About Spark the Change

Spark is an opportunity. We bring together leaders from all businesses, with one mission only: to work together to create lasting and total change. With events in London, Toronto, Melbourne and the Netherlands (new!), we aim to inspire you, and help you develop the skills you need to make a lasting mark, and undergo a positive change.

Spark is a (un)conference. We bring series of inspirational talks from people who already went through a positive change before, and are keen to share their learnings. Follow practical workshops created just for you by today’s transformers and disruptors.

Spark is a community. We bring you bubbles. So relax, and have a drink with like-minded people. Re-energise in an atmosphere brimming with relevant information. Get to know people like you, and people you look up to. Exchanging tips and sharing knowledge, we are all committed to improving our organisations, and sparking change.

The conference has been replaced to spring 2016, exact date will be announced as soon as possible. 

After attending Spark the Change, you will know exactly what change you should be sparking, with the confidence and skills to actually make it happen. On this exciting day, the sound of stories filled the rooms: stories about being or becoming a responsive, innovative company. You listened and learned. You know how to spark your change.

It may sound obvious, and it is – but managing a team isn’t easy. Most companies end up blocking their team members’ creativity and motivation. Some even turn into bureaucratic moguls, quite unable to compete with smarter, more agile businesses.

Spark covers an eclectic range of topics, from dealing with uncertainty to democratic decision-making, the ethics of customer experimentation and trust in the digital age. How can you implement radical ideas to speed up feedback cycles, manage portfolio risk better and prioritise more effectively? During workshops, you’ll focus on skills trainings and learn practical tools to give you the boost you need.

Change requires collaboration.

Everyone at Spark the Change – whether speaking or listening – are present to share experience, look for help, or learn. Because we are all different, we don’t flock together on December 1st: we mingle. During lunch at one of our conferences, a senior from Human Resources may share a salad with a junior customer support team leader. At teatime, an Operation Director may share a biscuit with an agency creative. And during happy hour, an IT leader may share a beer with a respected 72-year-old academic. Why not?

Who’s sparking?

For over three years, Spark has welcomed over 80 companies, and 160 attendees from various businesses, the public sector and charities – and quite a few independent consultants and academics.

Leading speakers have included Tim Harford (FT), Jurgen Appelo (Happy Melly, Management 3.0), Mark Stevenson (We Do Things Differently) and Dr. Paul Thomas (BBC), as well as case studies from Unilever, W. S. Gore, UK Gov, Red Gate Software, Spotify and Change.org. World-leading experts have given in-depth workshops in skills ranging from comedy writing to hostage negotiation, from singing to wellbeing.

Many highly innovative British companies were telling stories at Spark. From ambitious start-ups to established companies like Capital One, e-bay, RSA and Compare the Market taught their learnings to entrepreneurs to UK Gov, Direct Line and Markel Insurance.