Recruiting through an open meeting

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The Big Lemon formed its initial core team as a result of an informal open meeting in a pub. A group of local people got together to explore ideas for a community bus company as a response to rises in local bus fares. It was the first time most of the people in the room had met each other, having been invited by posters and an article in the local paper, and the group included community activists, businesspeople, bus drivers, pensioners, local politicians, residents and a few journalists. It was an interesting and fruitful discussion, and by the end of the evening there was a plan. There was even an offer from one of the bus drivers in the room to drive the first day of service for nothing!

Source: Community-Led Transport Initiatives action pack