In honor of our sixth anniversary celebration, Minnesota Rising is excited to release the initial six findings from the “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour! Watch the blog in the coming days to learn about how this group of emerging leaders views and does leadership in Minnesota. You can read more about the report methodology and participant profiles in the first post of this series. And as the name implies, we are looking to continue cascading these conversations across the state this summer – and invite you to join us. Let us know if you’d like to be invited to participate in a conversation and/or join our Advance Team and help host 3 to 5 conversations this summer!
Emerging leaders referenced throughout their conversations their awareness that Minnesota continues to diversify rapidly, most commonly citing ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation. “Our communities are only becoming more diverse, which is just a wonderful treasure. Lately, I’ve heard RT Rybak talk about closing the achievement gap in the sense of not just closing the gap but also elevating the population. Our global populations are an asset, not just a gap to close. There’s no way we’ll be able to do this without having the really hard race conversation. Minnesotans and many Americans are scared to have this conversation and we need to get over the hard stuff to start trusting each other.”