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Spark Change Summit

Every Spring, the Skoll Center partners with Creative Visions and Participant Media to host the Spark Change Summit – a day-long event featuring panel discussions, pop-up talks, workshops and screenings all about the practice and importance of social impact entertainment.


Spark Change Summit 2019 will feature award-winning producers, writers, directors and creatives – all focusing on entertainment that raises awareness, changes behavior, influences policy and catalyzes movements.

This year’s Summit will offer a deep dive into the creation of social impact entertainment projects, campaigns, and the movements they spark.

This year’s program includes:

The State of Social Impact Entertainment – a panel discussion with contributors from the Skoll Center’s flagship report The State of SIE

How to Make a Social Impact Campaign – a presentation from Participant Media’s social impact team about the social impact campaigns that supported the projects On The Basis of Sex, RBG, America to Me, and The Price of Free

Spreading Joy & Mobilizing Audiences Online – a presentation from Shabnam Mogharabi and Rainn Wilson, the brains behind SoulPancake, on how digital short form can make an impact

The Other Side of Silence: Reflections on the Craft and Impact of Documentary Narrative – a pop-up talk about the challenges and rewards of making documentaries about tough subjects from Amy Ziering, the Emmy-winning producer behind The Hunting Ground and The Invisible War

How to Make an Impact in Mainstream Entertainment – a panel discussion with leading entertainment executives, content creators, and other practitioners on how mainstream movies and television can be used for social impact

For more information about the 2019 Spark Change Summit please visit

To experience the 2018 Spark Change Summit for yourself, explore the videos below

Spark Change 2018 Introduction

Spark Change 2018 Defining Social Impact Entertainment

Spark Change 2018 Case Study: Real Stories. Real Change

Spark Change 2018 Storytelling and Impact

Spark Change 2018 Case Study: Catalyzing Legislative Change with I am Jane Doe

Spark Change 2018 New Distribution and Funding Models