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Event series

Event series

Fuckup Nights

Fuckup Nights Nairobi is part of a global event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, three to four people get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled; at Fuckup Nights it all comes out in the open.

Falling flat on your face is typically viewed negatively and kept private. In African culture, we talk more about our successes and very little about the lessons that we learnt to get us there. And that is what we want to change. Fuckup Nights are intended to create a culture shift around failure and enable a mindset of innovation and mental wellbeing. We will take the sting, shame and guilt out of failure, share stories in a supportive environment, and go home feeling a bit better about ourselves.

The events follow a specific format: four entrepreneurs present their failures for seven minutes using up to 10 images. Each presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session and networking. 

Would you like to tell your failure story at Fuckup Nights, or nominate someone whose story you’d like to hear? Get in touch with us via info@thekijiji.co.ke. You can also join as an MC if you feel passionate about the human part of professional development and innovation. A Fuckup Night event can also be exclusively dedicated and curated to your sector, company or conference.

Learn more about Fuckup Nights Nairobi via Evaline Momanyi’s vlog.

Nairobi Stew

Nairobi Stew is a community dinner funding microgrants for community projects. It is built on the belief that Ksh 500, four pitches, stew and a vote is all you need to make incredible things happen in your community. The Nairobi Stew Event Series is inspired by the Global Soup Movement, which began with Detroit Soup in 2010 and has spread around the world since.

For a suggested donation of 500 ksh, attendees receive a bowl of stew, a ballot and listen to 4 presentations. The ideas range from art, urban agriculture, social justice, education, technology and more. Each presenter has 4 minutes to share their idea and answer 4 questions from the audience. The attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners will then come back to a future Stew dinner to report their project’s progress.

Nairobi Stew has been held severally since the inaugural event in March 2017, engaging over 300 people in person.

Would you like to attend the next Nairobi Stew, or apply to pitch about your initiative for a better Nairobi? Subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll be notified of upcoming Stews.  

Social Good Summit

In the midst of this rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focuses on where we’re headed. Held annually in September during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Nairobi Social Good Summit engages a community of citizens and progressive thought leaders in interactive consultation workshops and large group dialogue, providing an opportunity for companies and organisation to connect with their stakeholders and the public to accelerate progress on the SDGs. A dynamic exploration of the world we want to live in by 2030, the purpose of Social Good Summit is to discuss the solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.

Read more on the previous Social Good Summit here. This event also received a notable recognition from Nairobi Business Monthly. Here’s a colourful snapshot of the summit.