5 LEARNINGS: COMMUNITY LIFE DURING CORONA

Community is key.
Especially when you find yourself in an agile and vibrant start-up surrounding, exchanging with likeminded, sharing ideas and challenges is crucial. When COVID-19 kicked in, all the well-known networking activities, were challenged to the maximum. In times where almost everything happens online, keeping in touch with all existing KitchenTowner’s is a challenge, to be honest. And how can you integrate new community members in a running system without the tools used prior pandemic?

1. You know your people best – connect them actively with one another.

Become a matchmaker: Who’s story could help X? Could Y and Z have synergies?

2. Call when you could also send a text message.

Personal contact outweighs written messages. Always. End of story.

3. Set up a community get-together.

Wine tasting, quiz night, outside sport sessions, picnic in park.

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4. Set up virtual gatherings apart from daily business topics.

Round table food scientists, Wom*n in Food, Virtual Coffee Break, Remote Networking, Virtual Facility Tour.

5. Ask them! You cannot know it all.

Connect pro-active even without a reason, start a survey.

KitchenTown_Katharina Angerer

And what is your secret recipe? I am curious to learn about your hacks in the time of social distancing and one video conference after another. 
Share it with me in the comments.

Best wishes and stay connected,
Katharina