Identify necessary roles

In the beginning it is really importent that you find people who have skills useful to organize and build up the community. If you made an mission statement, you got the answers there. Just recap the necessary skills. This are the minimum skills which should be found in your team. This does not mean, that you need for each skill one person. You should at least are 3 persons in your team. Each kind of community, city, subject and [language]() needs different persons.

Find people to meet this roles

Know, that you identified the important roles it's time to fill in the positions. We have listed some ideas, where to find the people you need:

Circle of Friends

Do you know some guys who are willing to change the world? At least a bit.


At university there is always someone willing to make the world a bit better ;) And Serlo is a good chance for them to practice their knowledge.
There are four different ways to catch some people:

  • notices for the billboard and for the monitors in your university or school
  1. flyers
  2. facebook posts in the university group or in the facebook group of the university course
  3. presenting your ideas before a lecture starts


  • People from other Serlo-Teams are certainly willing to help you, but it would be best, if you find new members and do not take capacities from other Serlo-Teams
  • Maybe ask members of other teams, wether they know people in their circle of friends, which could be willing to help you.

(Don't forget to give them an opportunity to contact you. You could give them your phone number or your email address.)

Make the first meeting

When they call or write you you should propose them to meet in a café. There you should try to get to know them and talk with them about Serlo.

Important agendums for the first meeting:

1. get to know each other

  • Small talk

  • Did you both come here on a good way, with a good feeling?

  • Where do they come from at the moment? (From a lecture e.g.)

  • Was the lecture good?

  • You should make a little introduction of who you are and ask them the same

  • Who are you?

  • What are you studying?

  • What are your hobbies?

  • What do you do at Serlo, what is your mission at the moment

2. Ask where and how they found Serlo, what they already know, like and wether they want to hear more about Serlo

3. Ask them what their strengths are and how they want to contribute

Some hints
  1. When they want to know more about Serlo you should answer the following questions:
  • What is Serlo?
  • What do we want to achieve with Serlo? (Mission)
  • Where do we stand with Serlo? Why is Serlo so cool?
  • How did Serlo start? (the monastery story)
  1. Try to detect if they really want to contribute or if they are sceptical.

  2. It is not a job interview!!!!

Write an E-Mail afterwards

After you met them, you should write them an E-Mail and thank them for the talk. If you already made an appointment you should write date and time of the new meeting. If the person was more skeptical you should write, that you look forward to receive feedback, wether he want to join or not.

The second meeting

In the second meeting you should bring all the people together who are willing to contribute and helpful. In short you should collect all the good people. This meeting should be in a cozy enviroment too.

The Agenda of the second meeting should be:

1. Small talk

  • Did everybody come here on a good way, with a good feeling?
  • Where do they come from at the moment? (From a lecture e.g.)
  • Was it (the lecture) good?

2. Make an Agenda

  • Tell them which big points are standing on your agenda (all the next points are the agenda
  • Ask them, what they additionally want to ask, which questions they have

3. Introducing

  • You should make a little introduction who you are and ask them the same.

    • Who are you?
    • What are you studying?
    • What are your hobbies?
    • How did you come to Serlo? How did you find Serlo.

4. How should the future work look like?

  • It is really important, that you all get a detailed picture of your future cooperation. You can use the steps in the Community Courses to decide upon the different tasks and activities.

  • What is the first goal you want to work on? (A Serlo weekend?, 20 Students, …)

  • Maybe work on a tentative schedule for your meetings. Do you want to meet regularly?

  • When will you give them an introduction to the editor?

  • Make a tentative project plan

  • Maybe you should allocate people together for some of the first tasks

  • Maybe you find some other goals or assignments with other kinds of communities together. As City Community you could for example support a Language Community.

5. Set up communication channels

  • You will find infos on make structures

  • give them a Serlo account

  • show them how to use the editor

  • add them to a facebook group Serlo {name of your community (e.g. Biology/Espania/Milano}

You found a team and builded up some structures with them? Good, then let's move on :)

Path to how to build a new city community

Path to How to build a subject community

Path to How to build a new Language Community

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