I have just discovered Meetups! They seem a little bit too structured for my liking (for example running on the same day everywhere) but what a great idea!
I am still trying to figure out jow I could use some of the concepts to improve my knowledge-cafes and even make them global. Maybe a kcafe could be a meetup?
What is a Meetup?
It's a local gathering of a group of people brought together by a common interest. Real world, face-to-face, maybe over coffee or a beer.
Where are Meetups?
Meetups happen in hundreds of cities around the world. At local cafés, bars, bowling alleys, donut shops, dog-friendly spots, videogame displays, and lots of other places. People vote on where their local Meetup will take place.
When are Meetups?
Most Meetups are weekday evenings or Saturdays. Meetups are on the same day everywhere. Most topics have a Meetup Day every month.
Is this free?
Yes, Meetup is a free service.
Who leads the Meetup?
Nobody. Meetups are informal; it's peers talking to peers. Most Meetups do have volunteer hosts that help make things go smoothly, but think of it as a casual get-together, not an official meeting.