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Invite the World to Dinner

A few weeks ago, strangers invited me into their home for dinner, and it completely changed how I understand community building.

In the nonprofit sector, we spend a lot of time discussing community building. We discuss everything from how to do it, to best practices, authenticity, intentionality, network-mapping, and lots of other jargon. 

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From herding cats to busy bees: Effective committee management

“Another committee?!” Ever hear that? Committees can be plagued with problems: lack of focus, talking without doing anything, or meetings that waste time. They must be well managed in order to be an effective, as well as fun, way to get work done.

Here are a few types of committees:

  • Staff committees
  • Volunteer committees
  • Volunteer committees with staff support (i.e. a small number of staff attends and participates in meetings)
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Built to Adapt

main.jpgHosted on November 16, 2013, the Minnesota Rising 2013 Un/Conference: Cultivating Capacity for Collective Leadership was a great success by the numbers, featuring 125 attendees, 14 breakout sessions (including 4 Open Space sessions generated that morning), 9 sponsors, and 27 Network Partners. 

Workshop topics spanned the art of facilitating conversations that matter, low-cost or no-cost spatial analysis and mapping tools, building networks and careers through peer mentoring, and philanthropy trends for the rising generation. The agenda was jam-packed and fast-paced, and, per the evaluation comments, sparked innumerable connections, newly highlighted incredible organizations and opportunities, and prompted lots of fun and merriment!

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Would You Rather... ThriveMSP2040 and the Metropolitan Council

by Maggie Meyer
follow me on Twitter: @maggie_meyer

Let’s play a game.

  • Would you rather live in a city or a suburb?
  • Would you rather have your own yard or access to a public park?
  • Would you rather drive to work and listen to your own music or ride public transit and read your Kindle?
  • Would you rather rent or own your home?

I’ll be honest. I’m a CPTR (city-park-transit-rent). How about you?

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul vision and the role of young professional groups: Reflections from the Generation Now Leadership Visit (Part 2)

Generation NowWhat does it look like when tens of thousands of young professionals mobilize around a city’s common vision? Just look at Milwaukee.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the value of cross sector, cross industry networking as a part of the Generation Now Leadership Visit. The trip brought over 50 emerging and current leaders from across sectors and industries to Milwaukee for a three-day networking trip.  

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Value of cross-sector, cross-industry networking: Reflections from the Generation Now Leadership Visit

Generation NowAt events, I often look around the room and recognize 75 percent of the attendees.

Each of us across sectors and industries work in our own cylinders of excellence (a phrase I first heard from researcher Kristie Kauerz). We promote impactful work, but often preach to our distinct choirs. Rarely there is a venue to genuinely engage with peers doing vastly different work. But when it happens, it turns out we have a lot in common.

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Connect through purpose: Design doing and exercising empathy

by Leah Lundquist
follow me on Twitter: @leahlundquist

Watching fellow board member Nathan Magel’s great collection of videos focused on ideation last month got me thinking. A few years ago, the best kept secrets of the design world took off in the business world. Top managers sought to foster creative confidence in their employees and crack open space for abductive logic (what might be) amidst the deductive logic (what is) and inductive logic (what should be) that traditionally fill the work day. The fad continues. TED talks tagged with “innovation” or “creativity” still get millions of hits and best sellers on design thinking continue to fly off airport bookshelves.

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Amped up on ideation

2013 is just around the corner, and our humble organization is Amped. Up. With the excitement of a mogwai on a late-night twinkie run, we’re looking forward to some big projects and exciting ways of doing what we do in the New Year. As it has been, so it will be that our ability to innovate is in who we are as an intentional and nutritious community. In this space, themes emerge, ideas come together, and from all that surrounds us, we create something greater. All it takes is the confidence we each have in our convictions, and the humility to constantly challenge them, combine them, build upon them, and let them grow.

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Five Lessons From Five Minutes in Hell

I hope you were able to join us October 29 for Five Minutes in Hell, YNPN-TC’s very first member-driven event. It encapsulated the best of what this network has to offer: the ability to share our many varying interests and ideas with each other, and that we can have a damn good time while we do it. Even from my vantage point of making sure the slides ran smoothly, I was learning a lot at every turn. 

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Facing partnership overload? The good and bad of our collaboration culture

As nonprofit employees in one of the friendliest states in the nation, we can’t help it—we love collaborating. In most cases, this is a really, really good thing (there’s a reason why “Allied for Action” is the theme of the MCN/MCF conference this year). We solve problems faster and gain unexpected knowledge from the best collaborations. I’m currently part of a multi-organization partnership that is firing on all cylinders, and it’s incredibly motivating.

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