About Spark Camp
Spark Camp is a next-generation convener which Fast Company called "the ultimate summer camp for influencers" (that actually happens year round). We engineer productive collisions of talented people to tackle provocative questions, develop meaningful relationships and lead ideas into action. We facilitate important conversations that propel society forward. We challenge convention. We value intimacy. We have fun. And we form an enduring and diverse network of innovative thinkers set on bringing about positive change in their worlds.

The Spark Camp Playbook

For the past five years, we’ve crafted an event series we think is somewhat unusual for the quality of the connections and insights it produces for participants. We published our reflections on what we’d learned back in 2013. Since then, we’ve experimented a lot, and learned countless more lessons along the way. So we wanted to produce a guide describing in detail what it is we do, how those practices have evolved over time, why they’ve developed that way, and where we think they still need refinement. In each posting, we’ll take you into a different part of our process.

Our Most Recent Event

The Future History Festival

If the past is any guide, many of what historians will deem the most notable events of our time are escaping our notice today. Epochal shifts are happening below the radar, while minor blips dominate prime time. For a weekend, we looked at today's world from the perspective of tomorrow's, uncovering the fundamental changes hidden in plain sight. THE FUTURE HISTORY FESTIVAL, powered by Spark Camp, brought together leading practitioners from the frontiers of civic innovation, media and design to dive past the news and find the new — emerging developments that will set the template for tomorrow. Over two days of bold presentations, powerful conversations, and entertaining performances, we made connections and unearthed ideas that could help us navigate a truly changing world.

Become Part of Our Network

If our upcoming Spark Camp on the future of giving doesn't match your interests and expertise, you can nominate yourself for a future gathering. We believe strongly in the power of bringing together unusual suspects, which is why we're always searching for smart, engaging people. We look for a basic quality in all potential campers. We call it the "sparkle quotient," and to us that's defined by curiosity, humility and generosity. If you or someone you know isn't right for our upcoming cohort but would be great for a future one, please let us know. We hold Spark Camps, Summits, Workshops and other events throughout the year in different locations on a number of topics.

  • Connections
    Our diverse, carefully chosen network of luminaries inside and outside of the media industry forge invaluable relationships over the course of the weekend.
  • Ideas
    At its essence, Spark Camp is about producing great ideas. Although Campers often come together to discuss problems, they emerge with solutions.
  • Knowledge
    Because of the candid, intimate nature of the weekend, Campers share detailed, practical knowledge gleaned from their experiences in many different industries.
  • Experiences
    Spark Camp is designed to be a memorable experience. Not only do Campers share stories with one another, the event itself becomes a lasting memory.
  • Tools
    Every Spark Camp includes time for Campers to share useful tools with one another, cited by many guests as one of the most valuable parts of the weekend.