The Seeds of Change

by Brendan Kramp | Mar 30, 2013
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Summary:

Making St. Paul great will require a consistent and dedicated effort over time to make a real impact in several areas. However, we have the right expertise and vision in our community, and we have solutions to tackle big issues like the growing education gap or transforming urban transportation systems.

We can use the $1 Million to establish an organization focussed on 3 specific areas of transformation. For instance, perhaps it can concentrate on making St. Paul ecologically sound and healthy, making it best in the country for teenage education achievement, and pioneering the delivery of safe, affordable, life-saving health care. The specific focus areas are not what is important right at this moment, but the great potential rests in using the $1 Million to create a community transformation organization with visionary leadership, talented staff, and a well researched mandate. This organization of individuals will then start enacting proven, local solutions to specific challenges while using the seed funding and start-up time to grow a major fundraising effort, other lines of income generation to complement programs, and a specific, real, traceable step-by-step method to record and evaluate successes over time. With good management and dedication, a fundraising and marketing team can create an organization that will raise multiple millions every year as the organization's success and proof of transformation grow, particularly transforming the lives of those that live in and around St. Paul. This kind of organization will also become eligible for further funding from entities like the Minnesota Foundations as well as large and national funders like Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and many others.

The $1 Million challenge award represents an unparalleled opportunity for the visionary and passionate community, business, and government leaders in St. Paul to create a dedicated group to making St. Paul great. Period.

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Brendan

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Kramp

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St. Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

The Seeds of Change

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Making St. Paul great will require a consistent and dedicated effort over time to make a real impact in several areas. However, we have the right expertise and vision in our community, and we have solutions to tackle big issues like the growing education gap or transforming urban transportation systems.
We can use the $1 Million to establish an organization focussed on 3 specific areas of transformation. For instance, perhaps it can concentrate on making St. Paul ecologically sound and healthy, making it best in the country for teenage education achievement, and pioneering the delivery of safe, affordable, life-saving health care. The specific focus areas are not what is important right at this moment, but the great potential rests in using the $1 Million to create a community transformation organization with visionary leadership, talented staff, and a well researched mandate. This organization of individuals will then start enacting proven, local solutions to specific challenges while using the seed funding and start-up time to grow a major fundraising effort, other lines of income generation to complement programs, and a specific, real, traceable step-by-step method to record and evaluate successes over time. With good management and dedication, a fundraising and marketing team can create an organization that will raise multiple millions every year as the organization's success and proof of transformation grow, particularly transforming the lives of those that live in and around St. Paul. This kind of organization will also become eligible for further funding from entities like the Minnesota Foundations as well as large and national funders like Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and many others.
The $1 Million challenge award represents an unparalleled opportunity for the visionary and passionate community, business, and government leaders in St. Paul to create a dedicated group to making St. Paul great. Period.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Using the $1 Million to create an organization specifically focussed on city transformation and making St. Paul great means that the values behind this award will have true longevity. $1 Million is perhaps a small amount in the face of monumental projects, but is actually quite a large amount to create a visionary non profit that can then become self-funding and self-reliant over time. Even better, the $1 Million start funding will allow for finding the right leadership, talent, and priority setting to make the organization a success. This idea also creates focus, limiting the organization to making real, scalable difference in three specific areas, so that once they have achieved success they can then broaden to other areas of need and transformation.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The creation of this organization will allow for a full time team to focus all their time and efforts specifically on making St. Paul a great place to live. The three focus areas chosen will be those that are most important to the greatest number in St. Paul, as well as areas with real potential for change and impact. Moreover, the organization will have as part of its charter to engage with and incorporate the needs and concerns of St. Paul citizens, thus assuring the voices and perspectives of people in the city inform that daily work of the organization. Measures of progress on the 3 specific program areas, and specific local projects within each category, will be published annually for all of the citizens of St. Paul to read and follow.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

As progress is made in focussed, honed, specific areas, people will see change is possible. When people see that change happens, no matter how small, it has a natural power to harness more energy and passion to make that positive change grow. Furthermore, since it will be in the interest of this organization to publicize its successes and engage St. Paul citizens, a natural buzz will follow the group's work in neighborhoods, communities, events, and the press. Done well, this organization will also find and develop more future community leaders just like those that join the founding organization, creating a sort of 'St. Paul Forever alumni' who can then go on to enact change and progress in their own neighborhoods and communities.

llhjl hlhj said: The seeds of change has something to do with good luck also. - Thomas Nabors DDS about this Competition Entry. - 2528 days ago read more >
Scott Schuck said: Yes, 'conventional' approaches do work. However, my belief is that our challenges are getting overwhelming numerous and complex. ... about this Competition Entry. - 2848 days ago read more >
Brendan Kramp said: Hi Scott--the plan, and traction, of course will be key. Within the constraints of this 'idea search' getting to the nitty gritty of How ... about this Competition Entry. - 2849 days ago read more >
Scott Schuck said: My main question is, HOW will these great plans and aspiration come to fruition? That is, given the uniformly poor record of attempts ... about this Competition Entry. - 2852 days ago read more >

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