Have you heard of Meetup? I believe they are doing just that – changing the world, I mean.
Their mission statement 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.
Their stats are huge:
- 6 million monthly visitors
- 7.2 million members
- 2.2 million monthly RSVPs
- 46,000 meetup topics
- 45,000 cities
A friend of a friend told me about Meetup, when I mentioned that I wanted to meet some new folks having recently moved back to a city I hadn’t lived in for 15 years.
I decided to checked out the Meetup web page even though I am not much of a joiner, and found myself signing up and joining a Meetup group. Then, I ignored Meetup for a few months, until I could no longer justify not creating the life I wanted!
I finally RSVP’d to an event and now, three months later, I am enjoying a book club brimming with interesting women, sipping coffee in multiple cafés, dancing the night away and meeting and making new friends, a few of whom now gather for coffee once a week on our own.
I think the best part of Meetup is everyone starts from the same point – we are all looking for folks to meet and interesting things to do.
For those of you thinking, I could or would never do that, I completely understand. My guess is many people, who join feel exactly the same way – until they join, which is what makes the concept and process so cool. Meetup is changing the way people think and meet, which means the are changing the world.
Meetup offers something for everyone. Topics range from coffee lovers (33 in Glasgow, UK) to Cool Nerds, (835 in LA); Philosophers (400 in Austin, TX) to farmers (1269 in Redlands, CA) and everything in between.
Meetup is a community of individuals, brave enough to take the risk that someone would want to connect with them around a common or creative idea or activity. Their actions then give millions of other folks a chance to reach out and meet someone. Meetup creates circles and cycles of courage, creativity and connection, I like that.
And, most Meetup groups are free or practically free to join. I like that, too.
I hope this weekend you get to meetup with folks you find interesting and fun whether you find them online, next door or in the next room.
P.S. Next Friday is a special day for me. To celebrate, the first reader, who comments or emails me @ firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct answer to why it is special will receive a copy of one of my favorite books “The Joy of Appreciative Living: Your 28-Day Plan to Greater Happiness in 3 Incredibly Easy Steps” by Jacqueline Kelm.