A busy Open Coffee Kraków this foggy morning. Paweł Majka from the Krakow City Government’s enterprise support department came. This is very good news. We hope it is the start of a trend. Only about 15 people at 08:00 but 43 by the time the meeting closed. If I made mistakes or left you out apologies.. a blogger volunteer would be welcome. I explained the rules and idea. (more detail here ) everyone can have 1-2 minutes: Telling others present who you are, where you are from, what you are doing, what you want, how we can help you and what you can offer. The introductions to everyone stops and networking happens at 09:00. English preferred, Polish OK. We welcome foreigners in Kraków, have a historical role as a trading centre, and are against nationalist, xenophobic trends West and especially East of Poland). It’s no problem if you are not an Entrepreneur, or a Geek. Geeks and Entrepreneurs are welcome. Anyone positive minded is welcome, whether investor, employer/employee, future business partner, clients, suppliers or someone who just wants to promote their project. People who make it by 08:00 in the morning to our events – which start on time – are a step or two ahead. Here is what was shared this morning and we had the pleasure to host:
1 Rafał SamborskiCEO at Elner, Project Manager at Unico Software have 7 restaurants in Krakow and one in Warsaw using their Android App. “I’m CEO of Elmer. We’re Krakow startup that’s going to change the way we communicate with restaurants.looking for seed funding”
3 Pawel Kołodziej IT Project Manager at Serwisy branżowe xtech.pl Sp. z o.o. wrote “I’m a member of board at xtech.pl, i’m looking for marketing advisor, a person who will share knoledge with xtech.pl.
14 Łukasz Siatka volunteer at Open Coffee Girl Geek Carrots many events told us about http://devfest.pl 15 zloty 8th November – He’s a sound designer, sound engineer, OSX86 scene developer, workstations (mobile and desktop) builder Music producer and sound effects designer for products (videos, games, etc.), events co-organizer & helper GDG Dev Fest 2014 Krakow Co-Organizerhttp://devfest2014.pl
15 Richard Lucas talked about the TEDxKazimierz team and informatino meeting he is hosting this evening at JCC in Kazimierz at 18:00. Find out and be invited to the meeting here He is organising TEDxKazimierz and looking for TED and TEDx fans who want to help make it happen. launch meeting goals, team building explain vision roles, tasks, to dos. If you cannot make and you are interested in in helping, let him know. Hope to facilitate joining by Skype and Hangout
TEDxKazimierz will serve the Kazimierz community, giving great people, ideas and projects in Kazimierz a global stage, while bringing inspiring, relevant or/and wonderful people, ideas and projects to Kazimierz. TEDxKazimierz will aim to serve and build community among TED and TEDx fans in the area, and be an event that enables people who want to share, learn and contribute to Kazimierz to strengthen their existing connections and forge new ones. The event will be run in the spirit of TED, of the free voluntary sharing of ideas worth spreading and all team members should enter into the spirit of co-operation with other team members, other TEDx-s in Krakow, Poland, and around the world.
This was the 3rd Wintrepreneurs meeting we’ve held, and the first on the 3rd floor, the first documented meeting, and the first with a guest speaker – Angel Investor of the Year – Peter Cowley. Many thanks to Laura Jenkins and the Google team for providing the venue. The format of our meetings continues to be work in progress.
We will keep the meeting open to all positive minded comers, and to have the main value based on input from participants, as per Open Coffee Krakow values.
We certainly want to encourage the support of (legal) entrepreneurial activity at the school.
If someone wants to take a lead on helping organise the next meeting probably mid December – Christmas meetup – get in touch with me and/or Ed. There are always things to do:
Volunteers for posters, welcoming, tidying up, writing blog posts, photos, managing events. If someone wants to help with our webpage we will be grateful. We want to keep the events low cost “near free” so we are not in hock to boring sponsors who drone on and on…. With an all volunteer team – and no one charging expenses, the cost of drinks etc was about GBP80 and we got GBP47 from the collection. Sponsors are welcome of course and will be thanked.
You can join our Facebook group here our Linkedin Group here and sign up on our web page too.
Here is the summary of who said what – (errors and omissions expected)
Ed Neale sold his delicious and great value Barigaldi pasta and asked for input into his Brazilian garment venture – and co hosted the event, managed the clean up afterwards.
Adam Martin talked about his revolutionary 3 D printed tubes and marbles “Everyone can code” initiative for teaching programming in UK Schools which have a requirement but not the means do do so. There is a legal requirement in all UK schools to teach coding and his 3D printed kits are a new approach to making it happen
Don Allen talked about his TV production business idea Which I like TV only better QuakQuak – it’s just like TV. But better.
Andrew Atter Managing Partner, Executive Dialogue Ltd Founder of Pivomo, a provider online mentoring tools for entrepreneurs.
Pawel Jaworski is looking to develop an App for scientific conferences
Bill Orme co-founder & principal of V1rtue, helping stop #fails since 2014. We Keep Social Media #Social. Virtue mitigates the risks of accidental or inappropriate uses of social media for Corporates, parents and college graduates looking for am advantage in the labour market
Chris Wheatcroft Tech Club Manager at Angels Den is putting on an OW Entrepreneurs Guild pitching event at The Oak on Monday 26th January at 6:30pmin a similar format to the event at Fruit Towers (Innocent HQ) last year. There will be four companies pitching for investment or contacts and an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and investors. If you know OW entrepreneurs who would like to pitch please let him know.
I met Łukasz Krasoń at the TEDxWarsawSalon on the 15th September organised by Agata Dziekań and the TEDxWarsawSalon team.
He got a standing ovation for his quiet and compelling talk (in Polish) with the title “stop complaining” Apart from wanting to learn more about his story, I also heard about his dream to travel the USA next year. I felt sure that by putting this interview up in English, and spreading news of it in the TEDx community, I might help find potential hosts and speaking opportunities for him in America. It does no harm to try (if you are interested, leave a comment below or get in touch with my via the TEDx network).
RL Please introduce yourself, who are you, what do you do and where are you from?
ŁK: My name is Łukasz Krasoń and I am motivational coach and speaker. I am a citizen of the world, who came into the world in Poland in 1988. My mission is to inspire people to act.
RL: When did you decide to become a public speaker and work to motivate others ?
ŁK: I decided to become a motivational speaker in 2012. When I was still living in Barcelona I got a ticket to a weekend Conference that took place in Madrid. It was there, after listening to a 30-minute speech delivered by the main speaker, that I felt my mission began to become crystallise. I have always felt that I would do something good for others, for the world and for myself, but only then did I understand that this something was to inspire people to act.
RL:How did the thought first come into your mind ? Did you have an inner voice telling you that “this is crazy!”? And if you did hear that voice how did you overcome it, and if you didn’t why not?
ŁK: Here it may come as a surprise, but I never doubted when my heart and was were first gripped by that vision to inspire people throughout the world. Just as when I decided to set off for Barcelona, the faith and desire to achieve my goal were so great that that „little voice” had no time to even make itself heard 🙂
RL: When did you first hear about TED.com and TEDx. What was your first reaction?
ŁK:I first heard about the TED initiative before I had even discovered my mission, i.e. at a time when my personal development did not have the same priority in my life it has now. I lost my TED “virginity” when I heard Anthony Robbins’ speech, heh heh. I remember there was a time when we watched several speeches every day.
RL Why did you decide to give a speech at TEDxWarsaw Salon?
ŁK: The aim of the TED initiative is to spread ideas and thoughts worthy of people’s attention. I believe that our story and its content bring many positive things. At the basis of all happiness lies an acceptance of ourselves and a faith in the value which we bring to the lives of others. It was precisely this that I wanted to talk about at the TEDxWarsaw Salon and that is what I did 🙂
RL What are you most proud of in your life.
ŁK: If I were to choose one moment it would be the time I said “yes” to a certain text message, a message that led me and Gosia to move to Barcelona, which in turn was a key moment in my life.
RL: What did you find most challenging in given talks
ŁK: Hmmm, there are probably a number of things. Certainly, each speech has a different audience and I always try to adjust the way I convey my message so that it achieves the maximum effect. Answering spontaneous questions during the course of a speech is something I find very exciting. You very often face unexpected questions :),
However, the biggest challenge, not only when you are on stage, but also in life as a whole, is self-development. Every lecture and every speech teaches us something. It gives you the space in which to improve yourself as a person and your skills in knowing others.
RL: How did you get started with public and motivational speaking ? What was your first talk?
ŁK: That’s probably the first time anyone has asked me that question. I gave my first speech in August 2012 at a rehabilitation camp. I was there to improve my physical fitness with a group of boys I had been going with for many years. After Gosia had talked me into it I decided it was worth instilling a little joy and belief in their hearts. I talked about dreams and about the fact that regardless of our own circumstances it is we who shape our own lives.
RL: What tips would you give to other people who want to make speeches.
ŁK: There are many techniques and methods for giving speeches. You can learn how to begin in an interesting way and provide an unexpected conclusion. But what I believe is most important in a speech is honesty and authenticity. You can make things more colourful, but if you truly believe in what you say, such that even if woken up in the middle of the night you were still ready to subscribe to it with all your heart…. then you can reach out to human hearts and you really can change their lives.
RL: Do you write your own speeches down and learn them, or do you just know approximately what you are going to talk about?
ŁK: I prepare a template for a speech, thanks to which I know more or less which direction I will take, although it is very often the case that you end up having to change everything as you go along. I try to feel intuitively what the group needs, what values it expects and then I focus on those areas.
RL Tell us more about your American tour dream. Do you know why it is your dream ?
ŁK: We are flying to the States to Polish community there with the spark of inspiration. to talk about us and what happens when we stop complaining. When I was in the States for the first time in July this year I celebrated my birthday there, and I wished that day that I would have the chance to return to America as a speaker. And that dream has come true.
Why is this so important for me? I have adored American films since I was a child. I am fascinated by their variety and by the conviction that there is great potential lying in all of us. This “miraculous” world was, however, too far away then, impossibly distant. Today, however, I am ready to cross boundaries and turn the impossible into the achievable.
RL: What do you say when you meet someone who hasn’t heard of TED.com or TEDx
ŁK: I tell them that instead of going to school they should watch dozens of short films from the TED.com website, he he he. Obviously, that’s a joke, but the fact is that the speeches you find on TED.com are hugely inspiring. I will always encourage others to seek their own teachers.
RL: How do you decide who to give speeches to? Is it to everyone or do you have some criteria
ŁK: I only have one criterion: Coherency. My message is always very personal and positive. Hence wherever I speak I always take the same approach.
RL: Have you set up a foundation? What are its objectives, where does it get funding from and on what causes do you support?
ŁK:I have always liked to help people. When we first came up with the “Arise and Ride” Convoy project the idea of establishing a Foundation emerged along with it. First, because by creating your own logo, and second by possessing your own foundation, it becomes just a little bit easier to obtain funds. As regards funding, from the very beginning we put great stress on crowdfunding and it is largely through this source that the first “Arise and Ride” Convoy was able to take place. As regards the aims of the Foundation, they are an extension of the aims of my speech, i.e., to inspire people to act. I am a great advocate of the idea of the rod instead of the fish and that is what we do. Our projects broaden people’s awareness and we guide them towards developing themselves, encourage them to discover their own potential. This is quite clearly obvious from our name: “Arise” – be inspired, discover a new perspective on life, look positively at the world around you. And “Ride” – i.e. take the first step, overcome your fear of something new and make changes for the better.
RL How does Poland’s Catholic tradition impact on the way people engage with you ?
ŁK: I can only speak from my own experience. The message from the Bible is very simple in my opinion: enjoy life and allow others the same enjoyment. This is not always..
Thank you very much
(for non Polish speakers Łukasz is pronounced ‘Woocash’ although saying Lucas or Luke is also usually OK)
Łukasz’s answers in Polish follow below
0 Please introduce yourself, who are you, what do you do and where are you from ?
Nazywam się Łukasz Krasoń i jestem coachem i mówcą motywacyjnym. Jestem obywatelem świata, który przyszedł na świat w Polsce w 1988 roku. Moją misją jest inspirowanie ludzi do działania.
1 When did you decide to become a public speaker and work to motivate others ?
Decyzja o zostaniu mówcą motywacyjnym zrodziła się w 2012 roku. Jeszcze mieszkając w Barcelonie dostałem bilet na konferencję weekendową, która odbywała się w Madrycie. Tam po 30 min przemówienia głównego mówcy, poczułem że mój obrazek zaczyna być wyraźny. Od zawsze czułem, że zrobię coś dobrego dla innych, dla świata i dla siebie, ale dopiero wtedy zrozumiałem że tym czymś jest inspirowanie ludzi do działania.
2, How did the thought first come into your mind ?
3 Did you have an internal voice saying “this is crazy” and if you did how did you overcome it, and if you didn’t why not?
Tutaj być może zaskocze, ale wątpliwości nie miałem kiedy moje serce i umysł ogarnęła wizja inspirowania ludzi na całym świecie. Podobnie jak podczas podejmowania decyzji wylotu do Barcelony, wiara i pragnienie realizacji celu były tak wielkie, że “little voice” nie miał czasu by się nawet zająknąć 🙂
4 When did you first hear about TED.com and TEDx. What was your first reaction?
Po raz pierwszy usłyszałem o inicjatywie TED jeszcze przed odkryciem swojej misji, czyli w momencie kiedy rozwój osobisty nie miał takiego priorytetu w moim życiu. Straciłem TEDowe dziewictwo podczas przemówienia Anthony’ego Robbinsa hehe. Pamiętam że przez pewien czas codziennie oglądaliśmy kilka przemówień.
5. Why did you decide to give a speech at TEDxWarsaw Salon?
Celem inicjatywy TED jest szerzenie idei, myśli wartych uwagi. Wierzę że nasza historia oraz treści w niej zawarte niosą wiele pozytywnych elementów. U fundamentów szczęścia leżą akceptacja samego siebie oraz wiara w wartość jaką wnosimy w życia innych ludzi. Właśnie o tym chciałem opowiedzieć na TEDxWarsaw Salon i to zrobiłem 🙂
6 You used your personal love story as part of your “anything is possible” argument. Given that finding happy relationships and love is so hard even for the most motivated and kind people, is this not the one area of life where people don’t have control because it so much depends on other people?
4. What are you most proud of in your life.
Jeśli miałbym wybrać, to byłoby to odpisanie “tak” na pewnego jednego szczególnego smsa, smsa który sprawił że wyprowadziliśmy się z Gosią do Barcelony, co z kolei było momentem kluczowym w moim życiu.
5. What did you find most challenging in given talks
Hmmm chyba jest to kilka rzeczy. Na pewno każde przemówienie ma inną publikę i staram się zawsze dostosowywać sposób przekazu tak aby dać maksymalnie dużo. Odpowiadanie na spontaniczne pytania, w trakcie przemówienia to również bardzo ekscytujący moment. Zdarzają się bardzo nie oczekiwane pytania 🙂
Największym jednak wyzwaniem na scenie, ale myślę że i w życiu jest rozwój siebie. Każde przemówienie czegoś uczy, daje przestrzeń do doskonalenia swojej osoby i umiejętności poznawania innych.
6. How did you get started with public and motivational speaking ? What was your first talk?
Chyba po raz pierwszy ktoś zadał mi takie pytanie. Moje pierwsze przemówienie odbyło się w sierpniu 2012 roku na turnusie rehabilitacyjnym. Byłem tam z grupą chłopaków, z którymi jeździłem od wieku lat podnosić swoją sprawność fizyczną. Po namowie Gosi uznałem że warto wlać trochę radości i wiary w ich serca. Opowiedziałem o marzeniach i o tym, że bez względu na okoliczności to my kształtujemy nasze życie.
7 What tips would you give to other people who want to make speeches.
Technik i sposobów przemawiania jest bardzo wiele. Można się nauczyć interesującego rozpoczęcia, niespodziewanego zakończenia, ale to co moim zdaniem najważniejsze w przemówieniu to autentyczność i szczerość. Pewne rzeczy można przekoloryzować, ale jeśli wierzysz w to co mówisz i nawet wybudzony w środku nocy jesteś gotów się pod tym podpisać… wtedy trafiasz do ludzkich serce i możesz realnie zmienić ich życie.
8 Do you write your speech down and learn it, or do you just know approximately what you are going to talk about?
Przygotowuje szablon przemówienia, dzięki któremu wiem mniej więcej jaką drogą będę podążał, jednak bardzo często już w trakcie procesu wszystko się zmienia. Staram sie ituicyjnie wyczuwać czego grupa potrzebuje, na jakie wartości czeka i potem kładę akcenty na te obszary.
9 Tell us more about your American tour dream. Do yo know why it is your dream ?
Lecimy do Stanów aby przekazać iskrę inspiracji Polonii tam mieszkającej. Opowiedzieć o nas i o tym co się dzieje kiedy przestajemy narzekać. Będąc po raz pierwszy w Stanach w lipcu tego roku, w dzień moich urodzin zamarzyłem by wrócić Ameryki jako mówca, właśnie się to marzenie realizuje.
Dlaczego jest to dla mnie takie ważne? Od dziecka uwielbiałem amerykańskie filmy, byłem zafascynowany tą różnorodnością i tym przekonaniem o wielkim potencjale czekającym, w każdym z nas. Ten “cudowny” świat był jednak tak daleko, wręcz niemożliwe daleko. Dzisiaj jestem gotów aby przekraczać granice, a niemożliwe zmieniać w osiągalne.
10 What do you say when you meet someone who hasn’t heard of TED.com or TEDx
Powiem by zamiast iść do szkoły odpalił kilkadziesiąt filmików ze strony TED.com hehehe. Oczywiście to żart ale fakt że ilość inspiracji płynąca z przemówień na TED.com jest ogromna. Zachęcać będę zawsze do szukania swoich nauczycieli.
11, How do you decide who to give speeches to? is it to everyone or do you have some criteria
Mam jedno kryterium: spójność. Mój przekaz jest zawsze bardzo osobisty i pozytywny, dlatego tam gdzie występuje przekaz również taki musi być.
12. you set up a foundation? Why what are it’s objectives, where does it get funding from and on what causes do you support
Od zawsze lubiłem pomagać. W momencie kiedy zrodził się pomysł Konwoju “Wstań i Jedź”, równolegle powstała Fundacja, po pierwsze gdyż chciałem aby projekt był traktowany jako daleko idąca idea mająca swoje logo, a po drugie posiadając Fundacje odrobinę łatwiej organizować fundusze. Co do funduszy to od samego początku mocno stawialiśmy na croundfunding i poprzez to źródło w głównej mierze pierwsza edycja Konwoju “Wstań i Jedź” się odbyła.
Jeśli chodzi o cele Fundacji to są one swoistym przedłużeniem celów mojego przemawiania, czyli inspirowania ludzi do działania. Jestem wielkim zwolennikiem ideai wędki zamiast ryby i to robimy. Nasze projekty poszerzają świadomość ludzi i nakierunkowują na rozwój, na odkrywanie własnego potencjału. Nasza nazwa mówi o tym dość wyraźnie: “Wstań” – zainspiruj sie, poznaj nową perspektywę na życie, pozytywnie spójrz na otaczający Cię świat. I “Jedź” – czyli zrób pierwszy krok, przełam strach przed nowym i dokonaj zmian na lepsze.
13, How does Poland’s Catholic tradition impact on the way people engage with you ?
Pozwolisz że wypowiem się za siebie. Przekaz jaki idzie z Biblii jest bardzo prosty moim zdaniem, ciesz się życiem i pozwól cieszyć się innym. Nie zawsze jest to tak proste, ale zawsze jest to osiągalne. Postać polskiego papieża Jana Pawła II wywarła na mnie wielki wpływ. Dużo wrażliwości i empatii nauczyłem się właśnie od niego.
14 Which are your favourite TED talks and why ?
Anthony Robbins – Why we do what we do. Lubię Tonego i to w jak prosty sposób potrafi przedstawiać ludzkie zachowania. To konkretne przemówienie zawiera wszystko to czego poszukuję: zaczepny temat, uniwersalny przekaz oraz interesujące i zabawne wykonanie.
15 You met your wife on line on a help forum how long have your been helping in on line fora and why did you start doing it?
Tak jak już wspominałem odkąd pamiętam lubiłem pomagać, zarówno wcześniej kiedy byłem grafikiem komputerowym, tak samo teraz już jako coach i mówca motywacyjny. Wierzę że dobro wraca i dlatego pomagam na tyle ile mam możliwości i czasu.
16 What funny interesting and/or strange facts can you tell us about yourself than most people don’t know about ?
Hmmm może to. Ci co mnie znają wiedzą, że prawie w ogóle nie przeklinam, a wręcz namawiam do tego samego innych, ale nie zawsze tak było. W okresie największego buntu w liceum przeklinałem w co drugim zdaniu. Pamiętam że po śmierci Jana Pawła II w Polsce zorganizowano akcję w której młodzież do szkoły miała pójść w czarnych opaskach jako forma uczczenia jego wkładu w rozwój świata. Założyłem taką opaskę, ale też dodałem do tego postanowienie, koniec z przeklinaniem. Trzymam się tego do dzisiaj
17. If you were going to look back at your life and be proud of one thing you had done or achieved what would it be ? Some crowning achievement that might be written on your grave stone?
Od dawna towarzyszą mi slowa z Horacego – “zbudować pomnik trwalszy niż ze spiżu”, myślę że tym pomnikiem jest Konwój “Wstań i Jedź”. Wierzę że nasza idea dotrze do serc wielu ludzi na całym świecie i będzie jednym z elementów zmieniających świat na lepszy.
16th October 2014 at Google for Entrepreneurs Kraków
A bustling and very international Open Coffee this morning, only about 15 people at 08:00 but at least 40 by the time the meeting closed. If I made mistakes or left you out apologies.. a blogger volunteer would be welcome.
I explained the rules and idea. (more detail here )
everyone can have 1-2 minutes: telling others present who you are, where you are from, what you are doing, what you want, how we can help you and what you can offer.
The introductions to everyone stops and networking happens at 09:00. English preferred, Polish OK. We welcome foreingers in Kraków – (we have a historical role as a trading centre). It’s no problem if you are not an entrepreneur, or a geek. Geeks and Entrepreneurs are welcome, but anyone positive minded is welcome, whether investor, employer/employee, future business partner, clients, suppliers or someone who just wants to promote their project. People who make it by 08:00 in the morning to our events – which start on time – are a step or two ahead. Here is who took the time to make announcements today and we had the pleasure to host:
1 Maya Joachim one of the co-founders of FarmerFinder.com -all the way from Australia – looking for developers moved with her team to Cracow. (Smart move 🙂
2 Joanna Sawicka – the writer and social media caretaker 🙂 If You wish the words to change the world (on Your website or company blog) I can help with that (copywriting, posts, articles – both PL and ENG). http://worldofchange.pl/
8 Konrad PabianczykOwner at K. WASP Consulting BlueSky Theorist, Innovator, Problem Solver, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Researcher, StartUps Konrad is a American Pole coming home has ideas for a startup..
11 Michal Smiałko told us about http://www.prismake.com ex BASE CRM (one of Krakow’s best and most successful startups) does iOS apps, ready to talk to anyone interested in doing Apps one of the most engaged people in IOS community. does cocohead(?) and AGHacks – the biggest students hackathon. And it’s coming next week 🙂
12 Peter Braga from Hong Kong/Canada represent investors from Hong Kong. ready to put in $20-250K to decent projects wondering about exporting Solar Panel Tech to Poland has money 🙂
13 Tomasz Ozon Embedded SW Developer Looking for hardware & software projects to join to. Didn’t talk about his tram simulator. Ready to help with hardware software projects
13 Alex Jaholkowski Graduate Student at Jagiellonian University From the US, studying in Krakow, coming up with a business plan to stay here looking for help with https://izi.travel
Getting together to watch and discuss educational on line video is highly disruptive. It addresses one of the most basic criticisms of MOOCs – that participants miss out on the social experience and interaction of ‘normal’ education. Although Salman Khan memorably recounted in his famous TED talk about Khan Academy how his cousins told him they preferred his Youtube educational videos to him in person… clearly critics have a point. It is good to get feedback from other students and instructors (and have a social life 🙂 )
Y Combinator’s initiative is potentially disruptive and is an early large scale iteration among early adopters of a practice that will increasingly undermine universities as we know them. Why have hundreds of average lecturers delivering their content expensively when the best in the world is available for free? The current system is costly, inefficient less good than well organised education based around online content.
However, it is not a foregone conclusion that self organising get togethers are good enough to compete. Colab, a prominent co-working space in Kraków, Poland got a group together – (see the Facebook event page here ) After the first session, a local blogger Paul Chen wrote somewhat critical comments here. He argued later in an interview that that while Y Combinator may be a great Accelerator it is not experienced in education, that viewing parties can be improved through pro-active hosts, TEDxCinema type discussions in English, presence of startup community leaders and commentary by experts and many commenters said that Sam Altmann’s opening talk was not well delivered
As someone who has been deeply involved in trying to build community around TEDx, startup community and other events for many years, I agree very much that good event design makes a huge difference to the success of online viewing parties. This article provides guidelines to improve the experience and educational outcomes of on line viewing groups with a focus on Y Combinator, and is of relevance to all kinds of viewing events, such as TEDx Cinemas and Salons.
Overall if the on line content is weak, you will struggle to make a great event. TED has raised the bar of what we expect from a talk. Chris Anderson gives a compelling talk about on line video here and there is no question that our expections are rising. Sam Altmann’s opening talk had good content, but was not delivered to TED like standards. Paul Graham’s was much better. So if you are organising an viewing party event, choose your talks carefully. So having ensured that the on line talks you are discussing are worth watching here is a 10 point plan
1 Be clear about what you are trying to achieve. The goals of the on line content creator must match yours up to a point but the reasons why you want to get people together to watch should be clear. Is it community building, networking, socialising, education, … that’s for you to decide.
plan and implement pre-viewing party PR. How are you going to get the word out, encourage people to come.
Build community and an event around the talk – otherwise you might as well just watch at home. Follow the guidelines I wrote here Organise ice breakers, make sure people talk to strangers, and interact with each other. It’s easy, and transformational. Design thinking is important, from the moment potential attendees are made aware of your event through to their experience as they arrive at the venue. At TEDxWarsawPresidentialPalace Mateusz Nowak aimed to make sure that there was not an atmosphere of “the party is elsewhere” for those at the “viewing party”. It’s inevitable that this feeling may exist. The challenge needs to be accepted and addressed.
Welcoming, registration and badging are important and should be done well.
Have a host – with relevant experience and skillswho introduces the talks, like is done at some TEDx-s, gives feedback about the talk and input into the discussion, and facilities the user experience. TEDxKrakowCinemahas guest hosts for each topic. which provides for variety. If you are doing this, make sure the responsibilities of the host and you the organiser are clearly defined
Educational aids for small and large group discussions. It’s hard to predict how this will go, but the more you are focussed on education the more tools like flip charts marker pens etc are needed.
home work/action items. Encourage your host to suggest reading lists, home work, and action items (such as giving feedback, nominating hosts, helping out at future events.
Social media during and post event ask someone take photographs to post on social media, invite a blogger to write an article, and people to tweet.
Feedback of course ask attendees for feedback and what can be done better, and take note of it.
Knowledge skills acquisition testing and attendance certification. Decide what if anything you are going to do, and then do it. This is an area where MOOCs have a lot of know how to share. and you have to decide if it is worth it.
If you do it at all,do it as well as possible. Feedback about this article welcome. Here is the powerpoint from my hosting of Monday 6th October event
I don’t normally post meeting summaries of Open Coffee Krakow meetings but today I am to show what a dynamic atmosphere we have here in Kraków, I noted 23 useful announcements.
Below is a summary of who presented what – apologies if I made any mistakes. I’ll correct them on request.
We’ve been hosting Open Coffee meeting with Marta, and Aliaksei for more than a year. We are happy and proud of our high value, low cost early morning events. Read about the events here
today there was a big turnout -over 50 people- with many late comers and lots of people who didn’t register. It’s not too late do it here ockrk.co We start at 08:00 sharp, and it’s best to be there 07:45.
The one minute announcements
1 Don form London is looking around into school entrepreneurship projects