Be part of the solution - volunteer

Be part of the solution – volunteer

Become a part of that solution. Serve your communities. Don’t be a part of the problem.

These are the words of Dallas Police Chief David Brown encouraging people to get involved and serve their communities. His words are common-sense wisdom. If you don’t like what you see in your environment, you can do something. Each of us has the power, and the responsibility, to step up to the plate and get involved. This is true in our homes, in our workplaces, and in our communities.

Critical thinking + creative design =  solutions that exceed expectations. This is the philosophy at Sparrow Creative Studio. I believe critical thinking and creativity are essential elements for problem solving. Therefore, I choose to invest in these elements – in my home, and in my community.

For example, instead of “How was school today?” I ask my granddaughters “Did you ask any good questions today?” I have a pinterest board filled with crafts to make using household items. Last week, toilet roll ninjas and foxes were the projects. Because I value critical thinking and creativity, I make a deliberate investment in those values in my home.

I make the same investment in my community through volunteering. Volunteering allows organizations to expand their reach and impact through the power of invested citizens like myself.

Megan and I both volunteer our time and talents with TEDxABQ, a group that produces independently-organized local TED events. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TEDxABQ introduces new ideas and perspectives to elevate community engagement, connection, and enthusiasm for the future. The vehicle is small, focused talks –  TED Talks – where local speakers present their ideas about innovation, creativity, humanity and more.

Why do I volunteer with TEDxABQ? I believe in the power of ideas. I believe that a person who inspired by an idea can affect positive change in their own life, and in the lives of others.

We invited some of our fellow volunteers to share the reasons they volunteer.

September 17 TEDxABQ will host its 7th annual main event at the Kiva Auditorium with the theme: Think Viral. The event will be a full day of New Mexico’s most fascinating ideas in science, technology, design, the arts, business, and social justice. Tickets go on sale August 1 at

If you’d like ideas of how you can get involved and make a difference for New Mexico, come join us. Ideas are contagious. Get infected.

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