Celo Flavor

Celo Flavor

Prosperity for the Celo community is: people getting their basic needs met, people following their unique path, and people supporting one another.
The focus on cultivating prosperity is what gives events the “Celo” flavor. These common characteristics, as well as the suggested event ideas below, are designed to support that intention. Celo events can look a lot of different ways. These are the commonalities they share:
  • Focus on at least 1 of the 4
    Community Tenets
    • Designing for all
    • Innovating on money
    • Striving for beauty
    • Embodying humility
  • Foster learning & growing
  • Encourage the sharing of unique gifts
  • Opening & closing rituals
What sparks Celo inside of you? While using our guides as a template, we encourage you to connect to your passion to make Celo events your own.

Foster learning & growing

Communities that learn together grow together. Choose event themes and topics that foster the learning and growth of your local community. This requires first knowing who your audience is. Consider the people in your local circles who would be interested in Celo’s mission. What commonalities do they share? What’s their technical level? What are they interested in learning about? Use these questions to create events that meet their needs and contribute to growth.
Check out the following books for tips and tricks:
The Art of Community, Charles H. Vogl Get Together, Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh & Kai Elmer Sotto

Unique Gifts

In the spirit of decentralization and supporting one another, we strongly suggest teaming up with a co-organizer (or 2!) to help with your event. This allows you to focus on your unique gifts in event leadership while allowing others to share theirs. Many hands make for light work and more magic.
Similarly, don’t be shy to invite participants to contribute in some way to the event. Whether it’s taking photos, sharing a talk, or setting up the space beautifully look for ways to engage your community members into the event. In encouraging contribution, you are encouraging the Celo in your members to shine.

Opening & Closing Rituals

A ritual is “any practice that marks a time or event as special or important.” Rituals add structure to experiences, create continuity between events, and deepen the sense of community belonging.
An opening ritual can be as simple as welcoming people into the space, acknowledging event contributors, and sharing the purpose of your event. , inspiration, and to add your own opening rituals.
For a closing ritual, thank the volunteers, speakers, and guests for joining. Take a photo together to mark the time spent together, which you can then share as a gift to the group. , inspiration, and to add your own closing rituals.

Community Tenets

As a global community we are guided by accessible financial tools to make the world a better place. In order to do this we are guided by the Celo Community tenets. In Celo events, these tenets come alive through the content shared, community interactions, and event intentions. Every event has at least one tenet that they are upholding.
For example, for a walking tour event, the description could read something like:
Why a walking tour?
is a decentralized community of creators -- developers, designers, dreamers, doers -- who are motivated by the power of accessible financial tools to make the world a better place. We are guided by four community tenets, two of which are Designing for All and Innovating on Money. By interacting with the local history and culture we can design for all. By understanding money’s history within that context we can innovate to create something for all.

1. Design for All

We believe that, to create a truly inclusive financial system, we must begin by serving those who need it most.
Globally, about one in every three adults do not have a bank account. As a simple consequence of this, they don’t have a straightforward means of receiving or storing value across distance, and therefore are excluded from a large part of the global economy. They don’t have a way of establishing assets or credit history on which to receive loans. They can’t receive remittances without a large processing fee. In this context, the simple ability to store and transmit small quantities of money with little overhead can have a transformative impact.
We believe that to create a truly inclusive financial system, we must start by building an infrastructure to serve those excluded from the current system. Further, we believe that if we are able do so, the resulting system will be more useful, more resilient, more full-featured, and more accessible for everybody.
Therefore, when we design our tools, we keep in the front of our mind the people who need them the most. This is our primary motivation.

2. Innovating on Money

We recognize that the features of money, like the features of any widely used technology, have a considerable impact on society.
The primary features of society’s media of exchange have changed little since the Bank of Sweden and Bank of England started issuing notes in the late 1600’s. Our means of payment are, by and large, loaned into existence, national in nature, fractional reserve backed, and established by fiat. While this design has been and will continue to be useful for a large variety of transactions, it obscures a vast design space, some of which has been explored on the margins, including: time banks, mutual credit, local currencies backed by local goods, demurrage-charged currencies, natural-capital backed currencies, money gifted into existence through a basic income, and others.
We believe that many of these features have great potential for positive impact, and that we would be well-served to have a world in which the way value is stored and transmitted is more an ecology than a monoculture.

3. Striving for Beauty

We aim, as best we can, to create beauty.
There are two twin truths around which we orient our values and culture: that each person has a unique purpose, and that everyone is connected. We believe that a financial environment that supports both of these complementary truths -- that connects us to one another and supports each person in following their own path -- can help to create a more beautiful world. So, too, we believe that a working environment that supports these truths -- that fosters our intrinsic connectedness to one another, and gives focus to each person’s unique purpose through project choice and thoughtful reflection -- can help to create a more beautiful working community. Therefore, we strive to lean into these truths. More generally, we try, as much as possible, to create beauty in each of the little things we do.

4. Embodying Humility

We strive to think lightly of ourselves and deeply of the world.
To do any of the things we aim to do -- design for many people, innovate on the medium of exchange, strive to create beauty in the little things -- requires us to be humble, to be empathetic, to learn from our mistakes and others’ successes. Even more than audacity, doing anything meaningful requires humility.