Starting Circular Economies with Nano Networking Meet-Ups
The Nano Community Programme has evolved, and now, more than ever, we need every community member's support and activity to increase nano awareness and adoption worldwide. In this article, I will guide you through a meet-up structure idea that anyone can reproduce anywhere in the world — just like sending and receiving nano (XNO).
Building circular economies is one of our most important goals to foment real-world adoption of nano as a currency. A circular economy exists when entities can directly spend the coins they earned with another participant, and so on.
For example, Alice was paid in nano for a freelance gig and spent this nano on Bob’s local bakery. Bob then paid Carlos – from the print shop – for the bakery’s new banner. With part of this amount, Carlos paid the yearly bonus for his employee David, who later used it to buy a gift card on platforms like Redeemfor.me. Finally, maybe this gift card e-commerce used the money in another service from the nano ecosystem, which will later hire Alice for another gig.
However, individuals and businesses interested in being part of a circular economy must first connect to each other. Bob had to meet Carlos and talk about using XNO as their means of exchange, while Alice had to know Bob’s bakery accept nano for payment.
For that, I introduce you to the Nano Networking meet-up proposed structure. This should be a general guide for the first steps of organizing a local meet-up aiming to build circular economies worldwide.
By following this guide, all nano community members will be able to host their local nano networking meet-ups and become leaders (or ambassadors) locally.
What is a Nano Networking Meet-Up?
This event aims to connect people willing to accept and spend nano locally while also fomenting local economies, businesses, and working opportunities among a group of people who share similar interests.
As you can see, hosting a Nano Networking Meet-Up benefits your local circular economy, making it happen. It might increase sales for the involved businesses, foment adoption and spending capacities of individuals, and even generate hirings or partnerships.
The structure is very simple. A group of people will meet in a given place to talk about themselves, hear what others have to say, connect, and try to find solutions for each other’s needs.
First, you (the host) will have 10 minutes to introduce yourself, explain what you are doing there (see “the invitation script”), briefly introduce nano, and give the “orientation” about each of the following pitches (see “the pitch script”).
Second, open the pitches’ round. Make sure to time each participant and notify them when there are 30 seconds left to finish. You can (and should) enforce the time limit, but it is possible to be more flexible if there are fewer participants. This phase of the meet-up should not last more than 20-30 minutes to ensure that everyone is heard by everybody else without getting tiresome.
Once the last person makes their pitch, thank people for showing up and participating. Let them know when the next meeting will happen and ask them to invite others. Ideally, you should set up a communication channel (e.g., a Telegram group) so people can keep in touch and announce future events.
If your local meet-up gets more than 10-15 participants, we recommend that newcomers are prioritized to speak first — if they feel comfortable doing it — and not more than 30 minutes are spent with pitches in total. That said, nobody should be forced to speak. People can join the meet-up just to listen.
Finally, the 20-30 final minutes are reserved for people to talk with each other freely. They already know each participant's core and can start making deeper connections, exchanging personal contact information, discussing details, brainstorming solutions, and networking.
The Nano Networking Meet-Up Structure
If you want to host your own Nano Networking Meet-Up, here is what you will need:
The place: Ideally, somewhere you can directly spend nano while having the meet-up. Probably won’t be possible for your first local event, but you should seek it moving forward. Any place works. From a town square to a cafe/restaurant, a park, or a coworking station.
The people: For this event structure, you will first need two more persons who are already somewhat familiar with nano and don’t know each other well enough.
The name: Your event name should be: “1st Nano Networking Meet-Up [Your City].” [1st] will change at each new meet-up carrying the same [Your City] name, which can change for neighborhood, country, or even using “the place” name instead. It’s your call.
The invitation: You can use the following script or change it according to your needs.
The invitation script: “Hello, my name is [Your Name], and I will be hosting the first Nano Networking Meet-Up [Your City] at [the place] on [day] at [time]. Our goal is to connect people willing to accept and spend nano (XNO) locally, but it is also an opportunity for you to promote your business or services in a networking group. It shouldn’t take much longer than one hour, would you like to join us? This meet-up structure is being hosted worldwide by other enthusiasts.”
If the person says yes, give the following orientation: “Fantastic! We will love to have you there with us. For the meeting, please prepare a 2-minute maximum pitch about yourself and your business. I can suggest a script if you need it.”
The pitch script: “Answer the following questions: What’s your name? What do you do for a living? What’s your business name? Where are you located? What are your differential and unique properties that make people want to do business with you? What do you need the most right now; that this group can help you with? (a worker, a provider, a partnership, a service, a wholesale, an industry, a merchant, etc.)
A brief introduction to nano: “Nano is a digital peer-to-peer currency that uses the ticker XNO and has its own monetary symbol, Ӿ. Nano is possible through open-source software run by a decentralized network of computers and apps. Of which you can securely access and use on your mobile device. If you have never used nano before, let me know in the last phase of the meet-up so I can help you set up your own wallet and help you receive your first units to try it out.”
In closure, the Nano Networking meet-up in your city or neighborhood is designed to be as simple as possible. It is the first spark for a circular economy that might completely revolutionize how you and your close ones deal with money while doing nano-related businesses or accepting XNO as your local currency of choice.
Nano’s feeless, instant, non-inflationary, and dust-free properties thrive under adoption, which is what we are here for.
After successfully hosting a Nano Networking meet-up, please share your experience with the community. Remember to take photos, make videos, and note each step from preparation to execution. Your insights will be extremely valuable moving forward – even more for the negative ones and hurdles you found yourself.
We plan to further share tips on how you can grow from these small meetings to something bigger in the near future. But first, we want to see a few Nano Networking meet-ups going on around the world. Let’s do it together!
If you seek insights on organizing events in general, Aneena Alexander has prepared this fantastic Ultimate Guide to Successful Events.
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