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Getting a new village Started - Village in the City Sept 2020


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Village In The City call #3 - Get your village off the ground

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Getting a new village Started - Village in the City Sept 2020

  1. 1. Getting a new village started Richard Lucas 2nd September 2020
  2. 2. Goals/Agenda • Share lessons of founding/investing in many community initiatives and businesses over the last 45 years • Actionable insights BUT • No magic – WWFMMNWFY! It’s Your Village, • Both “Idea” and “how you do it” matter • Not a “sales” document – for those who are already convinced
  3. 3. Why What would success look like Saying „hello” on the street No one has to be lonely? ------ your idea of succees ----- Will this inspire others?
  4. 4. Your local community Where are you now? Who does what where? Starting points will vary Talk to people/find allies Online/offline All walks of life….. (PLU?) Venues Hyperlocal, Local, Regional, National International…. twinning
  5. 5. Startup meeting/event • You are going to do it. • Balance between madness and faith • Meta/Pilot - goal is to set goals • Gives you an excuse to talk to everyone • Aim high and rejoice in low • Agree some actions you believe in/Who what whens
  6. 6. Pre event team building
  7. 7. Startup meeting/event
  8. 8. Types of event/project (one offs/regular) • Village fete • Royal Wedding • Monthly coffee morning • Kids club • newcomer club • dog walking • organisations fair • Speaker meeting • Weekly concert • Monthly mixer • Xmas Party • Where are you from? • meet the X (dustman, postie, councillor, copper • Chatty Weds • TEDCircles • Projects (noticeboard, Graffiti, Littter, flowerbeds… traffic …
  9. 9. Tips and tricks • You don’t need money! But COBA, dogwalking easier than new building… • Make meetings fun and social • Get people talking about what they want, get those suggesting ideas to lead, Leader follows her/his troops Easy wins • Get contact details • Have your meeting summary written before you start.. Fill in the gaps • Embrace rejection, just say thank you and why • More than :”just you” is a success Easy wins
  10. 10. Links • • Getting buzz to your event greatness-is-found-in-the-detail • Getting anything started • initiative-started/ • • TED Profile • blog • •
  11. 11. Getting a new village started Richard Lucas 2nd September 2020
  12. 12. Building a team • Define your needs and roles. (Google is your friend). • Identify „allies” friendly, positive, optimistic, high energy”, popular, well connected, intelligent types who would be great to have on your team and approach them to see if they share your goals and want to help. • n. • If you can’t find one person on board before you organise a meeting…. Is that a danger sign?
  13. 13. Getting the word out • institution(s) you are connected to (workplace, association, school, university, club)…. • Review the ways that/those institutions communicates with its members (website, newsletter, meetings, other) • Make contact with those in charge of the institution(s), and those running the web site/newsletter etc (remember face to face is better than phone, phone is better than e-mail) • Social media, event listings, media (the less important the better) other people’s events, calling people up. • Publicize the idea of doing your project, emphasize that in other places, projects have already taken place. • Organise an information meeting, asking for those who might want to help you to come along, or e-mail you
  14. 14. Turn the „Information meeting” into a planning activity • Explaining your vision • Do icebreakers, make it fun and social • Have attendee sheets to get phone, e-mails,skills, and what each person has to offer • Brainstorm ideas of things that could happen. Agree strongly with the ideas of others which match your own • Encourage those suggesting ideas to say what they could take responsibility for personally • Make a „who what when” summary, and send it to everyone who attended „Who, will do what by when” and set date of next meeting