Michael’s work in the past two years has focused on convening and facilitating cross-sector, cross-cultural, and cross-generational collaboration to build a more just and sustainable communities in Minnesota. He started the Social Innovation Lab with some colleagues for this purpose. Since then, they’ve had more than a thousand community change makers that have participated in half-day events to find new connections and ideas to advance their work. Michael is now developing several two year long in-depth innovation labs, focused on collaborative systems change work in the following areas:
- Closing racial disparities in employment in the Twin Cities
- Youth social enterprise
- Trauma-informed approaches to health and human services
- Closing racial disparities in the local juvenile justice system
- Community-driven health and wellness
Michael lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two kids. He welcomes collaboration with other CJP folks!