DSVP Partner, Suzanne Smith, shares why you should join her, Dallas Social Venture Partners, The Dallas 40 and Center for Nonprofit Management for the upcoming Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 19:
I have always joked with people that I speak three languages – English, Spanish, and Government. As a daughter of a former County Commissioner, a former campaign worker (ask me for some crazy stories at an upcoming First Friday), and an avid politico, I have learned that it isn’t enough to speak the language of government and politics, but you have to speak up when it matters. Right now, with government cuts looming and the social sector in flux, Dallas Social Venture Partners need to use their voice and speak up for our priorities. In my humble opinion, our priorities should be: 1) Greater cross-sector coordination on social sector issues (including with Dallas County and local school districts); 2) Infusion of innovative and proven practices to ensure that our kids and other vulnerable populations are getting our best efforts; and 3) Ensuring that we attract young people to bring their talent and energy to the social sector. To accomplish this, I’d like for us to challenge our Dallas elected officials to create an Office of Strategic Partnerships. Both Denver and Los Angeles have these offices and they have accomplished a lot in the past 2 years to encourage cross-sector collaboration, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship.
We have a great opportunity with the upcoming Dallas Mayor’s Forum to affect change in our community. We need the concept of social innovation to become embedded in our elected officials' thinking so that it is always part of their platform. We can do the same thing here locally.
So, let’s speak up about the issues we care about and join other DSVP partners at:
Mayoral Candidate Forum
Hosts: The Dallas 40, Dallas Social Venture Partners, and Center for Nonprofit Management
When: April 19, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Communities Foundation of Texas
Cost: FREE, but space is limited so register before it's sold out
Parking: Complimentary Parking available immediately behind the building
Due to high demand registration has opened up more spots. Space is limited however so please register to reserve your spot.
This post is from a guest blogger and does not necessarily represent the opinion or position of Dallas Social Venture Partners.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Announcing the NOURISH track innovators! Thanks Robert Egger for the video! These select INNOVATORS will present their dot coms AND dot orgs on the bigBANG! Fast Pitch stage JUNE 16th in DALLAS TEXAS. Get those early bird tickets NOW!
Cafe Momentum – a restaurant with a mission
The Movement – fitness club creating farm demand Dallas Farmers Market Trust – a movement to privatize the Dallas Farmer’s Market!
Paul Quinn College – Food for Good Farm – A football field turned into a farm!
Sustainable Food Center - A statewide effort focused on seed-to-table education and awareness around food and farmers.
Other track Innovators in EMPOWER, SERVE and TEACH to be announced in the coming weeks.
Endorsed by SLOW MONEY North Texas and brought to you by Dallas Social Venture Partners. Website: http://www.bigbangtx.org/ Twitter: @bBANGtx