Becoming a City Curator

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What type of team mates would I need to recruit in order to successfully run a NextdayBetter event?

You’re welcome to organize and setup your team however you want. That said, these are the 5 key roles our HQ team has identified that have led to successful NextDayBetter events in the past:

  • City Curator: Sets overall vision for NextDayBetter in your city; curate speakers and attendees
  • Event Planner (Project Manager): Super detail oriented, can project manage and execute event
  • Business Development: Builds community online and in-person to get people to attend your event
  • Marketing: Builds community online and in-person to get people to attend your event
  • Designer: | Someone with a passion for good design to help establish your NextDayBetter city brand

Can there be more than one City Curator for each chapter?

No. While you’re welcome to setup your team however you want (e.g. you can have a co-host help you manage and lead your team), as City Curator, ultimate responsibility and final decision-making rests with you.

If a city chapter already exists, can I start my own chapter in the same city?

No, we are very collaborative. We would prefer that you work with established city curators and their existing teams to push NextDayBetter in your city forward.

What happens if I’m a City Curator and I’d like to pass on the role to someone else?

You will have the option to nominate someone who you heavily endorse to be the next City Curator (they will have to complete an abridged application). Otherwise, NextDayBetter HQ will open public applications for the chapter in your city.

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Application Process

What’s the application process like to become a City Curator?

When you’re ready, you can apply to submit an application using the form above.

What qualities are you looking for in a City Curator?

Your role as City Curator is to set the overall tone and culture for your NextDayBetter city chapter. This includes curating and being in charge of the following:

  • A natural connector | You love connecting people + ideas + actions in your community
  • Born-activator and leader | You can activate and inspire a group of fellow team members, volunteers and your community to launch events and make the next day better
  • A great communicator | You can communicate effectively with your team and with HQ
  • Bandwidth | You have the time and capacity to lead a team and put together a minimum of two events per year

Are there additional steps to the application process after I submit?

If your application seems like a good fit, we will setup a Google hangout interview to learn more about you and your vision for NextDayBetter in your city.

If I apply, how long until I hear from you?

We review applications twice a month so you can expect an update within a few weeks! If you haven’t heard from us, please email us at curious@nextdaybetter.com.

Organizing a Successful NextDayBetter Event

What’s the application process like to become a City Curator?

Check out Johneric Concordia of the Park’s Finest BBQ filmed at NDB + LA.

What type of team mates would I need to recruit in order to successfully run a NextdayBetter event?

You’re welcome to organize and setup your team however you want. That said, these are the 5 key roles our HQ team has identified that have led to successful NextDayBetter events in the past:

  • City Curator: Sets overall vision for NextDayBetter in your city; curate speakers and attendees
  • Event Planner (Project Manager): Super detail oriented, can project manage and execute event
  • Business Development: Builds community online and in-person to get people to attend your event
  • Marketing: Builds community online and in-person to get people to attend your event
  • Designer: | Someone with a passion for good design to help establish your NextDayBetter city brand

What type of resources or help does NextDayBetter HQ provide?

Our global city curators have access to our internal curators-only website, where you can access toolkits on the following: team building recommendations, branding guidelines, local sponsorship kits, event planning best practices, and many more. Our HQ team also offers help on business development as well as marketing support as you begin to promote your event.

So does that mean you also provide funding for each city?

No. However, our partnerships team at HQ will provide (1) training (2) tools and (3) supports to help you identify and close sponsorship opportunities.

Am I allowed to charge attendees for my NextDayBetter events?

Yes, City Curators are allowed to charge for events to make up for producing an awesome event.

What type of venue do you usually look for to host a NextDayBetter event?

We appreciate venues that are not your typical run-of-the-mill corporate venues. Rather, we’re on the lookout for venues that reflects a sense of creativity, openness and collaboration indicative of your city.

What type of speakers do you usually invite to speak?

We invite great storytellers who have awesome and groundbreaking ideas. They can be artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, rappers, community organizers, and more. They should also have a track record of getting things done to help create a better future in their own unique way.

Are NextDayBetter speakers ever paid?

No (except maybe reimbursement for travel).

Do we have to get speakers approved by NextDayBetter HQ?

No. However, for first time City Curators, we will work closely with you to help curate, prepare and ensure that speakers fit with the overall theme and vision of NextDayBetter.

Can I reach out to potential sponsors, venues or speakers before applying to be a NextDayBetter City Curator?

Yes. Committed sponsors, venues and speakers are a great way to strengthen your application. However, please be clear and explain that you do not officially represent NextDayBetter and are applying to be a City Curator to start a chapter in your community.

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