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Spark Camp has no hierarchy. There are no panel sessions or keynote speeches, and there aren’t any ribbons on nametags. Campers are selected for their personal interests, personalities, professional achievements, dedication to problem solving and reputation among our alumni. Each Camp session is a focused intimate discussions, where all Campers come to the table as equals, with equal amounts to learn from each other. About 60 invitees attend Camp. Once confirmed, Campers soon realize that they’re each uniquely connected to everyone assembled, whether it’s through a shared hobby, or favorite book or even a past workplace. By deeply connecting our Campers not just professionally but on a number of different levels, long-lasting relationships are catalyzed. Spark Camps have focused on “data,” “money,” and “real-time information,” and are highly creative gatherings that further innovation and spark practical solutions to the challenges the media and technology industries face. Spark Camp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2011 by Amy Webb, Amanda Michel, Jenny 8. Lee, Matt Thompson, and Andrew Pergam, who believe that journalists can find ideas and inspiration from outside their industry. They argue that ideas are meant to be challenged, and that a diversity of approaches and people makes for the best kind of conversation.
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Looking backward inevitably leads to looking forward: What trends from 2012 will we be watching in 2013?
Andrew Golis, Cyndi Stivers, David Gehring, and David Karger share some of the big ideas they’ll take away from the year.
Andrew Pergam, Mónica Guzmán, and Tony Haile share some of the big ideas they’ll take away from the year.
Amy Webb, Scott Klein, and Jim Frederick share some of the big ideas they’ll take away from the year.
Jonathan Stray, Meredith Artley, and John Davidow share some of the big ideas they’ll take away from the year.
We’ve partnered with Spark Camp, a remarkable occasional gathering about the future of media, to ask a variety of smart people about the big ideas they’ll take away from the year. First up: Matt Thompson, Greg Linch, and Glynnis MacNicol.