• Connect Alumni. Create Powerful Networks. Transform your Association.

Create powerful alumni networks with spark collaboration.

Many alumni associations want to provide engaging networking opportunities for their members while gaining increased alumni involvement. Spark Collaboration helps meet these goals by connecting alumni for one on one meetings that not only expand their personal networks, but also enhance their engagement with the alumni group. Spark gives alumni organizations a no-risk, no-cost way to foster relationships between alumni. By systematically matching members for meetings over coffee, lunch or a video chat on their own time, members can create new connections, share ideas and experiences, grow their personal and professional networks and enhance their connection to the alumni association and the University.

Create Better Connections

Spark encourages alumni to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships – contributing to better overall engagement with the alumni group.

Share Ideas and Resources

Connecting alumni in an informal setting encourages members to share their ideas, resources, and experiences with one another.

Promote Association Goals

Creating active connections with the other alumni creates higher levels of engagement and participation in fundraising, volunteer activities and philanthropy.

How Associations Are Using Spark

Enhancing Networking Opportunities

Pairing members–whether they are across the street or across the country–allows members to meet and expand their personal and professional networks while sharing ideas and experiences across boundaries.

Driving Participation

Creating active connections with the larger team and organization creates higher levels of engagement with other organization activities and the organization as a whole.

Connecting alumni across locations

Pairing members across regions, countries or chapters for video chats allows members to meet and expand their personal networks while sharing ideas and experiences across boundaries.

Pairing mentors with mentees

Connecting mentors with potential mentees can spark conversations that help mentees better navigate the organization while allowing mentors to help develop the next generation of participants and expand their networks.

What The Experts Say

In a hyper connected world, finding time for face-to-face connection is a challenge. Spark Collaboration employs serendipity to tackle this in a simple, effective and methodical way.
Pedro Medina Yo Creo En Colombia
Spark helps create exciting opportunities for serendipity to strike. It’s a powerful catalyst for better collaboration and communication, based on the simple premise of bringing people together.
Stephann Makri City University of London
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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).

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.