We coined the term in 2012 on the Graca Machel lawns on lower campus UCT. I was sitting with a close friend, and was struggling to describe a certain group of people.

These people were special. These people brought an unmatched level of conversation and debate. These people had the potential to change the world.

These were “The Sparks”

The Sparks are a unique breed. They’re the ones that combine excitement, passion and fierce resolve to the worlds most pressing issues.

Over my time at the University of Cape Town I have identified a number of Sparks. Some are friends. Some are colleagues. Some are students. And they appear in the most unexpected places

When you meet another spark, the energy flies. Your conversation ranges from the hyper local issues to global issues. You explore all sorts of topics. And you reach a mutual understanding that you’re both there to make a difference.

Over the last few years I’ve met a handful of Sparks. And I’m on the lookout for more.

Cause they’re the ones that will change the world.


Image was taken while talking to one of the original Sparks, Jess. I can’t wait to see how she revolutionizes South Africa

A special shoutout to Jared and Mark who were with me while I was writing this blog.

Blog 46/365. Read more about my #365of25 journey here

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