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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Opportunity - Two chances to build leadership from the Bush Foundation


The Bush Foundation is offering two great opportunities for leaders throughout Minnesota to build their leadership and help their communities and organizations.

First, the Bush Foundation is making 50 scholarships available to the Independent Sector National Conference. The conference is a unique meeting where many of the best and brightest from nonprofits, foundations and corporations of every size come together to collaborate, network and learn about the emerging national and global trends that affect us all and how we can work together to advance the common good. To read more about the conference, visit ISEmbarks2015.com.

The conference is being held in Miami, FL from October 27-29.

Scholarships will cover registration, hotel costs and travel reimbursement. For information on how to apply, go to http://bfdn.org/embark. The deadline for application is August 1, 2015.




In addition, the Bush Foundation has also opened up the application to be a 2016 Bush Fellow. Described as a "bet on extraordinary potential," the Bush Foundation is seeking applications from individuals who are ready to think bigger and differently about what is possible in their communities.

It is an opportunity to increase your leadership capacity by pursuing learning experiences that will increase your knowledge and develop important leadership skills and attributes, especially in the areas of communications, self-awareness, creativity, cultural competency and cross-sector leadership.

All the information about eligibility, criteria and the registration link are on the Bush Foundation website. Questions can also be addressed to the Bush Foundation at 651-379-2249. The deadline for application is July 30, 2015 at noon.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Event - Emerging Leadership Program Alumni event


The Emerging Leadership Program, a leadership development program for 19 counties in west and northwest Minnesota, has been running for over thirty years in various forms. Thirty-one alumni from the past three classes joined together on June 12 and 13 to reconnect, go deeper in their learning, and apply their leadership to their community.


This group of leaders dug more deeply into understanding how to use their strengths to contribute to their communities and the different kinds of power and influence they have and how to apply it ethically.


Participants brought forward their community projects to practice. Some included identifying opportunities to increase foster homes in Kittson County and strategies to revitalize the Mahnomen County Agricultural Society.

If you want to get a sense of the entire event, Extension's Center for Community Vitality live-tweeted it. Check it out here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Learn - Second Homeowners in Central and West Central Minnesota


How do second homeowners impact their communities? Who are they? What skills do they bring? What are their plans?

Get the answers in this six-minute video highlighting research from Community Economics educators Merritt Bussiere and Ryan Pesch about this population in eight central Minnesota counties.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Event Recap - Southwest Civic Engagement cohort on Water Quality


On June 8, nineteen people working to improve water quality in southwest Minnesota joined together to support one another as they embed civic engagement into their work and sharpen their skill set. Two people brought forward projects to workshop as a group. One of the projects was for immediate use - a meeting two days away! The meeting was about using a model (pictured above) that simulates how land use decisions impact water flow and drainage. He received advice on ways to make it more understandable and experiential for the public. The group also helped him draft questions for the public to help them process the and learn from the experience to create a better, more impactful meeting.


A second water quality specialist brought forward her plans for a citizen steering committee to work with the Soil and Water Conservation District board to make recommendations around adoption of cover crops. The group helped her to expand her thinking about the scope of what the committee might accomplish and also suggested tactics to start working with the board so that committee recommendations would be more likely to be implemented.

At the next quarterly meeting in September, attendees will get to hear back about how the two projects progressed.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Join us to learn about emotional intelligence and ways to improve it


Register

Back by popular demand.

As technology, generational gaps, and other factors change the ways people interact, leaders can develop emotional intelligence to help adapt. Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges and use emotions to understand others in an effective and meaningful way. How well we develop and use these abilities greatly affects how well we live our lives, do our work, and interact in community.

Participants will take an online assessment called the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0®). The EQ-i 2.0 is the first scientifically validated instrument to assess emotionally intelligent behavior. Extension Educators Catie Rasmussen and Mike Liepold will provide participants with a deeper understanding of core emotional intelligence skills and help participants create a plan to enhance their skills in building effective relationships, interpersonal growth, and self-management.

Participants will receive a link and instructions for taking the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory after the registration deadline on Monday, July 27, 2015. The assessment must be completed by August 4, 2015.

WHEN: August 11, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE: River's Edge Conference Center in St. Cloud, MN

COST: $175. University of Minnesota Extension is subsidizing some of the costs per participant, which typically run $250 or more.

Space is limited so sign up now to reserve your spot. Registration closes Monday, July 27, 2015. Register now.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Event recap - U-Lead Advisory Academy Alumni


The U-Lead Advisory Academy, a leadership development program put on by University of Minnesota Extension, has had five classes since it started running in 2007. On May 8, 2015, Extension brought together thirty alumni from across all the classes to extend their networks further, explore leadership questions, and support one another's work.


The day involved activities to build relationships and get to know others in the room, chances to talk about projects and initiatives (and provide insights, resources, and feedback), and dig deep into how the community can support one another as leaders.


The group resolved to continue meeting to deepen and broaden connections to improve the work being done in communities across the state.

If the U-Lead Advisory Academy sounds like something you are interested in being a part of, registration will be opening soon. Visit the program website for more information.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Event recap - bushCONNECT 2015



On May 4, the Bush Foundation hosted bushCONNECT 2015, an event intended to bring together Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota leaders from various sectors, identities and interests to get inspiration, equip new tools and knowledge, and connect with the other people present.

For those who weren't there, the Bush Foundation has begun posting some of the speakers and sessions to their YouTube channel.

In addition, check out the Connector's Guide put together by Pollen for a community-sourced guide that can help leaders in their work.

Photo courtesy of the Bush Foundation and Rebecca Jean Lawrence Photography (Source)
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