Changemakers Alliance

A new model of collaborative media that is not simply reported FOR community but WITH community.

In January 2022, Minnesota Women’s Press launched Changemakers Alliance (CALL) to put statewide grassroots advocates together with engaged members who care about solving long-simmering Minnesota issues. Since 1985, the publication has pioneered story sharing that includes under-represented voices, currently reaching 25K readers at distribution cities in 76 cities. Now womenspress.com is expanding.

The Mission: Create a collaborative media platform that actively connects passionate, engaged people around story development and action steps to solve problems of the next decade.


CALL Conversations

May 23 @ 10am: “Creating Authentic Relationships Even When You Are Afraid.” Special guest Ellie Krug, author of “Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change.” Underwriting support from Rainbow Health.


June 11th @ 10am: “Let’s Talk Housing & Homeownership Gap.” Moderated by Nelima Sitate Munene. Sign up: tinyurl.com/MWPHousing, supported by Changemakers Alliance members.


June 22 @ 12pm: Let’s Talk About LGBTQ+ Health. Sign up: tinyurl.com/MWPQueerHealth. Underwriting support from Rainbow Health.


Values & Vision Book Discussion series

Underwriting support from University of Minnesota Press.


Sign up to learn more as we grow.


WHO

CALL Navigators

Changemakers Alliance (CALL) now has four stewards so far to help lead statewide members through storytelling projects. We are seeking funding for at least two more, for Indigenous and Transforming Justice story development.


Members

Founding members passions, concerns, and wish lists of action.

How to Join: You do not need to be a trained reporter, writer, advocate, or policy-maker. All are welcome to talk, listen, support, and/or solve together. Try one discussion, come every month, join when the topic interests you — or simply read the CALL Chronicles, with video clips and updates, when you have time. Regardless of how you are able to participate, you are supporting a new kind of media network.

All you need to do to participate in special conversations and events is to be a member. Contributions in any amount welcome on Venmo @mnwomenspress.

Four Levels of Participation

Basic Membership, Free — Attend conversations when held publicly.

Supporting Membership$5/month — Get invited to member-only conversations, receive biweekly CALL Chronicles with solutions and conversation clips

Founding Membership, $150/year — plus, invitations to Q&A with advocates and solution-makers

Community Membership, $250/year — plus, unlock membership for up to 25 people — your choice, or we can invite underrepresented people around the state. BONUS: Receive a copy of “35 Years of Minnesota Women”

Thanks to Community Membership Supporters to date, we have 17 gifted memberships to offer. Contact [email protected] if you would like one.


Founding Advisors

WHAT

Each Changemaker Alliance (CALL) topic is a statewide issue with member support that requires stronger stories and solutions. Members will participate in future subgroups around Correcting Inequities, Healing Trauma, Restoring Ecosystems, Statewide Bridge-Building, Transforming Justice.

Connections, interaction, action, and first-person narratives make this a new kind of media.

A 12-part series of conversations with Minnesota women about their engagement in politics launched in April. Many of the conversations were held as a collaboration between Amra Avdic, journalist and project director of the Contemporary Women’s Festival in Bosnia, and Minnesota Women’s Press, thanks to support from the global Community Solutions Program.

Women in Politics 12-part series


A CALL to action proposed by members Natalie Marr and Edie Barrett in the first Changemakers Alliance discussion in January 2022 about why we need to create a system of collective mental health. Underwriter needed.

Three conversations with housing advocates reveals that a storytelling package is needed to explain why “Yes In My Backyard” for community supportive housing, including affordable housing units, makes Minnesota stronger.

Why?

Minnesota is struggling with transforming justice, housing and wage inequities, untreated trauma, and environmental deterioration. Gender-based violence and racism has long been a concern. As a media model that has always developed first-person narratives and action steps with community members, we are uniquely poised to develop this next step in journalism. 

Ella Saltmarshe, in a 2018 essay in Stanford Social Innovation Review, illuminated the questions we will work together to solve for each Changemakers Alliance story-and-action team topic :

  • What are the conditions responsible for the problem?
  • What is the impact on wider society?
  • Is there a need to change laws, policies, and programs?
  • Who is working to change this?
  • What are the opportunities for collective engagement?

COMING SOON

Polarization in Northern Minnesota, an environmental politics conversation series organized by Ranae Hanson. Video clips coming soon thanks to member support.


Family & Identity conversations, led by CALL Navigator Npaus Baim Her. Coming in July thanks to member support.


Past Conversations

  • “Let’s Talk About Fears” (January 2022) — video clips
  • “Let’s Talk About Legislative Priorities” (February) — video clips
  • “Let’s Talk About Stigma & Recovery” (March) — stories and clips informing the June issue of Minnesota Women’s Press coming soon

Healing From Trauma, a story sharing series, launched with a conversation organized by Chris Stark, with Babette Sandman and Quintina Sonnie, about their journeys. To continue in May thanks to member and underwriting support.


Transforming Justice storytelling, including police reform and crisis response story sharing


Indigenous story sharing, to come after a CALL Navigator is supported.


Ecolution

A Land Stewardship Project policy steward explained why it is important for Minnesota to create regional food systems to improve local economies. Find Minnesota Women’s Press coverage in the April 2022 issue.


from Nat Kendall-Taylor’s Ted Talk, “The Science of Storytelling”

“Women’s Press has been one of the few publications that will publish the lived experiences and opportunities of rural Minnesota women. Today’s collective psychosis has led to an atmosphere of terror and social/political polarization that is too often fed by dominant culture–controlled media — in contrast to the stories of solidarity and solutions that advance justice and healing published from trusted Women’s Press authors. I look forward to the Changemakers Alliance as an opportunity to absorb the power of the story and advance our shared equity vision.”
— Cheryal Lee Hills (she/her) |R5DC & NCEDA Executive Director


Thanks to Our First Underwriter

Long-time Minnesota Women’s Press supporter Tanya Korpi is the only female Valvoline franchise owner, with locations in northern Minnesota. She is underwriting a 12-part series related to “Women in Politics,” especially with connections to be made in Greater Minnesota.


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2 Comments

  • Patricia Gohla

    Your magazine and articles of Change Makers is so informative.! And reading about good ,hard working, achieving women encourage me to want to do more with my own life, and within my community. I wish everyone would read your articles on a monthly basis. Thank you.

    • Mikki Morrissette

      Thank you for writing Patricia! Yes, we agree. 🙂 Please share our stories freely with your friends.

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