How to create your Cafe de la Culture Salon
Being a Cafe de la Culture organizer can be an extraordinary experience. It’s also a big commitment. Our job is to help you make sure you’re ready to take the Cafe de la Culture leap.
If you’re thinking about becoming a Cafe de la Culture organizer, below is a list of responsibilities for you to review.
Create a Cafe de la Culture experience
Big ideas, rich storytelling, and a multidisciplinary program are just a few qualities that make a great CAFE event. You’ll be expected to capture the spirit of CAFE in your event by sparking community connections and inspiring ideas that change perspectives.
Unearth local voices
As a Cafe de la Culture organizer, you’ll have the option to feature live talks at your event, bringing attention to undiscovered voices in your community. If you decide to include individual speakers, choose extraordinary people who have been heard and seen by few but have a fresh approach in their field, a unique story to tell, or a new perspective to share – which they can convey in a dynamic way.
Excite and delight your audience
It’s no news that making your audience happy is essential for a successful event. But the devil is in the details. From the moment your guests receive invitations, to the minute they walk out of the event, they should feel like they’re experiencing something significant. Think of your audience’s needs every step of the way. (That includes your live-stream audience if you have one.)
Lead your team
A group of organized, impassioned people can make one powerful event – they just need guidance and support to make it happen. We know managing staff can be tough work, but strong, thoughtful leadership can go a long way. Every person on your team (that includes speakers too!) should feel like they’re part of a caring, trusting, and accountable community. Be an advocate for them, and their support will follow.
Follow rules and guidelines
We get it: rules can be a pain. But there’s a reason they’re part of the Cafe de la Culture program – to make your job easier. The better you know the Cafe de la Culture rules and guidelines throughout your Cafe de la Culture journey, the less you’ll have to deal with annoying details to correct later on. We promise.
Produce great content
Whether you’re playing a curated program of CAFE Talks or combining live talks and video, you’ll be responsible for creating a program that “wows” your guests and viewers. That takes a lot of creativity and work! So be prepared to be both organizer and producer of your gathering.
Celebrate and protect the Cafe de la Culture vision
By licensing you as a Cafe de la Culture organizer, we’re vesting in you a little piece of the CAFE vision. That means it’s your job to make sure the vision and mission of Cafe de la Culture is protected and boldly celebrated. Use your Cafe de la Culture event logo often, understand and spread the idea of Cafe de la Culture (including the difference between CAFE and Cafe de la Culture!), and invest yourself in the spirit of the Cafe de la Culture community.
Put in the work (and passion)
Organizing a Cafe de la Culture event is a big endeavor, so make sure you have the time and dedication to do the hard work needed to create a great event. Unadulterated joy is also a must! Put in the work and bring a ton of passion to the mix, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget.