OverviewWhat is Star 100?
Where is the group based?
What are the group's aims?
How is the group managed?
What is the age range of members?
Why the name Star 100?
JoiningWho can join Star 100?
Does that include non-Ghanaians?
How about if I don't live in UK or US?
What is expected of members?
Is there a membership fee?
So ... how do I become a member?
Meet-upsHow do monthly meet-ups work?
Do I have to attend every month?
EmailsWill I receive unsolicited email?
Are my details confidential?
Links with GhanaHow do you make a difference in Ghana?
Version 3.0What is Star 100 Version 3.0?
What are its objectives?
What changes will be made as a part of Star 100 Version 3.0?
What is Star 100?Star 100 is a network of Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian professionals in the Diaspora with an interest in Ghana. Our purpose is to create a platform that encourages members to network for their personal benefit as well as the good of Ghana.
Where is the group based?Star 100 is based in London, United Kingdom.
What are the group's aims?Our aims - AKA pillars - are to provide opportunities for members to:
1. network online and offline, for social and business purposes,
2. develop their personal and career skills,
3. learn about Ghana's history, culture, politics and economics,
4. give back to and create links with Ghana.
How is the group managed?Star 100 has a Coordinating Team made up of a Chair, Administrative Coordinator, Membership Coordinator and Content Coordinator, all of whom are volunteers.
What is the age range of members?There is no set age range, but members tend to be in the range 20 to 50 years old.
Why the name Star 100?The initial aim of the group was to identify 100 'stars' to start a network. Since then the membership has exceeded 900, however, the original name has been kept as a reminder of how, by taking small steps, our goals can be met and surpassed.
Who can join Star 100?All professionals - or individuals with a professional mindset/outlook - who support our broad aims.
Does that include non-Ghanaians?Certainly, all we ask is that you have a (demonstratable) interest in Ghana.
How about if I don't live in the United Kingdom?In 2017 we will be launching an online networking platform that will give benefit to members not based in the United Kingdom. In addition, you are free to join our mailing list and come along to a meet-up if you are ever passing through London..
What is expected of members?Here is some guidance:
- Come to the majority of monthly meet-ups and introduce yourself to new and old members alike.
- Read any emails sent out by the group - we work hard not to spam.
- Give the people running the group ideas and/or feedback
Is there a membership fee?Star 100 operates a tiered subscription scheme.
So ... how do I become a member?Go to the Join page and fill in the short form. You will be added to our mailing list and kept up to date with any news/events.
|Premium Member||£45/year (rising to £60/year in July 2017)||
|Standard Member||No charge||
What period does a subscription cover?A subscription lasts 12 months from the date payment is received, e.g. an Individual Subscriber subscription, paid in one instalment, taken out on the 5th of March 2017 will run up until the 4th of March 2018.
How will meet-ups work?There are 3 types of meet-up each quarter:
- Social: pure social, in a bar, Coordinating Team messages but no other messages
- Member-led: open-mic or camp-fire discussion, run by a member or members
- External speaker: talk by an invited speaker or panel of speakers, non-bar venue
Full subscribers are able to attend all of these meet-ups for free. Non-subscribers are able to attend quarterly social meet-ups but have to pay to attend member-led (at least £10 in advance and £15 on the door) and external speaker meet-ups (at least £15 in advance and £20 on the door).
In addition once a year there is likely to be a subscriber-only event open only to subscribers.
Are refunds given?Subscriptions are non-refundable.
Are subscriptions transferable?Individual subscriptions are non-transferable.
How do monthly meet-ups work?The monthly networking meet-ups are the group's backbone. For Star 100 UK these take place in London on the last Friday of each month, apart from in December.
Do I have to attend every month?No but regular attendance is encouraged – it’s not a network otherwise!
Will I receive unsolicited email?No. We do not share our mailing list with external parties.
Are my details confidential?Your email address will be never given out without your prior consent. The only information divulged to other members is your name, job title and organisation. We share this information as we believe it encourages networking amongst members.
LINKS WITH GHANA
How do you make a difference in Ghana?In the past, we made annual donations to good causes working in Ghana. Going forward Star 100 UK plans to launch a skills-based volunteering scheme.
STAR 100 VERSION 3.0
What is Star 100 Version 3.0?Star 100 Version 3.0 is the next stage in the evolution of the network. Version 1.0 (2004-2010) saw the creation of the group around informal networking; the joining together of separate male and female sections; the formation of the first Coordinating Team; and the establishment of our external speaker events. Version 2.0 (2010-presenty ) introduced a paid membership tier and saw us develop a strong reputation amongst audiences, speakers and sponsors alike for events which educate, inspire, challenge and entertain on a broad range of topics.
What are the objectives of Star 100 Version 3.0?Our objectives for Star 100 Version 3.0 are to:
- better surface, develop and harness members’ skills,
- enhance members’ ability to network,
- extract greater value from events,
- create more opportunities for members to get involved, with less of a time commitment,
- clearly differentiate our premium offering and grow our premium member base
What changes will be made as a part of Star 100 Version 3.0?Online Networking & Skills
A central enabler to achieving our objectives is technology and in particular launching an online networking platform. The platform will launch in July 2017.It will feature:
- member profiles,
- member dashboards, e.g. for managing subscriptions,
- an event listing,
- curated and original content.
It will support all of our Version 3.0 objectives, and allow us to add content to our main existing outputs, connections (Version 1.0) and events (Version 2.0).
Even though we have generally left the group to grow via word-of-mouth, we realise that there is a new dimension to such promotion – social media. As a result, we will be harnessing channels such as Twitter more consistently going forward.Events
A lot of time and effort goes into organising our events and we think we can extract greater value from them. Here is how:
- share pre-readings online,
- take pre-event questions online and use these to structure events (Premium/Online Members),
- share audio/video recordings online following events – ideally within a month of an event,
- host post-event online discussions (Premium/Online Members),
- run follow-up webinars.
In the process, we have also thought of a couple of ways we could improve the running of our events:
- take contactless payments at the door – we tested this at our October 2015 event and it worked well,
- check-in attendees electronically.
In February 2015, we held a mini-consultation, during which we appealed for members to get more involved in helping to run the group. The message we got back loud and clear was that whilst some of you would like to, you did not feel you had sufficient time.
We went away and thought about what we heard and have come up with ways for you to get involved which require less of a time commitment:
- become a Knowledge Leader, i.e. a subject matter expert in an area (that relates to Ghana), e.g. technology, entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, health, finance, politics, culture, branding – the expectation is that these individuals will do the following: - create an event outline or write a thought leader article once a year,
- micro-volunteer, e.g. write an article for the new online networking platform,
- join the Support Team, i.e. an informal group of helpers that the Coordinating Team can call upon on an ad hoc basis,
- run a social meet-up.
- share three subject-related news stories a month,
- attend 50% of meet-ups and drive conversations about their area,
We intend to maintain our free Standard Membership and paid Premium Membership. When our online networking platform launches in July 2017, we will introduce a new paid subscription tier – Online Membership (working title) – to cater for members that can or only want to network online, e.g. members based in Ghana.
In July 2017 the price of Premium Membership will rise to £60/year – having been £45 since we launched it six years ago. Anyone that joins or renews before then will pay £45 for their first year. Online Membership will be priced at £20/year.
Premium Members and Online Members will gain full access to the online networking platform, e.g. the ability to create an extended profile, message other members, join online discussions, post events. Standard Members will have limited access to the platform.Premium Membership
The 100 or so paid Premium Members we have today (out of 900+ members) are directly helping to grow and sustain the network. It is therefore important that we offer them as much value as we can. We also want to grow this section of the membership.
As a result, here are some Premium Membership tier changes and enhancements we intend to make:
- starting in 2017, introduce an annual Premium Member-only event,
- provide full access to the new online networking platform (see below),
- in line with our desire to enhance members’ skills, provide presentation ‘training’ for those that want to run member-led events and open up moderation of our external speaker events to Premium Members.