Spire

Positive community you can count on.

More About Us

Check out our online community: spire.me.

We're a team of people looking to change the world with Spire—a platform that rewards people for what they accomplish. We're building an online community where people encourage each other to be active offline.

Thank you for your support!

Close

the blog

Previous Next

Old Friends & New Friends: Announcing the Spire Society (with a sneak peak!)

Spire’s mission has always been to help as many people as possible live happier and healthier lives. Since the beginning, we’ve done this by bringing people together from different parts of the world and different stages in life to inspire and encourage each other in a virtual community of support.

Over a year ago, we decided to offer Spire to groups of people who already had something in common: their work! Since most people spend more than a third of their lives at work, and since co-workers are often like second family members, we hoped that bringing Spire to the workplace would be a powerful way to expand our mission. As a company, too, we also liked the idea of enlisting other businesses as a force for good… after all, a happy and healthy group of people can be invincible!

In the process, we discovered something: The community of support and inspiration offered through Spire became even more powerful, when paired with the existing web of relationships already found inside organizations. We also realized that we would be able to share Spire more rapidly, and with more people, with the help of our organizational partners.

Based on these discoveries, we’ve decided to focus on using Spire to spread happiness and health to people within the context of our partner organizations.

At the same time, the public Spire community - the one you know and love - very much resembles that “second family” we so often find in the workplace. Many of you have never met each other, but have spent more than three years supporting each other, lifting each other out of sorrow, and cheering each other on in celebration.

So, in the same way that we have established dedicated spaces within Spire for our organizational partners, we have also decided to create a custom space just for you, our public members.  We are calling it the Spire Society.

image

The full launch of Spire Society won’t be for another month, so we’ll be continuing to add content, over the next few weeks, but if you’d like to get a sneak peak, you can check it out, today!!

In order to do this, you’ll need to enter in your custom access code: W4MA9V

  • On the web, go to your name (in the top right) and click to open the drop down menu, you’ll see ‘Redeem Code.’ Click that, and add in the code above. Or, if you’re already signed in, you can go to http://spire.me/redeem.
  • On iOS, go to the profile tab (the bottom right icon), then tap the settings gear icon (top right). From there, just scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see “Redeem Spire Code.”
  • On Android, go to the 3 vertical dots (top right) and then select “Enter Invitation Code.”

When the full transition takes place, every member will join through an organization (which can include Spire Society), but for now, nothing will really change … we’re just excited for you to see what the future holds!

In the meantime, we hope that all of you will also be able to join Spire, in a new capacity, along with your co-workers! If you’re interested in using Spire at work, send us an email at hello@spire.me, and use the subject line “Chester sent me.” Or, you can use our “Request a Demo” form, here. Either way, from there, we can give you more details, and specific instructions on how we could help you bring Spire to work for show & tell! 

Thank you for all of your support, through the years. Seeing your amazing accomplishments and constant encouragement for each other has always been our inspiration, and you continue to inspire us, every day!

Score! Say “Hello” to New Challenges!

Once upon a time, Spire members had a problem. “I’m excited to share my personal accomplishments and love getting encouragement, but I just don’t have any ideas for where to start. What should I post?” We heard your frustrated cries, and Challenges were born: a simple way for Team Captains to suggest specific actions for their team members to take on.

As we’ve grown, Challenges have continued to be a crowd favorite, so we’re taking them to the next level: Say “hello” to New Challenges!

Here’s what’s involved:
New Score System: If your Captain chooses to enable our new scoring system, we’ll keep track of the top participants, automatically! At the end of each score-based Challenge, an MVP will be determined, based on number of posts, points earned, and High Fives received, but there will also be a Most Encouraging Player: the person who gave out the most points, high fives, and comments!
New Leaderboard: When score is kept, you can see who’s leading the way on a sparkly new in-platform Leaderboard!
More visible Challenges: All of the Challenges from all of your Teams will now appear, at the top of your main feed. Each time you pull up the app, flip through them, to get new ideas for things to accomplish and post!

Most of this will be determined by the Captain, so if you’re a regular team member, encourage your fearless leader to get with it!

And if you’re a Team Captain, get ready for a whole new world of fun, because you can control the Scoring system, pick participants, and even schedule out your Challenges, in advance! All from the Challenge creation screen, from your phone or computer!

With all this in mind, here’s our first new Challenge to you: Enjoy the world around you, share it with Spire, and let us know what you think!

image

Spire is all about people. Yes, the Points are fun, Rewards spur us on, and a nicely-timed High Five can be a day-changer. But the reason we built Spire, and the reason it’s such a magical place is because of the people. Spire lets you tell others about the things you’re excited to do, to share the joy and the sense of achievement.

That’s why we’re crazy-excited to share our latest update with you: Friend Tagging! We’ve built this feature to practically read your mind—just start writing your friend’s name, and we’ll pop-up some suggestions, for who you might be talking about. Just select the right one, and they’ll be notified that you’ve mentioned them.

image 

But wait! It gets even better! This is one of those glorious two-for-one situations, because not only can you tag a friend in the text of a post, but you can also share who you’re with. Whether you want to let the Spire world know who your partner in crime was for an accomplishment, or just want to save some characters in the actual post, tap this icon to share the spotlight:

image

To start the tagging fun, just make sure you have the latest version of the iPhone app or Android app! It’s already live on spire.me!

This has been one of our top most-requested features for a while, so we’ve been working hard to get it jusssst right. What do you think? 

We love getting your feedback, so please let us know what questions or ideas you have at help.spire.me!

Family

"Family" is not only the clan we’re born into, but also the friends we keep around by choice…or inertia.

Everyone has friends and relatives who are…inevitable. Maybe it’s an uncle seeking investors for his latest scheme. A sister-in-law you’d like to shake when she starts talking about her chihuahuas. Or former neighbors, a couple who got into NASCAR when you took up topiary.

You might feel obligated to see them on holidays or get together once a year. You cc them on LOLcat emails, or maybe they’re on your second tier, if-I-get-to-it Christmas card list. Yet you enjoy hearing from them and manage to have a good time.

You accept these familiar, familial fixtures in your life because that’s what we do with “family.” You don’t choose your family and you don’t get to choose your sister’s latest boyfriend, your son’s next bookie, or your old frat roomie.

You bite your tongue and pass the green bean casserole. Focus on your shared history and know you can have a happy, if different, future together. By dessert, you can look at your cousin without staring at her nose ring or you’ve figured out how to talk sports with your mom’s boyfriend without bringing up his job as a baby seal clubber.

So when your old friend tells you he’s changed his name and gone into a new line of work—even if you don’t approve or maybe even understand—you take a deep breath. Remember it’s still the same personality inside. Maybe you take a little time to get used to the idea. But then you resume your relationship on its old familiar, familial terms. Because ultimately, those are the people who you want to be around in the good times, and the ones who help you through the bad times. They’re the ones you really miss when they’re gone.

So smile at the memory of your old friend LifeKraze and pass the potatoes to Spire. Because that’s what family does.

This has been another edition of the Cyrano Series, where intrepid and mysterious Spire member Cyrano de Bergerac shares her unique perspective on the world around us. Be sure to visit her profile to say thanks!

2 ways to start 2014 off the right way

Start things off right by…

  • Sharing your 2013 #SpiREview: Post your favorite Accomplishment of 2013! Whether you posted it on Spire before or not, this is your chance to pick out a highlight from last year and celebrate it again.
  • Creating a 2014 #SpiREsolution: Pretty much the same as a regular resolution, but (1) set a quantifiable goal, instead of a vague one (“Take 10k Steps a Day” instead of “Walk more”) and (2) post it in your Spire profile bio. This will help others to cheer you on and keep you accountable!

Thanks for being part of the Spire community—have a great year!

Photo by Thomas Hays.

#GivingTuesday - A Few Suggestions

After the shopping-obsession of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ‘Giving Tuesday’ is an opportunity to put your money to good use for others! We would encourage you to donate to causes and organization that are most important to you, but if you’re looking for suggestions, here are a few of our favorites:

  • DonorsChoose.org: Support projects created by public school teachers that enrich their classrooms. Whether it’s test tubes for science projects, soccer balls for gym class, or books for English, you can find and support a project that’s meaningful to you, in your own city.
  • charity: water: Almost 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. 1 billion! Help end the water crisis by making a donation that will bring new water—and new life—to people around the world.
  • CauseCentric Productions: Founded by renowned filmmaker (and Spire member!) Céline Cousteau, CCP creates short films to help spread the word about grassroots organizations working on environmental and socio-cultural issues. The stories they share are amazing, and you can help fund their efforts by making a contribution here!

What you decide, we hope you have a wonderful Giving Tuesday! Give like it counts!

Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!
Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!
Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:
For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 
We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.
While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…
Zoom Info
Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!
Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!
Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:
For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 
We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.
While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…
Zoom Info

Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!

Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!

Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:

  • For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
  • For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 

We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.

While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…

Back to Top

Twitter

Previous Next
Load More Tweets
Back to Top

Instagram

Previous Next
Load More Photos
Back to Top

Ask us a Question

Previous Next
Back to Top

Vanity by Pixel Union