Spark Collaboration - a new tool to help you network with other change practitioners

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Posted by APM on 25th Sep 2015


The Enabling Change SIG is pleased to offer you a new tool to help you network with other change practitioners.

It is your choice as to whether you wish to use it, but we are naturally keen to encourage you to give it a try, and to let us know what you think.

What is Spark Collaboration?

Spark Collaboration builds upon the success of the Randomised Coffee Trials initiative at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation. The first release of the software platform was in early 2014 and there are now dozens of organisations across the globe (with thousands of associated participants), including companies, nonprofits and government entities. In June of 2015, Spark Collaboration won the 'International Project of the Year Award' at the North American Employee Engagement Award & Conference based on their work with the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Recently Harvard Business Review highlighted 6 techniques to encourage more moments of connection between co-workers, and Spark Collaboration was among those listed!

For more information please see here.

How will using Spark help me to network?

Spark enables those who choose to use it, to register for serendipitous ‘match-making’ with others who have registered. Once a month you will be matched with another member of the network, at which point you can choose whether to arrange to ‘meet’ with them, either face-to-face, over the phone, by Skype, or indeed by any other means.

You can then have a conversation with your ‘match’, on any topic that you choose - much as you would in a conventional networking event, but without some of the usual pressures and constraints.

If you decide to continue with the Spark Collaboration network, you may eventually meet most if not all of all the other Change Practitioners who have registered. You can of course choose which of them you continue to converse with beyond the first meeting.

How do I get started?

Our intent is to pilot Spark for 6 months, and then write up a report on its use, as well as decide whether to continue to make it available to our members.

If you would like to participate in this networking pilot, please register your interest here.

N.B. All participants will be asked to endorse the following statement when registering on Spark Collaboration
“I confirm that I will not use, share or sell the contact details of any member of this network in any way other than to facilitate and support my individual conversations with them. I will also refrain from sending messages to the participants which do not directly relate to these conversations.”

Please also feel free to contact me if you have any further questions,

Elisabeth Goodman

Enabling Change SIG
Internal Collaboration (SIGs and Branches)

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