March 20 – 22, 2018
Los Angeles, California
It’s a concentrated meeting with the sole purpose of pushing good ideas from the “what if” stage to become successful projects. Most are innovative – like the Souvlaki project.
Collaboratory accelerates good projects by combining the talents of people from various areas of expertise in active, joint work. Like Shark Tank, we match project proponents with proven implementers.
At the Collaboratory every participant helps to push innovative, well-conceived, practical projects forward. Project leaders pitch their idea; Collaboratory accelerates the outcomes.
Project Accelerations work like this:
- Selected Collaboratory participants explain a project they intend to launch.
- In response, the group offers critique and ideas to make the projects better.
- Attendees volunteer to help implement the project with concrete offers of support.
Soon after the Collaboratory event, Spark Freedom publishes the commitments to help, advises and coaches project staff, and reports progress to all event participants.
Collaboratory LA will add an additional facet of help: on the second day of work, a panel of people who fund projects will evaluate top ideas and offer advice toward solving the perennial problem of paying for innovative projects.
As a result of Collaboratory, people meet others outside their areas of acquaintance, forge cooperative relationships, and perform work together.
Collaboratory LA is presented by Spark Freedom in collaboration with the Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity, the Foundation for Economic Education, and Taliesin Nexus.
Take a trip to Escape Room L.A. (optional) and pit your problem-solving and collaborative skills against the clock.
Meet fellow collaborators and enjoy the afternoon before our work begins!
Register by February 18.
$65 includes lunch and activity.
Where will Collaboratory LA be held?
Collaboratory meetings are at
619 S. Olive St. #403, Los Angeles, California 90014
We’ll serve all meals, beginning with reception and dinner Tuesday night, March 20.
328 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$169 with code 125039. To reserve, email Ria Oyama, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please plan to attend the entire event, March 20, 6 pm through
March 22, 3:30 pm, or step aside so someone else may attend.
What does it cost?
Early Bird Discount!
Register for $300 through January 31.
Where’s the link to register?
Registration is by invitation only. No “plus ones,” please.
What’s included in the registration fee?
Collaboratory LA registration includes meetings and all meals from opening (March 20, 6 pm) through closing (March 22, 3:30 pm).
What is the agenda?
Tuesday, March 20
Escape Room: 1 – 5 pm (optional, $65)
Reception: 6 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
After hours fun on your own
Wednesday, March 21
Breakfast: 8 am
Project Accelerations: 9 am
Lunch with Little Tokyo walking tour: 12 pm
Project Accelerations: 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Reception and dinner with Showcase night: 6:30 – 9 pm
After hours fun on your own
Thursday, March 22
Breakfast: 8 am
Panel of funders: 9 am
Project Incubations: 10:30 am
Lunch: 12 pm
Project Incubations: 2:00
Close: 3:30 pm
How do I get my project on the table?
There are three steps:
- Register. We’ll send you a link to submit a project.
- Submit your project for acceleration by February 20. We’ll let you know if your project has been accepted.
- Complete your coaching session by close of business March 4. You may schedule as soon as you submit your project. Lani@SparkFreedom.org will coordinate coaching sessions.
A project chosen for acceleration has several attributes.
- It’s innovative. The Souvlaki Project, for example, aims to change tax law by demonstrating how many bites from someone’s lunch the present tax steals.
- It embodies concepts of freedom, self-reliance, and informed citizenship. Career Hacks trains hard-to-place liberal arts college graduates in job skills, expands their concepts of what positions may fit, and then connects them with organizations seeking energetic entry-level professionals.
- It communicates well. “Speaking with the Enemy” proposes to create civil video conversation between proponents from polar opposite opinion sides.
- It’s self-sustaining after rollout. The World’s Smallest Political Quiz Engagement Program intends to crowdsource persuasion toward libertarian values.
- Its champion can excite participants’ buy-in. Your presentation should be as great as your idea.
Escape Room LA
120 E. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
You’re a great communicator, right?
Escape rooms provide the opportunity to work as a team to solve puzzles that lead to success – or not. Locked in, your team has 90 minutes to solve the puzzles that will set you free.
$65 includes activity and box lunch.
Activity is optional and for Collaboratory participants only. Please register by February 18.
What’s new this time?
We’ve extended Collaboratory for a second day to accommodate prior participants’ suggestions for more networking time but just as many project accelerations.
In addition, Collaboratory LA includes a day with people who fund projects in the pro-freedom movement. In a panel discussion, they’ll reveal what persuades them to pitch in for an exciting new project.
We’ll also bring four projects in front of the panel to receive practical live feedback and critique. Funders will consider two projects from Collaboratory 2017 and two that participants select from Collaboratory LA‘s palette of new ideas.