HELP CREATE UPSWELL

Your spot on the schedule 

Think about the incredible variety of experiences, wisdom, and potential when 1,500 changemakers gather in Los Angeles for Upswell. Our collective goal should be to make the very most of our time together, to squeeze out every drop of energy and innovation.

This is your invitation to help make that happen. From quick pitches to creative problem solving, we’re excited to accept proposals for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule. All activities take place in the Public Square.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have questions, email us at info@upswell.org.

Science/Tech Demonstrations
Do you have a technology or science innovation that’s advancing the way we do changework? Demonstrate it in the Public Square!

Focus Groups
Pick a critical issue and lead a 30-minute small-group exchange about challenges, lessons learned, and new solutions.

Changemaker Challenge
Shark Tank meets Escape Room! Pitch an actionable challenge that changemakers will try to solve in a fast-paced, collaborative, and highly creative 30-minute session.

Spark Talks
You have 10 minutes on a stage in the Public Square. What big, bold idea do you want to share with a curious audience?

Mindwork
Lead changemakers in a mental exercise to help them refresh and reboot their minds and spirits.

Science/Tech Demonstrations

New discoveries in science and technology offer enormous potential for unlocking solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. If you have a great innovation, the Public Square is the perfect place to demonstrate it! We’re looking for hands-on, interactive demonstrations that will show everyone at Upswell how science and technology are shaping the future of changework.

Changemaker Challenge

What kinds of problems can you solve in 30 minutes? The goal of the Changemaker Challenge is to start with a design imperative – perhaps a specific obstacle or opportunity that you are facing in your work – and have small teams work creatively, energetically, and quickly to prototype new solutions. Our hunch is that different mixes of changemakers will produce a fascinating range of solutions.

Your challenge should be actionable (don’t ask folks to boil the ocean) and cross-cutting. Oh, and don’t forget fun! To give you a sense of direction, click here to read two fictional challenges from the Upswell Lab in San Francisco.

Focus Groups

When it comes to changework, there is a lot to talk about. Focus Groups are designed to take advantage of the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives that the changemakers of Upswell represent.

If you’d like to lead a 30-minute group brainstorm, debate, or discussion, let us know the issue and what you hope to achieve.

Spark Talks

Spark Talks are 10-minute stage presentations in the heart of the Public Square. If you have something big to share with the changemakers at Upswell – things like bold new ideas, breaking research, or trend forecasting – this is the place to put it in the spotlight.

Mindwork

Upswell will be full of energy and excitement, and it will also be a place to think, reflect, and refresh. If you have expertise in this area – from meditation to mindfulness to motivation – you can apply to lead a 15- to 30-minute activity in the Public Square.