As human beings we love to socialise with others, sometimes in an unstructured way as with parties, a drink at the pub, lunch with a friend, or even just chatting with the people who always get the same bus that we do.
Sometimes we join community organisations in order to meet and spend time with others.
And sometimes we just like to meet others who share our interests, such as learning another language, talking politics, keeping fit, or riding motorcycles.
The Meetup website helps groups of people get together for meetups.
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
When I visited the website I tried searching for meetups around Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, and Whangaarei.
I had mixed success.
In some of those locations there were several groups and meetups available. In a couple of others there were none.
Groups included fitness, poker, wellness, Spanish language, hiking, web design, movies, music, philosophy, real estate, social events, climate change, car enthusiasts, smoking, quizzes, food….
As you can see, there’s a wide range of topics — in fact, something for everyone.
Anyone can start a meetup group. Organisers pay a small monthly fee for the service. People who attend the meetups do not pay a fee to the website, but organisers may charge a membership fee if they wish.
As at November 2009 it costs around US$12 to US$20 per month for an organiser. For that amount an organiser can run up to 3 meetup groups. See information on costs.
Perhaps this service could be useful for your organisation. It would certainly be a good idea for you to take a look at the Meetup website.
Be sure to tell us if you sign up and how it works out for you.
Written by Miraz Jordan for, and reproduced from CommunityNet Aotearoa Panui, December 2010. This article has been modified for publication here.