Minnesota Idea Open announces semifinalists

A statewide call for creativity on how to build relationships across faiths and cultures produced a staggering 600 ideas.

That set a new record for the Minnesota Idea Open, which is in its third year.

Which ideas rose to the top? An interactive food truck, a charity flash mob, multicultural barn-raisings, and a mobile app for “culturally curious Minnesotans” were among the 25 semi-finalists announced today. You can read about the individual pitches here.

An eight-judge panel of media professionals and community and faith leaders will whittle the finalists to five in May. Then the competition will open to the public for voting, “American Idol”-style. Three winners will each receive $15,000 to implement their ideas.

Created by the Minnesota Community Foundation, the challenge aims to engage the state’s residents to learn about critical issues and develop new solutions. This year’s challenge is working across ethnic, racial and religious lines in a state that’s becoming increasingly diverse. Our three-part series “The Outsiders” grew out of this initiative.

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