01 / Playground thinking
Our world is messy, but also full of potential. And we believe that an interesting approach to turn that messy chaos into something good, is to strap on our creative boots... and have fun along the way. Because God gifted each one of us with an amazing ability to turn all this potential into tangible expressions that make manifest His truth, beauty and goodness on this planet.
We aim to facilitate this process in a fairly simple way: it's called playground thinking. At the core, that's what Sparkbox is all about - creating a conducive playground environment to spark all kinds of ideas and visions, by championing young peeps' creativity and affirming their role in co-creating a bright and hopeful future, with God and one another.
02 / Embracing community
We were not created to be alone. Our hearts yearn for belonging and we all need a place to call home. We believe that community is the component each one of us needs to grow and thrive as human beings and fellow disciples.
In some ways, it's the secret ingredient nourishing our souls and calling forth the best in us (as well as pushing on all our buttons...). And it's also the small voice spurring us to keep on fighting when everything feels hopeless. Because life does get tough at times, and we all need friends to have our back and help us up on our feet again.
03 / Love is a burning fire
We believe our world is crying out for a deep encounter with true, unconditional love. And if we are to follow our Father's instructions to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love our neighbours as ourselves, love can't just be a nice, fluffy feeling that comes and goes. It has to be the rock-solid foundation, the source we draw from as we care for the people and needs around us.
Love is like a burning fire. And we believe in starting fires. Fires burning bright because of God's love. And we want this love to saturate and shape all we create and do as a community.
04 / Create and live
Creativity is no feel-good idea, only reserved for the select few. Everyone was given a good portion and we all need to figure out how we'll do the most of it. And that's why we believe creativity is the single most important aspect we need to wrap our heads around in order to engage our messy world's needs and create lasting solutions.
To stop creating means the beginning of a slow, unnoticeable death. And we don't think anyone should choose that path. That's why we aim to put creativity at the core of all we do and see it as the fuel to constantly push us onwards and take risks with the ideas and projects we launch.
05 / Entrepreneurial
at the core
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the massive challenges our world is facing.
But we genuinely believe those challenges can also become amazing opportunities to do things in new ways and find innovative solutions to the problems ahead of us.
Yet, doing that can often be scary, risky, and let's face it, sometimes sketchy. Which is why we all need a good dose of entrepreneurial thinking to help us embrace the uncertainty of an ever changing world, so that we may, like a certain Abe Lincoln once said, make it a habit to start where we are, use what we have and do what we can.
06 / Stay curious
We are all learners. Actually, fellow learners. And no one can ever claim to have all the answers or understand everything, which should inspire all of us to stay curious. Always.
Knowledge and wisdom are precious and our Father tells us to search for them like prospectors panning for gold, like adventurers on a treasure hunt. And that's something we aspire to do. And also inspire others to do. Because our world is complex. And if we are to be the salty ones, we need to understand God's heart, design and intentions for His creation... and it all starts by taking the attitude of a learner.
THE SPARKBOX MANIFESTO
Hello, brave souls!
Sparkbox is all about fighting to give young people the opportunity to wake up every day with the deep conviction that the combination of their faith & creativity has the power to change the world. And we want them to know that they're being cheered on and that there's a big place at the table for them to be part of co-creating a bright and hopeful future, with God and one another.
So, here's the thing...
Sparkbox is no shiny, finished product. We are in a forming stage and we are looking for other brave souls who are up for joining us on this adventure. The road ahead will probably be steep and sweaty, but we believe that nothing really worth doing should be easy.
So to all of you carrying a dream in your hearts; all of you sitting on a crazy idea you believe could make the world a better place; all of you looking for a tribe to call home - know that there is a place for you!
Don't be a stranger. We'd love to hear from you :)
(You can write to this guy. His name is Mik.)