A party or a protest? The Net2 GLC conversation continues

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On the day two of the Global Leadership Council meetings we had an great CDI -- GLC retreat. It felt like a real community experience - not awkward or forced. A group of people who care had an honest conversation, and it went on for a couple of hours. I was particularly nervous and, afterwards, excited about is, as I have my feet in both words. I am a part of the Community Driven Innovation team and a Local Organizer. I was very eager to see the two perspectives brought together.

During our discussions we didn’t just share our inspirations, motivations, we didn’t just speak out about what makes us going, we also tried to figure out how we could use “us” to help the NetSquared programming. The reasons behind keeping up the organizers role are different for many of us.

  •     Claire loves the buzz inside after the event
  •     April spoke about facilitating a community dialogue
  •     Anka mentioned the revolutionizing potential of the meetings

Looking both at what is in it for us, and what we can bring to the NetSquared table, we asked a few very strategic questions. One of my favourites, that I believe nails down the entire ambiguity of what we do, was the one posed by Aseem. A question that became one of the memorable quotes that I gather under the #quotingnet2glc hashtag:

Is a NetSquared Local event a party or a protest?

The question from Aseem sparked more questions, which anchored the discussion:

  •     Who are we trying to attract in the meetings, and what are we trying to achieve?
  •     Are we aiming at having a group of friends meeting every month or rather at exploring the newest and most exciting topics as they emerge in a discussion group form?
  •     Do we want to be political?
  •     Do we want to be educators?
  •     How much fun is it or should it be?

I believe there is no good answer. as Billy said: NetSquared is trying to come up with a framework that would support the organizers in going where they want to go. Ultimately, it is very empowering. It all depends on us. We are free to have a party, or pursue a social movement, and there are very few limitations that would be imposed on us on the very local level. How will the framework look like exactly? How will we make it more “ours”, more specific? How will we translate it into actionable items?

I hope, and I know that many of us do, that the answers will come up on Monday. Impatiently looking forward to it. In the meantime -- let’s enjoy the weekend.