You probably haven’t experienced anything quite like the Public Square. It’s where you’ll build community, test ideas, and prototype change. It’s where creativity, innovation, science, spirituality, and strategy collide in fantastic ways. It’s more experience than explanation, but here’s a peek at what to expect.
You’re looking for a healthy dose of energy and inspiration, right? The Main Stage offers just that — high-impact, high-profile speakers who can expand your mind and fill your soul for the tasks ahead.
Think of this area as a change accelerator. Work with skills coaches one-on-one, talk with authors in the Upswell bookstore, and discover the latest products and services that can move you closer to meeting your mission.
Changemakers need diverse networks. From creative lounges to lawn games to small-group events, the Public Square offers all sorts of ways to build your network and make connections, whether you’re the shyest introvert or the most exuberant extrovert.
If you’re hungry for ideas, the Public Square offers an endless buffet. Join a team for the Changemaker Challenge, discover a new passion with a Spark Talk, and dive into the issues (and controversies) of the day with a Focus Group. When it comes to brain food, you’re sure to get your RDA!
(We have lots of ways you can share your own ideas in the Public Square. Learn more here.)
Science and technology offer enormous potential for unlocking solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Spend time exploring virtual worlds, piloting augmented reality experiences, witnessing mind-opening science demonstrations, and test-driving tech for good. And you’ll want to make more than one trip to the Immersive Arcade, curated by Games for Change.
(Do you know of an innovation we ought to feature? Submit it here.)
Changework is demanding, so you need to take care of your mind and body. Meditate with gurus, stretch out in yoga sessions, up your heartrate with exercise classes, or loosen up with a massage. Oh, and don’t forget a manicure or pedicure!
(Want to lead an activity in self care? Apply within!)
It’s probably an understatement to say that LA is one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in the world – and you’ll see why at Upswell. From interactive artwork to high-energy performances to spirit-moving poetry, the Public Square will be a cultural experience in its own right.
Fuel comes in many forms. Maybe it’s a delicious lunch. Maybe it’s a quick jolt from a shot of locally-roasted espresso. Maybe it’s a sweet snack in the late afternoon or a cold drink with a new friend. You’ll find it all (and other tasty surprises) in the Public Square.