you. Many times, we can see in hindsight that something was a bad idea, but we ignore the warnings and sometimes can’t hear ourselves think for the voices of others in our ears.
This is why an event like RE:treat is so necessary. A few days out from the event and the feelings of peace and connectedness that I felt to everyone who participated are still present, but more importantly I am more connected to myself and aware of the situations moving forward that will not contribute to my happiness. However, some situations cannot be avoided and RE:treat has reintroduced me to tools that will allow me to not be overwhelmed or lose touch with my intuition when I am juggling multiple things. That small step of signing up for an event that was purely about my well-being in a time of transition was the most amazing and loving gift that I have given myself in a while and I am better for it.
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