Category Archives: social innvoation

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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PKN Video 1: Harvey Lacey Makes Bricks from Recycled Plastic

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Image by steevithak via Flickr

We are proud to present this, the first of 9 videos from Pecha Kucha night last Thursday at Sons of Hermann Hall. Please forgive the poor audio. I think you’ll be pleased with the content if you fight through the sound.

This first video is of Harvey Lacey. Lacey is an entrepreneur who once served two tours in Viet Nam and installed telephone cables.  It was during that time that he learned the pleasure found in making something without having the proper tools or materials and do the impossible with nothing under the worst of circumstances. This is a story of innovation and inspiration.

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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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SparkClub kicking off TEDxSMU Idea Week

We are excited and honored to announce that we will be kicking off the TEDxSMU Idea week. Idea week is described on the site as

Seven days in October where the conversations are about substance, new ways of thinking, collaboration…that’s the idea behind Dallas Idea Week. Dig in and check out the different events and initiatives going on in Dallas during the week of October 11, 2010.

For our part, SparkClub is hosting a a meet and greet at 511 N. Akard from 6:30 – 8:30 on Monday, October 11. Come out and see the social mission of City Walk at Akard. Hear about the exciting project unfolding on the second floor, and meet some of Dallas’s most dynamic, innovative do-gooders.

This is a chance to meet others involved in Idea Week and share experiences and ideas. It is guaranteed to spark innovation.

Sign up here.

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