Just days ago, when I was gently reminded of my pending YNPN blog deadline, I undertook the painstaking process of determining a topic. Instinctively I looked inward and began typing up possible ideas. Unsurprisingly, this tactic generated a boring and self-indulgent list along with a nagging feeling of being stuck without a fitting topic or idea for my post.
These uninspired topics included captivating ideas such as ideas for avoiding summer burnout or end-of-fiscal-year crash, ideas for improving communications among teams, and fatigue associated with experimenting with new digital communications platforms in an organization. Thankfully, I've spared you from those potential posts. This afternoon I had the good fortune of learning about the principles of biomimicry and the limitless potential for biological and ecologically inspired design elements from Denny Royal, of Azul 7, a human-centered design firm here in MSP.Read more
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting with nearly two-hundred regional data-lovers. The theme of the meeting was "Minnesota Next: Millennials, Leadership, and the Information Economy.”
To provide a frame of reference for the event and demonstrate the importance of this cohort to our state’s future, MN Compass Project Manager Craig Helmstetter, pointed out a couple of noteworthy facts regarding Millennials in Minnesota:
At 28%, Millennials currently constitute the largest percentage of the state's population (Boomers came in a close second at 25%).
Millennials maintain a high rate ("above average" was the exact phrase) of civic engagement through activities such as voting and volunteering - ranking 2nd in voting and 6th in volunteering compared to peers from other states.