A massive determinant of whether or not your grant writing experience goes swimmingly-well or not is if you have a strong kickoff meeting.
We founded an all women’s mountain bike festival in 2018. In four months we went from idea to full execution with 250 participants. We provided skills clinics, a social ride, maintenance classes, a race, vendor village, and great food.
Here is some feedback from one of our participants:
“I REALLY appreciate the hard-core ladies who took the time out of their busy lives to spend the day teaching the rest of us. These are the ladies I admire from afar; our amazing, beautiful, athletic Alaskan women - and frankly their "she" power, success and abilities can be a little intimidating to some of us non-athletic types, or those of us who weren't perhaps encouraged in the same way to take part in sports. But, they were truly interested in helping hundreds of women and girls learn about and enjoy what they do....
This week we were in Koyukuk, Alaska, helping the tribe and city agree on how to best share the responsibilities of maintaining their road system. We also worked on rebooting plans for a new community hall. To facilitate these discussions, we borrowed exercises from IBM’s 'Design Thinking.' The process was 10 times richer than a traditional public meeting and gave clear direction on where to focus.
HOPES AND FEARS
We were going to kick off the transportation planning meeting with a Hopes and Fears exercise, but delicious snacks and socializing took a bit longer than planned. It’s still our all-time favorite way to start a meeting with a new group of people, however, and here’s why: