Birk has unique insights about why change is hard for us and how we can get better at facing it.
DeAnna Cummings, the executive director of Juxtaposition Arts, used a setback as an opportunity to examine her organization’s communications and her leadership style.
Holway’s story speaks to benefits of taking a pause and scaling down a notch.
Sometimes innovators succeed, but they also have to be prepared for the possibility of failure.
The civic sector needs a new approach, and these two see a path to reimagining the search process for placing leaders within organizations that do good.
An interview with the former Minneapolis mayor about the role of failure in the process of attempting innovative initiatives.
The awards promote the cutting-edge work of nonprofit organizations, especially those that use technology in new and different ways to share the stories behind their work.
The hero’s journey is universal, and even companies and organizations experience its various stages as they grow and develop.
Pollen asked Jennifer and Tricia to describe their relationship to travel, grant funding, and Minnesota’s art.
Pollen and OTA explored more than 2,200 miles across the Upper Midwest to visit the people who make the region a vibrant and creative place to live, work, and dream.
How AIS plans to change the roles of African immigrants and other underrepresented groups in the northwest suburbs of Hennepin County.
Local social innovator Torgrimson shares the experience of loosening her leadership grip at Eat for Equity so the organization could evolve.
For the past 20 years, Art Buddies has been empowering children from low-income families through the joy of art and meaningful one-on-one relationships.
This is the story of two candidates, who in 2012 both ran for their respective city councils. One ended in success and their other ended in failure.
This new philanthropy is characterized by impatience, empiricism, and calculated risk — contradictory yet persistent aspects displayed by this new breed of donors.
Bridget Mendel rides along with the “Bee Squad,” the Twin Cities’ foremost resource for new beekeepers.
Pollen brought four talented illustrators to Give to the Max Day’s Give Together Get Together to interview attendees and illustrate a personal infographic.
Kari Kehr on starting, then shuttering, a nonprofit to help single people who were fighting cancer by assisting them with the payment of distracting medical bills.
A summary of the intelligent, direct and optimistic ideas from survey results by Pollen members.
Facing Failure is a new monthly column at Pollen designed to remove the negative stigma.