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what: the Meet Up concept is simple: you go to its web page, find your interest, and see who’s meeting about it in your area. After that, you just have to show up and make friends.

Meet Up is a global virtual platform that connects people, especially youth, around the world and within their own city. It is a web service that brings people together and helps them organise to meet in person at a given place and time. People cluster according to thematic groups, which they choose to join from among many others. Once they become members, by selecting their topic of interest and subscribing, they can participate in Meet Up sessions taking place in their own city or in the one closest to them.

an example: are you interested to find out people that, like you, are environmentally committed? The last time we checked the Meet up’s website – searching for ‘ecology’ - we found 14 groups listed as ‘ecologist’, 13 as ‘deep ecologist’ and 75 groups working on ‘new urbanism & sustainable development’…

real net: a ‘Meetup’ is a casual get-together of 5 to 35 like-minded neighbours from their community. Hundreds of different groups from knitters to entrepreneurs to Spanish language enthusiasts use Meetup.com to find each other face-to-face at local coffee shops, bookshops, restaurants, bars, pizza joints and other venues every month. These are real-life meetings: real local communities and real groups of people. The meetings are just peers talking to peers, with nothing official about them.
Meetups happen in hundreds of cities around the world. Usually meetings for a given topic happen on the same day in every city. Of course, due to time zones, Meetups don't happen everywhere simultaneously, they simply happen at the stated time - in the local time zone - in each respective city.

vote your venue: Meetups occur in public venues such as restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. Three weeks before the meeting, the organisation sends an email asking interested people to vote for the preferred venue. After that, people are asked to RSVP. This is a necessary step to know if enough people plan to attend the Meetup (if fewer than five people RSVP the Meetup is cancelled for that month). The whole process - emails, voting, RSVPs, attending - repeats every month.

So, if you are looking for people in your ‘neighbourhood’ to share and exchange ideas (and not just virtually), here is a snappy way to use technology to cultivate your own interests and become part of a growing community!


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