Ever been bored in a classroom? Ever been in a lengthy intellectual discussion and have wanted to scream, “Yes, but what does this have to do with anything?!” Ever had a great idea but never acted on it? Ever want to do something...anything to make life interesting, but then got distracted by the million other things you needed to do?
Ever feel like you've forgotten how to dream?
These were the questions that formed a month-long experiment with 20 college students at Pepperdine University last year. We got together once a week for four weeks and answered one— and only one— question: what’s one risk we can take this week to make the world a better place? Some people engaged in hard conversations, long overdue. Others gave money away. Some wrote songs and sang them to girlfriends. Others moved forward in their dreams for their future careers. We laughed a lot (the risks didn’t always go as planned). We cried some (some risks went better than we had hoped).
All of us grew.
And Sparks were born.
Sparks are clusters of friends who add just a little more proactivity and healthy risk to their social circles.
They meet once a week. 4 weeks. For 1 hour. 1 question:
What's one risk you can take this week to make the world a better place?
Right now there are 8 new Sparks starting in Malibu, CA. 4 starting near Marina Del Rey. 2 starting in Whittier. One starting in Westwood and one starting in Pasadena.
For help in starting your own Spark with some of your friends email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out other risks from the Pepperdine Spark last year as well as other thoughts on risk at http://riskaway.blogspot.com
Posted on Mon, September 28, 2009