bigBANG! Event Coming Up October 19th, Presented by Dallas Social Venture Partners

Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP) is holding it’s third annual bigBANG! event on Friday, October 19th, at Union Station.  We’ve arranged for recipients of North Texas Nonprofit Resources’ blog to receive a 20% discount for tickets for this event.  The following information was provided by DSVP, and includes a link to purchasing discounted tickets. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 Union Station, Downtown Dallas  -  9:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. (followed by a reception and after party)

Social Impact.  Dallas.  Engagement.  Civic-Mindedness.  

These are all words that evoke the energy and excitement around this year's bigBANG! event, a forum hosted by Dallas Social Venture Partners.  We will be convening the thinkers and doers of our city for a day-long opportunity to catalyze positive impact.

Ticket & Registration Information General Admission with access to all events is $225.00, and with the 20% discount the price is $180.00.

Get your discounted tickets here:

BE A MicroSponsor & Help others benefit from bigBANG! Micro-sponsorship of $1,000.00 provides two tickets and four Fellowships to be granted by purchaser or given back to bigBang! to be distributed as scholarships.  Micro-sponsorships can be purchased through the above link.


In its 3rdyear, bigBANG! is a one-day forum that brings together business leaders, educators, non-profits leaders, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and innovators to learn from each other and to join together to

  • Tackle the social issues challenging the Dallas community
  • Learn what is happening to improve our community
  • Discover Who is doing What & How it is working
  • Engage in being part of the solution to social challenges

bigBANG! presents content along four tracks. The social issues addressed cover a broad range – education, poverty, literacy, homelessness, hunger- and represent concerns and opportunities for attendees to invest their time, money, social network or expertise.  Participants choose to follow a single track or blend sessions from any of the four.  Presentations and experiences are a mix of 20, 40 and 60 minute blocks in the following areas:

  • The City: Urbanization & Economic Justice
  • The Education Imperative
  • Health & Wellness
  • Social Entrepreneurship

A select list of speakers & presenters scheduled to appear includes:

  • Mike Miles, Superintendent of Dallas ISD
  • Shawn Williams, City of Dallas
  • Chad Houser, Café Momentum
  • Florencia Fortner, The Concilio
  • April Allen, KIPP
  • Lea Velez, Back on my Feet
  • Dr. Ione Hunt von Herbing, UNT
  • Jason Illian,·
  • Melanie Ferguson, Trinity Trust

bigBANG! also features a Socially-Conscious Marketplace with 20+ vendors with a social mission that sell an eclectic mix of products and services; plus, a BIG IDEA Workshopdesigned to develop real solutions to the social challenges discussed at bigBANG!  In addition to these dynamic elements, bigBANG! features:

  • SciTech Science Experiment
  • Big Thought Art Project
  • bcWORKSHOPS Neighborhood Maps Project & Stories Video Booth

Socially-Conscious Marketplace vendors scheduled to participate include:

  • Banner Theory - bags from recycled materials
  • Youth Village Resources - harvest baskets with Thanksgiving recipes by Chad Houser
  • Greenling – sustainably-farmed gift baskets & pastured organic turkeys
  • Springer Design Studio - wood crafted items
  • Dr. Sue's Chocolates - healthy and delicious chocolate bark
  • Texas Honeybee Guild - honey and gift items
  • Chooz Shoes – spirited artsy shoes
  • Promise of Peace Community Garden - handcrafted dolls
  • Sacred Pause - photographic art & services
  • Jatalo – buy backpacks, give text books
  • Local Yocal – local food products & fabulous Texas custom grills
  • Union – specialty roasted coffee & gift items
  • Trinity River Mission – home-made tamales
  • Uwezo Brands – handcrafted African shoes
  • Shoe Revolt – collectible celebrity shoes

Murray Covens, Principal North Texas Nonprofit Resources