Organizers: Activate Hub
Difference in tactics between wanting to expand user bases of online and offline groups.
Another challenge: trying to recruit new users/attendees who don’t follow/subscribe.
There’s the question of quantity and quality, too.
Discussion about Meetup: Meetup sucks bc it’s poor at helping creators foster conversation and continue conversation after the event.
· Is this by design?
· Also, hard to connect with people afterword.
· Heretical statement from Eli: Maybe this isn’t a software problem, maybe we need to connect with people there and in person.
· Also highly transactional.
· Use spreadsheets to track attendance, and cut people off the list when they don’t attend and/or rsvp and then don’t attend.
· Other options:
o Caligator: a low-barrier community calendar system. It’s also open source.
o Downside is that it is PDX-centric.
o So many people want to create events. Planning is not the hard thing. It’s promotion that is the challenge. That’s why community calendars work. Then people register through Eventbrite.
o Idea of crowdfunding events. There are a few groups that do this.
o Teamworkpm.net: amazing project/event management software.
Struggle with quantifying the impact of these events to pass on to funders.
o Lanyard software for capturing content.
o Google plus events
o Ask people to give feedback as a quid pro quo for free event
o Expand definition of “volunteer” to include people taking surveys or giving feedback.
o Word of mouth/ambassadors are important
o Feeding and sustaining your community is important
Is there a calendar or source in our communities for meetups?
· Meetup seems to be the thing that most of us use (despite our previous grevances).
· Lanyard: newish and mostly tech conferences