To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.
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Wed, Sept. 19, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Join us for coffee and conversation as Professor Malcolm Foley shares his experience in helping transform the culture of teaching and learning at the University of the West of Scotland, Scotland's largest university. Foley is both Vice Principal for Learning and Teaching and Executive Dean of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Scotland has a vibrant economy and culture in part because of its strong and sustained efforts in support of higher education, open access, and major student financial support. He is also eager to learn from American academics and students what they think the important current and emerging issues are in teaching and learning at all levels.
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About Malcolm Foley
Malcolm Foley holds the University Chair in Leisure Cultures. Prior to an academic career, he was a research analyst for a large consumer goods manufacturer, then a public administrator.UWS is Scotland's largest University. It has a strong social mission which puts it at the forefront of recruiting students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enter Higher Education in Scotland. UWS supports the Scottish Government's aim to have 50% of all of it's young people in Higher Education. This element of the student population, together with a relatively high proportion of the learners being aged over 30 years and over 35% of them studying on a part-time basis, presents significant challenges for the pedagogies to be adopted and designed into student learning at UWS. As one of a university leadership team of 4, Malcolm has been tasked to develop and implement a strategy that ensures effective learning and positive engagement for all of the student population at UWS, whilst ensuring the maintenance of academic quality and standards. (For those unaware of the public policy environment in Scotland, undergraduate higher education is provided "free" and is state funded - but student numbers are highly regulated by agencies of the state. Perhaps as a result of inhabiting this environment, Malcolm has a specific interest in the tensions between managerialism and governance in universities.)
As a full Professor at UWS and at previous Universities, Malcolm Foley has published extensively across the fields of leisure and culture as they both produce, and reproduce, socially "desirable" outcomes. Previous interests include operationalising the concept of Dark Tourism (touristic experiences associated with death and disaster). His specific interest in that concept was the role of nation states in promoting and promulgating their sites of conflict. He has also published and professed more recently upon public policies for / governmental interventions in festivity - ranging from highly localised and small scale events to Mardi Gras, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Games, motor racing and festivals of "high" culture. He has a particular interest in the reactions, resistances and reconciliations that take place in local communities when festivities (of whatever scale) occur. Malcolm also has a recreational interest in the heritage and detritus of American popular culture from the era when the USA might be described as having been a "consumer republic" - an epoch which was so highly romanticised and eulogised during the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Malcolm is currently reading Dominic Sandbrook's biography of Senator Eugene McCarthy (Sandbrook, D  Eugene McCarthy and the Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism, Anchor Books) in preparation for visiting Minnesota.
At its July 12 meeting, the Board of Regents approved the Humphrey School's new Certificate in Executive Leadership, a 12-credit graduate-level program. We plan to welcome the first cohort in January 2013.
Creation of the new certificate was spearheaded by the PNLC's Jodi Sandfort, Kevin Gerdes and others on (and connected to) the PNLC.
Collaboration is the newest Video Brief created for The Hubert Project: Learning Materials that Transform Public Affairs. Launched by Jodi Sandfort with PNLC faculty and staff, The Hubert Project now is a Humphrey School-wide initiative, an open source repository where Public Affairs educators around the world create and share multimedia learning materials including short videos and cases.
The purpose of the Mosaic Social Entrepreneurs Cup is to seek out, celebrate and promote Minnesota's most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead. To be selected, four finalists make presentations to the judges and the audience at the annual Engaged Philanthropy Conference.
The four finalists will make their investment pitch at the Engaged Philanthropy Conference (EPCON) August 23rd at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The winner of the competition receives a $20,000 grant, 40 hours of consulting services from partners at SVP, and participation in a design thinking boot camp hosted by d.school@coco. The winner will compete for the Minnesota Cup grand prize of $40,000.
A fine example of student leadership has been on display this spring at the Humphrey School. Several students -- Mary Small, Heather Schommer, Vincent Vu, Jon Brown, and Aaron Meyers - were the engines of the school's diversity strategic planning effort that began in fall semester and is nearing completion, just in time for some of these dedicated leaders to graduate.
Mary Small, as co-chair of the One Humphrey One Community working group, masterfully coordinated the effort and kept our "eyes on the prize." All the others took on tasks large and small from gathering supplies to facilitating the planning sessions.
Also contributing to the working group's leadership were staff members Karen McCauley and Emily Saunoi-Sandgren. Faculty member Ryan Allen was the other co-chair. Student Kylie Patterson also recently joined the group, and Prof. John Bryson and I served as advisers.
At the heart of the planning effort were participatory sessions devoted to action-oriented strategy mapping and SWOT analysis. (SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). More than 100 Humphrey alumni, students, staff, and faculty participated in these sessions.
The result so far is a draft strategic plan that is intended to guide the Humphrey School in the next five years to make even stronger our commitment to preparing "innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world." Not a bad legacy for a group of determined young leaders!
Jodi Sandfort kicked off the TEDxUMN 2012 event with a presentation on Integrative Leadership. Her talk begins around 28:00 in the 2nd video at this link. The event, held Saturday, April 21st at Coffman Memorial Union, was themed "At the Heart of Discovery" and represented a chance to rediscover the University. It told the story of a future or the world due to the actions, ideas, and dreams of our fellow University members.
Assistant Professor Kathy Quick was a presenter at the 2012 Hennepin-University Forum on Community Engagement, held on March 9. (Click here to view a video of her presentation; a copy of her slides are available here, also.) Kathy spoke on the current state of public engagement, posed key questions for organizing engagement, and presented some of her most recent research conducted with fellow Humphrey faculty members John Bryson, Barbara Crosby, Carissa Schively Slotterback, and Jerry Zhao.
The March issue of Humphrey School News highlights the PNLC's State Leadership Institute (SLI). SLI is a 9-week professional development program developed by PNLC faculty and staff with the Minnesota Management and Budget agency. The program was designed for senior leaders in State of Minnesota agencies and led by Dr. Jay Kiedrowski and Jean Hammink of insideoutcomes. Thirty students comprised the first SLI cohort; applications for the second cohort will be accepted this fall.