Over three days, Spark! will bring together people who are exploring, creating solutions and implementing new practices across the country –  bringing fresh perspectives to the wicked challenges we face together.

We will learn from communities that are tackling systemic change. We will hear from unusual partnerships that are spurring collective action. Most importantly, we want you to come and share your hunches, questions and aspirations.

 
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Our program is designed so you have the flexibility to choose your own learning pathway and engage with your peers. Over the course of three days, you’ll learn, discuss, eat, dance (!), connect and explore -- and along the way you may encounter new perspectives that have the power to shift your thinking about the future.

 
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Our Process

The Oxygen

A group of 250 social change-makers, doers and problem-solvers, actively working to make a difference in their communities and beyond, who are open to learning and sharing from each other.

 
 

The Fuel

Thought-provoking, vulnerable and creative programming designed to equip you with new tools, elevate your practice and shift your perspective to advance your impact.

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The HeAT

The unexpected and intangible outcome from the collision of questions and ideas, co-created content, serious play, and connections across diverse networks.

 

The Experience

 
 
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Spark! Lab

During our interactive design labs individuals and organizations will demonstrate, test and challenge lab approaches, social R&D methods and share tools and best practices. Through collaborative design thinking exercises we’ll tackle problems and explore solutions

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Salons

We will be exploring a variety of themes and topics through a speaker series featuring thought leaders, collaboratives, passionate entrepreneurs and unheard voices who will be sharing their big ideas, lived experience and vision for the future.

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Circles

A twist on the classic conference concurrent session. In small groups we will share and discuss ideas, challenges and ask the difficult questions through peer-input processes, panels, storytelling and more.

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Connection Lounge

We are serious about creating space for connections and relationship building. Over the course of 3 days, you will have the opportunity to engage in formal and informal conversations with like-minded practitioners, leaders and peers in our dedicated lounge and through our innovation dates.

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Kinetic & Creative Sessions

While we’re together to connect and learn, we also know how important it is to get out of our heads and into our bodies. We’ll be hosting a series of movement sessions, creative workshops and interactive play experiences to energize you, metabolize your learning, and allow space for self-expression.

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Retreat

While there’s plenty to do, many to meet and so much to think about, sometimes what we need is to take a step back, be with ourselves and retreat from the noise and chaos. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated space for you to reflect, refuel and renew if and when you need it.

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Communities of Practice

Working sessions for social innovation practitioners - these sessions are intended to be a bridge to support people over time.  Communities of practice will gather according to issue, sectoral focus, or burning question on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 29th. These sessions should be rooted in existing work or communities of interest, in order to provide opportunities for practitioners to share knowledge, insight and comradery.

 
 
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Schedule

Monday, November 27

Tuesday, November 28

Wednesday, November 29

Registration + Opening Experience

Sandbox Experience

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates

Closing Experience

Lunch Experience

Lunch Experience

Lunch @MaRS for Community of Practice participants

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates

Communities of Practice Sessions

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates

Design Labs, Circles, Salons and Kinetic/Creative Sessions, Innovation Dates



Dinner Experience

SiG Dinner + Book Launch event

Opening Night Party

SiG Celebration