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Jan 21 – Marble of Goodness – Be THERE!

The lanterns have served as our guide; the traveling symbol for the Spark Club gatherings.  And, on January 21, we’ll gather inside Dallas’ own special lantern, Reunion Tower (A.K.A. the Marble of Goodness).  Yes, Spark Club is ready for prime time and we’re stepping out in 2010.  We’ve planned the next four gatherings and if social impact is your “thang”, then you’re in for a treat!

Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower by Band!to on Flickr

Join us for the first 2010 Spark Club at Reunion Tower, 7pm-9:30pm.

To kick off the New Year, we invite all do-gooder’s with business and nonprofit innovations from ALL around Texas to come see what we are about.  We’re anxious to share what we know and meet other social entrepreneurs and like minded individuals from around the state.

We are finalizing our speakers, but trust that we have tapped some bad-asses who will inspire us all.  So book it and get yourself on over to the Marble of Goodness.  It’s on the train …Union Station stop.  How cool would it be to have more than 50% of us to come by train!  Who’s in?

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Great description of SparkClub

Anne Bothwell of the KERA blog Art & Seek wrote a very nice post about us yesterday. In the article she describes our purpose as “sound[ing] more like something for Seattle than North Texas, for technology start-ups rather than artists.”

I loved that. A lot of people who have been to our meetings express surprise that this is happening in Dallas. Frankly I am too. I’m pleasantly surprised that we’ve created a buzz here and that people are looking for opportunities for social innovation. Now that our network is growing, we want to move beyond networking events to seminars, unconferences and PechaKucha to try help entrepreneurs get their ideas spawned, developed, pitched and perhaps even funded.

Let us here from you. Tell us what you want to learn, who you want to meet or how you can help.

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Agenda for Spark Club meeting

Tomorrow night is Spark Club #2 at CoHabitat at 2517 Thomas Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201. We have a full agenda and a full house (there are only 3 tickets left, so grab em now if you haven’t yet.) On the slate we have…

We will have door prizes from our speakers and wine will be provided by the co-conspirators. We look forward to seeing you there. Afterward, we’d love it if you shared your experience in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

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Lineup of Speakers for the 12/3 meeting

We are very excited to announce the lineup of speakers for the second Spark Club meeting Thursday December 3 at CoHabitat. The speakers have been chosen because they can speak about social entrepreneurship, innovation or how they have worked to bring about change in their community. Our speakers will be Tyler Sharp, Julie McCullough-Kim and Salah Boukadoum. Read on for their bios.

Tyler Sharp

Tyler during a recent trip to Pakistan

Tyler Sharp

Tyler Sharp is a photographer, writer and videographer. After studying photography & video in Los Angeles, he left for Africa and since has travelled extensively shooting photo essays, writing stories and filming for various TV shows and organizations.

His work has been shown in Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston. When Tyler is not travelling on assignment, he lives in Dallas Tx. His photographic sketchbook can be found on Flickr.

Tyler is currently working on My-Stroke.com to help stroke survivors create a network of peers and find a place to learn how to get active.


Julie McCullough Kim

Julie is the owner of The Make Shop

Julie McCullough Kim

Julie McCullough Kim, a self-taught designer, created the Enju Store. She is also the founder and shop-gal of Make Shop * Studio and the Urban Street Bazaar as well as co-founder and executive producer of The Pin Show (PINS LLC), an independent fashion event in Dallas, TX.

Julie’s mission is to bring affordable design to the masses without sacrificing quality or ethics, all the while impacting our local economy. Through her other efforts she hopes to assist other independent fashion designers to pursue these same practices.


Salah Boukadoum

Salah is a serial entrepreneur now running Soap Hope

Salah Boukadoum

Dallas-based Salah Boukadoum has launched and sold a series of businesses during his 15-year career as an entrepreneur.  Most recently he was CEO of Atrana Solutions, a 60-person technology venture, until its sale in 2005 to a publicly traded corporation. Salah’s current social venture, Soap Hope, is a for-profit Internet retailer with a deeply integrated anti-poverty mission, including investment of 100% of its profits into sustainable microfinance programs. Prior to founding his first company, Salah was an internationally-touring classical pianist; his experiences as he traveled in Africa sparked a lifelong interest in tackling the issue of poverty.  Salah’s current personal mission is to recruit 1,000 businesses to emulate Soap Hope’s social business model, called Good Returns, to create dramatic positive change in our world.

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Spark Club 2 Date is Set – RSVP Today

Image by Laughing Squid via Flickr

RSVP for the 12/3 meeting today at CoHabitat, space is limited.

We will continue our speed networking event. If you missed the first one, speed networking works like speed dating. You get two minutes to meet, exchange contacts and if you’re quick, your plan for saving the universe.

We will also have three speakers to talk about social entrepreneurship, including Salah Boukadoum of Soap Hope to talk about their Good Returns Business Model. Salah is also providing a door prize, so don’t miss out.

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