Let’s Imagine Something Better
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June 01, 2021
Join us on June 1 for a community conversation as we collectively imagine an idealized future for Minneapolis and St. Paul and examine the pathways and obstacles to realizing that future.
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Stories and art that challenge existing narratives, and explore paths toward a more just future for our region.
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Let’s Imagine Something Better
06.01.2021

10:30am-12pm Central

Zoom

 

So many of the stories about us and our communities are harmful—steeped in the toxicity of white supremacy, concentrated power, and deferred justice. Pollen seeks out and elevates a different kind of story: those that help us imagine, and work toward, a better future for our region. Together, stories like these can help dismantle harmful narratives, and reveal a path toward a more equitable, vibrant Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The nation’s eyes are on the Twin Cities. The choices we make as a region could resonate in communities far beyond ours. What narrative will emerge from 2021? What future will we imagine, what stories about that future will we share, and what is required of us as individuals to realize that future? 

It can feel difficult to balance shorter-term, personal growth with the longer-term, community transformation that will lead to systemic change. Mitra Jalali, Neeraj Mehta, and Chavah Gabrielle have conceptions of progress that are profoundly caring and don’t shy away from hard conversations and accountability. As we work to turn ideals into reality, we must continually reground ourselves in community, connection, and imagination to build the best possible future for everyone.

Join us on June 1 for a community conversation as we collectively imagine an idealized future for Minneapolis and St. Paul and examine the pathways and obstacles to realizing that future. This moment for our region, and the transformational change that we know is possible, demands much from us as individuals and as a community. We’ve designed this virtual event to provide you with the knowledge, inspiration, soul-building skills, and human connections that will unlock your capacity for courage and action. 

 

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Tickets are $15. We are also offering a pay-what-you-can ticket option.

SPEAKERS

 

Councilmember Mitra Jalali | City of Saint Paul

Neeraj Mehta | Director of Learning, McKnight Foundation

Chavah Gabrielle | 2nd Youth Poet Laureate of St. Paul

Moderated by Jerome Rankine, Pollen

 


SCHEDULE

Welcome & Performance 10:30am
Panel discussion 10:45am
Small group conversations 11:30am


ACCESSIBILITY

Live captioning is available, and ASL interpreters are available upon request. When registering, please let us know what you need to fully experience the event.


SPECIAL THANKS

Pollen’s events programming is presented by the Bush Foundation with additional support provided by US Bank, Software for Good, Hiring Revolution, Eide Bailly, CliftonLarsonAllen, and Clockwork

lllustrations by Pollen Art & Talent Director Mónica Nadal. 

Speakers
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    Mitra Jalali
    Saint Paul City Councilmember
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    Neeraj Mehta
    McKnight Foundation
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    Chavah Gabrielle
    Poet