Are you interested in building leadership capacity for people of color in the Twin Cities? Come join our team as a part-time, paid intern for the Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute this summer!
- April 3, 2018
- By: Lynette LaFontaine
- In: General
Are you interested in building power in Black communities through cooperative economics? Love research? Come join our team as a part-time, paid intern for the North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship this summer!
- March 26, 2018
- By: Angie Brown
- In: Leadership
Nexus would like to send a shout out and very warm welcome to our newest team member, Elly Fireside-Ostergaard! Elly joined Nexus this month as an administrative specialist, and brings with her a wealth of experience in nonprofits and racial and economic equity.
We’re so excited to have Elly here at Nexus! Please help us welcome her by giving her a high-five if you see her in community in the coming weeks 🙂
Learn more about Elly here
Nexus Community Engagement Institute invites you to:
Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement:
A 4-part Introduction to the Field of Community Engagement
Dates: June 1, June 8, June 22, June 29
Time: 9:00 am – 12 Noon
Where: UROC Room 105, 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Description: This workshop series is designed to deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective, and sharpen your skills as you explore the potential for community engagement to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The sessions are for anyone who is interested in learning more about community engagement, or for those who wish to deepen their work with community.
- Session 1: What is Community Engagement? Why is it Important?
- Session 2: Effective Tools for Community Engagement
- Session 3: The Link between Community Engagement and Equity
- Session 4: Integrate Community Engagement into your Organization’s Work and Culture
- Understand the principles and values of community engagement and how it differs from other practices, such as outreach and the traditional social service model.
- Learn how community engagement can make your work more effective.
- Utilize community engagement tools for building relationships, leadership, and ownership.
- Explore how community engagement leads to equity and how understanding equity is essential for effective community engagement.
- Assess your organization’s readiness and capacity to incorporate community engagement as an approach in your work.
*NEW THIS YEAR: Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Cultural Exploration Pre-Work Option: Culture, healingand relationships are central to authentic and sustainable community engagement. Thus, this year we are piloting offering the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as an optional pre-work add-on for participants who are interested in more deeply exploring culture and identity, as well as challenges and opportunities connecting across difference and commonality. Your confirmation email upon registration will have more information and next steps for opting into the IDI pre-work component, which will take place in May 2018 prior to the beginning of the workshop series.*
Fee: A few scholarships are available, no one will be turned away. Contact Angie for details (see below).
- Individuals: $450 for all four sessions
- **Groups of 3-5 from one organization: $400 per person for all four sessions**
- *Individuals Plus IDI Pre-Work Option: additional $150 per person for IDI group session and individual feedback session in May 2018 – registration is separate and will come with your confirmation email from one of the above selections*
NOTE: Attendance at all four sessions is required, as this is a cohort experience and each session builds upon previous sessions.
**Please do not register for more than 5 participants from one organization** -this is to ensure a mix of participants from various sectors and backgrounds for a rich, dynamic experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.
Feedback from Previous “Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement” Participants:
- “The series is a challenging, inspiring experience that anyone and everyone can learn and grow from.”
- “I would recommend this workshop series….the conversations, connections, and knowledge learned will help them go from outreach to engagement; from equality to equitable approaches.”
- “It’s very helpful both as an introduction to CE as well as providing more in-depth training for people already working in CE.”
- “Prepare to be challenged and accept that what you’ve been doing needs a new perspective.”
About Nexus Community Engagement Institute: Nexus Community Engagement Institute (NCEI) advances and strengthens communities through equity-based community engagement, both locally and nationally. NCEI is continuing the work of the Building the Field of Community Engagement collaborative (BTF).
Facilitators and Presenters: The presenters and facilitators are staff and partners of Nexus Community Partners and Nexus Community Engagement Institute.
Contact Angie Brown at email@example.com with questions or for more information about scholarships.
Ana Clymer of United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) was one of the participants in Nexus Community Engagement Institute’s (NCEI) Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement series in the fall of 2017 – a four-part introduction to the field of community engagement.
Ana and her colleague, Laura Columbus, drove four hours for each session, giving them ample time to discuss how they may incorporate more community engagement principles and practices into UWECI’s work:
How does community engagement lead to equity? One example includes the age-old proverb, “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.” This may be true in some cases, but we need to ask, “Do people want to learn to fish?”, “Will teaching people to fish really solve the problem?”, and “Do people already know how to fish, and there’s another problem we can’t see?”
By asking these questions, we might learn people of the community won’t eat fish, or fish isn’t enough to sustain them, or the fish are not edible. If we don’t live there, we don’t know until we ask.
The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) CSA shares are back at Nexus again this year! Sign up today for your spring and summer shares to pick up Thursdays between 12-4:30pm at Nexus Community Partners.
Welcome to the 2018 HAFA CSA! We offer fresh produce and flower shares throughout the growing season. The HAFA CSA features produce grown by Hmong farmers in the Greater Twin Cities area. When you purchase a HAFA CSA, not only are you committing to eat fresh produce, you are investing in local farmers and your community.
Check out HAFA’s CSA site for more information and to sign up today!
In the summer of 2016, Nexus along with other Community Engagement Team members (CURA and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability) supported 11 community-based organizations in engaging their communities to find out what bus stop improvements are important to them. The Better Bus Stops engagement process concluded in the spring of last year. Recently, Metro Transit announced changes to their policies that resulted from the engagement process:
“After receiving community feedback and reviewing wait time data we recently revised those guidelines. Under the new guidelines, shelters will be considered at any site where there are more than 30 boardings a day, with a priority on sites that have more than 100 daily boardings.
The guidelines also place a higher priority on locations that serve people with disabilities, older adults and those who are less likely to own a vehicle. Transfer points and boarding locations near healthcare or social service centers will also get greater consideration.
The new criteria are a clear demonstration of how equity, defined as equal access to opportunity for all, is guiding our work.”
For Nexus Community Partners, business conversions to worker ownership is part of its community wealth building initiative that seeks to promote local and broad-based ownership and encourage economic practices rooted in cultural communities.
This work received a shout out in the Nonprofit Quarterly’s “Nonprofits Shift Baby Boomer Businesses to Worker Ownership in Bid for Community Sustainability.”
“If you’re a boomer business owner planning for succession, you can’t afford to overlook the employee ownership option,” writes Lori Shepherd in Entrepreneur.
At NPQ, we have written about the growing prominence of employee ownership, but mostly from the perspective of the value of preserving businesses and jobs in the community. Still, these community benefits will only be realized if business owners agree to sell to their employees. So, what would drive a business owner to do so?
While the ability to defer capital gains tax is a factor, it turns out there are also powerful market incentives. A wave of retirements (2.4 million, Shepherd estimates) has long been expected in the decade or so to come, and as Shepherd points out, “In a crowded marketplace, transferring full ownership to the workers may represent [retiring owners’] best chance to sell their businesses at fair market value.”
- February 7, 2018
- By: Lynette LaFontaine
- In: General
Nexus Board of Directors member Elaine Rasmussen was recently featured in the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Fast Forward podcast. In the interview, Elaine discusses the upcoming ConnectUp! event coinciding with the MCF Annual Conference. ConnectUp! will provide space for investors and socially responsible entrepreneurs to connect, learn, share, partner, and catalyze investments to actively create a more inclusive Minnesota economy.
- February 1, 2018
- By: Danielle Mkali
- In: General
We are honored to announce the North Star Black Cooperative Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Fellows;
Amoke Kubat, Carl Crawford, Harrison Bullard, Jolene Mason, Lashunda Roberts, Lavasha Smith, Nicque Mabrey, Selah Michele, Sheronda Orridge, Sylvia Williams and Tonya Draughn.
The North Star Black Cooperative Fellows are working on diverse cooperative initiatives that include: food, housing, natural body & hair care products and services, artist cooperatives, and worker cooperatives. Please do support, congratulate and cooperate with these Black Cooperators!
photo credit: adja gildersleve (photo of a the North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship Session; Rethinking Capitalism with Dr. Rose Brewer.)