By Ramona Suonio IBL16
A 2nd year Managerial Communications course includes a student driven project with endless possibilities. Our group ended up organizing a charity event where the profits were donated to a Finnish charity Hope ry. The event was named One Night Stage, with five live artists from different genres such as classical, rock and hip-hop. The project needed tremendous effort and time which surprised all of us. Believe me, we had bigger plans in the beginning. Our combined creative minds thought about organizing a one-day outdoor festival with multiple artists. Due to huge costs and other issues we came back to our senses and decided to do something more manageable.
The importance of networking is discussed a lot about in school. That’s for a good reason since it was the crucial success factor in organizing this event. With networking, I don’t mean those fancy business events where professionals in suits mingle and raise a toast together. One Night Stage required connections from our project group members to get artists and establish new connections, for example with employees from the venue, Elmun baari. Honestly, this event would not have been possible without the co-operation from the artists and the amazing staff of Elmun Baari.
Even when sometimes we were in the verge of desperation, I would recommend a demanding project to get the best learning experience. What we learned from this exceeded all our expectations. You really had to take responsibility since it was not just you who were affected by a half-done job, but also the other parties being Elmun baari and the artists. An experience like this taught us practical skills within time management, marketing and all other aspects of event organizing. The things we learned during this project cannot be learned in the classroom.
There were hardships, like competing against mayday week’s events for students that reduced possible attendees. However, the mood and atmosphere were energetic and excited throughout the event. I can’t say enough how fortunate we were to get this experience and to be able to collaborate with all the stakeholders in One Night Stage. Maybe one day another 2nd year course will continue in our footsteps and there will be a Second Night Stage. We’ll wait and see.
Wow! Very impressive. I’ve heard and read of many different projects and events organised by Metropolia Business School students, but this is definitely one of the most ambitious and interesting ones. And for a great cause too! Sounds like you really worked hard on this one. I’m certain it was a great learning experience for everyone involved. I’ll keep an eye out for One Night Stage 2019 😉
I think that charity events are the best events you can organize or participate at. In every way you look, the fact that the event is for doing something good for someone gives you power to do anything you can so that event will happen and everything will go just right. Exactly how this One Night Stage event had place. After they got together and realized what exactly they want to do, they start balancing the things they need, place, people and after hard work they can be proud and say that a group of second year students succeeded to create a charity event, get to understand more better the things they are studying and maybe creating some new relationships with the persons they worked with.
It was truly inspiring what they have done and I really hope that other students will follow their footsteps and create another event, that will lead to another and another and this to become a tradition.
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