After a few years of organizing innovative events, the good folks at Spark Camp have released a “statement on their core values and learnings” that bring together a number of recommendations on how to make awesome and meaningful events.
[W]e wanted to take stock of what we’ve learned. But as we did so, we realized something that surprised us: a lot of what we did with Spark Camp actually cut against our instincts, and the conventional wisdom that fed them. Instead of a precision-tuned formula, for example, we’ve striven for more invention and iteration. We ignored the impulse to just scale to larger venues and broadcasted presentations. Instead of tailoring the event to a particular industry, we’ve curated an increasingly diverse mix of participants from a variety of backgrounds — statisticians, Broadway playwrights, Pulitzer-winning journalists, seasoned entrepreneurs, museum curators, urban planners, computer scientists, rappers.