To organize a meet-up you tell people where they should meet and when and let them know the focus of the meet up. People show up if they are interested – it is as simple as that.
We’ve been developing craft neighborhood at the library and the manager of adult services decided to arrange a meet up for crafters. She has lots of great ideas and this was definitely one of them. I love rug hooking so I went – and it was wonderful!
We had eleven people in our new craft neighborhood and almost everyone was doing a different craft. We talked about crafts, the library, and the community. I had only planned to go for 30 minutes and stayed for over an hour.
There was no programming involved, just providing a pleasant space where folks could meet and chat – and isn’t that what community is all about? Maybe the lesson here is that community-building happens in little, small steps like getting a group of strangers together to talk about knitting. I just know I’m going again next week.