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Participants: Bogo, Nadia, Agatha, Asaf Definition of event: Physical event Online event Recurring events (meetups) or multiple-mini-events (travelling event), distributed events Audience / Type: Common value Exposure to ideas Inspiration Empowerment to participate as consequence of attending For existing community Building trust and good faith where only shared values are already guaranteed Outreach, friend-finding Finding partners, supporters, networking Sometimes hard to define/express the profile of people you want to attract, but forming an event around your values can attract the right kind of people For different community

Workshop or barn-raising

Tools: Pre-event:

Informing people about the event – attracting attendees

Get out of the do-it-yourself haze and respect your own time -- Enlist local networks (chamber of commerce, local press (free documentation!), CouchSurfers, social networks) post-event: follow-up on opportunities created. Own the follow-up Record “sparks” on poster (voluntarily), have organizers follow-up Organizers follow-up two months later (reminding, updating peers and inspiring) Match-make and align Sparklez Organizers can inter-network if sparks got stuck (“can anyone think of funding sources for this great spark by these great folks?”) Generalize need for tools Global movements, local communities Easier to join a global movement, harder to start/join/grow a local community How to connect local relevance to global identity/ambitions There’s a dual identity – local community member, and participants in global movement Global movement and aligned non-branded local groups

Questions: What can a global movement gain from a local event? “global” is an abstract aggregation; “Stories are local!” Legitimacy – can’t represent your concerns and mission without supporting stories Local events can be cultivated into shining examples to be used as reference Local events inspire other local events – motivate peers Provide a venue and opportunity to get work done, to resolve something within the community, outside HQ Sources of grassroots innovation, later exportable globally Local partnerships not available/practicable on a global level, later exportable Serendipitous, person-to-person chemistry, can create partnerships not visible and therefore not attempted on global level Easier to mix-and-match and create ad-hoc alliances for events What can a local community gain from affiliation with a global movement Branding Prestige and credibility Sense of identity Resources (funding, swag, speakers, contacts) Know-how Borrow context from global initiatives Credibility through parallel activities worldwide Summary of insights: Joining a global movement is easier than building a local community Global gives local: branding (prestige, credibility, sense of identity); resources (funding, swag, speakers, contacts); know-how; current contexts from parallel, global activities Local gives global: stories are local!; legitimacy (actual work); motivate weaker peers; opportunity for f2f work outside HQ; sources of exportable innovation; local partnerships or ad-hoc alliances not visible/available at HQ; Major tool: Globally coordinated, locally consumed movement recipe book for success: Step-by-step Tutorials Formulas