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Publication date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

November 14-16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA


This November, changemakers from across the country will gather in downtown Los Angeles for Upswell, an immersive, high-energy forum for passionate individuals committed to turning ideas into action. It’s designed to give changemakers the space and time to connect with like-minded peers to forge strategic partnerships, address big challenges, exchange lessons learned and explore current best practices for advancing your mission and reaching your organizational goals.

Above all else, Upswell is about building community – and it’s about building from the community.

We know that the best thinking is spread wide across the social sector (and beyond), so we’re excited to accept proposals for a range of innovative activities that will showcase, on a national stage, the social sector’s incredible diversity of experiences, perspectives, and approaches to doing good.



  • Workshops: Go deep with a 60-90 minute workshop. Choose from one of the four Upswell themes and pitch a full plan – topic, format, outline and speakers.
  • Science/Tech Demonstrations: Do you have a technology or science innovation that’s advancing the way we do changework? Demonstrate it in the Public Square!
  • Focus Groups:Pick a critical issue and lead a 30-minute small-group exchange about challenges, lessons learned and new solutions.
  • Changemaker Challenge: Shark Tank meets Escape Room! Pitch an actionable challenge that changemakers will try to solve in a fast-paced, collaborative and highly creative 30-minute session.
  • Spark Talks: You have 10 minutes on a stage in the Public Square. What big, bold idea do you want to share with a curious audience?
  • Mindwork: Lead changemakers in a 15- to 30-minute mental exercise to help them refresh and reboot their minds and spirits.


Who can submit a proposal?

These opportunities are open to anyone who identifies as a changemaker, but they may not be used to sell products/services or directly solicit financial support. Exhibitor opportunities are also available at


Who should I reach out to with questions?

If you have specific questions, please email [email protected].


When is the submission deadline?

All submissions are due by end of the day on Friday, July 27. We’ll notify everyone we hear from on the status of their submission by the end of August.


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