Each Spark Change Summit has featured award-winning producers, writers, directors and creatives – all focusing on entertainment that raises awareness, changes behavior, influences policy and catalyzes movements.
Past Summit programming has included:
Defining Social Impact Entertainment: What is it and What Makes it Unique? – a conversation with executives and filmmakers at the top of the SIE field in order to lay the foundation of social impact entertainment for the audience
New Distribution and Funding Models – A panel discussion with producers and financiers focused on the innovative distribution models and creative funding strategies available to SIE content creators
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