Engagement and Marketing Intern
The event opened with music by Youth Performance Company as the crowds gathered to network and enhance cross-sector partnerships within the community. The wide range of organizations in attendance at the Annual Forum reflects the Council’s commitment to engage with the many different communities that form the fabric of Minnesota.
Sims described Minnesota as “the bread basket of philanthropy in the country.”
Peter Sims, the event’s keynote speaker, is a national best-selling author and his recent book, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, explores the important role of making ‘little bets’ to achieve successful outcomes. Sims believes that this practice of experimentation can be applied to any sector, including the nonprofit sector, where innovation allows organizations to enhance their collective impact by taking risks together.
Sims began by describing how the company Pixar came to be. While illustrating how this innovative company developed, he highlighted the role of small wins that led to momentous discoveries. Sims built on this story to develop a narrative that transcended beyond this one instance of success to find common ground in the experiences of those working in other sectors. In doing so, he emphasized the importance of learning from failures to build toward future successes.
The idea of making ‘little bets’ to achieve positive change deeply resonated in the room, as audience members took turns standing up to share both their own ‘little bets’ as well as their questions prompted by Sims' research. The audience of over 300 people actively participated in the conversation surrounding making ‘little bets’ by taking to Twitter to share their own experiences as well as reflect upon what they had learned at the Annual Forum. Each tweet was displayed on large screens at each end of the room: a vibrant representation of the commitment of the members of our Minnesota community to encouraging positive change.
Our #littlebet is investing in young ppl, we will be announcing our new Change Fellows opportunity 4 Minnesotan youth this week. #daretofail
— Youthprise (@Youthprise) June 11, 2013
New Community Innovation programs help nonprofits take #littlebets to explore new ideas that improve communities. #daretofail
— Bush Foundation (@BushFoundation) June 11, 2013
Little bets are where innovation happens! #daretofail #annualforum13
— Alfonso Wenker (@alfonsowenker) June 11, 2013
Celebrating MN Community Leadership with @smartgivers at #annualforum13. Congrats @youthprise & @OttoBremer!
— MN Nonprofits (@SmartNonprofits) June 11, 2013
Just attended the #annualforum13 talking about little bets and being courageous to #daretofail. great job Charities Review!
— HandsOn Twin Cities (@HOTC) June 11, 2013
Thanks to @smartgivers and @petersims for a great #annualforum13! How will you #daretofail?
— MCF (@FollowMCF) June 11, 2013
@mnrising We are all unified in failing because we all do it. Failing and moving forward together #daretofail #annualforum13 @smartgivers
— Tiffany Ker Xiong (@tiffanyxiong) June 11, 2013
Reframing failure: Series of affordable bets #littlebets #daretofail #annualforum13 @smartgivers #foreversp
— Minnesota Idea Open (@MNIdeaOpen) June 11, 2013