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.