Some Frequently Asked Questions (and answers, too!)

Before diving in, check out the Solo Experience Overview and the Group Experience Overview, as this might answer some of your questions.

 

Q: Who is the Spark Expedition really best suited for? I am a {student, professional, expert, business owner} and I’m really {looking for new opportunity, trying to figure out my next move, eager to launch my own business} and wonder if this a good fit for me.

A: Yes. Yes yes yes. The Spark Expedition curriculum was designed to be applicable across multiple transitions in life. If you are looking to center your purpose, create more impact, or find ways to make a difference right where you are — this program is for you.


Q: Is this really a trip? When do we leave?!

A: The Spark Expedition currently exists as an online learning experience. In 2019, we will be launching limited in-person experiences. But for now, you can leave your bags packed and experience the Spark Expedition from the comfort of your own home or favorite coffee shop. (Or, that lived-in spot on your couch.)

In all seriousness, if you wish to bring the Spark Expedition curriculum to your organization, team, or community, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear more.


Q: I’m interested in the Spark Expedition but not sure what experience to sign-up for. What’s the difference between the solo and group experiences?

The Solo expedition is done on your own. The group expedition is completed in a small group. All travelers get access to the same curriculum; however, group adventurers will receive the added benefit of peer-to-peer learning and support during their biweekly Check Point calls with their Expedition Guide and cohort.


Q: Once I enroll for the solo or group experience, when can I start? I’d like to begin right away.

A: The Spark Expedition curriculum is a six-week intensive course. While it is self-guided, it begins and ends at a set time. A few days before your expedition launch date, you will receive an email with a few checklists to help you prepare and get the most out of the curriculum.

These phases will be released on this approximate schedule:

  • Phase One: At the beginning of Week One

  • Phase Two: At the beginning of Week Three

  • Phase Three: At the beginning of Week Five

We’ve found the best experience is facilitated by pacing yourself through the material, so you will be given approximately two weeks to work through each phase. This encourages deeper learning and “stickiness” of core concepts. So, while you be able to access content and material from earlier phases, you will not be able to access content before it is released.


Q: What kind of materials and content will I get access to? What stuff will I be asked to do or learn during the phases?

A: The Spark Expedition content has been developed from the best practices of design thinking and human-centered design. The activities and exercises are grounded in introspection and lead towards action and behavior change.

Each phase will include custom tutorials, hands-on exercises, and exploratory activities for you to complete at your own pace. Each phase will culminate in an Expedition Challenge, where you will be asked to complete a self-guided activity and produce an artifact to document evidence of your own progress through the expedition experience.

While most of the curriculum is designed to be completed individually, there will be specific activities that challenge you to check-in with trusted friends or mentors. You can opt-out of these activities, if you wish. Or, if you are going through the group experience, checking-in on these activities may be part of the biweekly Check-Point calls with your cohort.


Q: What if I have questions or need support?

A: Great question! Your Expedition Guide will be sending email check-ins to keep you on track. And, if you join the group experience, you’ll have biweekly Check-Point calls to help hold yourself and your cohort accountable to complete expedition challenges and activities.

If this is not an option for you, you will want to consider if there are other people you know or can reach out to for support, as having a group of peers to share discoveries with can lead to increased learning outcomes.


Q: How big of a commitment is going through the Spark Expedition experience? How much time will I expect to spend?

A: As a solo adventurer, you should aim to set aside at least 1 to 2 hours per week. As a group adventurer, you will be expected to participate in biweekly Check-Point calls, so you should add an additional hour every other week.

 

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