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  • Hold “office hours” anywhere to help people think through ideas and take one good step

    For some Teams, securing a regular meeting or event space doesn’t seem to be in the cards. But thankfully, connections can happen anywhere Idealists are together! Instead of focusing on your physical space, consider setting up dedicated days and times in different locations where people can “drop in” to meet, talk, and start taking action. Hear how one Connector’s doing it.

    Setting: Anywhere

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    Nick Reynolds
    Atlanta Idealist Connector Team
    Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

    What they did

    Last year, Idealist began a pilot program to grow our community in select cities across the United States. Volunteers in these cities were charged with sourcing and creating content for their local Idealist webpage, as well as meeting with area organizations to spread the word about posting opportunities and the other benefits of connecting with the Idealist community.

    In Atlanta, Georgia, volunteer Nick Reynolds stepped up to co-manage that city’s local page (and he’s now also a Connector on the Atlanta Team). Since early 2014, Nick has been hosting a monthly get-together—called Coffee, Collaboration, Tea, and Teamwork (CCTT)—that’s open to anyone, Connector or not. People can drop in to network, get advice on a project, have their resume peer-reviewed, and more. Consider using his “office hours” model as a way to get your Team engaged and connecting.

    How you can do it

    Impact

    So far, the largest turnout Nick has seen is 15 people—pretty good, considering the Atlanta Team is 24 members total.

    Nick says having events that are open to the public lends credibility. Once you start showing up—and continue showing up—people will think of you and the work as bonafide.

    Big takeaways

    Set up and promote your first “office hours” event with enough lead time to gain a little buzz. Take a couple of weeks to promote it online and in person, and reach out to organizations, too. Make the first event big, with draws like a speaker or giveaways.

    Photo credit: Siim Teller

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