Ok here is the update:
So last week I organised in a rush few meetups in Serbia for the wellbeing festival. Was tough and many people finally couldn’t show up as well because it was done on such a short notice. I waited for third party input for 4 days, I never received it but it delayed the meetup organisation for that long so it hampered me a lot.
My take on those 3 busy days:
Day 1 in Belgrade: only 5 people but a great core group I feel. I talked about Edgeryders and Wellbeing in Europe, they introduced themselves and what is it they care about really. Then we brainstormed about various ways in which we could improve the quality of life. Some very interesting proposals were made. I think the Belgrade part of festival is quite feasible.
Day 2 in Becej: very disappointing for me because a lot of people said they will come. Spoke with only 3 people but out of 3 all were great really. All three had successful stories so I really hope they post them here as examples how things can be done when you want it and work hard for it.
One has an interesting story, is a member of Serbian inventors association, has a great set of skills and is full of ideas. He proposed I do a meetup with the Serbian inventors association and that would be great.
The other is a triathlon pro, 1st place on many competitions and quite entrepreneurial.
Third one started brewing kraft beers in his cellar, now he opened quite a nice pub where he sells his beer too…and he built almost everything in his pub. He also will connect me with his sister, who works in high school and is an activist. She often does educative workshops for kids and parents etc.
Turns out a friend of mine worked 4 yeas in gymnasium there (I wasn’t aware) so that will be of great help if we are to involve 17 and 18 year olds in doing a workshop in Becej during the Wellbeing festival.
In Novi Sad I did an event for something else I am working on but I used the opportunity to talk about Edgeryders as well. Top people there would be a young very entrepreneurial couple and a social entrepreneur who created https://bankavremena.org.rs/ . Timebank is another try at creating an economy based on direct exchange of services. knowledge etc. He also does workshops on entrepreneurship, startups etc.
Hopefully with them we can do something interesting in Novi Sad.
I didn’t have time for testing my approach of interviewing people on the river banks. Too bad, I would have enjoyed a nice walk in sunshine. 3 events in 3 cities in 3 days was very tiring.