The first annual Dallas Festival of Ideas is delivering results. Five volunteer-led Action teams have been hard at work shaping the city of the future by turning ideas into action in the 2015 Festival’s five areas of focus: innovation, culture, our city’s physical environment, education and politics. Projects currently underway include: A community-based crowdfunding / crowdsourcing website, a mobile cultural unit, a real estate investment trust for southern Dallas, a national search for teachers’ stories and a program to increase Dallas voter turnout from 7% to 21%.
At the 2015 bigBANG! conference presented by Social Venture Partners Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on October 29, 2015, each one of the five City Action Committees pitched for funding in bigBANG!’s Fast Pitch. The Innovative City team won $21,500 to develop their hyper-local crowdfunding website, “a Kickstarter for the Community.”
The 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas will provide a progress report of all the action that took place in 2015.
Thanks to all of the volunteers on the 2015 Action Committees who have been working to actively make a difference in our community:
The Innovative City Action Committee: John Backes, Kim Rice (Chairs), Swapnil Bora, Salah Boukadoum, Felicia Brown, Adam Connatser, Kaleigh Emerson, Pawan Jaggi, Steven Keller, Mark Neri, Taylor Schrang and Ryan Wilson
The Cultural City Action Committee: Erica Fellicella (Chair), Hal Brierley, Ezra Calado, Janeil Englestad, George Getschow, Thisbe Grace, Jin-Ya Huang, Jeff Hurst, Suzanne Massey, Eileen Patskin, Diana Pollak, Darryl Ratcliff, Will Richey, Erika Vargas, and Teresa Coleman Wash
The Educated City Action Committee: Jennifer Parvin (Chair), Claudia Allums, Camille Cain, David Chard, Patti Clapp, LaToiya Dennis, Lois Finkelman, Megan Hodges, Pawan Jaggi, Thomas Nunez, Dawson Orr, and Erika Vargas
The Political City Action Committee: Matt Houston (Chair), Kardal Coleman, Isaac Faz, Ashley Johnson, Launa Kliever, Checquan Lewis, Archie Nettles, Lisa Mesa Rogers, Ana Maria Ramos, Marco Smith, Kelsel Thompson, and Matt Wood
The Physical City Action Committee: Maria Loveland Schneider (Chair), Monte Anderson, Jose Barrientos, Brent Brown, Anna Clark, Tisha Crear, Kathy Denny, Doric Earle, Nan Ellin, Kaleigh Emerson, Melanie Ferguson, Eileen Grass, Gary Grass, Graham Greene, Kathryn Greene, Susannah Groves, Danae Gutierrez, Mark Lamstar, Elaine Leuba-Brain, Stephanie Main, Bud Melton, Ed Nelson, Thomas Nunez, Deepika Ramesh, Alicia Schroeder, Katrina Scott, Gail Thomas, and John Villapando
We would also like to give special thanks Social Venture Partners Dallas for collaborating with the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News on the execution of the Dallas Festival of Ideas’ action phase.
The 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas is all about engaging. In order to make the festival accessible to everyone, we have made General Admission for the 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas FREE!