Board Game Night Meet-Up
Thursday, August 14th
Chatterbox Pub, hosted by Elissa Schaufman


Breakfast of Champions with Damon Runnals
Friday, August 22nd
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis


The Care and Feeding of Your Professional Image
Saturday, August 23rd
Dunn Brothers Coffee Lab, St. Paul



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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The Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is a community of nonprofit staff, volunteers, supporters, and allies: current and future leaders who want to connect with others in the social sector.



Forever young

By Adam Yust
Follow me on Twitter: @mplstp

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."

Fast forward to 2014.

I currently sit on the board of my Saint Paul neighborhood district council. This board doubles as a nonprofit and a community development corporation. Saint Paul is lucky to have a local form of governance like the Neighborhood District Council System. It is relatively easy to become civically engaged in your community by participating in your neighborhood district council.     

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Can we stop talking about passion for a minute?

By: Lindsay Bacher
Follow me on Twitter: @lindsayinMPLS

It seems to be pretty standard for career books and blogs (even this one) to tell you that the secret to career success is to channel your passion and do the thing you love.

That’s crap. Well-intentioned, but in my opinion, crap.

Ok, maybe not complete crap, but unattainable for a lot of people. It takes a certain amount of luck and grit to make it in a career that matches your passion. And we have to acknowledge that being paid to do the thing you love is a privilege. It’s far more common for people to hate their job than to love it.

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Communication gaps: Road tripping without a map

by Kate Borman
Follow me on Twitter: @k8borman

Have you ever been ¾ into a project only for it to unexpectedly halt because others have different ideas or are not on the same page? We have all been there, and while it can be very frustrating, it simply suggests a misunderstanding.


But what if it this happens regularly? Then that one time misunderstanding turns into a communication gap, and it requires more than just the “do better next time” approach. It requires everyone involved to assess the problem, identify solutions, and take deliberate efforts to change the way you communicate. All relationships require intentional communication, whether it’s a conversation with your partner, colleague, or even your mother.

Our experiences, especially our failures, are our best teachers. When we find ourselves in undesirable situations, we often wish we had a redo button. But when you cannot hit redo, how do you identify the problem so that next time your outcome will be different? In my experience,when I’m faced with communication barriers, unintentional problems can have serious repercussions.

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10 life lessons from web design trends

by Jared Rendell
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Growing up, I was a science and math kid. I liked the facts, the memorization, even the tests. I liked the clear cut, yes or no, A + B = C answers. This seemed to bring me two things: decent grades, and the ability to check out of any creative thinking.  In college, a slow shift started without me knowing. My favorite class was my anatomy class, where one thing connects to another thing. Sounds cut and dry (no pun intended… maybe), but all of a sudden I found myself looking at the big picture of how and why the pieces fit together. I was thinking about connectivity, relationships, pathways, and purpose. I was design thinking. Fast forward a few years, and to my surprise I’m spending time outside of my day job designing websites for bloggers, churches, small business, and nonprofits.

Truth: technology is changing faster than we are, so maybe it has a few things to teach us. Here are a few things happening in web design lately, some thoughts on what they teach us about the world, and ourselves.

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Passion + your job: Breakfast of Champions with Lisa Lane

 by Julie Marquardt

We have been looking for our “passion” since high school. Our counselors said things like, “follow your heart,” “what do you think will make you happy,” or the ever favorite “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” If you were like me, you changed your major three times, ended up majoring in history, and learned more about what your passion was by the leadership positions you took, clubs you joined, and the people you met along the way.

That is where your passion collided with reality. I had the pleasure of collaborating on an internship with Tanya Cole, Director of Annual Giving at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Tanya told us interns that working in nonprofit tends to be a happy accident: something very few people intend on going into but end up using their skills, finding a passion, and making a career out of it. 

I couldn’t agree more.

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