A great way to connect with others is Meetup.com.
‘Use the internet to get off the internet — and grow local communities.’
That is not their official tagline, but it’s a good one. I am a member of 4 local groups and have met some lovely people there.
Meetup is a 9/11 baby- the horrific tragedy brought people together and now Meetup.com helps people worldwide to connect with their neighbours.
Here is a great article by the founder of Meetup, Scott Heiferman. *** be aware, there are references to 9/11 in this article, not gruesome but may be triggering***
Quotes from Scott: “Most people thought it was a crazy idea — especially because terrorism is designed to make people distrust one another. (But I gathered my friends and) 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 thing.
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 powerful stuff.
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. We’re building new community together!!!!
The towers fell, but we rise up. And we’re just getting started with these Meetups.”
Go along to http://www.meetup.com, find your local groups and choose one you like the look of. You don’t have to commit to anything you don’t want to, it’s pretty informal. Connect with others, find out what you have in common, be happy 🙂