• Create Powerful Human Networks with Spark

    Serendipity Systematized

Connecting People for Innovation and Collaboration

Spark Collaboration helps companies, associations and other groups systematically connect people one-on-one for greater collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing.

At companies, Spark creates active connections with the larger organization that help break silos, inspires innovation across countries and business units, and improves knowledge sharing across the company. Within associations, Spark connects members with each other for one-on-one meetings that can help promote association goals by building community, creating a forum for sharing ideas and helping members strengthen their ties to the association. Across alumni groups, one-on-one meetings with fellow alumni create powerful personal and professional networking opportunities for your alumni while driving greater engagement with their alma mater.

How Spark Works

Join. Connect. Meet Up.

Behind the scenes, the Spark Collaboration platform matches people face-to-face for real time social interactions. By meeting over coffee, lunch or video, people can create real social connections that can help them be more innovative, connected, and ultimately more productive. Spark setup is quick and easy, and allows your organization to create campaigns that reflect your unique goals.

Just a few simple steps will get you started:

  1. Decide who should meet. Get one department connected with another department, client, or vendor.
  2. Set the Specifics. Decide start and end dates, establish frequency of meet ups, and set custom rules with your own criteria. Then monitor metrics and participation.
  3. Get Engaged. Log in to see current and upcoming meetups and update profiles. Watch as morale, attendance and inspiration bloom in the workplace.

Our Story

Randomised Coffee Trials

Spark Collaboration was built on the success of Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs), a manual process co-designed in 2012 by Jon Kingsbury and Michael Soto at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation. RCTs pair staff with a new coworker from across the company on a fixed interval (weekly, monthly etc) to get to know each other over coffee and learn about what projects they are working on.  Nesta’s experience with RCTs was documented in the ‘Institutionalising Serendipity’ blog series and received widespread attention, being adopted by a range of organizations, including UK government bodies, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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How Companies Are Using Spark

Driving Employee Engagement

Creating active connections with the larger team and organization creates higher levels of employee engagement–leading to a better bottom line.

Integrating Across Multiple Offices

Pairing employees across multiple offices for video chats allows innovation and ideas to prosper among people in different roles, regions and offices.

Creating Cross-Department Networks

Encouraging employees to make new connections across departments and silos can create a culture of open communication and collaboration.

Pairing Mentors with Mentees

Connecting mentors with potential mentorees can spark conversations that promote career development across levels of the company.

Enhancing Talent Development

Collaboration impacts multiple talent development processes, including onboarding, career development and rentention of top talent.

Promoting Diversity

Promoting discussion among affinity groups and Employee Resource Groups helps support retention, professional development and the support of diversity initiatives across the company.

Testimonials

Spark is such a big hit at FiveStars. We have a slack channel called #community that is flooded with spark stories daily. 200 people are now registered and we are a 350 person company and it's only our 3rd Spark round. Spark is even a verb here!
Courtney Bigony FiveStars
Spark is a simple idea, and this simplicity is a real strength. We can fall victim to working in silos at the RSA and this initiative has made a real difference. Because every meeting is different, the idea stays fresh and novel.
Becca Massey-Chase The RSA
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