Recently a few people gathered in a rented house on the outskirts of Athens to discuss the present state and the future of Edgeryders LBG, the social enterprise built on top of the Edgeryders community. I suggested we enter an acceleration programme as a way to build awareness of what we want to do and come up with a plausible plan to get there. in 2014-15 we turned around about 110,000 GBP. Not enough to survive, obviously. But how much is enough? How high should we aim? How can we get there so that the journey is interesting, and people in the community are empowered to participate in the action and the relative prosperity that the action builds? I simply have no idea. We are all too inexperienced; the acceleration programme might provide the help we need to figure this thing out (and I have started researching it).
To my surprise, people in the room did not seem to think this acceleration program was such a great idea. We need to learn, everyone agreed, but that is not the right way. But how, then? “From each other, like children” said @Matthias. This would work a lot better if at least one of us had domain experience in the consultancy business, or simply was a pureblood entrepreneur filled with animal spirits. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
@Noemi and I are tentatively up for taking the Unreasonable Institute program in 2016. However, if we do that, that will make us the de facto leaders (“the people with the plan”), and I am not sure everyone is prepared to accept the leadership of someone on the basis of having done a complicated spreadsheet aka “the business plan”. And yet, a plan is needed for me.
Does anybody have any brilliant ideas?