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Nov. 22: 3rd N. Minneapolis Food Lab

Nov. 22: 3rd N. Minneapolis Food Lab

Friday, Nov 22, 2013, 3:00 – 6:00 pm Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

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North Minneapolis is in transformation mode:

  • We have 1,873 vacant lots, which poses an amazing opportunity for urban agriculture and community economic development;
  • We have many corner stores, but few full service grocery stores. However, Praxis Foods and Wirth Cooperative Grocery are on the way to help.
  • We have significant local assets actively engaged in the community health, urban agriculture and community economic development movements. By connecting the dots, we intend to generate a food system in North Minneapolis that collaboratively produces both health and wealth for existing residents.

The Food Lab is a space for celebration of what is working, and for collective recognition of what we need to do next to develop a thoroughly operational local food system. People will learn where we are now in our process and help us move along the road map toward a transformative local food system in our community.

          Working Groups

  • Land Access – how do we acquire access, site control and ownership of sufficient parcels of land for urban agriculture and economic development?
  • Economic Development, commercial corridors and coops
  • Changing the Culture and Structure of our food system
  • Innovations in youth development and food systems
  • Increasing Productivity of urban agriculture
  • Designing for collective impact, how DO WE co-create a food system that produces both health and wealth for existing residents?
Register on this page or call Sam Grant at 612-547-9731.
UPDATE (10/21): One of the organizers who is instrumental to the Lab’s work had a death in the family, so the date of the Lab was changed. The new time is Friday, Nov. 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
September 17: Training – Evaluating Innovation: Information to Help Foster Creativity and Impact

September 17: Training – Evaluating Innovation: Information to Help Foster Creativity and Impact

What does it take to turn a burst of innovation into a successful program or activity? What do you measure, if an innovative idea is untested or the final impact is not yet clear? How can you use evaluation to garner insights, to make decisions and to achieve greater results? This workshop-style session will combine… Continue Reading

September 17: Training – Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization

September 17: Training – Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization

Register here. This training is sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.  9:00 am – noon, Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul, MN Do you feel the constant pressure to attract new funders and clients to sustain your organization’s work? In that immediate pressure, it is easy to forget the previous bursts of innovation… Continue Reading

June 2013: The Inner Dimension of Social Innovation

June 2013: The Inner Dimension of Social Innovation

About this Lab: We intend to experiment and explore how to open the inner dimensions of our being to generate breakthrough possibilities for self, other, and projects. We’ll look at what gets in our way with these personal inquiries: Have you ever: been involved in a project where personal conflict inhibited collaborative group results? withheld your… Continue Reading

July 25: Art and Business Exchange and Exploration

July 25: Art and Business Exchange and Exploration

Read an article about this Lab from the Line Media. This lab is an exchange between artists and business people (and those in between), that explores the different ways of knowing that artists and business people represent. This is a lab is for people who are interested in looking at diverse approaches to doing their work, creating, innovating,… Continue Reading

What We Learned From Our Lab Hosting Experience

[vc_row el_position=”first last”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”] The following document is a summary of key learnings, based on the experience of planning and implemetning the Social Innovation Food Lab held in North Minneapolis. This document was developed to assist the Social Innovation Leadership team along with future topic-specific Social Innovation lab teams set the conditions for… Continue Reading

What We Learned From Feedback – Food Lab Survey Results

[vc_row el_position=”first”] [vc_column] [vc_column_text el_position=”first last”] Thank You to Everyone Who Responded to the Food Lab Survey! [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column] [/vc_row] [vc_row] [vc_column width=”2/3″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first last”]    [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column] [vc_column width=”1/3″] [vc_column_text el_position=”first”]     How to read the Phrase Heart image: [/vc_column_text] [vc_toggle title=”Where do the phrases come from?” open=”false”] The Phrase Heart represents… Continue Reading

Suggested Reading

Topics featured in previous Labs: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown Network Weaver Handbook, by June Holley Books about Human Systems Dynamics by Glenda Eoyang and others   Other frameworks and tools the Lab has drawn upon: “Using Emergence to take Social Innovations to Scale,”… Continue Reading

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