It’s a pretty cool thing when you work with leaders who find inspiration for big ideas in pop culture.
The ability of “American Idol” to attract huge numbers of people to a hyped-up weekly talent show sparked the interest of our leaders at Minnesota Community Foundation.
This interest led to the pop-infused concept for the annual Minnesota Idea Open, which Minnesota Community Foundation launched last year.
Instead of singing contestants, the Idea Open shines a light on individuals statewide with a knack for belting out smart ideas that solve problems – and focuses the drama on the path a single idea travels to become a model for action that others can take.
Now that’s what I call high-energy excitement, Minnesota-style!
Last fall, that same concept expanded to InCommons, which launched its first-ever – and wildly successful – Collaboration Challenge on the InCommons website. With that introduction, InCommons became a new destination for leadership and thinking big. Similar to American Idol, anyone can show leadership.