I received this in e-mail today. Some of you may be aware of the organization, “http://www.meetup.com ” which has groups of all different strips, some for illnesses, small business advancement and just about everything you can think of. This is another way of meeting people of like mind (or of unlike mine) and talking, supporting, doing, hiking; BEING! This particular e-mail was sent to me by the CEO of http://www.meetup.com
I don’t write to our whole community often, but this week is special because it’s the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many
people don’t know that Meetup is a 9/11 baby.
Let me tell you the Meetup story. I was living a couple miles from the Twin Towers, and I was the kind of person who thought
local community doesn’t matter much if we’ve got the internet and tv. The only time I thought about my neighbors was when I
hoped they wouldn’t bother me.
When the towers fell, I found myself talking to more neighbors in the days after 9/11 than ever before. People said hello to
neighbors (next-door and across the city) who they’d normally ignore. People were looking after each other, helping each
other, and meeting up with each other. You know, being neighborly.
A lot of people were thinking that maybe 9/11 could bring people together in a lasting way. So the idea for Meetup was
born: Could we use the internet to get off the internet — and grow local communities?
We didn’t know if it would work. Most people thought it was a crazy idea — especially because terrorism is designed to make
people distrust one another.
A small team came together, and we launched Meetup 9 months after 9/11.
Today, almost 10 years and 10 million Meetuppers later, it’s working. Every day, thousands of Meetups happen. Moms Meetups,
Small Business Meetups, Fitness Meetups… a wild variety of 100,000 Meetup Groups with not much in common — except one
Every Meetup starts with people simply saying hello to neighbors. And what often happens next is still amazing to me.
They grow businesses and bands together, they teach and motivate each other, they babysit each other’s kids and find
other ways to work together. They have fun and find solace together. They make friends and form powerful community. It’s
It’s a wonderful revolution in local community, and it’s thanks to everyone who shows up.
Meetups aren’t about 9/11, but they may not be happening if it weren’t for 9/11.
9/11 didn’t make us too scared to go outside or talk to strangers. 9/11 didn’t rip us apart. No, we’re building new
The towers fell, but we rise up. And we’re just getting started with these Meetups.
Scott Heiferman (on behalf of 80 people at Meetup HQ)
Co-Founder & CEO, Meetup
New York City
I wanted to post this about 9/11 AND there are so many Meetup groups. There may be lupus meetups in your area, so go to: http://www.meetup.com and find a support group that interests you1
There are many places you can find support: online groups or communities, at your church, your local hospital social work department may be of assistance; but what is important is that you find reputable groups that don’t give medical advice; rather, give you support during this time in your life.
- Meetup builds community (ruralcommunitybuilding.fb.org)