One of the many reasons TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) feels so strongly about its support for InCommons is the deep compatibility the initiative has with TPT's statewide Minnesota Channel (TPT-MN).
The Minnesota Channel explores the important work of some of Minnesota’s strongest non-profit and social service organizations. Similarly, InCommons works to directly connect those same organizations and key leaders to likeminded entities. So, for example, if TPT-MN profiles three Saint Paul high school students struggling to prepare for college with the help of a local agency, InCommons can connect the students and key agency leaders with other students and agencies to share their successes – as well as failures.
And those failures are key. It is often said that we learn more from them than we do from our celebrated successes. Failures are the often inevitable and invaluable results of the most productive trial and error processes. In our recovery from these failures lie the seeds of the most valuable life lessons any of us may ever learn.
This is a cross post from the Center for Integrative Leadership’s Time to Lead blog. Leah Lundquist is a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Integrative Leadership where she is inspiring the University of Minnesota’s involvement in InCommons.
I always love the notion that Minnesota is a beacon for the rest of the nation in quality of life. I get a sense of affirmation for moving here and slogging it through the winters every time I read a new article that ranks the Twin Cities or Minnesota overall as one of the fittest, smartest, bike-friendliest, healthiest regions in the nation.
But, when it comes to reading about other states that are pioneering the collaborative movement, I’m not jealous. Rather, I feel inspired and motivated.
Last month, David Bornstein wrote two articles in the New York Times’ online “Fixes” section on collaborative public-private initiatives in cities and states nationwide that address large scale social problems “simply too complex to solve with any single approach.”