You’re Invited | Social Innovation Lab: From Convening to Transforming

Across Minnesota, there are myriad groups hosting community conversations in effort to build stronger communities. At the upcoming Social Innovation Lab, the discussion will focus on the impact of this approach to community change.What is needed to build on these strategies to lead to powerful and effective action? How can we, as individuals and organizations, build on the convening approach and take it to the next level of impact? Explore these questions and more on with others at the Lab on May 9!

At The Social Innovation Lab

Join us in exploring these wicked questions:

  • What does it take to move from convening conversations to transforming communities?

  • How do we move from talking to action that makes a difference?

With everything we do at the Lab lately – in meetings, emails, the networking event, informal discussions sitting around a coworking table – these questions have been compelling us. We invite you to join in that discussion, it will be the main focus of the May 9th Lab.

Food for All

May 9: From Convening to Transforming

What does it take to move from convening conversations to transforming communities?

How do we move from talking to action that makes a difference?

In the past few years in Minnesota there has been an explosion of groups hosting community conversations and dialogue with an intention of building stronger communities. In this Social Innovation Lab, we invite a critical and generative conversation about the impact of this approach to community change.

  • What impact has this kind of conversational leadership led to?
  • What is needed to build on convening to lead to powerful and effective action?
  • For the ecosystem of social innovation in Minnesota, what are next steps in our evolution, that build on the convening approach and take it to the next level of impact? 
  • How can each of us as individuals, organizations and communities move from convening to effective action in our work?
  • What does this mean for whether we convene, and how we convene?

Given the depth of experience in Minnesota with convening and hosting, the Lab Leadership Team sees this as a pivotal time to reflect on this kind of conversational leadership to honestly look at benefits, limitations, and opportunities from these approaches.

This Lab is for community change makers building sustainable and just communities in Minnesota. All perspectives are needed–from businesses, neighborhoods, the arts, families, spiritual communities, nonprofits, tech, entrepreneurs, policy, and more. We are seeking a combination of long-time social innovators and those who are curious and new to the idea.


From Convening to Transforming – The Lab will occur on May 9th from 1:00 to 5 pm at Kagin Commons at Macalester College.

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