Buzzword Bingo: Green Drinks= Informal networking event where environmentally minded people meet over drinks to build relationships.
Green Drinks

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Green Drinks = Informal networking event where environmentally minded people meet over drinks to build new relationships.

Businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations participate, educate and connect to promote a greener world.

All are welcome to attend and to invite others to attend. No reservations or fees are required. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available from a cash bar.






Green Drinks

Green Drinks International

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Green Drinks Las Vegas is a FREE networking group that creates awareness about eco-conscious businesses and concerns in Las Vegas. Businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations participate, educate and connect to promote a greener world.Come to a meeting and build new relationships. All are welcome to attend, and to invite others to attend. No reservations or fees are required. A no-host bar, and food, will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages are available with the purchase of menu items only. We look forward to seeing you the 2nd Thursday of the month. This fun event is free to attend, but RSVP through the Facebook event page is encouraged.
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The Green Drinks Code

Green Drinks are Open
  • Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come-- people from environment groups, business, government, academia and as individuals. There is no 'us and them'.
  • Organisers and all attendees actively welcome newcomers and introduce them to others in the group.
  • All attendees commit to meeting new people at every session and not just sticking with people they already know.
Green Drinks are Freeform
  • There is generally no agenda or theme, Green Drinkers mingle and share insights and provoke and exasparate and inspire and delight each other. There are moments of serendipity and a lot of 'oh, you if are interested in X then I must introduce you to that person over there who knows all about it' ...
  • All kinds of people come to Green Drinks and this is what makes for the interesting interactions.
Green Drinks are Regular
  • Usually monthly.
Green Drinks are Simple to Organise
  • Usually held in a convenient, central location that is free. A corner of a pub or bar for example. Put a sign up on the table where you are gathering so that people can find you.
  • Start with maybe 10 keen people you already know, and get them to each invite 5 others the first time.
  • Many Green Drinks start with a dozen people and then grow to be a regular size -- 30 people is the most common size with 70 or 150 as the other common sizes for larger cities.
Green Drinks are Self-replicating
  • People who come to Green Drinks each invite others along by word of mouth, who in turn themselves invite others, etc.
  • Email invites mean that people can foward the invite to friends easily. This is the core for exponential growth.
  • New cities are easy to set up and people moving often set up a Green Drinks in their new location.
Green Drinks are Local
  • Cities or towns or suburbs.
  • 45 minutes' travel time apart from each other.
  • Avoid date clashes and being in the same week as neighbouring Green Drinks.
  • Check the website for your nearest Green Drinks and talk to the organisers; they will be happy to hear from you.
  • Counties or areas or bioregions are allowed only if rural (less than 200 people per square mile) and rotating between several towns.
  • County Green Drinks also have to be prepared to change their name later if necessary and also niche with and support independent town or city drinks as they emerge within the county. If you are sticking to one town as the venue then the Green Drinks would be named after that town. There are successful Green Drinks in towns as small as 18,000 population.
Green Drinks are Agenda Free
  • Green Drinks is not a channel to circulate announcements or news about environmental issues. Green Drinkers are already deluged with information from thousands of other sources. Green Drinks is a place to go to get away from all that.
  • It's OK to have speakers for 20-30 mins or so or to have a theme for the evening to help stimulate discussion, but the bulk of the evening should be freeform and random.
  • The host venue itself creates some slant inevitably but must be gracious and open; independent venues such as bars or restaurants are preferred.
  • Green Drinks as an entity will never endorse or have a position or stance on an environmental topic.
  • There will be no non-Green Drinks-related content or messages or appeals or ads circulated to the city organisers or appearing on the website.
Green Drinks are Decentralised
  • Each city does its own thing.
  • There is no central mailing list of attendees.
  • There is no central logo or branding as each city has its own logo and style to adapt to each location
Green Drinks are Non Profit
  • Organisers mostly use free resources and volunteers and donate their own time.
  • Voluntary charge at door if necesssary to cover costs; per event only, no membership fee.
  • Mostly free to attend, each participant pays for their own drinks and food.
  • Event sponsors and venue hosts OK as long as freedom of discussion is not compromised.
Green Drinks are Run Responsibly
  • Organisers and participants work to create a safe, non threatening environment for all and drink responsibly.
  • Organisers niche and collaborate with other Green Drinks in their area.
  • Organisers keep their pages on <> updated with the date and venue of the next Green Drinks and a contact name and email so first-timers have confidence to travel across town and devote an evening to Green Drinks.
  • Organisers don't sell their email lists to advertisers.
  • Some organisers act as mentors to help and advise other groups.
Green Drinks are Fun
  • There is a very informal vibe and overall light feel.
  • There are lots of benefits to green drinks; they are hard to quantify, but when you have seen people come and make new links and learn and argue and set up new schemes and get new jobs etc, it is a good feeling.

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