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2014 was great! Thank you!

"One of the few conferences that I have attended where I walked away with some tangible tools and techniques to help me spark change in my organisation."

Liz O’Neill, Charities Aid Foundation


To see more of what happened at Spark, including slides and the full programme - go to our lanyrd page.

You can also view the Spark 2014 website for additional information on the event.

Spark 2014 on Lanyrd

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Spark Award – Innovation, Change and Happiness!

GCHQ has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Spark Award, celebrating organisations implementing change and building happier workplaces. The Spark Award, sponsored by Conscious Business People, is given to the organisation which has best implemented a change, learnt from both success and failure, and presented clear ideas about what to try next.

The Award includes a cash prize for the winner to spend on furthering the change, an article published in the online magazine InfoQ and a coveted speaker’s slot at Spark 2015.

The Award attracted many impressive entries, from whom four finalists were chosen. The other finalists were:

Compare the Market – the price comparison insurance site knows that its success depends on having talented staff who feel fulfilled. The team’s changes range from sessions where the whole team work around a single screen to changing the appraisals system.

Charities Aid Foundation – heavily regulated by both the FSA and the Charities Commission, CAF needs to keep its processes lightweight in order to work creatively. Ideas implemented ranged from looking at ways to improve the work environment to allowing a team to pick their own boss.

Markel International – Insurance has a reputation for being a very traditional industry. Markel International’s digital team are driving the organisation to deliver better, more creative services. IT were making big changes, from making the workplace environment more collaborative to bringing a new sense of relevance to the corporate mission and changing the way product development was funded and planned.

The Spark Award was created with the generous support of Conscious Business People.

The aim was to ensure that inspiration turned to action. We want people to make changes in their workplace – changes that make them happier, that help the business innovate, respond and grow, and that overcome specific obstacles or blocks.

They could be small.

They might even fail.

That’s OK.

Here are a couple of examples of changes sparked:

  • Start implementing a Top 10 Easy wins to make the workplace happier.
  • Run the MiniGame with a team.
  • Apply the Swiss Army knife tool in a team retrospective.
  • Experiment with using OKRs instead of objectives.
  • Tie back our actions to our purpose, make the company purpose more visible.
  • Be more mindful of dissenters and turn cynics into backers during meetings.
  • Experiment with removing job titles (perhaps starting with just removing the grades) starting with just one function.
  • Organise a video lunch & learn sessions to watch the best talks from Spark with other teams and discuss the ideas presented.
  • Kudos wall arriving – kudos cards now being written.
  • Run mini-games for leadership team.
  • Bring in dairy-free low sugar cakes!

Spark Toronto

We're delighted to announce Spark the Change - in Toronto, Canada!

You can find out more details about the 2015 event at the Spark Toronto website.

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