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. It expanded to include cross-sector efforts around shared problems and common ground solutions. Following are co-leaders and advisers of DynamicShift:

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

Jim Carlson Retired Engineer, State Senator Minnesota.

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

Dennis Donovan International organizer Public Achievement, Professor Augsburg College

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

David Guzzi Business consultant, Induction Research. Disability rights advocate.

Linda Hansen Visual Arts Educator.

Jason Hamilton-Chronis Impresario, Social entrepreneur.

Heatherlyn Song Artist and Singer.

Kris Heuer Owner, Ishbu UI/UX Design.

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

Wolf Larson Performing Arts Management Executive.

Darlene Miller CEO Permac IndustriesMember President’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council

Norma Noonan, PhD  Retired, Director Master of Arts Leadership and Political Science, Augsburg College; Faculty, Augsburg College.

Mark Patrick Pastor; Family Therapist; Chaplain, Burnsville Minnesota Police.

Alan Paymar, Retired Dentist; Chair, Board of Dental Practice at Minnesota State Attorney General. 

JoAn Paymar, Nurse.

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

Al Quie former Governor Minnesota.

Mark Ritchie Secretary of State, Minnesota.

Coleen Rowley, Former FBI agent and Time Magazine Person of the YearPeace activist. 

Stephen Rueff Sustainability consultant, performing arts professional.

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

Terri Shepherd CEO, Xact! Resources.

Rob Shumer International civic engagement examiner, lecturer University of Minnesota

Jack Tesmer President, JTI Jack Tesmer Institute.

Doug Thomas Founder, EdVisions teacher-led project-based education organization.  

Barbara Tillmans Travel Executive; Campaign Director Elizabeth Kautz for Mayor; Rotary Leader.

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

 

 

 

 

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