Spark Talks

Need a bold, new idea to help you take on a community challenge — but prefer hearing about it in a snack-bite size? Spark Talks are one way to go. They’re quick, 15-minute pitches from changemakers who’ve faced similar challenges, and they’ll share their innovative ideas and approaches with you. And who knows? Their idea might be just the thing to help resolve your vexing community issue.

Thursday, November 16
9:30 am – 9:45 am

How To Strengthen American Democracy by Cultivating Engaged Citizens

Presented by Stratford Communications

This is an urgent moment for the nation and for democracy. Across political parties and demographics, there is a lack of faith that our system can work for everyone. Deep polarization, mistrust, and misinformation stymies progress. Still, there are reasons for optimism in our ideals, our history, and the ambition …

Thursday, November 16
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Indigenizing Philanthropy

Presented by Native Americans in Philanthropy

As an advocacy organization, Native Americans in Philanthropy’s approach centers on Indigenous values to create sustainable solutions for everyone. From environmental issues to sustainable economies to data sovereignty and stewardship, centering Indigenous worldviews provides a different perspective and opportunity to create, build and grow. This session will share how the …

Thursday, November 16
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Raise Your Voice: Creating Social Change Through Art

Presented by Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice is a nonprofit that teaches 5th to 8th graders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area how  art can change the world. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and the Freedom Schools started by the Black Panthers, Raise Your Voice provides a safe space for students …

Friday, November 17
9:30 am – 9:45 am

Can the Early Childhood Workforce Crisis Be Fixed? How Dallas College and its partners are trying to break the mold.

Presented by Dallas College Foundation

Dallas, like many fast-growing communities across the country, has an urgent need to provide low-cost, high-quality child care and early childhood learning opportunities. Without new approaches, existing inequities in the early childhood space will continue to compound. In this conversation, we  will talk about how Dallas College, our county’s community …

Friday, November 17
11:30 am – 11:45 am

From Chaos and Competition to Clarity and Coordination: Four Pivots to Align Coalitions to Achieve Equity

Presented by Community Wealth Partners

Dismantling systemic barriers to achieve equitable outcomes requires working alongside a range of diverse players to advance a shared vision. We know that engaging a broad range of perspectives leads to stronger solutions, but sometimes working with a diverse network or coalition can feel chaotic. How do you get diverse …

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