Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

My Brush with the World of Fashion

February 26, 2015
​An upcoming Minnesota History Center exhibit, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, recalls fond memories from my community of Rondo Avenue, an extraordinary temp job during my years at… Read more »

Building Capacity: The Necessary Ingredients to Create Change

February 18, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson
​Have you ever done something that earlier in your life you would have thought impossible for you to do? If so, then you have personally experienced capacity building. Capacity is defined as the… Read more »

Caregivers Come Together in Minnesota's Only LGBTQ Support Group

February 11, 2015
​Minnesota’s only support group for LGBTQ caregivers has launched. Through the LGBTQ Caregiver Support Group, those providing care for older adults can come together to share their feelings,… Read more »

Martin Luther King: Continued Inspiration for a Continuous Journey

January 26, 2015 by Paul Mattessich
Dr. King’s words – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” – speak loudly to researchers. I like to think that we have had the ability to shine at least a little bit of light by… Read more »

Caring for a Loved One from Afar

January 20, 2015 by Jen Finstad
Long-distance travel makes me reflective. I think about the 337 miles between my parents and my adult life where my job and my husband reside. And as I traveled recently on an Amtrak train to visit… Read more »

Courageous Spaces: Building Intercultural Competence and Racial Equity

December 18, 2014 by Cardina Esparza
​I am a planner in Wilder Programs and a consultant with Wilder Center for Communities. I have often been looked to and requested for my facilitation expertise and ability to lead intercultural and… Read more »

Trauma-Informed Organizations: Moving Forward

November 25, 2014
If you work in human services, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot lately about trauma. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a great deal about how we’re all impacted by traumatic events, such… Read more »

Angels and Ghosts in the Nursery

October 1, 2014 by Gael Thompson
Sarah sits across from me in my office, staring down at her hands. Her eyes fill with tears and she shakes her head.