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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Opportunity - Native Nation Rebuilders


Are you a citizen of one of the 23 Native nations throughout the three state region of Minnesota, North Dakota, or South Dakota? If so, check out this opportunity from the Bush Foundation
We’re accepting applications for our seventh cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders. It’s open to anyone who is a tribal citizen of the 23 Nations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota over the age of 25. The application deadline is Thursday, August 27 (closes at Noon Central/ 11:00 a.m. Mountain).

The Native Nation Rebuilders program is a two-year cohort-based program designed to inspire, equip and connect leaders from the 23 Native nations in the Bush Foundation’s region.
 For more information, visit the Bush Foundation's page about the program.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Register for Emotional Intelligence, Change events


Time is dwindling to register for the event Emotional Intelligence: A pathway to self--understanding and improved leadership. If you want to learn what your emotional intelligence score is and how you can develop it, register now while seats are still available. Registration closes Monday, July 27, 2015.



On the flip side, registration is just opening today for the three-part webinar series on Leading ourselves through change. With a webinar covering different angles of how leadership relates to and influences change happening in September, October, and November, you can register for one, two, or all three. Register here.

For full details, dates, locations, and cost for both events, visit the 2015 Leadership Series page.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Learn - 7 Key Lessons for Addressing Racism in Communities


Minnesota Compass has done a great job of letting Minnesotans know that the demographics of communities across Minnesota are rapidly diversifying. An unfortunate result of the shift is racism directed to some of our new Minnesotans. How can communities try to address racism in a meaningful way?

Everyday Democracy, a group that works to promote positive community change, shared their 7 main lessons from over 25 years of experience across the country. Check out their post to get the tips and read further about how they address it at a personal and community level.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Inspiration - Crowdfunding for civic benefits?


Are there projects in your community where there isn't enough public money to complete projects that have strong community support? To overcome this hurdle, some places have started looking at crowdfunding as a way to supplement public money to make things happen. Read more at the IAP2 USA blog to hear how a town is working to bring a dog park into their community using a Kickstarter-esque platform.

Image credit: Tax Credits via Flickr

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Learn - Inspiring collective creativity and innovation



With the Bush Fellowship application open, we wanted to share this TED Talk about innovation. Linda Hill, a professor at Harvard, shares the insights from her research about how groups and communities work together to create genius and collective great ideas. The video is 17 minutes long and well worth your time. Take a small break and prepare to think about how you and those you work with might unlock your creativity through working together.

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.
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