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Vital Connections

Learn more about topics important to Minnesota communities through articles, videos and podcasts. Find stories and information to help you get engaged in your community. Help others better know, decide and act.

Community features

Denise and Lori share positive psychology on voting

Voting increases well-being

[video] Why do you vote? There are so many reasons to vote. Watch and learn how voting is connected to your well-being.

A person leading an online meeting

Four tips for leading online meetings

Do you feel comfortable leading an online meeting? Learn four tips for a more effective online meeting that will help you grow your skills and confidence.

Person smiling while reading a book

Exploring emotions during a pandemic

[podcast] You may be dealing with new emotions as we transition to more social lives and lose daily patterns and routines. Listen as we discuss strategies to help overcome uncertainty.

All articles, podcasts and videos

Find content on topics that include:

  • Community development (e.g. attracting new residents, evaluating programs and local foods)
  • Community economics (e.g. local economies, retail, retaining businesses and workforce)
  • Leadership and civic engagement (e.g. assessing and developing leaders, facilitation, building trust and engaging communities)
  • Tourism development (e.g. learning about visitors and planning festivals and events)

Feeling stressed? Watch the Two for You Stress Series videos to help you live and lead with intention.

[podcast] Our world is constantly changing; now more than ever before. Listen as we discuss strategies for leaders to help themselves and their communities navigate change.

[video] When do you stop "doing" to "being"? Learn about finding informal moments to meditate can help you reset.

[podcast] There are challenges with Minnesota's workforce. We hear about baby boomers retiring, fewer workers, immigrants and the proximity of jobs to job seekers. Listen as we discuss the challenges, opportunities and ingenuity within Minnesota.

[video] What role does your brain have in reaffirming your beliefs? Learn about the Velcro Teflon Effect and challenging how you react to information.

[video] How often do you say yes to requests? Learn about improvisational theatre and how saying "yes, and ..." can lead to positive results.

Visitors come to your community with expectations about what they will do and see in your area. But what are those expectations exactly?

[video] What values help you focus on living and leading with intention? Learn about tools that may help you connect you with your intention.

[video] How do you thank others? Learn about a technique to hone your gratitude skills to increase your well-being.

The year 2013 brought improved economic news to much of Minnesota, but a few towns took some hard knocks. Crises like these create tough times in local economies.

Awe

[video] How much awe do you experience in your day? Learn about the power of awe and about appreciating the goodness around you.

[video] Do you celebrate your small accomplishments? Watch and learn about how our brains are wired to respond to rewards and the benefits of celebrating the small stuff.

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