I am proud to say we have a great online community. On our website, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram we share messages, images and videos about the community and the camps and in the Facebook group even more people share their knowledge about Ecosystem Restoration as such. But I am convinced that in order to change things for real we also need real meetups, in real life so to speak (never thought that I needed to explain this ever, but the moment is there I guess). Many people have asked me to tell a bit about it, so other people can organize them too. Here is my recipe.
Step 1: Include John Liu or another inspiring member of our community and set your date
One of the great qualities of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement is that we have John Liu on board as founder and indeed one of the great inspirators in this field. And with him come a lot of equally inspiring friends. I am lucky to live in the Netherlands: John visits our country a lot. Therefore my first action around organizing meetups so far has been to check with John when he is in the Netherlands and whether there is a possibility in his agenda. When you are in another country: even when John is not able to make it physically, he is happy to join meetups through ZOOM or Skype or to help you find another person that is an inspiring innovator in this field. This is the foundation for all kinds of people to want to come to a meetup about Ecosystem Restoration: an inspiring and knowledgeable speaker. If you complete this part of the recipe you have the first main ingredients for your meetup: a speaker and a date.