Spark has focussed its first year getting membership established for individuals to access the shared workstations for projects, classes, meetups, and community collaborations.
We are now at a place of development where it feels appropriate to formalize membership for organizations. We are calling this Collaborative Membership because this invites thinking about how we can all work together, not just the entity and Spark, but the group of entities that will become Collaborative Members of Spark.
The plan is also underway to support individual Members to start organizations that can become Collaborative Members with revenue-sharing in some way.
Stay tuned for an introduction to each Collaborative Members as they join the Spark community.
There is an Edible Landscape Exhibition opening in Spark Coworking on Thursday May 4tg from 6 - 8pm showcasing a partnership between FRESH New London, Spark, and Connecticut College’s Public Practice Design Studio that resulted in artfully produced and interactive tools to help activate the natural environment in New London, particularly with plants that produce food.
Got an idea?!? Spark is helping to produce an event this Thursday called CONNECT meant to help people find just the right people for questions or challenges related to business development and operations.
In addition to networking over food and drink, there will be professional service providers present at tables for free 15 minutes consultations.
Got a sweetheart or maybe just a sweet tooth? Or both?!
Spark is making chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine's Day. At $20 / dozen this is a great deal with all proceeds going to support Spark.
Pre-orders are LIVE NOW!! for pick up from the Spark Kitchen at 86 Golden St. on the days leading up to and including Valentines Day. Go to: http://www.spark.coop/chocolate_strawberries to preorder your Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Spark has come a long way in 2016. There are now 4 people on staff with 25 volunteer Leads overseeing the various workstations that make up Spark as a community-run workshop and learning center enjoyed by over 100 Members from throughout southeastern CT.
Below are some of the highlights of 2016 following the seasons:Read more
On Wednesday October 19th the Spark Welding Leads went on a field trip to the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. They were hosted by Executive Director Howie Sneider whom Hannah met at the White House visit in August. Hannah was also present for the tour.
Here is a write-up of the experience from Ashby Carlisle, a member of the Welding group:
The Steel Yard is awe inspiring. The nearly 4 acre-large facility led Jesse Good, Diane Barcelo, and myself to conclude that our dream of occupying the the old lumber building called Alexander Miner at 150 Howard St in New London ought to stay on the radar screen.
This aside we experienced a successful alternative community-based model that shares many goals and community objectives with Spark.Read more
The fourth stop in the 2016 Northeast Hackathon series will be on the banks of Connecticut's Thames River. The CURE Innovation Commons, in Groton, and Connecticut College and Spark Makerspace, both in New London, are teaming up to organize the area's first community hackathon. We're putting out the call for all techies, coders, visionaries, and nerds to come out and develop creative solutions to real-world problems in our communities.
The theme of this hackathon is Transit and will feature kick-off presentions from local experts who will explain some of the transit-oriented issues in the New London & Groton area. Not interested in transit issues? You should still come! We're open to everyone's ideas!
For more information or to sign up, please visit our Eventbrite page
Participants and attendees of the Thames River Hackathon are expected and required to abide by our Code of Conduct to provide a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.