In 2009, Seth Godin wrote Linchpins, on the need to make a difference. A group of us, motivated by his call to action, led efforts to bring him to town, and have continued to meet afterwards. These monthly sessions focus on solving business problems – an organization brings in their challenges, and we break into groups and brainstorm suggestions. The team then comes back in a few months to share their results. In the past we’ve worked on such diverse offerings as helping an author promote her book, developing a lawn service, and working with America Public Media on new distribution options for Marketplace (the NPR radio show).
Our next effort is on February 29 at the 50th and France Lund’s Community Room. We will be focusing on HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) Minnesota. HOBY sponsors an annual leadership seminar where we expose high school sophomores to community and business leaders, then challenge them to commit to 100 community service hours in the following year. The graduates from the last four years have combined to serve over 19,000 hours! You can read more at HOBY overview for Linchpins.
I hope to see you there!