New Book Celebrates Revolutionary Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN) Grants Program

St. Paul, MN — St. Paul Companies (now St. Paul Travelers) believed everyday leaders—ordinary people with an extraordinary drive to make a positive difference in their communities—are all around us. It didn’t lacquer and mount that concept on a wall, but instead invested in it. In 1987, St. Paul Companies launched Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN)—a unique program that provided funding to everyday leaders to pursue opportunities that augmented their skills and ideas. Over the course of 16 years, more than 180 local activists and artists would receive a combined $4.5 million.

Now, a decade after the last grant was provided, this revolutionary program has come to life once more in an inspiring book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities, by writer, educator and life-long arts advocate Carolyn Holbrook.
Following nearly five years of interviews and research, Carolyn’s new book highlights 20 inspirational figures from the LIN program and explores how their innovative ideas—and the unprecedented  financial support behind them—made an indelible mark on communities in the Twin Cities and beyond.
To learn more about this inspirational new book, visit the new book website. To order a copy of the book (MCN members receive a 50% discount), visit the MCN publications page.

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