10 Reasons SPARK Will Ignite Your Creative Potential

By Mackenzie Taylor
In Culture

Sometimes you need a bit of a boost when it comes to creative ideas in the workplace, but where do you begin? COCAbiz has brought back SPARK for a fourth year to help empower your team of business professionals think in new and creative ways. Through improv, circus arts and lots of collaborative movement, you and your team will learn to communicate and work together more effectively. We’ve teamed up with COCAbiz this week to bring you 10 reasons why you should attend SPARK on Sept. 2 and how it will ignite your creative potential.

1/ The Networking Opportunities Are Endless

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At SPARK, more than 200 creative and business individuals will be in attendance, so you’re guaranteed to meet interesting people, including both speakers and attendees. And they just so happen to be the best of the best in St. Louis.

2/ John Maeda, Master Of TED Talks, Is Really Interesting

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Named one of Esquire Magazine’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” and Chair of eBay Inc. Design Advisory Board, John Maeda has definitely made a name for himself in the tech world. His embodiment of art, technology, design and entrepreneurship will light up the stage at SPARK and ignite the creative potential inside you.

3/ You’ll Learn From St. Louis’ Creative-Thinking Rockstars


One of the best things about the speakers at SPARK is that they come from all different backgrounds in the community—arts, community building, business and entrepreneurs. There will be a variety of St. Louis creative thinkers, including Randy Vines, co-creator of STL Style; Donn Rubin, president and CEO of BioSTL; Khalia Collier, owner of St. Louis Surge and ALIVE’s very own CCO and co-founder, Kelly Hamilton.

4/ Don’t Want To Be Lectured? No Problem.

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If you hate being lectured, then SPARK is the place for you. SPARK will make you get out of your seat and participate in discussions with some of the best and brightest business and creative minds in St. Louis, as well as trained business facilitators and local STL artists.

5/ Unleash Your Creativity

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SPARK features high-quality teaching artists to help you approach problem-solving in a new, creative way. There will be an award-winning set designer from The Muny, Second City alumni, a feature-length documentary filmmaker, a published poet and many more who will be working with participants to unleash your creativity. Who better than professional artists to help cultivate your creativity?

6/ #RiskCreativity


SPARK’s theme this year is Risk Creativity, meaning that moving your organization forward in a new direction can be risky. And quite scary. However, you can bring your creative team with you to SPARK and feel freshly inspired to help move your workplace forward.

7/ Unique To The Midwest

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Extremely different to anything else produced in the Midwest, people from all over the United States continue to come back for SPARK to be inspired. The event is an amazing way to share new learning experiences with fellow peers and the incredible feeling of learning something new.

8/ Creative and Unique Learning Opportunities

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This is not your average business conference. At SPARK, you will be creatively learning with like-minded individuals. And together, you’ll be making a movie with an iPad, flying on a trapeze, learning to salsa, building a chair and much more.

9/ 200 Combined Years Of Experience

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With more than 200 combined years of experience, the creative business facilitators of SPARK are there to help seamlessly tie the creative activities with business concepts to help your organization and ideas grow. You’ll never think the same way again.

10/ Innovative St. Louis

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SPARK is the ultimate launch pad to create long-lasting collaborations that will “spark” St. Louis into a better place to live, work, create and innovate. And there really isn’t anything better, is there?

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