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Thriving by Design

June 27-29, 2018

Hosted in Granite Falls, MN
by OneMN.Org and Growth & Justice

Supported in part by the Blandin Foundation

Thriving by Design - Rural & Urban Together

process to create the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint


Click HERE for Delegate Application                           Click HERE for General Registration
Those who are interested in being Equity Blueprint Delegates, please click the link above, which will lead you to the delegate application and registration pages.                           Those who are not interested in being Equity Blueprint Delegates, please click the link above, which will lead you to the general registration page.


WHAT:  A statewide gathering of Minnesota residents to begin and follow-thru on a six-month process – Thriving by Design - Rural & Urban Together - to create a statewide comprehensive policy agenda and socioeconomic contract – the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint  - for achieving rural-urban and racial economic equity and inclusive growth.

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HOW:  Build from existing policy priorities of partners; enlarge the circle, work on designing a unified, comprehensive plan for achieving shared sustainable prosperity in Minnesota. Kick-off statewide gathering June 27-29, 2018, in Granite Falls, MN. Regional locally-hosted community input meetings September- October 2018. Final statewide gathering in December 2018. Social media dissemination throughout. One Minnesota Equity Blueprint ready for presentation to our new Governor and Legislature in January 2019, and back across networks statewide.

GOAL:  (1) Create the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint, building within the Shared Sustainable Prosperity model and Community Capitals Framework, to integrate inclusion and equity across all strategies for community and economic vitality across Minnesota; (2) Build a statewide structure of multi-layered networks to achieve goal outcomes; (3) Work together ongoing to achieve and implement outcomes (below) at policy and practice levels, as a multi-year coordinated network effort.

This will be the first rural urban partnering agenda set by and for Minnesotans since the 1980s and the first-ever statewide socioeconomic contract fully integrating equity as the growth model, honoring the strength of our diversity and our interdependence: Minnesota people, places, and resources working together. The One Minnesota Equity Blueprint is how we can come together in a shared vision, aligning resources for the betterment of all, for shared sustainable prosperity.

OUTCOMES:  Guided by the rural urban socioeconomic contract (the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint), achieve an inclusive economy, just society, and vibrant democracy in Minnesota, with and for all Minnesotans (by measures of inclusive economy and equity, civic engagement, and closing the education achievement gap) before or by 2033, Minnesota’s 175th statehood anniversary. 

CONTEXT:  This action – to convene the initial gathering in Granite Falls and hold follow-up working sessions to gather more Minnesota resident input across the state, working towards the collaborative creation of the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint -- continues the evolution of Growth & Justice’s work with its MN Rural Equity Project. It incorporates the work and wisdom of OneMN.org, which seeks OneMN – a shared sustainable prosperity for all Minnesotans, and, the MN Association of Development Organizations’ DevelopMN plan, which seeks to promote and create economic prosperity in Greater Minnesota. It incorporates the MN Asset Building Coalition’s policy priorities to provide opportunity for financially fragile Minnesotans to build wealth and climb the economic ladder. It borrows from experience and wisdom on multi-partisan participant recruitment and engagement developed by the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy in convening citizen juries for the recent Rural Climate Dialogues.

INITIAL CONVENING OF STAKEHOLDERS:  The June 27-29, 2018 gathering in Granite Falls kicks off the Thriving by Design process, with Rural & Urban working Together, to create the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint. Delegates at the Granite Falls gathering will represent the future demographics of Minnesota, inspired by the 2040 comprehensive economic and community development planning underway in communities and regions.

The delegation and other participants in Granite Falls will learn about the issues before us as a state and begin to build the outlines of the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint, using the Shared Sustainable Prosperity (SSP) model and Community Capitals Framework (CCF) as a way to both comprehensively organize and measure the subsequent outcomes of the Equity Blueprint over time. In the proceeding months delegates will host further community input on the draft blueprint through regional meetings and network of networks dissemination. At a concluding statewide gathering in December 2018, delegates will finalize the One Minnesota Equity Blueprint to present it to the new Governor, Legislature, and the wider One Minnesota Equity Blueprint network of networks.

RECRUITING THE DELEGATES:  We will recruit and organize delegates based on an open application process. (Applications open April 16, 2018).  Equity Blueprint Delegates will represent themselves and Minnesota’s future demographics. They will propel the six-month blueprint input process, as they are committed to help their shared Minnesota Community, and not represent any agency or organization in their deliberations. We will seek representation from each State Senate Legislative District and the 11 Native Nations, to achieve statewide and regional scope, and to have a network of networks for the follow-up regional gatherings.

To promote a deeper multi-cultural understanding, every delegate who participates in the Granite Falls gathering will take the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment before the event. The results will be presented in aggregate in Granite Falls. We hope that participants will come away from this process understanding that MN is a place of diverse regions with diverse economic drivers and cultural frames, diverse towns and neighborhoods, and diverse peoples, and they are interdependent. Diversity is our strength and we are stronger together because we are interdependent economically and socially, across the rural – urban spectrum.

Funding in-part provided by the Blandin Foundation and individual donors.

For more information, please contact: 

Jane Leonard             Brett Buckner             Sarah Leistico
Growth & Justice             OneMN.org             Growth & Justice
jane@growthandjustice.org             brett1mn@gmail.com             sarah@growthandjustice.com
651-303-5263             612-229-1508             651-242-9150
www.growthandjustice.org             www.onemn.org             www.growthandjustice.org






Thriving by Design - Rural & Urban Together: April 4, 2018 Press Release

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