Fair play and collaboration take a front seat at The Tell Me More Project. (Take a peek at our revamped website if you want to learn more about our mission.) One of our goals is to create a culture in which people care not only about their own well-being and success, but also about the success of other members of the community. Fortunately, we are not alone in this movement. The cooperative/win-win approach is a trademark of zebra companies, a new kid on the business model block, a model that mirrors what we want to achieve and what we want to put out into the world.
The unicorn’s luck is running out. The zebra is gaining momentum.
Just as zebra hides have their distinct black and white markings, zebra companies have stripes that embody a fresh spin on capitalism: they believe in making a difference and improving society while at the same time making a profit.
Moreover, while some of the unicorn giants are starting to take a downward turn, the zebra company model creates conditions for long term survival. The quick and easy win doesn’t win: what’s sustainable and good endures.
A group of zebras is called a dazzle.
(There could not be a better word to describe a herd of those gorgeous animals.)
Our mission, like that of zebra companies, is to encourage a community dedicated to the concept that we are stronger together. We want a dazzle that dazzles because its collective input generates a superior output.
Don’t believe it’s possible? We do. And, we put it to the test.
We had a big ooops! moment when we learned that our next Tell Me More Talk was scheduled on the same date, at the same time and just a few blocks from an event co-organized by our friend and fellow superconnector, Anna Cabó.
In that pause we saw the key differences between the events. Tell Me More Talks are in English; the other event is in Spanish. The pricing points and duration are also very different. There is no significant overlap between the two in terms of audience.
The only bad aspect of the situation: we couldn’t support each other through attendance.
Mutual support and appreciation is a strategy.
I’ve told friends about Anna’s event. She’s liked and shared all of our social media posts. This isn’t a surprise: Superconnectors know how to find the win-win. In practice and not just theory, our Tell Me More Project dazzle has stayed true and stayed together. And with that in mind, we’re sporting our newly earned zebra stripes.
Photo by: Etienne Steenkamp
Cris Kristofits is a serial event-er with a passion for meeting new people and a diverse network of superconnectors in Barcelona. If you want to make her heart flutter, look her in the eye and say the three magic words every networker loves to hear. She is a cofounder of The Tell Me More Project and the VP of Community Relations for the Barcelona chapter of the Professional Women’s Network (PWN). Connect with Cris on LinkedIn. Or, search #seeCris on Facebook to keep up with her event-ing .