Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Five Questions for Orlando's First-Ever SOUP

Our team at theORLANDOAN is extremely excited to be part of the first-ever Orlando SOUP! You might be asking yourself, "$7 for a dinner with cool people, that makes a difference in the community--how is that possible?" Well, lucky for you, we've got the answers to five burning questions about our first SOUP event on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

1. What is Orlando SOUP?

In short: Orlando SOUP is a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Orlando. 

For a donation of $7, attendees receive soup (made by Slow Food Orlando using fresh, local ingredients), salad, and bread. Before dinner is served, attendees will listen to four short community project proposals covering a range of topics such as art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurship, education, and technology.  

During dinner, attendees cast a vote for their favorite project and, at the end of the night, the project that receives the most votes is funded by $5 from each attendees’ donation (usually $500-$700). Winners will appear at future SOUP dinners to report their project’s progress.

2. How can I be part of it?

There are a couple ways to be part of Orlando SOUP. First off, you can attend our debut event:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7:00 to 9:00pm
East End Market
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando

Next, we'd love for you to follow us and share us with your friends. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and, of course, on our website.

Think you might be a visionary community-builder? Are you passionate about making Orlando a cooler place? Is there a pot hole or graffiti that's really getting on your nerves? Then don't wait! Fill out this easy application to present your idea and make a change in your neighborhood!

Lastly, you can also sponsor an Orlando SOUP event. It's a great way to get your name out to a group of people that loves to explore the City Beautiful.

3. What kind of projects will be presented?

Community-builders have presented a wide variety of projects at SOUP events. Basically, anything that makes your neighborhood or city better is SOUP-worthy. Past winners have included a mobile tool sharing program, solar street lights, youth leadership training, book-sharing benches, and a theater production--just to name a few!

4. I don't like presenting, but I still want to share my idea. Can you help?

Lucky for you, the whole process is easy, casual, and fun! Once you fill out the quick application and are selected to present, our team works with you from start to finish. We have mentors to help you prep for your presentation. Their job is to help you pinpoint your idea, perfect your pitch, and even guide your implementation. 

Best of all, the presentations are short and sweet. Presenters have four minutes to present and another four minutes to answer any questions. Your pitch is low-tech, meaning no PowerPoints or projectors.

5. How did SOUP come about?

Orlando SOUP is modeled after Detroit SOUP, which has been building stronger communities since 2010. Since then, they have raised more than $55,000 that has gone directly to projects. 

Still have questions? Ask them in the comments, below!

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