Making change requires working with people, whether it’s through formal policy-making, within an organization or at meeting of a neighborhood group. The Boreas public skills workshops offer participants the opportunity to better understand their role in public work and develop the skills to be more effective in working with others.

Negotiating Basics

We don’t always agree, especially on really important matters. But we still need to make decisions and figure out how to move forward collectively. Strong negotiation skills will help you facilitate decision-making and make you a better leader. This workshop introduces participants to basic principles of negotiation and provides the opportunity for practice. Margaret Kelliher, former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, teaches this workshop. She’s negotiated state budget deals and taught negotiation at the Humphrey School. Now she’s bringing her unique perspective to Boreas.

Building Communities and Networks

Mentors, collaborators, colleagues, teams, networks. Leaders, by definition, don’t work alone. Collaborating with others helps us get things done. This workshop will focus on why networks matter, why communities matter and why mentors matter. You’ll acquire new tools to help you think through your own relationships and how to make them better.

Developing Intercultural Competence

Intercultural competence has always been part of American history—from the connections amongst Native American tribes and with the waves of immigrants that would come later, and still arrive on our shores today. However, an Anglo-European cultural framework became the norm for America’s value system and normative behaviors. Today, we have a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of retaining and celebrating different cultural systems and frameworks.

Learn how to be more effective in navigating cultural differences.

Meetings that Matter

You’ve almost certainly sat through a bad meeting. But have you ever been part of a meeting that feels transformational? Done right, meetings facilitate great work. In this workshop, you will learn and practice new strategies to become a master of meetings. Try out some meeting games, and get ready to harness the contributions of colleagues and collaborators while earning gratitude for not wasting time with bad meetings.

Engaging With the Legislative Process

The legislative process is meant to facilitate public conversations about issues. But it’s pretty confusing. This workshop will help you better understand the legislative process and develop strategies for getting involved. Learn about your legislators and discover tools to help you follow the action. Think through how to do more than write a letter to your elected officials. The workshop focuses on the Minnesota legislative process and is led by a former state legislator.