Set up a Community Point
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through the steps to build set up you local Community Point. This is just as important as setting up the workspaces to transform plastic, as it is absolutely crucial to involve as many people in your area as possible.
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Step 1 - Role in the universe
Moreover they’re closely connected to Collection Points as they can serve as great help in finding new people to collect their plastic.
Community Points should be run as a collective but if you’re alone in your area you can also start solo.
Step 2 - Outcomes
Step 3 - Is this for you?
As a community builder it’s also important to be organised and good at keeping an overview of the area and your local network. Your goal is to strengthen the existing community and expand to new audiences.
How you can go about sparking your community will vary depending on your context, but there are a number of tools you can use in order to get started.
Step 4 - Learn about Precious Plastic
If you haven’t already, dig our website, community platform and Bazar to have a deep understanding of the project.
Also, make sure to check the Universe chapter to fully understand how the Precious Plastic Universe works.
Step 5 - Check out your area
Have a look on the Precious Plastic Map to see the activity around you and if there are pins you can get in contact with.
Make sure not to jam the local network - if there is a Community Point in your area already, get in touch and have a look how you can work together, to keep ONE clear contact point for the surrounding people of your network :)
Additionally, you can also search for more people on the Precious Plastic Bazar or search for #preciousplastic on social media.
Step 6 - Check out the Discord
Make sure to see what’s already going on in your country and let people know you want to get involved.
Step 7 - Create a Community Point pin!
If there is no Community Point in your area yet, it’s time to create one. Create an account on the Community Platform and put a pin on the map. This way people can find and contact you.
Have a look at these profile guidelines to get help with setting up your profile.
Step 8 - Visit people and places
Do a little search of your area and get the chance to get in touch and visit people working on Precious Plastic around you (Collection Points, Machine Shops, Shredder Workspaces etc..).
This can give you a good understanding of the needs, problems and circumstances of the different recycling spaces in your area.
Step 9 - IMPORTANT: Your contact list!
If you have another good way of gathering and organising the contacts and details, we're happy to learn about it :)
Step 10 - Start chatting
Step 11 - Start meeting each other
A good way to bring people together is to organise a meetup. This can be with existing recycling spaces to see how to grow together or with new people to start the local recycling network.
Check out our tips for organising a meetup to get some ideas about how to do this.
Step 12 - Start collaborating
The goal here is that people know where they can bring their plastic, where to shred plastic, where to melt plastic and where to finally sell and buy the final products.
Step 13 - Be the local Bazar
Saving lots of CO2, while making things more accessible for the local community.
Step 14 - Keep connecting
Now it’s all about keeping people involved and motivated. Be available for questions, welcome newcomers and connect people to the relevant contacts and places.
Step 15 - Keep meeting
Try you can find a place and time where you can meet more regularly.
Step 16 - Keep growing
So constantly keep your eyes open for new people and partners (and make sure they are in your contact list and on the map), so everyone in your community can find them.
To help you in the process we’ve prepared some graphic materials you can use as a starting point.
Step 17 - Create How-to's!
Also stay up to date what's going on in your network and try to motivate and help your group to create How-to's of their successful techniques, hacks and products.
Step 18 - Keep inspiring
In the Download package you can find a sample presentation which you can use and modify for your contexts to talk about Precious Plastic and your local community.
Step 19 - Inspire with samples
In best case you can gather some good products and samples from your local workspaces - if they are not ready yet, you can use the Bazar to find products from the global community.
Step 20 - Be part of the global community
Make sure people in your local network have their pins on the map so they can be found more easily.
Maybe help them set up, sell on the Precious Plastic Bazar and make it more visible and accessible to buy their machines, products and services.
Step 21 - Learn with other communities
This way you can create and participate in a powerful local and international network!
Step 22 - Good things take time :)
You can start with your friend and friend’s friend. Step by step.
Good things take time - and you have to start somewhere and plant the seed.
Step 23 - Download and start!
Download your Community Point package with your precious files and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-community 👈
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