Bringing people together is pretty easy, but building working relationships and solidifying an organization with shared purpose is a challenge.
Frog Design put this free downloadable resource together to help make that work less of a struggle.
(via REconomy – a Transition Network project)
The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.
Link : http://www.frogdesign.com/collective-action-toolkit
Last June, 980 of you organized Linchpin meetups in cities around the world, and more than 6,000 people signed up to attend.
By popular request, we’re doing it again, this time on December 7, 2010.
(more on Seth’s blog)
The situation is the following just a few hours after being announced …
You will find here and there the DIY Promotion Resources, just some resources that were created for you to make this moment different !
LINCHPIN FOLLOW UP SKYPE CONFERENCE CALL
7pm GMT (1900 GMT) Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The purpose of this call is to discussion how to take a random collection of Linchpins who may have met for the first time last week, and build a group who can make a difference together. This call can be especially beneficial to those who had only a few people show up.
The call will last 75-90 minutes.
There will be an agenda posted Monday night/Tuesday morning prior to the call.
If you have a topic or idea to share, let me know by Monday Noon EDT US (GMT-5).
Just so we are clear on the timing.
London – 8pm (GMT +1)
East coast USA – 2pm (GMT -5)
West coast USA – 11am (GMT-8)
(If I’m wrong here, someone correct me.)
If at your Meetup, you met someone who you want to partner with on developing a Linchpin group, invite them to join the call. I’ll be posting this same info to the Linchpins are everywhere blog.
Send Skype connection to Ed Brenegar at Skype: edbrenegar.
Questions, thoughts, other info: contact me at ed<at>edbrenegar<dot>com.
Now that Linchpins are everywhere (raise the flag) MeetUp day has passed. What do we do next?
If your experience was like mine, an incredible opportunity has been created. People have met. They’ve shared stories and contact information, and expressed a desire to meet again.
The preeminent question for us all who were organizers of these meetings is how to create a group that is sustainable? How do we act differently so that this group doesn’t languish and die like so many others that get formed around a networking event?
The key is focusing on relationship building. This was the purpose of my one pager that I created this morning – A Post Linchpin MeetUp Action Plan. Of course this is easier said than done.
Here’s my proposal for follow up action.
I’ll host a Skype conference call about next steps. Basically, we talk through what needs to take place to turn a group of acquaintances into a tribe of Linchpins.
I’m going to put some additional material together that explains how I work with groups to develop them as Collaborative Network Groups.
Here’s what I need to know.
1. Are you interested in a Skype conference call? Yes, No, Maybe.
2. When is the best time for you? I’m open to doing it any time but over this coming weekend. I work on short notice, so if Thursday or Friday is best, fine. If next Monday or Tuesday, that works for me. What time? Please designate by GMT + or -. I’m GMT-5.
3. What specific questions/situations do you what to address? As far as I am concerned, everything is fair game for discussion. More than anything, I want this call to be supportive of our efforts to create stronger relationships in our local communities, so that Linchpins can make a difference that matters. I welcome you ideas.
My Skype name is edbrenegar.
Relationships First. Activities Second.
The natural tendency following an exciting networking event is to activate the participants as a group. While social activities are fun, they can also distract from the initial stages of relationship building. Create an environment for trusting, caring relationships, and the activities will follow naturally.
Step One: Reconnect
As soon as possible, reconnect with everyone using a social media vehicle that everyone feels comfortable using. Help everyone else to reconnect with the other participants, too. Ask questions about what they liked about the event and about scheduling a follow up meeting.
Step Two: Discover
Typically, a networking event is a lot of story telling, identifying connections with other people, and sharing contact information. The next step is to formalize introductions. Create an event or series of events where each person can introduce themselves to the rest of the group. Have them answer questions that help the rest of the group get to know them, their passion, and how it is expressed in their life and work. Have each person share what their expectations are for a-group-like-this. It is important that the group defines what their group is to be.
Step Three: Give
The best networking groups are oriented toward giving, not getting. Do something as a group that benefits someone or some other group. Set up an online meeting space where participants can contribute to help each other’s work through solving problems, exploring issues and how to fulfill their opportunities.
A one page copy of this action plan can be downloaded at http://edbrenegar.typepad.com/Post%20Linchpin%20MeetUp%20Action%20Plan.pdf
For the print and/or online magazine, submisison details are here: http://linchpinmagazine.com/2010/06/how-to-contribute-to-linchpin-magazine/
If you have video and or photos for the meetup video project, please upload them here: http://linchpinmagazine.com/2010/06/upload-material-for-the-video/
Thanks Ted !
…is available here.
Have fun at the MeetUp tomorrow!