Future Foundations Sparkle Network - Preparing young people for the future world of work. Hosted at NESTA

Future Foundations is launching into 2008 with a special Sparkle Networking event hosted by NESTA. 

What is Sparkle? 

The Sparkle Network is a peer support network for people in the early stages of their career.

It is an opportunity to make connections with other young people whilst socialising in a friendly and welcoming environment. The idea behind Sparkle is simple - get people in touch, encourage them to have good quality conversations, and with an open mind there are ways in which we can help each other out.

Whether you9re just starting out, or established in what you9re doing, changing direction, getting something off the ground, or coming to the end of your study, the Sparkle community is a great place to learn, share and have some fun.

Why is NESTA hosting Sparkle?

This event will combine the regular Sparkle networking opportunity with members of NESTA9s networks who are interested in the views of ambitious 20 to 30 year olds, on the broad topic of how best to prepare young people for an unknow but rapidly changing future.   

NESTA will be publishing a series of online essays from late February/early March, plus encouraging debate on its blog, and they would like to ensure the views of a wide range of audiences are represented.


Prior to the networking event, Sparkle members are invited to take part in focus groups (from 15.45 to 18.00), to register your interest, click on the following link:



The agenda for this event is as follows:

[15.45 - 18.00:  Focus Groups (special invite only) ] 

18.00 - 18.30:  Arrive, register, grab a drink and meet everyone

18.30 - 20.30: 

- Event starts, welcome and announcements  

- Introduction by Future Foundations and NESTA

- Guest speakers: different angles on how we prepare young people for a rapidly changing future

- Icebreaking at Sparkle Speed networking: meet up to 10 new people in half an hour

- Sparkle Pitch: your change to hear of exciting new ventures, projects or ideas from people looking for feedback and raised awareness

20.30 - 21.00: 

- Informal networking until close: having met most people, continue the conversations you want to.

Please note:   

- Drinks and canapes will be served at the event.

- Dress code is smart casual. 


How do I register? 

This event is invite only, please register ASAP if you have been sent an invitation. 

If you have not been invited, we do hope we can accommodate you however there is limited space. 

Please register interest in attending by selecting the 9other9 ticket.  We will then contact you to confirm whether or not there is space for you to attend.  

Name Sales End Price
Sparkle Network Member Ended Free
NESTA Guest Ended Free
Future Foundations Guest Ended Free
Business Guest Ended Free
Student Ended Free
University Staff Ended Free
Talent Smoothie Guest Ended Free
Hodes Guest Ended Free
Other Ended Free

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