Generations Group – Sunrise Social

Sunrise SocialI attended the Sunrise Social networking breakfast hosted by Generations Group at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured guest speaker Kari Switala.   She presented on how storytelling is a key component of building meaningful relationships.  Especially in business!   She used storytelling throughout her presentation to engage the audience and build a connection.   It was an effective demonstration of the technique and drove home many points about how to build effective stories that people can relate to and to humanize the conversation to something that can form relationships vs. just deliver a sterile business presentation.

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FBI/NSA InfraGard on Cyber Security

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Elements Group attends the FBI/NSA Infragard session on cyber security hosted at the Cargill auditorium in Hopkins Minnesota.  Speakers representing the FBI, NSA and local security firms presented on many topics including:
– Artificial Intelligence
– Machine Learning
– Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)
– Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN)
– Bias and Variance
– Cloud Computing
– 5G
– Cyber Crime

Nation state threats included a briefing on:
– China
– Russia
– Iran
– North Korea

The examples provided on current day threats and impacts directly to Minnesota based companies was very informative.   The sessions also provided an overview of a number of cutting edge technologies and their implications to cyber security.

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Greater MSP Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting2018-2-101Elements Group attended the GMSP annual meeting hosted at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis.  The event was widely attended and featured several songs by the a quartet.   A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening.  After the presentation, there was food and networking.   The comments after the event were most interesting.

Some of the common post meeting viewpoints included:

  • Seems like most of the initiatives are lead and implemented by corporate or 3rd party stakeholders and it is was unclear what value GMSP was adding.
  • Given the vast number of sponsors and size of board, it is surprising to see such tactical initiatives in general that primary benefit only a few organizations.
  • Now in its seventh year,  GMSP is starting to work on an organizational strategy for themselves.  Raises the question how much longer will they be funded?
  • There is no vision or long-term plan for regional development anywhere much less near what competitive regions are doing around the world to aspire.
  • Seems like industry needs to drive regional development more.

I thought the event was well executed and was surprised by the after event conversations from people who have been to many of the events or more involved in the initiatives.  Compared to other, more progressive cities,  we seem to actually be lacking a number of key regional organizations that are actually the strategy and implementation arms of regional development.  The construction of a regional advantage based model is an ecosystem integration strategy.   This was more a basic funding,  measurement and tactical projects approach.

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Minneapolis Architecture Community Collaboration Conference

macclogonewest Elements Group presented at the MACC conference hosted at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis Minnesota.  Our topic focused on the development of new types of business intelligence covering areas of ecosystem development & market trends, strategic performance, strategic investment and organizational impact.   Each base of data and analytics acclimating in dashboards to help at the board, c-suite, and governance layers of a competitive organization.

The annual event grows larger each year feature several keynotes and multiple breakout tracks.  The multi-day event features a full peer to peer workshopping day.

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CommunityGiving Conference

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 11.18.34 AMElements group attended the CommunityGiving conference hosted at the river’s edge convention center in St. Cloud Minnesota.  The event was a gathering of non-profit organizations all around the region to discuss collaboration and shared services in meeting their mutual causes.  CommunityGiving is an organization that is developing the regional non-profit ecosystem by providing shared services and funding to create a larger impact and efficiencies for the non-profits in its network.    The event was well attended and features many notable speakers talking about overall trends in the non-profit community and in organizational issues inherent in non-profits and how they must evolve.  The day featured both keynotes and break out tracks on more specific topics of funding, engaging donors, and operations.

As Elements Group has been working in the areas of regional development.   It is important for us to call out that a critical component of progressive regions is the development of these collaborative / co-opition based models.   The alignment and combining of assets and capabilities to create a larger impact and more opportunity for a region is critical to developing true regional advantage.   While we see the largest impact being when industries combine to form more powerful regional consortiums to create large opportunities and address large regional challenges,  there is a growing trend in the non-profit space.   This is usually lead by foundations uniting around some of the grand challenges of our time, but it is equally effective for localized and community based issues as demonstrated by the work that CommunityGiving is piloting.  Their model is worth study for your own local goals and ecosystem development.

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Future Good: Book Launch

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October 24th, 2018

I attended the launch of Trista Harris’ new book Future Good hosted by Wise Ink at T3 in downtown Minneapolis.   The event was well attended and Trista presented a great video and addressed the crowd about her journey in creating the book.    She has embarked on a life of “living” the life of a futurist.  Whether it is traveling to the United Nations or visiting Richard Branson on Necker Island,  she has integrated learning about the future into her daily life.

The book is a fascinate read about her journey and insights she is gleaning along the way about future trends in the world and how it affects the world she comes from that is foundations and non-profits.  A good book to challenge old ways of thinking in those spaces and to begin to envision the opportunities possible if foundations and non-profits can align to the future and evolve their organizations to be relevant in making a meaningful impact in that future.

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FBI Compliance Academy

I attended the 1st FBI Compliance Academy in October of 2018.  This was a pilot offering of the program and was a one-of-a-kind outreach event between the FBI and various experts on substantive compliance and ethics topics facilitated by the Organizational Ethics & Compliance Program at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Opus College of Business.

The FBI Compliance Academy is a multi-day event providing an overview of collaborative opportunities between the FBI and private sector partners.

Topics Included:

• Economic Espionage
• White-collar Crime
• The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
• Emerging cyber threats
• Export controls
• Risk Mitigation Planning
• Deadly Force Policy
• Situational Awareness for Violent Events

Many relevant case studies where shared spanning these topics and making it clear that all of these types of activities are happen right in your local city by providing both global and local examples.   It raises the bar of all employees and security professionals as to the level of capabilities your organization needs to develop to be on top of the latest security risks and how direct partnership with the FBI is a critical piece to your readiness and in direct involvement with criminal investigation and resolution for your organization.

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