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From Our Social Media Channels to Yours

Earlier this week, YNPN-TC board member and social media enthusiast Chris Oien participated in a podcast on using social media for organizations with Nonprofit Spark. Their conversation focused on the various social media avenues YNPN Twin Cities uses to connect with current and potential members. Check it out for some thoughtful ideas on utilizing social media in the nonprofit world! 
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The Retirement Game: Breaking Down Barriers for Our Future

Kids playing gameAmanda and I made the salary pact. After several vague conversations that implied our situations may be similar, we decided tiptoeing around the compensation taboo was not helping either of us.

So we promised to have these conversations, together, in an honest and open environment. To talk numbers, to ask questions, to figure out what we didn’t know and how to fix it. 

We married tough conversations and fun in the comfort of Amanda’s home. This alleviated the discomfort of sharing private information in a public place. We discussed salaries and benefits, but we quickly found our roadblock: Retirement. 

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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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A Look Back At 2012

Last week, I did 108 Sun Salutations at my yoga studio to ring in the Winter Solstice. It’s a strenuous practice moving through the same sequence of yoga poses. Over. And Over. And Over (albeit in various states of modification and states of form) all the way to 108.

As I made by way through the sequences alongside a friend—hoping for that elusive zen moment of awesome awareness at the end of it to make up for an exhausted body—I had a moment to reflect back on the year’s milestones: nabbed my first full-time job, learned how to can tomatoes, became a YNPN blog editor, rode the St. Paul Classic with a new colleague and dear friend, and grew personally, professionally and spiritually. 

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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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How to be a quitter

Hockey sticks and helmets on the iceGrowing up playing hockey, calling someone the Q-Word was akin to insulting their mother, stealing their Gatorade, and throwing in a breezer wedgie to boot. In my hyper-competitive and melodramatic adolescent mind there was nothing lower than giving up, literally the last step before death. Needless to say, I never imagined I would become exactly that.

In the past year I’ve quit four major occupations, three of them jobs and one a labor of love organization I co-founded with two close friends. While I didn’t exactly set out to become a quitter and none of my decisions to quit were easy—some were much harder than others—I don’t regret it.

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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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The Power of the Personal Rant

I will make almost any excuse to get on my soap box. In fact, I am a master at making mountains of mole hills. For years and years, these skills were only really useful for driving my parents crazy. But recently, I learned to harness this energy to create my own powerful and infamous “peanut rant.”

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Lifehacker: Twin Cities style

by Amanda Bingham
follow me on Twitter: @amanda_l_b

When I told some peers about the latest monthly Emerging Leaders Networking lunch, “Twin Cities Lifehacker,” I got a lot of blank stares. What is “Lifehacker?”  Lifehacker is an amazing blog that features lifehacks and software. Lifehacks are tips and tricks that just make your life a little easier, usually with plenty of time and money savings. 

The conversation was opened up for local young nonprofit professionals to share their secret “lifehacks” and good deals that one can find around town. While the conversation was open to lifehacks for play and lifehacks for work, most of the suggestions--not surprisingly--fell under “play.” 

Here are some highlights that came out of the Lifehacker ELN.

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Myth Busting: Why volunteers aren’t free

main.jpgHow many times have you heard this in your nonprofit workplace?

“Of course volunteers are free. We don’t pay them.”
“You’re overwhelmed? Just get a volunteer to help you.”
“Doesn’t spending money on volunteers defeat the purpose?”

The notion volunteers are free is a common misconception both in and outside the nonprofit world. While many of the costs associated with volunteers aren’t directly monetary, there are costs nonetheless.

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