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RSVP for Spark Club + PKN = Gamechangers!

Spark Club and Pecha Kucha Dallas present 20×20 Game Changers
Quick, fun presentations showcasing people shaking things up in Dallas

DALLAS, Texas (April 26, 2010) – Spark Club, a network of social entrepreneurs and artists collaborates with Pecha Kucha Dallas, an international phenomenon brought to Dallas for  the second time on May 13, 2010 at 7pm at Sons of Hermann Hall.  The event is free, although a $5 contribution is suggested. Sons of Hermann Hall is located at 3414 Elm Street in Dallas.  RSVP and bookmark on the dedicated PKN event site.  Visit the official PKN Dallas site.

Confirmed presenters include Stacy Caldwell, President of Dallas Social Venture Partners, Jason Roberts with Oak Cliff Transit Authority and Better Block Project, Marianna Griggs of the Community Gardens of Oak Cliff, Chris Zielke and Chris Jeffers of 48 Nights, Tori Trad of Perkins + Will, Brooke Bowen of Well Coffee Roasters, Benje Feehan of BC Workshop, Omar Jahwar of Vision Regeneration and Greg Metz of University of Texas Dallas.   Other presenters are still in the works.

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Entrepreneurs + Artists = Mental Prep for Spark Club 360

Entrepreneura person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or idea and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome. He or she is an ambitious leader who combines land, labor, and capital to often create and market new goods or services.

Two recent articles inspired me to mull entrepreneurship in relation to artists over a little more in preparation for the Jan 21 presentation at Spark Club 360.  One by Gail Sachson on the Art & Seek Blog and the other by Hugh MacLeod on Gapingvoid.  (maybe on my Feb trip to Marfa, I’ll finally catch up with that guy, sheesh.)

As a ‘serial starter of things’, I think this is why I’ve found myself in the arts niche as a non-artist.  In some way my passions lie in other areas, but with artists I’m with people who get me and I get them.  I mean aren’t artists micro-entrepreneurs every time they begin a new work?  For every decent finished piece aren’t there hundreds of hours of practice, failure and intuition?  I have frequently said that my “art” is creating socially conscious organizations, events, revenue streams while wrestling with the constraints of time, money and sustainability.  Artists with that same socially conscious tug to be more and have more impact on the world are naturally attracted to Spark Club. We have much to learn from each other.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 21st! – Sarah Jane Semrad

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RSVP for SparkClub 360

Reunion Tower as viewed from the parking garag...

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Happy New Year!

RSVP now for the next meeting on January 21, 2010 at Reunion Tower from 7:00 – 9:30.

The meeting is our third networking event for those interested in social innovation and entrepreneurship. The group forming is a great mix of artists, social entrepreneurs, and individuals interested in learning how to create positive change in our community through socially minded businesses, innovative nonprofits and cutting edge technology.

At this meeting we will have two speakers,  Sarah Jane Semrad and Craig Keaton.

Sarah Jane Semrad co-founder La Reunion Texas

Sarah Jane Semrad of La Reunion Texas

Sarah Jane Semrad

…is a social entrepreneur who sits at the confluence of art and community impact with a long list of entrepreneurial activities including IR Gallery, Art Conspiracy, and Pigeon-Stone Project to name a few.  In 2006, Semrad co-founded La Reunion TX, a non-profit org committed to creating an artist in residency program on 35 acres in Oak Cliff.   The mission has inspired a volunteer empire and collaborative conduit that is transforming our community through art and space. Sarah Jane and her husband – musician Paul Semrad - live in Oak Cliff with their two children. Semrad holds a BA in chemistry from the University of Dallas.

Craig Keaton

Craig Keaton founder The Movement

The Movement Founder Craig Keaton

…is a cutting-edge fitness and wellness strategist and co-founder of  The Movement Dallas. Inspired by a holistic approach to moving, eating, thinking and living his aim is to radically transform his clients’ lives. The Movement Dallas is making headlines with their organic co-op and recess classes.  Craig has studied in the fields of Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology, and holds a certificate in Corrective Exercise and Nutrition/Lifestyle Coaching with the world-renowned C.H.E.K. Institute. Most recently, Craig completed a 3-year hands-on education program devoted to pain relief and performance enhancement with Dr. Eric Cobb, the founder of Z-Health Performance Solutions.

Both speakers will present their business modes inspired by the 360 views in the tower.  Sarah Jane will speak about art, the community and the comprehensive approach of her nonprofit; Keaton will talk about health, community and the strategy behind his for-profit business.  Both are socially innovative and both are achieving positive impact.

Along with the speakers we will continue our speed networking activity and this time we plan to weave in conversation centers. If you’re interested in exploring a topic deeper, then let us know what’s on your mind.  There is a survey on the registration site where you can tell us what you are interested in and if you desire to lead the conversation. And of course we will have snacks and wine for you. We will be taking donations at the door to help cover costs.  It is a “pay what you can” policy, so no pressure.  However, we certainly appreciate any offerings.

Can’t wait to see you there.

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