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Spark The Change 2016: Event Highlights, In Pictures

12-Jul-2016 16:09:48 Innovation Live illustration Visualisation
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Spark the Change Visualisation Day 1

Spark the Change, Day 1


Spark the Change conference took place on July 6-7th at The Brewery in London. A great, well-organised event packed with inspirational talks and highly interactive sessions. Stuart Young, Radtac's Visual Artist, has captured the essence  from many of the talks throughout the two days. (Warning: Lots of pictures included.)


Spark the Change is an event which 'brings together leaders from across the business to explore how they can work together to create lasting and total change'. The event aims to 'inspire people and offer practical help in overcoming obstacles and developing your skills to make a change'.


Spark the Change 2016 - day 1 start


The conference agenda featured some great speakers and companies - Spotify, Isuu, Wemanity, PWC, GCHQ to name just a few - offering inspiring insigths into topics such as:

  • The future of work (Cathy Brown)
  • When success depends on great minds not thinking alike (GCHQ)
  • Body Language Training: How we changed the rules to make it really work (Paul Martin)
  • There is no Spotify model (Marcin Floryan)
  • Agile as a metabolism (Arie van Bennekum)
  • Organise for complexity. How your organisations will become Agile, radically decentralised, and networked (Niels Pflaeging)
  • Move faster and break even more things - How speed beats quality and mistakes breed success (Marcus Frödin).

Spark the Change addressed a very diverse range of topics aimed at people across the whole organisation, and how the topics went beyond Agile and Innovation. In fact, many of the talks emphasised the people element: working with people, keeping employees engaged, skills you need to communicate effectively, and many more.


Stuart's live illustration during both days of the conference has once again sparked excitement. His work enables everyone to remember key insights from each talk, by transforming words into engaging visual stories. Following Stuart on Twitter is 'like being at the conference', you could say. 

Twitter quote - Conference visualisationImage credit: Twitter


Stuart also had the chance to iterate his live illustration - from live black-and-white drawing, to colour, and then to the digital colour version - the one you can stick up the walls and frame after the event - which he was happy to share after the conference. 

Visualisation iteration Spark the Change

Stuart at Spark the Change 2016


There were lots of networking opportunities from beginning till end, including the lightning talks. But what's more important is that the topics addressed by the speakers have enticed collaboration and got everyone thinking.


Arie van Bennekum hosted a talk on Agile as a metabolism, which Stuart was very excited to capture in his drawings: 'It was great to illustrate Arie's talk, who is a co-author of the Agile Manifesto'.

Agile as a metabolism - Spark the Change 2016


Paul Martin stressed the importance of effective communications and how sign language can be effective for improving face-to-face communication.

Spark the Change 2016 - Body language phenomenon


Cathy Brown discussed the importance to keep your staff engaged in her talk The future of work.

Spark the Change 2016 - Employee engagement


Spotify hosted two sessions with insights on the Spotify model, actually saying There is no Spotify model, but key ingredients to support Agile ways of working. 

Spark the Change 2016 - There is no Spotify model


The other talk hosted by Spotify was Move faster and break even more things - How speed beats quality and mistakes breed success.

Spark the Change 2016 - Move faster break more things


Nils Pfaeging ran an interactive workshop on Organising for complexity, which was very insigthful, fast-paced, and kept Stuart on his toes.

Spark the Change 2016 - Organise for complexity


Packing away all these great visual insights from Spark the Change 2016, we already look forward to the next event.


Did you like this post? Feel free to share it with friends and colleagues, and let them get take away insights from this event.

Also, did you know Stuart is hosting a workshop where you can learn how to draw and visualise ideas? If you want to learn more about our visualisation services, you can do it here.


Images courtesy of Stuart Young & Radtac


Sabina Stoiciu

Sabina Stoiciu

A PR and marketing professional, Sabina enjoys working in a vibrant business environment. She sees Agile as a mindset that enables everyone to think and work differently, achieving better outcomes. Sabina has a bachelor's degree in Communication and PR, and a master's degree in Marketing and Advertising. She previously worked as a Marketing professional for a technical product - a form building platform - where Agile had started to improve the company's performance. Read more