Big News! The Blueprint is out!

Thriving by Design – Rural & Urban Together is a bold joint effort by and Growth & Justice to spark a movement for Minnesota that builds a new future for our state where all Minnesotans can thrive together. After a year of convening Minnesotans, we are unveiling our Minnesota Equity Blue Print for Minnesota that includes dozens of policy recommendations for the legislature, State and local communities. The chapters of the Blue Print include:

The Process

This is a document and a movement for and of the people – a truly unique process. It began with a multi-day convening in Upper Sioux Community & Granite Falls with a diversity of people from all over the state. They talked, they listened, maybe they argued but in the end they came up with a list of hundreds of things Minnesotans care about. Collectively they prioritized that list.

We brought that list to communities and neighbors around the state in small groups hosted by locals. More discussion, listening and deciding.

The Future

The staff members at Thriving by Design have been compiling the reports based on citizen participation and we are now rolling out the blue print but that doesn’t mean we’re finished. We are here to keep the momentum going with more local meetings, more participation, more digging and sharing as we prepare to take it to legislators and local leaders. Please contact us if you want to join the network!

Engineering the Blueprint at Inver Hills

Entering the medium-sized classroom at Inver Hills Community College, we were greeted to homemade cookies and Equity Blueprint Springboards placed…

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Meeting Community in Marshall

Community members started filling the Marshall-Lyon County Library meeting room about 10 minutes before 6 pm. There were a few…

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Blueprint Building in Bemidji

Upon arriving in Bemidji at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, there were already a few people in the room. A variety…

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Host a Community Meeting

Click HERE and sign up to host a community meeting in your area!

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August 10 Next Steps Meeting

Thriving by Design partners and participants gathered at Rondo Community Library and by phone to discuss next steps and continue…

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