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Meet to move each member in the direction they hoped to move by joining.

  • Mar 20, 2014 · 6:00 PM

Our first Meetup at Hatch last month was very inspiring to say the least. The network and resources to support us are beyond simple explanation. You have to come and experience this for yourself. 

We see this group growing and moving our members towards their organizational goals and objectives as well as helping new comers find the connections they need to move ahead in their Social Enterprise careers.

I want to break the Meetup format into two parts:

Part One, first hour:

To bring in new members and get everyone introduced so we all have a general understanding of each other. This can be accomplished with a few questions held to a time limit.

1. Where are you in the pipeline?  One minute statement each (see below for definition of pipeline).

2. What resources, knowledge,
skills, talents, or connections can you bring to our members?  This can be either pro bono (for the public good without financial compensation) or paid for in dollars or bartering of goods or services as you see fit.

Everyone has something to offer such as I can write an article, do some posting and tweeting, make some calls, go meet somebody, visit another group and let them know about our Meetup, do some research, build a web page, hand out some cards, and on and on.  This would be limited to two or three minutes each.

3. Do you have a goal or objective, project, or organization that this meetup group can help you with? 

Try to ask for something realistic, measurable, with some timeline. For example, I need a storyboard, script, and video for my organization in two weeks, I can pay $100.00 for a day of work, can anyone help me with this or I have no money but I can help you with XYZ in return?  I need someone to research XYZ and to prepare a summary of the competitors in this area by next month, can someone do some research for me for $50.00 or for????  I need a Drupal developer to do XYZ by March 15 and I can pay $50 an hour......  You may or may not have something to ask for, but if you do, this is how to do it.  This would also be limited to two or three minutes each.


Part Two, second hour: To move existing members forward.

This is the tough part as I don’t want to scare anyone away with homework, but my homework is really about you defining what you want, need, desire and what you can provide others. If we all don’t do this, we are limited to a social gathering and networking event which is fine and after the meeting there will always be time for this. All are encouraged to engage with us at whatever capacity they are ready for. I just want to be sure we don’t lose anyone for neglecting their needs and interests.

1. Did you do your homework? 

If yes, tell us your response at the Meetup. 

If no, how can we best help you move forward?  If you don’t yet know, it’s OK. Keep participating, asking questions, offering ideas….

Homework Assignment from Feb 20. 

Part one above may help your better formulate your response.

1. Linkin and Twitter follow our fellow the Meetup and all the attendees. Build your network and make some new friends!

2. Decide two things:
First, how can you help other Meetup members?

Second, how can other Meetup members help you? 

Make both responses quantifiable and feasible.  Part one should help you with part two.

Definition of the "Pipeline"

Everyone is in some stage of the development pipeline between: "This is a cool topic" to "I am running a Social Enterprise and I want it to grow."  Each is equally important as without a broad mix of interested people at all stages, there can be no major achievement accomplished.

This said, I encourage anyone and everyone who has joined this Meetup to attend our Meetup and tell us where you are in the pipeline?  I realize you may have fingers in several stages, but we need to group all of our members into the right stage and figure out how best support each member so they move closer to what they want to achieve from participating.

Where are you in the pipeline?

a. I am interested in the topic and want to get involved.

b. I want to network and build a career in a Social Enterprise.

c. I want to support a currently developing Social Enterprise.

d. I have an idea for a project or organization that I need support for.

e. I have a working prototype of a new Social Enterprise that I need to launch.

f. I am actively working for or running a Social Enterprise and I need support to help us grow.


We would like everyone who comes to have a positive outcome. Maybe just a new contact they can work with or an action item to go home and work on.

Unlike all the Meetups I have attended so far, each member will have time to tell us about themselves, their interests and needs verses listening to a long speech or sitting in a big group hoping to sit next to someone who has some interest in what you are doing or need.

The limit to start with will be 15 to 20 people per meeting so we can actually get to know each other, so reserve your spot and if something changes please remove your reservation so others can take your slot.

If we get more folks than we can handle, we will have two Meetups a month.

If this Meetup sounds inspiring (it is), please don't hesitate to come to the meeting. We are all easy to get along with and we all look forward to meeting you and engaging you.

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  • Natasha S.

    Have to cancel. It's finals week, and I have a huge project due tomorrow. I thought I was further along than I actually am....sigh. Next time. If new members would like to check out my new Rec Rev info video and mini comic to get an understanding of my idea!

    I would really like to speak with people who have been on non-profit boards. So I can understand what is required of board members. Also, anyone who has created by-laws for boards. Please contact me if you can help!
    Happy Persian New-Year!

    March 20, 2014

    • Don N.

      I know this is tough for you because you have been super motivated to keep moving. As for board members, I would say its mostly about having people who are passionate about what you are doing and who also have the time and connections to support the cause. It's hard to get the right folks together. Read that book I referred you to so all this is clear before bringing in people. Did you get my email? I sent a lot of references but I didn't notice any response from you? I get several hundred emails a day, so I tend to miss some.

      March 20, 2014

    • Natasha S.

      Yes, too many emails. Thank you I will check my other folders to see if it landed in one of them.

      April 8, 2014

  • Jeffrey G.

    Good meetup. Good variety of people with reasons to connect to one another.

    March 26, 2014

  • Michkael B.

    Hello everyone I have to cancel for tonight I woke up at 3am not feeling well and I have not slept since. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and I hope to do that very soon I hope someone else can take my spot again my sincere apologies.

    March 20, 2014

    • Michkael B.

      I am so bummed I missed out on the gathering. I will seek to get in touch with each of you until our next meeting. It is time we all collaborated in Unity and with

      March 21, 2014

    • Michkael B.

      Clarity.. :) I call it Compounding our Energy.

      March 21, 2014

  • Stephanie F.

    Great job organizing us and providing the categories and paths to make meaningful connections. Also appreciate the offer of accountability to keep each member moving forward.

    March 21, 2014

  • Don N.

    Again a nice mix of passionate social entrepreneurs and people who want to get involved and grow with a social enterprise. So many great ideas, some in early development, some up and running. Jeff will finish the minutes by Monday. I will only email the minutes to attendees verses posting them. I will add everyone who attended tonight to our attendee list with full contact information. I will remind everyone of their homework. 1. Set a feasible and measurable objective towards meeting your larger goal.

    2. List some ways you can help the group with their social enterprises.

    3. List any ideas about the way this Meetup group or Hatch can be of service toward meeting your goals and objectives.

    4. List some resources you have found useful that you can share with the group. I am building a resource database and I will share it.

    5. Connect with everyone on LinkedIn and Twitter

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • Anne P.

    Sorry I won't be able to join tonight! I hope to see you next time!

    March 20, 2014

    • Don N.

      Hi Anne. I mentioned your product to the group . I was looking forward to hearing more tonight, but the months fly by. I give everyone a few minutes to talk about their business. We have quite an amazing group of social entrepreneurs.

      March 20, 2014

  • True N.

    Enjoy the format very much. There's a lot of talent, diversity and experience in the group. My hope is we can identify how we can help one another . Thanks everyone!

    March 20, 2014

  • Ahmed

    I couldn't catch the bus from downtown. On my way now, but might end up a few minutes late.

    March 20, 2014

    • Don N.

      No worries I am just a few blocks away myself.

      March 20, 2014

  • True N.

    Hi Don, I have a friend who's been working on a green travel and is currently forming eco-adventures. I passed on the meetup info. He's interested if there's still a seat open. See you tonight, True

    March 20, 2014

  • Ahmed

    I'm excited for this meetup as well as checking out Hatch. See you all tomorrow

    March 19, 2014

  • Kim B.

    My regrets for being unable to attend! I'm flying to FL 3/20, but will be there next time!

    March 17, 2014

  • Marilyn H.

    My store is open until 8:00 p.m. and I've accepted that shift. Maybe next month. :(

    March 14, 2014

  • Don N.

    OK, no change!!! I am able to keep March 20, so please stay on track. Sorry for the confusion. I found somebody to go on the trip for me.

    March 12, 2014

    • True N.

      Hi Don, Thanks for the update. I look forward to meeting everyone. True

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • Don N.

    Hello Everyone. I just learned today that I need to travel to Boston at 6AM on the day of our meeting. We have new members interested in joining and we have existing members trying to move forward so I propose that we postpone the meeting one week to the following Thursday March 27. If that doesn't work for those who already signed up, we can just cancel and roll to the following month.

    I truly apologize as we are just getting started.

    March 11, 2014

    • Jeffrey G.

      I will be available for the march 27th meeting. Looking forward to seeing everyone again there.

      March 12, 2014

    • Jeffrey G.

      Also, if possible, you should edit this page's date so that it says march 27th.

      March 12, 2014

  • Don N.

    STANDBY one more day. I may not go to Boston, but I won't know until tomorrow. Sorry for the confusion.

    March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I want to thank Don for giving me the opportunity to post about a cool networking event called RolodexPDX that I thought you'd like to check out.

    RolodexPDX offers a twist on the typical networking scene, offering a unique "circle" icebreaker that I feel helps you make stronger, personal connections. I've met some wonderful people through RolodexPDX and I'm sure you'll meet some too. You might even find that connection that lands you an awesome job!

    The event is coming up on Thursday, March 13th from 6:30-8pm over at a neat space called Moxie Studio in northeast Portland. To read more about RolodexPDX and grab your ticket, please visit Come mingle, circle up with the RolodexPDX crew and grab a drink afterwords on Alberta.

    Thanks and hope to see you there!

    March 6, 2014

  • Don N.

    Meetup on Thursday was great. We have a very motivated and diverse mix of people who either want to support social enterprise or have a project or entity needing support. I see so much potential for life changing connections for so many people that it's impossible to express in words. I kind of like keeping the Meetups to 15 people max as there is too much to absorb in such a brief time.

    February 22, 2014

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