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About

Pollen is a digital platform that builds better-connected communities. Founded in a belief that connecting is about more than exchanging business cards, we share the stories behind individuals, turn opportunities into realities, and champion getting off the couch to learn about the world.

News

Plug In After bushCONNECT
May 3, 2015

We put out a call to 250 leaders from across the region to discover the most valuable opportunities for plugging into your community. The result is a guide to 150+ resources that will help you build upon the energy and connections from today. Make bushCONNECT more than just a one-day experience. Use this guide to get involved and build a better connected region.

Events

#LikeABoss | Trust
Minneapolis Institute of Arts | 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
June 3, 2015
The region's biggest and brightest are invited to tackle what it takes to inspire others #LikeABoss. As with all Pollen gatherings, this will be more than just conversations and opinion sharing. We will break down the barriers that prevent leaders from developing the community support they need to perform at their best.

/// Photos by Rick Corwin ///

Leaders aren’t always bosses. Bosses aren’t always leaders. So on Thursday, March 26 we got Pollenites together to tackle what it takes to inspire others #LIKEABOSS.

A recent Gallup poll of more than 1 million U.S. workers cites a bad boss as the number one reason people leave their jobs. Meghan Wilker (Chief Operating Officer at Clockwork Active Media) and Mike Bollinger (Founder of Livefront and Co-founder of TECHdotMN) discussed topics like hosting true collaboration, building emotional intelligence, heightening empathy, breaking gridlock and stagnation, and finding lost creativity. Then, attendees talked about their own experiences with bosses and as bosses, breaking down the barriers that prevent leaders from developing the community support they need to perform at their best.

This was the first in a three-part event series to explore what it means to be the boss. We’ll see you next time, at #LIKEABOSS part 2.

/// Photos by Rick Corwin ///

Leaders aren’t always bosses. Bosses aren’t always leaders. So on Thursday, March 26 we got Pollenites together to tackle what it takes to inspire others #LIKEABOSS.

A recent Gallup poll of more than 1 million U.S. workers cites a bad boss as the number one reason people leave their jobs. Meghan Wilker (Chief Operating Officer at Clockwork Active Media) and Mike Bollinger (Founder of Livefront and Co-founder of TECHdotMN) discussed topics like hosting true collaboration, building emotional intelligence, heightening empathy, breaking gridlock and stagnation, and finding lost creativity. Then, attendees talked about their own experiences with bosses and as bosses, breaking down the barriers that prevent leaders from developing the community support they need to perform at their best.

This was the first in a three-part event series to explore what it means to be the boss. We’ll see you next time, at #LIKEABOSS part 2.