See You Next Year @TEDxDetroit

I’m 2 days removed from TEDx Detroit and I miss it.

I miss the connections.

I miss seeing my fellow board members.

I miss seeing the attendees.

I miss seeing the inspiration.

I miss seeing the optimism.

I’m glad I miss it.  Now I’m hopeful that everyone that attended has something to grasp onto and feel inspired.

Inspired to do.

Inspired to create.

Inspired to share.

Inspired to make a difference.

The story from Wednesday that continues to resonate in my head is the one of connecting tw0 lab participants in a possible business deal.  That’s what TEDx is all about.  Bringing people together and allowing their creativity to grow, their ideas to develop and ultimately putting them into action.

A special note to my fellow board members of TEDx Detroit.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve with you.  All of you have a special place in my heart because of the passion that you have for what this event is all about.  I learned a lot and I look forward to doing it all over again next year.  There are so many memories that I’d love to share and it would take me hours to gather them here in this post.  So the memories I’ll leave you with are photos.  Photos from Sarah Cunningham, author and one of our awesome volunteer photographers.  Take a look at her view of TEDx Detroit from her camera lens.

Photo Credit: Sarah Cunningham

So many memories to last a lifetime.

To all the attendees, take what you learned and inspired you and do something with it.  Our opportunity is now to show the world what we can do.  Take the lead.  Make it happen.

See what others are saying about TEDx Detroit:
I Was Part of Something BIG Wednesday from Elena Wollborg
TEDx Detroit 2011 Thank You from Charlie Wollborg

Want 2 Tickets to @TEDxDetroit?

TEDx Detroit is a week away!  Can you believe it?  I certainly am excited to gather the biggest and brightest minds our community has to offer for this day of community and idea generation!  I really want to encourage all of you to take this day to attend and I’m giving away 2 tickets to next week’s TEDx Detroit so you can.  All you need to do is tell me why you deserve the 2 tickets in the comments below.  I’ll pick the best answer and let the winner know tomorrow.  Make sure you leave your twitter handle in the comments too!

If you don’t win, there is still time to get your tickets.  Go to tedxdetroit.com and apply today!

To get your creative juices flowing today, I wanted to share with you last year’s talk from DJ Prime Minister.  If you are turntable kind of person, you’ll love this.  Remember, get your responses in by end of day today!

Seeds of Change

This post originally appeared on the Michigan Dads blog in October of last year.  Given my immediate focus on By Dads, For Dads, I thought it would be worthwhile to share with all of you here.  Be a leader dads.  Be a leader.

Isn’t it a great feeling when like minds come together? Over the past couple of weeks, this has happened for me in conversations that I’ve had with Matt Eder,Dave Peckens, and Elena Wollborg.

Let me give you some background. On September 29, TEDxDetroit was held at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In typical fashion, the Detroit blogger community stepped up and shared their thoughts on what TEDx Detroit meant to them, myself included. As I read through some of them, I came across this post from Matt Eder on Michigan Dads.

At that moment, it hit me. I’ve been trying to figure out “the thing” that I wanted to do to help metro Detroit. It involved my kids and it involved helping people. We can all talk about changing Detroit or renewing the city but in the end change really only happens when you can influence and encourage people to jump on board and help you.

Reyes Family

In my immediate circle of influence is my family. My kids are at an age right now where they are soaking in everything. Complete sponges. My thoughts immediately turned to volunteering in the community in order to teach my kids a lesson in humility and serving. So that’s what we’re going to do with Matt, Dave, Elena and our families. We’re still developing the idea and the platform so stay tuned for more details.

Our larger hope is that people will see what we are doing as leaders of our families and see the value in what we are doing and want to join us. Can we be that mustard seed that encourages others to take the next step of action? I really hope so because when something small can blossom into something huge, people take notice.

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” ~ Mark 4:30-32 (NIV)

For me, my future is solely dependent on the foundations that I lay for my kids. I believe this is what God expects from all of us that are parents. The only way for us to lay this foundation is to invest our time with our kids. We need to be there and lead them or else someone else will and it might not be down a path we want.

So I encourage all of you parents, especially the dads, to lead your families before someone or something else does. You have a tremendous influence whether you know it or not.

Just for fun, I thought I’d share with you a video from last weekend as I was hanging out with my boys on a Sunday afternoon at The Village of Rochester Hills. We had a blast running around and as you can see the smile on their faces made it all worth it.

Hello! Hello! from fellow dad, @charliecurve

What makes a good dad?  I certainly think that I will always be learning something new especially as all 4 of my kids get another year older.  As I continue my journey as a parent, I thought I’d ask some of my friends that are dads to jump in and give me their thoughts on fatherhood.  First up is Charlie Wollborg.  Charlie and I have become good friends over the last year.  He is a great marketer, entrepreneur and all around joy to have a conversation with.  You can follow him on Twitter at @charliecurve or visit him at “Hello Hello”.  You can also check out the great work happening at Curve Detroit.  Charlie is also one of the organizers for TedX Detroit, one of my favorite conferences to attend locally in Michigan.

Everyone, say “hello hello” to Charlie!

“Imported From Detroit.”

Before I say anything, watch this again.  And again.  And again.

This isn’t a review of Chrysler’s spot featuring Eminem that ran during the Super Bowl yesterday.  I think it’s safe to say that it was well received.  This is more about what that spot meant to those of us that call Detroit home (and I’m using Detroit from a regional perspective and not just Detroit proper).  We are a passionate bunch.  We are driven to see change happen in this region.  If you look at the community around local events like Tedx Detroit and Future Midwest, you will see a collective of people that share a common love for our city.  We are driven to show the world that Detroit is innovative and able to reinvent itself beyond just the automotive industry.  We actually do know how to use the internet and see it as a way to build community and foster growth.

Sure, we have a chip on our shoulder.  Have you seen what has been said?  Have you seen how Detroit has been portrayed?  Blight.  Political controversy.  We want to change that.  We want to show you the quality of people that live here.  We want you to discover the beauty of the state of Michigan.  We want you to join our community and leave here saying, “I love Detroit.  I love Michigan.”

Tall order given the skepticism of some, but within reach given the optimism of others.

Yes, I’m putting a lot of weight and faith behind a 2 minute car commercial.  However, it was more than that for me.  This was Detroit’s anthem on a national stage and people outside of Detroit took notice.

I’m Patrick Reyes…imported from Detroit (and an optimist).