:: 5Degrees#4 ::
I started 5Degrees in April this year.
It started when I was paying Cisco Systems a visit, at Capital Towers.
At the ground floor, I chanced upon Steven, the manager of Wine Booze.
Steven organizes wine tasting sessions every Friday at his wine shop.
I immediately decided to organize an ad-hoc wine tasting session via FB.
About twelve people turned up, and we had quite a chat
Over cheese, ham, and wine, of course.
Post-event, I wondered if we were missing an opportunity for the
Working professionals for our community to business-network over a glass of wine.
With the help of a few friends who believed in the idea, and me,
Five Degrees was born.
As a non-profit organization, no money passes through our hands.
Hence, we rely on free networking tools, such as Facebook, and the
Kindness of host venues to facilitate the networking sessions.
We were off to a rousing start in April's 5Degrees#1, with over
A hundred participants. We went on to #2, and #3, when we decided
Do our bit to network the community at large with a worthy cause.
And that would be A Nation In Concert.
So, last week, just before #4, I had a chat with T.
We were wondering if the degree of success of a group like ours
Can be measured by the number of members, or the
Success of the events? I reckoned that 5Degrees is successful
As long as we are able to encourage people to support our community more.
To support our community eateries, products, services, etc.
5Degrees#4 turned out to be a wonderful event, and I found the talk
To be very relevant to the IT professionals. It is also heartwarming to know
That there are people who believes and supports this vision.
Like every journey I make, I sometimes lose sight of the destination
Once in a while, and get a little weary, as work and other personal
Matters take my attention from the journey. But it is when I pause to
Think, and through introspection, understand why I started the journey
In the first place, and why I should keep on walking.
Small baby steps.