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Advantage Labs
www.advantagelabs.com | email


We are a small consulting firm that helps nonprofits and small businesses tackle the big challenges of online community.  As online strategists and contributing experts for the Drupal CMS, we've learned a lot along the way, and we're happy to share our knowledge with everyone.

We are a highly-technical development firm.  We contribute and support dozens of Drupal modules and provide training, support, and managed hosting for small and large Drupal projects. We share what we learn from our development initiatives with the community, and we work with the community to inform development goals and solutions. Virtually everything we do is made available as a contribution to the open source community. We don't call this "giving back", we call this "strengthening the resources we depend on."


Electric Citizen
http://www.electriccitizen.com | t. 612.466.0020


Electric Citizen creates online tools and and websites to solve real world problems. We provide web design, development and online strategy, from desktops to mobile. We love open-source tools like Drupal, and being part of the Minneapolis-St.Paul community. ArtsHub is the place where our team members work together, meet with clients, and collaborate on projects.

Dan Moriarty, Creative Director
Tim Broeker, Technical Director


The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
www.givens.org | e. info@givens.org | t. 952.831.2555


The mission of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature is to enrich cultural awareness and learning through programs that promote and celebrate black literature and writers.  Givens Foundation programs engage nearly 5,000 students, educators, readers and writers in the Twin Cities each year. 

In the last five years, our literary arts education program, Spirited Minds and Strong Souls Singing, has become an innovative solution that has supported the academic engagement of more than 6,000 Twin Cities students by delivering black literary artists and storytellers into classrooms to use African American literature as a springboard for teaching reading and writing. 

Our NOMMO African American Authors Series has explored the state of the art of African American literature with literary masters such as Amiri Baraka, Angela Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, and John Edgar Wideman. 

Our Givens Black Writers Collaborative Retreat pairs national and state mentoring authors with emerging black writers to promote the “writing life” and to seed the future of African American literature. Lastly, our Givens Black Books Community Reading Campaign has increased access to quality literature in the African American community and has featured diverse activities and events that encourage reading as an integral part of daily life for more than 800 participants.

Arleta Little, Executive Director
Eartha Bell, Assistant Director

 

Green Card Voices
www.greencardvoices.org | t. 612.889.7635


Green Card Voices utilizes digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant population. Our dynamic, video-based platform is designed to empower a variety of educational institutions, community groups and individuals alike to acquire first-person perspective about immigrants’ lives, increasing the appreciation of the immigrant experience in America.

Our video-based platform is designed to empower a variety of educational institutions, community groups and individuals to acquire a first-person perspective about immigrants’ lives.

Thus far we have recorded 50 stories in Minneapolis and New York City, edited them down to five minute video clips, and made them available free of charge on our website. We have also started pilot programs in three Minneapolis middle schools, and opened our first touring photo exhibition at the Hennepin County’s Hosmer Library in October, 2013. This exhibition features many current immigrants’ stories. Our stories and services will be provided nationwide through our platform. Our engagement with educational institutions will begin in Minnesota schools and expand, overtime, beginning with the states that have a significant immigrant population.

Immigration is a central part of the American experience, and has been a topic of national dialogue with every wave of immigration since our nation’s founding. With each wave, our nation’s identity is redefined and expanded as the new immigrants assimilate into our local cultures and remind us of old debates. The newest wave of immigration has re-ignited the national debate by hailing from Latin America, Asia and Africa, unlike previous waves predominately originating from Europe. These immigrants have transformed our nation’s communities by vastly increasing the percentage of ethnic minorities. Ethnic minorities currently make up 37 of the United States’ population, and will constitute an absolute majority of the nation’s children by 2020. Myths and stereotypes about immigration are still common and our country has yet to find an effective platform for sharing the stories, and voicing the economic and social challenges and contributions of our 40 million foreign born Americans.

We know organizations such as Khan Academy, Cousera, Big Think, TED Talks and Shoah Iwitness are transforming the way our generation learns. Green Card Voices has applied these successful models to get the stories of immigrants out and in schools, community groups, colleagues, and even business. Presently, children are raised on video and when they see someone on video, they make a connection quicker. Brene Brown could not have stated it better when she wrote that “stories are [just] data with a soul.” Green Card Voices thus uses compelling informative and diverse video testimonies all available in an on-line platform full of dynamic tools for empowering students to acquire new knowledge. Through our on-line application, students are encouraged to watch, search, listen, share, discuss and LEARN from first person accounts of immigrants. Video stories also make learning relevant and engaging and above all more memorable. “Story is up to 22 times more memorable than facts alone” according to Jerome Bauer.

Tea Rozman-Clark, Executive Director |


Line Break Media
www.linebreakmedia.org www.facebook.com/linebreakmedia | t. 612.968.4707


Founded in the spring of 2011, Line Break Media exists to support groups and individuals working for justice in their communities through multimedia production and training. Line Break is currently working on several projects in the Twin Cities and across the globe to develop powerful narratives and messaging related to food justice, climate justice, community radio, race equity, and media literacy and training.

Erick Boustead | erick@linebreakmedia.org
Nolan Morice | nolan@linebreakmedia.org


Otterology
http://www.forusa.org | t. 612.636.8263  www.otterology.com | (978) 226-8837 | facebook.com/Otterology


Otterology, in conjunction with Square, will manage your inventory, give you insights into product sales, help you control your overhead, help you see where you are making money and where your money is tied up. Built by a small business owner for small business owners. We make the set up easy by automatically syncing your Square data with your inventory.


Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate
www.pricoldclimate.org | t. 612.242.8758


As a community of learners, designers, and problem-solvers, PRI is uniquely positioned to develop small-scale, sustainable solutions for urban, suburban, and rural environments. Our primary area of expertise is the design of integrated, highly productive, community-based organic food production systems. Because of permaculture's systemic nature, we bring together people from many areas of expertise—landscape architects, writers, teachers, artists, farmers, gardeners, health care professionals.

Our goals are:
  • To engage a wide range of individuals, organizations, and businesses to implement practical solutions that promote health and resilience in our communities.
  • To cultivate fun and innovative skill-building opportunities for all learning styles on a variety of relevant topics, including soil health, natural building, food production, and sustainable design
  • To explore what works in our natural systems in order to design models of sustainability that are efficient, scalable, and feasible.
  • To inspire connection and collaboration within the passionate communities we live in and celebrate our collective work toward a more vibrant, abundant, and just future.
  • To transform the problems around us by growing, building, and creating positive change.
Committed to environmental and food justice, we focus on providing accessible skills training to the communities in most need and to those who are most disenfranchised from their land and food systems. With permaculture's focus on low-tech, practical solutions, our programming is geared toward community development from the ground up. We see permaculture design and food security as vital tools for building healthy, diverse, and resilient cultures and ecosystems.

Maggie McKenna, Education Director | maggie@pricoldclimate.org                    
Paula Westmoreland, Nature's Edge Designs | paula@pricoldclimate.org    
Emily Duma, Communications Director | emily@pricoldclimate.org