Organizing Fuckup Nights in Venezuela

Present in more than 300 countries, our movement is immersed in different cultures, economies and social & economic contexts; and that means our organizers can sometimes face different challenges while organizing Fuckup Nights. The local team in Maracaibo knows this all too well, having lived through some tricky experiences during the two years they’ve been organizing Fuckup Nights in this Venezuelan city.

 And recently, Gabriela, one of the organizers of FUN Maracaibo, sent us an email that left us speechless.

Here’s an excerpt of that email:

There’s a lot of things I’d like to tell you about Fuckup Nights Maracaibo, one of them is that two months ago, I finally finished my research for my Psychology degree. This research project was about Resiliency and Strategies to face failure for millennial entrepreneurs. As you can imagine, as expected, my study population was the Fuckup Nights community we’ve created throughout these 2 years (…)

Let me tell you that here in Maracaibo we have incredibly resilient entrepreneurs, and they’ve applied strategies to carry on and get over the  constant stream of crisis situations we’re experiencing in the country.

Oh, Ricardo (Editor’s note: our Movement Coordinator), something crazy, exciting and incredible happened the day I presented my work to the judging panel. When my work was evaluated, one of the judges told me that he attended one of our editions at Fuckup Nights Maracaibo. I just couldn’t believe it!. Thanks to the collaboration and inspiration from the movement, our thesis got a mention for publication with 20 points (…)

Let me tell you the main reason of this email. Because of the situation we’re living in the country, it has been a tough and demoralizing atmosphere. For us, the national power outage marked a before and after. After the re-establishment, the most affected city in the country, was Maracaibo. After long hours and days without power, I couldn’t find the space, motivation, and energy to continue with Fuckup Nights.

(…) I’m about to tell you something that hit me a little hard:

Half of my team of Fuckuppers will migrate soon, and in my case, in a month, I’ll be in Colombia and will be there for 6 months.

Now, more than ever, we’d love to organize another Fuckup Nights edition, maybe our last edition of the year, but definitely not the very last one. We’re not planning to stop, and we’d love to continue until 2040 if possible.

But as the leader Fuckupper in the city, I’m aware of the reality, and by now, we want to organize the greatest and last Fuckup Night of the year, before taking a break, with 4 objectives:

  • To let people in Venezuela know what’s being done in the world.
  • That failure is not  final, we must recover motivation and we need to understand that we’re not alone.
  • That it’s worth listening to others and to learn from those stories.
  • That there’s still people willing to help and that Fuckup Nights Maracaibo is not over.

There’s a high chance that I’ll return to Venezuela next year, maybe with more strength to go on with the movement and to keep coordinating the event in Maracaibo (…) We would like to stay with the movement, and my fuckuppers want to say farewell with their heads held high, and with the message that this is not over.

Sincerely, Fuckup Nights Maracaibo

Whoa. With this one email, we realized the real impact of Fuckup Nights in the life of a Fuckupper. Gabriela organized events for 2 years, and her thesis reflects the inspiration and motivation behind sharing a failure.

And while we’ve always felt that sharing these stories was a powerful thing, it’s now clearer to us that sharing is a way to defy the system. This email has helped us  to know what we want to keep achieving and improving with every local membership in the world.

We’re looking forward to reading Gabriela’s thesis once it’s published, and to share it with you all. Fuckup Nights Maracaibo is taking a break, but we’re positive that someday we’ll have some more stores of failure being shared in this city in Venezuela.