New event to showcase Arizona leaders in entrepreneurship, technology, community development, agriculture, and more
On Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m., ten of Arizona's most diverse and passionate local thought leaders will take the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix for Phoenix Sparks | Arizona Localism in Action. The event, hosted by Local First Arizona, brings these individuals together to each speak for five minutes on what inspires them to enrich and cultivate their communities, and showcase the work they are doing across Arizona.
Speakers for Phoenix Sparks include:
Angela Hughey, ONE Community Kade Twist, Postcommodity Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX Joe Larios, Center for Neighborhood Leadership Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe Miguel Jardine, The Local Soil Company Ann Morton, Artist/Social Practitioner Joe Johnston, Agritopia Heidi Jannenga, Web PT Maynard James Keenan, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards
Following Phoenix Sparks, guests are invited to join in on the after party in the Orpheum Theatre courtyard for live music and entertainment. Guests can also purchase dinner from food trucks and enjoy cash bars which will feature Arizona-made beer, wine and cocktails.
This event is in conjunction with the welcome activities for the national BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies) Conference on Localism, held this year in Phoenix June 10-12. The 13th annual BALLE Conference is a three-day event that explores how locally rooted economic systems solve environmental, financial, and social problems. Approximately 500 local business leaders, social entrepreneurs, community funders, policymakers and local economy leaders of all kind from across North America and beyond are expected to attend this year’s BALLE Conference. This is the first time that the conference is coming to Arizona.
“We wanted to create an event that showed BALLE Conference attendees from outside of Arizona the great work going on here that doesn't always make the national news,” said Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. “Once we came up with the idea behind Phoenix Sparks and set the lineup of prominent community change-makers, we realized that this would be an event that many locals would want to attend, so we opened it up to anyone in the community.”
Phoenix Sparks is open to the public, advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $12. Registration for the BALLE Conference is also still open, conference registration starts at $100.
More information and registration for Phoenix Sparks is available here: https://www.eventbrite.