Waiting List: Breakfast of Champions with Judy Alnes
Friday, Nov. 14th
7-8:30 am
MAP for Nonprofits, St. Paul

Emerging Leaders Network Lunch: Strategies for the Ultra-Small Organization
Friday, Nov. 21st
12-1 pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, St. Paul

 

Annual YNPN-TC Ugly Sweater Happy Hour
Tuesday, Dec. 9th
5:30-8:30 pm
Red Stag Supper Club, Minneapolis

 

 

* 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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• connect through purpose
• challenge to change
• lead together

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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.

 

Thursday
Nov062014

Top 5 Nonprofit Buzzwords of 2014

By Leah Lundquist
Follow me on Twitter @leahlundquist
 

I know it’s only early November, but-let’s face it–stores are already decked out for Christmas, so it doesn’t seem too early to do a 2014 retrospective. As a board, YNPN Twin Cities has committed in our new strategic plan to being and supporting other members in being thought leaders in sector-wide conversations.

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Sunday
Nov022014

It’s Time to Vote!

By Kat Kempe
Follow me on Twitter @Katzilla
 

Fall is my favorite season. I love sweater weather, chai tea, and golden leaves against a brilliant blue sky. But my very favorite fall tradition is still yet to come: Election Day, November 4. As people who care for our communities and the common good, voting is one of the most important things we can do—it is the ground floor of democracy. 

Who we put in office has significant implications for our communities and the people our organizations serve. Elected officials have a say in the policies and funding of everything from housing to food assistance to transportation to education. If we truly want to make systemic change to these and the any number of issues nonprofits across Minnesota care about we have to take the first step and go to the polls.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Fighting

By Taylor Putz
Follow me on Twitter @TaylorPutz 

There are approximately 80 million millennials and they’re rapidly taking over from the baby boomers. Millennials are often called entitled or lazy because some still live with their parents and cannot stop taking selfies. They have experienced the impact of the economic recession, including piles of student debt, while receiving pressure to do better than their parents. Despite this millennials have drive and optimism.

As engaged citizens, millennials are finding their own voices. Organizations like Generation Progress work for and with young people to find progressive solutions to key political and social challenges throughout the country like immigration reform and student debt. Additionally, young people are running for office and winning. Minnesota State Representative Joe Radinovich was the youngest member of the 2013-2014 legislature at the age of 26 and Manitowoc, Wisconsin’s mayor, Justin Nickels, was the youngest elected mayor in the country at the age of 22. 

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Omnivorous Leadership

By Cary Lenore Walski
Follow Me on Twitter @cwalski

I never cease to be amazed by my dog Lela’s tireless quest for food, or the broadness of her definition of it. To Lela, food is what you eat. And so during the course of the day yesterday I wrested from her mouth one apple core, a piece of neon yellow chewing gum (used) and apparently-not-poisonous mystery berries.

Although her open-mindedness vis-a-vis “food” leaves me longing for hand sanitizer, I can’t help but admire her instincts. In her own weird way, Lela has no preconceptions about what opportunity is. She pursues it with single-minded enthusiasm.

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Wednesday
Oct152014

Negotiating FTW

By Carl Atiya Swanson
Follow me on Twitter @catiyas 

I am finishing up an MBA at the University of Saint Thomas, and one of my last classes is an elective on negotiations. I really enjoy it - the readings are on sports contracts and great diplomatic compromises. I enjoy role-playing in the cases that we use for mock negotiations and the debriefing afterward where the class analyzes cases from every point of view. These are enriching experiences.

There are some really useful skills that I've picked up in the class, many from Ron Shapiro's book, The Power of Nice. If you are looking for an approachable book on building your negotiation skills, I'd definitely recommend this read. It’s full of memorable guidelines and pithy insights from many years in sports and entertainment negotiation, and it’s a quick read. His “3Ps and a Big L” – prepare, probe, propose, and listen – are as useful and basic an insight as you’re likely to get, and it can be applied to any number of situations we face as young nonprofit professionals. 

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