This is a response to Cian's network challenge: MASTERPIECEhttp://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/network-challenge-masterp...
It's hard to decide which is our masterpiece, every little thing we do is important. Yet one of the things I've done and I liked the most is the follow...
It was early in 2007 when I invited some friends to my house to discuss environmental topics. We all were environmental activists but it was hard to find a place where to talk about environmental issues and ideas without everyone else looking at us as green-geeks. I enjoyed the drinks, the snacks, but most of all the great conversation. We repeated the meetings a few times, with new people coming until I found about about Greendrinks (http://www.greendrinks.org/
). The idea is to make this open meetings at a cafe/bar to discuss about environmental topics and have a drink.
At that time a group of friends and I worked in environmental projects as a hobbie. I proposed to do the Guadalajara's Greendrinks (which we called Charlas Ambientales to give it a more catchy name in spanish) and every month we met at a organic coffee place. Right now the project is more than 2 and a half years old and there hasn't been a month we've missing! I love that project because it has given us a place to relax and enjoy with a healthy discussion about some environmental topics. Now we usually invite an expert to explain the topic and then everyone can chat about it.
It's simple and easy and yet it has come with so many great things. We've met lots of interesting people and specially LOTS of different points of view. People from every different background has come and a few hands-on projects have come from that.
The learning is amazing since no matter how much you research or read about a topic, it would never be the same as hearing it from the affected people. I most be honest, I love Charlas Ambientales because is fun, but it´s fun because we discuss something important!