I'd say that's what I was going into this past weeks 1 Million Cups Organizer Summit(at The Kauffman Foundation). I'm always weary about slurping down all the Kool-Aid at conferences and summits. It's a tough bullet to dodge but I find it's a high that just doesn't last long enough and often doesn't lead to any action or change in thought processes. And when it does it's very temporary.
That's how I went to bed every night. Talking with and listening to other organizers from across the country (literally Albany to Anchorage) and learning that the same issues we have as a community and as a 1MC group are felt all over the place was refreshing and kept me smiling throughout each day. Everyone was great, and that's important.
- Nothing is perfect, as long as we're always improving on our base we're on the right path.
- Work on fixing things not complaining about them. We brainstormed a ton with other organizers this week about trying new things for our programming that will give us more flexibility and allow us to offer our audience a much more robust and community oriented experience.
- Community is everything. Without the support from the community your initiative is going to die. So while we're cultivating great programming you should also be coherent about the impact it's having on the community.
- Choose to be involved or not. Either is fine but your audience and other organizers are looking to you to help make your 1MC a success so always keep that in mind.
I could go on and on but these are just some of the things that made a giant impression on me during the summit.
Kansas City is amazing.
The startup community is stellar and Kauffman is an great anchor to it all. The KC Startup Village is an oh so sweet community built and resourced place that if you haven't checked out yet, you should.
This community much like many other great startup communities thrives because of the work of some ridiculously talented and dedicated folks that work hard to "keep the lights on" and keep KC a constant part of the startup conversation. There were quite a few times this week when I said to myself:
"I could easily live here."
Passionate, driven people are what great communities are built upon and KC definitely has plenty of those. Having access to Google Fiber is certainly pretty rad as well right?
All told the week was great and we came home with our heads spinning about what we're going to do to make 1MC Providence a success and I know I've got 65 other organizers that I can lean on for advice and a great discussion.