Note From Pollen
Thank you for the ongoing contributions of new jobs, events, and peer props that make the Pollen community able to share value and create positive impact. Two weeks ago, more than 150 Pollenites braved a mini-snow storm to join us in celebrating a new era of growth and to kickoff the We Must Be Bold tour. We visited communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to learn what challenges and possibilities face our region. In the coming weeks, we will share the ideas, people, and places experienced across these thousands of miles.
Exploring Community Innovation
One of the biggest themes explored throughout the tour was community innovation: what it takes and who's doing it. With only a few weeks left to apply for Community Innovation grants, Pollen unpacks "The Process of Community Innovation" in this spotlight of three communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota embracing and living a culture of innovation to find meaningful solutions.
Meet Our New Fellow
We hope the Pollen community will join us in welcoming a new addition to our team: Taylor Baldry. Taylor is our first Fellow in what we are hoping will be become an ongoing four month Fellowship program that intentionally injects new perspectives into our content creation, community building, and internal culture. Learn more about Taylor in this exclusive interview.
As Pollen continues to build a space for connection and sharing, one small way we hope to achieve this is through expanding what "networking" looks like. Networking doesn't have to always include business cards, cocktail tables, and elevator speeches. Through small partnership-driven experiences, we will reimagine how Pollenites can find value beyond the traditional networking event. Pollen has teamed up with the Grown-up Club to introduce a low-key and fun event that does just that.
Held on Wednesday, March 19th, at CoCo in Uptown, Minneapolis, the Singles Exchange will be a small gathering of Minnesota matchmakers. We all have a close friend who is fantastic but somehow always single. Attendees, or matchmakers, will give brief, entertaining PowerPoint presentations about one of their single friends. Following the presentations, matchmakers will have the opportunity to network and pitch their single friends to each other. Find out more about this event here or RSVP to participate in some non-traditional networking.
As always, thank you Pollenites for reading and sharing the Pollen newsletter. The next issue will publish on Monday, March 17.
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