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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.


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

To experience the inaugural 2018 Spark Change Summit for yourself, please 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