What Is DynamicShift?

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DynamicShift leaders in dialogue. Photo by Jason Hamilton-Chronis, Oil painting by Teresa Cox.

DynamicShift was started Fall 2009 as Nonpartisan Productive Dialogue.

The grassroots initiative employs positive public kindling and productive discourse to illuminate civility.  It encourages and mediates innovative dialogues that transcend ideologies, engage shared values and create mutually-productive change by highlighting interconnections among different community sectors.

DynamicShift efforts influenced several civility discussions, among them: WeThePeople, the national cross-partisan movement started in 2010 by Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, The White House Office of Public EngagementAmerican Democracy Project, American Commonwealth Partnership and bi-partisan leaders.

DynamicShift is based in Burnsville, Minnesota, a city with a history of nonpartisan engagement. DynamicShift colleagues include bi-partisan elected officials as well as faith, arts, academic, business and citizen leaders from the suburban/urban corridors between the Twin Cities and Burnsville area.

DynamicShift’s inception was a reaction to the polarizing rhetoric of local leaders.Their conduct undermined the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, a $22 million public venue located in a mixed-income, multi-use development area. As a longtime citizen of Burnsville DynamicShift founder Andrea Morisette Grazzini knew the dissenting views did not represent the cooperative ethic of most citizens.

Numerous citizens and leaders agreed, including the following co-leaders and advisers of DynamicShift:

Dan Gustafson President Art & All That Jazz, Burnsville City Councilmember

Wolf Larson Performing Arts Management Executive

JoAn Paymar, Nurse

Alan Paymar, Retired Dentist

Heatherlyn Song Artist and Singer

Jason Hamilton-Chronis Impresario, Social entrepreneur 

Darlene Miller CEO Permac Industries, Member President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council

Rob Shumer Civic engagement examiner, lecturer University of Minnesota

David Guzzi Business consultant, Induction Research

Liz Workman Owner Workman Insurance, County Commissioner Dakota County, Minnesota

John Doll Owner Imagine Tile and Stone, former State Senator Minnesota

Stephen Rueff Sustainability consultant, performing arts professional

Dennis Donovan International organizer Public Achievement, Professor Augsburg College

Al Quie former Governor Minnesota

Mark Ritchie Secretary of State, Minnesota

Jim Carlson Retired Engineer, former State Senator Minnesota

Norma Noonan, PhD  Faculty, Master of Arts Leadership and Political Science, Augsburg College

Barbara Tillmans Travel Executive, Rotary Leader

Terri Shepherd CEO, Xact! Resources

Mark Patrick Pastor, Family Therapist

Kris Heuer Owner, Ishbu Design

Jim Schiebel Executive in Residence, Hamline University, former Mayor St. Paul, Minnesota

Steven Jeddeloh, PhD Business consultant Organization Effectiveness, Faculty Capella University

Jack Tesmer President, JTI Jack Tesmer Institute

Ally (Campbell) Pelinka Executive Director, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association

Coleen Rowley, Former FBI agent and Time Magazine Person of the Year 

Harry C. Boyte, Director Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, Coordinator American Commonwealth Partnership

Doug Thomas Founder, EdVisions

Linda Hansen Visual Arts Educator

 

 

 

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