Part 4: How to Manage a Large Conversation

One of our large-group sessions at Spark Camp :: VLM.

Note: This the last of a four-part series from the founders of Spark Camp for anyone who enjoys throwing events or aspires to do so, and everyone wants to explore different approaches to bringing people together, whether for a meetup, conference, or party.

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…


Part 3: Setting The Agenda

The program planning process from Spark Camp :: Giving.

Note: This the third of a four-part series from the founders of Spark Camp for anyone who enjoys throwing events or aspires to do so, and everyone wants to explore different approaches to bringing people together, whether for a meetup, conference, or party.

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…


Part 2: Designing A Program

Campers at our Visionaries, Leadership and Management Spark Camp compete in an afternoon “Zing.”

Note: This the second of a four-part series from the founders of Spark Camp for anyone who enjoys throwing events or aspires to do so, and everyone wants to explore different approaches to bringing people together, whether for a meetup, conference, or party.

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…


Part 1: Creating A Network

Spark Camp’s Cofounders (from left): Andrew Pergam, Amy Webb, Matt Thompson and Amanda Michel.

Note: This is a four-part series from the founders of Spark Camp for anyone who enjoys throwing events or aspires to do so, and everyone wants to explore different approaches to bringing people together, whether for a meetup, conference, or party.

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…


Five lessons for planning events with introverts in mind.

We recently shared a report about the lessons we’ve learned from running Spark Camp — an event we created to spark diverse, multidiscliplinary conversations about current issues in media and society. The report has inspired a number of excellent responses. One of our favorites came from YouTube star, Soundslides creator and former Everyblock CEO Adrian Holovaty, who said, “Unconferences are extrovert paradise, introvert hell. Fix that and good things happen.”

This definitely reflects some of our discoveries from Spark Camp. Some of the conventions that have sprung up around conferences in general — and particularly conferences where the attendees set…

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