The Minnesota Idea Open, a venture of Minnesota Community Foundation, is proud to announce the five finalists of Challenge III: Working Together Across Cultures and Faiths.
Selected by a group of expert judges, the top five ideas addressed the Challenge question: What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths?
“We are inspired by the enthusiasm Minnesotans have shown for addressing this critical issue facing Minnesota,” says Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Community Foundation, which created the Idea Open. “Minnesota is more diverse than ever, and we need to find more ways to celebrate and work across our differences. We’re excited to present five top ideas that bring Minnesotans together to address this issue.”
More than 600 Idea Open submissions tackled the issue of interfaith and intercultural issues in Minnesota by entering this year’s Challenge. All ideas may be viewed at MNIdeaOpen.org/challenge3. Past Idea Open Challenges have addressed issues of obesity and water stewardship in Minnesota.
All Minnesotans are invited to vote for their favorite ideas and help make them realities. Public voting opens Tuesday, May 15, 2012, and closes Friday, May 25, 2012. Votes may be placed on the Idea Open website at MNIdeaOpen.org/challenge3 or via text message. The winning ideas will be announced and celebrated between May 30 and June 8, 2012.
The three ideas with the most votes will receive $15,000 each for implementation, and the two runners-up will receive $5,000 each.
The Idea Open is a venture of Minnesota Community Foundation with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Challenge III: Working Together Across Cultures and Faiths is made possible by One Nationand three affiliates of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners: Minnesota Community Foundation, the Multicultural Endowment and Facing Race. Learn more at onenationfoundation.org and mnpartners.org.
Questions from the Future of Minnesota is by Paul and Akiko Maeker. Kids often say the most insightful things, and Paul’s idea establishes a kid-friendly format for intercultural and interfaith dialogue about the future of our state. Read more at http://bit.ly/IF7iNM or watch Paul and Akiko’s video at http://bit.ly/Jwg2K1. Vote for them by texting “FUTURE” to 83224.
United by History is by Margaret Michaletz. Imagine watching a young Somali woman tell the story of how she came to Minnesota. Then imagine watching the story of a Danish immigrant who arrived more than 20 years ago. Margaret’s idea is to record a series of oral histories by immigrants who have come to Steele County over the past 75 years. Read more at http://bit.ly/Jxmcda or watch Margaret’s video at http://bit.ly/KacTMn. Vote for Margaret by texting “HISTORY” to 83224.
Hidden Pearls 7-Step Summer Challenge is by Fatuma Mohamed. Take a seven-step challenge led by a group of young, Muslim Minnesota women, and you will be working across cultures and faiths, shattering stereotypes and empowering others to do the same. Read more of Fatuma’s idea at http://bit.ly/Jxn9SL or watch Fatuma’s video at http://bit.ly/JOt0DG. Vote for Fatuna by texting “PEARLS” to 83224.
Tents of Witness is by Margo O’Dell and Ellen Kennedy. Minnesota is home to tens of thousands of refugees, and the “Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict” exhibit would help share the stories of these Minnesotans with the aim of creating compassionate communities that are welcoming and willing to stand up against violence and hate. Read more of Ellen and Margo’s idea at http://bit.ly/IhH4Bt or watch Margo and Ellen’s video at http://bit.ly/LJNtsn. Vote for Tents of Witness by texting “WITNESS” to 83224.
Multicultural Barn Raisings is by Jim Rettew. Jim’s idea expands the concept of community barn raisings to include all sorts of projects that bring together people of various skills, cultures and faiths to work on a shared goal. Read more athttp://bit.ly/JLMztn or watch Jim’s video at http://bit.ly/JQamZ2. Vote for Jim by texting “BARN” to 83224.
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Minnesota Idea Open is a cutting-edge, community utility that brings people together to learn about critical issues facing the state, work together on creative solutions and inspire individuals to action. Minnesota Community Foundation, an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, partnered with Ashoka’s Changemakers to launch the Idea Open in 2010 with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Idea Open is able to host multiple challenges simultaneously and has made its platform available to other organizations that want to use the technology to engage their stakeholders on issues of importance. MNIdeaOpen.org.