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Pollenites’ inspirational links from Issue #64

The Pollen community shares links on why Minnesota CEOs said “no” to the marraige ban, the downside to political endorsements, and more.

PollenRead about Ellen, a mom with entrepreneurial spirit, in “Honey, I Lost My Job,” the latest post on The Will To Work blog. 

Eutectics Consulting, LLC, a clean energy finance and policy firm, is launching its new e-news “Insights.”

Citizen’s League commemorates the life of Verne Johnson, the Citizens League executive director from 1958-1967 and board president in 1974 and 1975, in this video tribute

Tickets for TEDxTC in collaboration with TEDxWomen 2012 are now available for purchase.

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Judy Alnes of MAP for Nonprofits writes in Nonprofit Quarterly on “Creating Fertile Soil for the Merger Option.”

The Harvard Business Review blog discusses “Why MN CEOs Said No to Banning Same-Sex Marriage.”Pollenite Ben Golnik writes about how “Endorsements muck it up for the parties” in the Star Tribune. Bill George blogs “An Independent’s Lament: Let Me Out of this Dying Breed.” Kevin Cashman writes about the power of “pause” in Fast Company magazine.Tim Huebsch writes on General Mills blog about “Idea Weekend” he convened.

Calls to Action

The Ashoka Twin Cities team is seeking office space for three staff members and one intern. If you have office space to share and want to expose your team to social innovation, please contact Joy McBrian.

Check out the HandsOn Twin Cities 2012 Holiday Guide for meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups throughout the holiday season. 

The Innové Project seeks young entrepreneurs looking to make the world a better place. Innové offers up to $250,000 in grants. The deadline is January 11th.

Global Changers is an initiative of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service that aims to encourage and support young social entrepreneurs. If you are interested in taking part as either a mentor or a mentee please contact Tom Basquill, Minnesota Regional Director.

The White House Fellows Program seeks applicants for 2013-14 class.

Pollenite Jon Otis’ Kickstarter project in Duluth, MN “Lake Superior Honey Co.”seeks backers.

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