Spark powerful networks within your association
Many associations want to provide engaging networking opportunities and increase the value of membership. Spark helps meet these goals by connecting people for one-on-one meetings that not only expand their personal networks, but also enhance their engagement with the organization. Spark Collaboration systematically connects people within your association by introducing them to members they may not normally meet. Through recurring one-on-one meetings with a new member each time, Spark Collaboration strengthens their networks with the ease of scheduling meetings on their own time. Get the platform that sparks connection and encourages information and ideas to flow naturally. It’s the crossroad of serendipity and networking.
Enhance Networking Opportunities
Spark Collaboration can help members create bonds that lead to greater business and personal networks and opportunities for the participants.
Support Knowledge Sharing
Through Spark Collaboration, members can share ideas, ask for advice, learn new ideas, meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information, while making great contacts with similar interests.
Drive Engagement and Involvement
Most participants have indicated that as a result of their involvement in Spark Collaboration, they are more likely to attend other networking activities hosted by the association, driving higher levels of engagement and involvement for your association.
How Associations Are Using Spark
By connecting members with each other, they reinforce their relationship with and strengthen ties with the organization, leading to increased participation in other association sponsored events.
Connecting People 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.
Promoting Association Goals
One-on-one discussions can serve to highlight examples of how members are advancing the mission and goals of the association, thereby creating a culture of inspiration and innovation among members.
Pairing Mentors with Mentees
Connecting mentors with potential mentorees can spark conversations that promote career development across levels of the company.
Creating active connections with the larger team and organization creates higher levels of engagement with other organization activities and the organization as a whole.
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.
International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, 430,000 staff and 17 million volunteers working in 189 countries. The sheer size and scope of this Movement is one of the organization’s greatest strengths, presenting significant potential for collaboration, learning and innovation. Spark Collaboration was implemented as a component of a broader Learning and Engagement Plan for Volunteering Development to create spaces where people could come together and talk, collaborate for solutions, and innovation. The initiative helped to build a sense of connectedness, unity and common purpose to the global organization. One of the more impressive outcomes has been to strengthen professional networks, benefiting both individuals and National Societies, widening the reservoir from which people can gather ideas, support and learning.
The Penn Club of Chicago
The Penn Club of Chicago represents and serves the roughly 3,000 Penn Alumni in the Chicago metropolitan area, from recent graduates of the Class of 2015 to distinguished members of the Old Guard. The Penn Club of Chicago’s mission is to create a community, in Chicago, for all alumni, incorporating social, educational, and professional activities that encompass the Penn spirit and bring awareness of Penn to the greater Chicago area. This University of Pennsylvania regional alumni club, one of many worldwide, is using Spark Collaboration to bring graduates together for face-to-face meetings to network, and share ideas. Alumni have indicated they have enjoyed meeting a variety of alumni from different fields, and participating in Spark has made them more inclined to attend other events held by the alumni club. This is representative of the impact a networking initiative between graduates of the same university can have — more professional connections and greater school pride.
What The Experts Say
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:
- Decide who should meet. Get one department connected with another department, client, or vendor.
- 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.
- Get Engaged. Log in to see current and upcoming meetups and update profiles. Watch as morale, attendance and inspiration bloom in the workplace.