GIRLS ARE NOT FOR SALE – A Benefit to End Child Trafficking in Minnesota

Q: What could be better than a concert with amazing musical artists spanning rock, hip hop, and reggaeton genres, a huge birthday blowout with some of the best people around, and a fundraiser for a powerful cause with local and international implications? A: An event that is all those things combined, offers free admission, and … Continue reading

We All Want to Be Young

Thanks to Katie Eukel for the hat tip on the provocative video below. Consider the ensuing music, imagery, and energy as part of a welcome back to the work week after a holiday weekend! We All Want to Be Young from box1824 on Vimeo.

Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.

Photo Credit: UnseenKillers Who can make the muddy water clear? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.–Lao Tzu

Accepting Applications: 2011 Young Turkey/Young America Foreign Policy Exchange

Due to the stated great success of last year’s program, the Atlantic Council of the United States is currently recruiting for the 2011 Young Turkey/Young America foreign policy exchange. If you think you should be part of this year’s great group of rising foreign policy leaders (between the ages of 25-35), see below for additional … Continue reading

Common Cents: Weigh In on Taxes and Spending

At the Citizens League Annual Meeting and Civic Celebration last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a demo of the new Common Cents project that is engaging Minnesotans in conversations about the state budget crisis. Some 25 workshops, open to the public, will take place across the state in the next month and … Continue reading

Judges, Money, and Politics: The State of Judicial Elections in Minnesota

I participated in a League of Women Voters of Minnesota Study Committee a couple of years ago regarding the issue of judicial impartiality. Reviewing the numerous cases nationwide of increasingly expensive judicial races funded by special-interest monies, we questioned whether Minnesota’s historically fair and impartial courts may be at risk. The conversation continues today, amongst … Continue reading

You’re invited to NAAAP-MN’s "Living Life On Purpose: Aligning Actions and Intentions"

I’m excited to be hosting a leadership development workshop tonight and wanted to blast it out in case there is interest among any new readers after this past weekend’s Minnesota Rising 2010 Un/Conference. There are a few seats left, and you can get in for free if you register mentioning Minnesota Rising, so take a … Continue reading

Community means strength that joins our strength

One of my colleagues in the nonprofit community in Minnesota is transitioning from her role in supporting nonprofit leadership development to attending school full-time. I’m happy that she’s moving forward to her next chapter with a strong network of relationships that she has built over the years, illustrated by her sharing the beautiful poem below … Continue reading

Minnesota Rising Supporter Profile: @donmball + @CoCoMSP

Where is the Minnesota Rising Un/Conference being held on Saturday, November 13 you ask? Well, none other than at CoCo, a coworking and collaborative space located in Lowertown St. Paul. Coco, founded by Don Ball, Kyle Coolbroth, Jeff Heegaard, and Roger Heegaard, is a place “where independent workers, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather … Continue reading

Minnesota Rising Supporter Profile: Lars Leafblad + Pollen

One of the best and easiest ways to stay in touch with civically-engaged professionals and community-oriented opportunities in the Twin Cities is to sign up to receive the Pollen newsletter. Pollen is a networking newsletter that over 1,500 area professionals have already subscribed to. It is described as “a community comprised of civic-minded connectors who … Continue reading

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