Three ways to navigate Upswell Chicago
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Did you know there are more than 296,000 ways to experience Upswell? It’s true. We double-checked our math.
With hundreds of different activities (and counting) happening over three days – many concurrently – there are literally hundreds of thousands of unique journeys through Upswell Chicago. That might sound overwhelming, but it’s actually pretty easy to navigate!
We have a few tips for orienting yourself to this dynamic (and still growing!) Upswell lineup that will help you find the activities and speakers that most interest you, so you can make the most of your time in Chicago.
Here are the three best ways to map your Upswell experience:
- By activity types
From quick talks to hands-on demonstrations, interactive workshops to offsite community dinners, Upswell’s 13 activity types, each with a different format, let you tailor the experience you want. All you have to do is choose the ones that sound most interesting.Head over to our Experience page to see how we’ve broken the program down by activity type, and for a brief description of what all these activities are.
- By themes
All those different activities we just mentioned are also carefully organized into eight broad themes, all of which mirror real-life themes that really matter when we’re talking about changing the world. You can use your time at Upswell to focus on a single one or explore different activities across all eight. Head over to our Explore page to see the different activities happening that are anchored to each of the eight themes.
- By speakers
You’ll have the opportunity to hear from 200+ luminaries in Chicago (and spend time with them, too!). Upswell Chicago’s lineup of presenters and speakers represent a wide range of missions, approaches, and perspectives on changing the world. Suffice to say, they also represent an entire way to navigate the Upswell lineup.Head over to our Speakers page to see who’s speaking, what they’re speaking about, and when. On the Main Stage and Spotlight Stage, from workshops to the Public Square, you’ll find inspiration everywhere you go.
With Upswell Chicago just a month away, it’s a perfect time to start planning your Upswell experience. Of course, you can always leave yourself room for spontaneity – you’ll be with lots of other changemakers, and there are bound to be surprises and serendipitous run-ins that you’ll want to fully lean into. There’s space for all of it at Upswell. But, for what you can and want to plan ahead, we hope these three modes of finding your way through maximizes your excitement in the near-term, and enhances your overall experience when you get to Chicago.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to save your spot by registering! The sooner you get in the door, the sooner you can also reserve your spot for some of our space-limited events like our Inside & Out tours and Community Dinners.