Pro-Action Café has always been one of the most popular and successful workshops organized by Knowmads Hanoi. This time was no different, as over 40 participants showed up at Moonwork Co-Working Space to give and receive support from the community for their projects. With nine callers stepping forward to pitch their projects, the first event of the Year of the Chicken for Knowmads Hanoi was a big success!
The nine projects which received support were:
Conversations happened in three rounds, each round with a guiding question to help move the discussion forward. In each round, three to four participants would join the callers at each table to contribute their ideas and feedback.
In the first round, the callers along with their supporters explored the deeper story behind each of their project/idea. This helped to clarify and strengthen the intentions and purposes, the WHY behind the projects, and what make them meaningful.
In the second round, the supporters brainstormed ideas about what was still missing from the projects that the callers may have overlooked, what would make them stand out and flourish and be sustainable, and not necessarily what the callers still needed like funding, location, partners, etc.
Finally, the callers had some time to reflect by themselves before the third and last round, to figure out what are the wise next steps for their projects, then discussed with their supporters to receive even more feedback. All in all, many new ideas and inspiration were generated, for which the callers were deeply thankful for. Many new bonds and partnerships were also formed, and promises made to continue supporting each other in their projects. There was even a job offer by one of the callers! Such was the power of conversation.