Category Archives: social change

YES, We’re Back!

It’s been a long time since the folks have gathered. We started so many good things, and changed so much. Then…the music faded. People have kept things going and there are so many cool things going on here in Dallas.

Dallas Skyline with Bridge curtesey of Mike Menefee

We have to connect share and help each other grow. We all remember Spark Club, we are still trying to keep the dream alive, on our own. It’s about time to come together and connect. However, many changes have taken place and as always with a change comes growth. What is the growth you ask?

We still have some of the same good people we know and love, but new people have come into the circle. This doesn’t mean we’ve stopped there, we’re still growing and still evolving into doing good. As always the people listed aren’t the only ones these are just the few to highlight for now. We are also asking more of the question of what have you done lately?

We’re watching TEDxSMU and loving what they say; are there things we can do to keep the great ideas going?

Who else is out there? The Dallas Engaged Professionals, the next generation of Dallas game changes. Instead of just talking they really do take action. In their words,

“Dallas Engaged Professionals (DEP) is a social impact group inspired by the minds and innovators behind TED and TEDxSMU. While learning more and more about TED and other idea sharing forums, a thought formed to create a similar TED platform, but for young professionals and millenials. Our mission is to connect passionate young professionals to enrich their community. We want to be an organization that informs, connects and collaborates with people to have a positive impact on the city of Dallas. DEP is a diverse and multifaceted group that hopes to spark people’s passion for their community.”

We have the continuing support of Pecha Kucha and the dynamic duo of Sarah Jane Semrad and her partner in crime Brian Murphy. We have much in store planned together for that.

Finally for this post but not for who is out there we have our team members all contributing and also of course still part of the fun we have Super Bob, Bob Wright, still leading some of the light for us. and what we are up to.

So let’s get started and start changing the world. We will start updating this blog more often and start putting up a calendar of events as we go as well. It’s hard to find all the things going on around us and we invite you to let us know also what is going on, big or small.

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NetImpact wants to Turn Ideas into Action

On Thursday November 4 – yes, that’s this week – NetImpact will be having a gathering to help turn great ideas into action.

During this event, you will join our facilitators in compelling conversations on the following table topics:

This is going to be a great gathering. I encourage all SparkClubbers to show up with me and participate.

Learn more and RSVP at the NetImpact site


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Power of Leverage

Salah Boukadoum of Soap Hope wrote a good post on the power of leverage this weekend. I wanted to share it with SparkClub. I believe that our network is leveraging strengths and ideas that were hidden before, but are growing and promise to launch great innovations and leadership for the future. Feel free to share your thoughts or experiences on how you’ve brought leverage to positive gains.


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bigBANG Spark Lounge Menu

Section of the Spark Lounge at the bigBANG on Thursday June 10

a corner of the Spark Lounge

Well if you didn’t get a chance to make it to bigBANG yesterday, no fear, we will be sharing everything we can get our fingers on right here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this article in the Dallas Morning News today. It is a really good article.

I’m still working on a good summary of what all happened. It was immense and I spent most of the day in the Spark Lounge with Teri Walker, Cone Johnson, Turner Jones, Mikal Hughey, Jasmin Brand, Tyler Fields, Sarat Nidasanametla and Lacy Mahone so I’m collecting details from our organizers and volunteers.

The Spark Lounge was probably the coolest place to be at the bigBANG. We had comfy chairs, air conditioning and brilliant minds talking about everything from Facebook to The room was set with all those experts as a place where the attendees could come and get one on one time to talk about a range of subjects. After the jump, you can see the menu of topics. The discussions ran the gamut from “How do I use twitter” to “How do I integrate my social media with my company’s other marketing” and much more.

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Pecha Kucha Dallas

Pecha Kucha Dallas

Originally uploaded by d double u

David Wilson has a beautiful set of photos from our Gamechangers meeting Thursday night from SparkClub and Pecha Kucha Night. Check out the full set from David on Flickr.

We’ll have some videos from the presentations soon.

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