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A two day World Café Style Conflux of Global Design Educators, Industry Experts, Policy Makers, International Design Professionals, Thought Leaders and the Next Generation from the Creative Domain.

“Creative revolution is the true revolution of our times. It has the ability to emancipate individuals, and give them the power to do what they love. It is the zeitgeist of our contemporary world.”

Indeed so! We couldn’t have been closer to the contemporary reality.

What’s Next - The Creative Spark is a two day World Cafe method conference that aims to build a creative bridge between avant guard experiments in technology and their potential to make social impact. The conference will be held on 22-23 February 2019.

The recent developments in advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics, media technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, energy storage, quantum computing and the likes have ushered in the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At the horizon, we can preview a bright, brand new technology-driven world that will redraw the contours of human civilisation. This revolution of sorts will bring nature and man closer and reshape our creative imagination. Creative potential and technological advancements will converge and create a new era in human advancements.

This technological optimism cannot be seen in isolation. Our world is far from the technological utopias imagined by the evangelists of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are multiple concerns that plague humanity specially our cities. Health and wellbeing, gender equality and inclusivity, water and food shortage, climate change and unclean energy are some of them. To successfully, peacefully and sustainably transition into our future these Urgent:Matter need our attention. We need to think innovatively about addressing these concerns and build a creative momentum to evolve solutions for these problems. The need of the hour for all of us is to give our thoughts a creative bend so that we can find solutions to the complex wicked problems.

It is not enough to ask what the future beholds for us. It is probably more important to understand who will inhabit and create this future. The millennials (Generation Z), who hold the key to our future, have constituted the subject matter of an intense existential debate. With this generation, liberal values have started dominating and traditionalism has taken the backseat. They believe in creating their own world free from the clutches of social expectations. They invariably take recourse to creativity while solving their problems. The ubiquitous World Wide Web has played a significant role in this generational transformation. The advent of the digital world has truly democratised information and empowered youths. However, information doesn’t necessarily lead to knowledge without purpose and directionality. This is exactly where some very pertinent questions pop up – questions that need definitive answers:

  1. How can we enable our next generation to creatively expand the technologies of tomorrow and eradicate the damning global problems?
  2. What can education do to help create the creative leaders of tomorrow?
  3. How can technology become a creative medium in the hands of the young generation in addressing the urgent concerns of our times and lead us to a more sustainable future?

At What’s Next - The Creative Spark global design educators, Industry Experts, Policy Makers, International Design Professionals, Thought Leaders along with young students will congregate to discuss urgent social issues and the works of technological vanguards. They will collaboratively build a manifesto for future of education that leverages the power fo creativity to solve these wicked problems.


22-23 FEBRUARY 2019

World Café

The World Cafe format is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogues. It is flexible and adapts to many different circumstances. When the guidelines are used in combination, they foster collaborative dialogues, active engagements and constructive possibilities for action.

The opportunity to move between tables, meet new people, contribute ideas and link the essence of your discoveries to ever-widening circles of thought is one of the distinguishing characteristics of this format. As participants carry key ideas or themes to new tables, they exchange perspectives thereby enriching the possibility for sharing new insights.

It helps to illuminate how we as people connect, contribute, learn and make meaning together. Colourful pens on the tables and a plentiful supply of blank papers provide the opportunity to participants to write down the key words, phrases, images and symbols that reflect ideas emerging in their conversations.

The Creative Spark

Student Competition

‘What’s Next: The Creative Spark’ will be a global confluence following the World Café format that will explore the potential of creativity to create a brave new world. Know More.

Faculty Competition

What’s Next - The Creative Spark Faculty Competition will celebrate creative excellence in teaching practices that demonstrate the potential of making a social impact. The competition will recognize teachers who have worked towards inspiring young learners to bring about change in the world.

Creative Educators, responsible for nurturing young minds are a key to making sustainable change happen. What’s Next - The Creative Spark will celebrate the accomplishments made by the teaching community in raising awareness and making a creative impact on the most pressing issues of our time. The competition will award the most innovative educator who has designed a learning experience with a focus on understanding and/or applying Sustainable Development Goals. Know More