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 in-depth workshops to quick pitches to creative problem solving, we’re excited to accept proposals for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule. Workshops take place in dedicated rooms while the other activities take place in the Public Square.
We’re accepting workshop proposals until July 27. Proposals for all other opportunities will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go deep with a 60-90 minute workshop. Choose from one of the four Upswell themes and pitch a full plan – topic, format, outline, and speakers.
Do you have a technology or science innovation that’s advancing the way we do changework? Demonstrate it in the Public Square!
Pick a critical issue and lead a 30-minute small-group exchange about challenges, lessons learned, and new solutions.
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.
You have 10 minutes on a stage in the Public Square. What big, bold idea do you want to share with a curious audience?
Lead changemakers in a mental exercise to help them refresh and reboot their minds and spirits.
A limited number of in-depth workshop spaces are available. What are the skills and knowledge that you want to share with a big group of changemakers during a 60- to 90-minute workshop?
- We’re looking for fully formed proposals, including suggested speakers, workshop format, and goals and objectives.
- When it comes to speakers, diversity matters.
- Your pitch should relate to one of the four Upswell themes (humanity, public policy, data and technology, or racial equity).
- Workshops must focus on action-oriented learning. Panel discussions and one-way presentations won’t make the cut!
- And, we’re looking for creativity in your workshop design.
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.
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.
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.