Discover what these five thinkers, speakers and presenters have to say about entrepreneurship, business, creativity and what it really means to make a difference.
The Midtown Friendraiser™
Imagine 30 to 40 people coming together to learn about a vision to improve our communities. Imagine learning about their barriers and challenges - and then filling up a giant sticky wall with ideas, connections, thoughts, and words of encouragement on their behalf. Imagine food, laughter, celebration, and new friendships. Imagine of a world with more Friendraisers.
EACH EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES.
Each event features a non-profit startup, small business, or creative project. Other times the project is a new initiative or idea from an established group. They all have one thing in common: make a difference.
Learn the story and hear a vision for a better world. Join a table of your choosing to offer up your ideas, wisdom, and connections to help move the project forward.
3. Be Inspired
Bring your heart and passion - but leave your checkbook at home (there is NO ask for money). We need a new way to connect with causes.
Is your missional community, church plant, or group interested in empowering change-makers and visionaries? Tired of game nights and meal packing? Looking for a new outreach strategy based on relationships? Just want to offer something new to your city?
Learn more about the waiting list of non-profits and small businesses waiting for an event!
It’s good to enjoy an evening at home occasionally. But too much staying home results in a life of apathy and boredom. The world belongs to those who choose to show up, connect and offer what they have to contribute. Everyone has something to contribute. Join us.
It's the day after a historic election. Let's remind ourselves about what's important.
"Good questions are at the heart of the Friendraiser experience, and not just during the event itself." Reflection by Marissa Sotos
“What a great idea!” That is what I heard over and over as I shared and invited people to the Friendraiser to support my project at Stories Foundation, including our new food truck.
If you are like me, you want to feel that you have the ability to make a difference – that somehow the future will be different because of your presence, relationships and actions. You want to grow. You want to deepen your approaches to leadership, communication and strategic thinking.
We all want to belong to something bigger. Whether you live in North Minneapolis or you are a supporter of the good things happening in our city, we all benefit from closing the gaps in food, jobs, housing and education. Many who live in North feel a lack of supportive community for the times when we face adversity. Many have doubts about moving to the community.
Notes on getting it right.
Learn more about the FREE guide for social entrepreneurs we're calling Brand, Business & Buzz. Written for leaders of startup non-profits, missional businesses, cooperatives and church plants, don't miss this free resource.
"It was so affirming to have the chance to set the idea out in front of folks known and otherwise. To give me an opportunity to verbalize what I’m passionate about. To hear encouraging words. To be challenged. I felt equipped to move forward." - Chad Amour
Recently, Dale Durie, Leader of The Seeds Community, and a forthcoming Friendraiser Partner, sent me the slides he uses when teaching college students about dialogue. It’s incredible stuff. From these slides, I want to share with you three things about dialogue we absolutely have to know.
In 1993, Mary Johnson’s only child, Laramium Byrd, was shot to death at a party in North Minneapolis. Oshea Israel, 16, was tried as an adult and sentenced to 25 years. Mary sought to meet Oshea while he was at the state prison in Stillwater. To make a long-story short, she forgave him – and they became close. In fact, they lived next to each other for a few years. Their story of reconciliation can be told that quickly. Here is the problem: The story is always told that quickly.
Where is the Midtown Community? In this blog post, we explore our location and why we're called "Midtown."
"Faith and doubt are like dance partners." This phrase got me fired from a church in 2012. Here is that story and background to an event I'm hosting next month.
Most people don’t consider themselves a captivating storyteller. That’s okay. In fact, it’s better if most people aren’t “the life of the party.” In this post we explore a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Fascil and Heron are emerging leaders in our local Ethiopian community. Read about their idea to offer culturally-relevant resources around mental health.
Sometimes we ask people to tell us how they would describe the Friendraiser to a friend. And because we value voices, we thought we'd share our favorites.
In this post we try to explain why we are not trying to "build community."
"On paper, starting a church isn’t so complicated." In this post, Tyler Sit, founder of New City Church, tell the story of how the Midtown Friendraiser™ helped take this new project to the next level.
This question is asked very often. So I though I'd write about it.