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Learning Labs

Learning labs are not intended to be just your average workshop. They replace your typical workshop and are meant to be fun and interactive for conference participants.

Learning labs are organized around three tracks:

Your City: The Community Connections Conference will be the kick-off for Minneapolis 2040, a three-year planning process for the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s twenty-year vision to direct the logical and coordinated physical development of the city into the future. Learn about the Comprehensive Plan process and participate in discussions on the big ideas for the direction of the city on such topics as growth, equity, resiliency, economic competitiveness, and civic technology.

Your Neighborhood: The current neighborhood structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in the year 2020. This is an opportunity for neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents to help plan a vision for the future of neighborhoods and their role in community beyond the year 2020.

Your Voice: Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on how residents can connect with City leaders, learn how to serve on City boards and commissions and engage our cultural communities.





Equity, Health, and Community Conditions

Panel discussion of equity goals for the City of Minneapolis, and how health equity connects to structural racism and the social determinants of health.


Big Ideas in Economic Competitiveness

A panel discussion exploring how trends can improve not only the economic competitiveness of the city but also advance the goals of equity and sustainability using arts and culture as key drivers. 


Neighborhoods 101

Participate in an interactive workshop with city and neighborhood staff and volunteers to discuss what neighborhoods do in Minneapolis.


Reaching Non-English Speaking Communities

Connecting with non-English speaking communities goes far beyond translated materials. Learn creative strategies for different communities to ensure your engagement efforts are effective.


Engaging Policy Makers

Learn the best approaches for connecting with policy makers at the City of Minneapolis. This learning lab will feature an interactive panel discussion with key individuals responsible for creating and enacting policy in the City.


Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commissions (NCEC)

Learn about the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) districts, getting elected, what the time commitment is, and what the benefits are of connecting with the NCEC.


Big Ideas in Growth

In this session, we will discuss why this growth is important to address and plan for. Come and join us for a robust conversation about the big ideas in growth.


Big Ideas in Resiliency and Sustainability: Environmental Systems, Parks, and Complete Communities

Discuss some of the intersections between managing our environmental systems, creating active and vibrant spaces for recreation and enhancing the public realm.


Resources and Support for Neighborhoods and Community

Participate in an interactive learning lab with city and community partners to discuss future resources and training needs of neighborhood and community organizations.


Grass Roots Organizing

Hear from our panel and each other through an open dialogue around organizing models, best practices (what works and what didn’t) and developing formal and informal networks that ensure community voices are heard.

10:45 -12:00p.m.

All about the ABC's: The in's and out's of Appointed Boards and Commissions

Learn the basics of serving on a City board or commission, the necessary parliamentary procedures for conducting committee business and how to apply to become a board or commission member.


What's Coming: Civic Technology and Public Services

Civic Technology and Public Services - Learn about the latest technology.  Hear experts discuss where civic technology is headed. Give your thoughts on what opportunities and challenges you think technology can solve for government and beyond.


Affordability, Design, and Preservation: The City's Role in Enhancing Livability

A panel discussion exploring how trends can improve not only the economic competitiveness of the city but also advance the goals of equity and sustainability using arts and culture as key drivers. 


Visioning the Future of Neighborhoods

Participate in a visioning session on the evolution and future of the City of Minneapolis neighborhood system and share your ideas how neighborhood organizations should evolve.


Connecting with Renters

Hear from renters what their community concerns are and how to best connect to the rental community. Giving renters the opportunity to feel invested in their community is a win-win for all!


Livable Communities for All

Discuss strategies that connect communities of all ages and all abilities to find common ground, collectively address community concerns and demonstrate the value of an age balanced community.


Last updated Mar 21, 2016



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