MeetUp, the "click and mortar" company that let's you find where people who share your interests actually meet up in the real world has been around for a while. I subscribe to the Palo Alto version, where on an average week there are some 425 meetups within 25 miles of the city.
What is amazing to me is the diversity. Here's a thin slice sampling of what's happening this week in the area.:
To me the diversity is something amazing. If you go to the site and read a local list you can see how a significant slice of your area's population is self-organizing along the lines of shared interests and it is very cool.
I always hope that no one misreads a line and goes to the meeting above or below the one they want on the list. This is to me what the localized version of what Global Neighborhoods is all about.
There is nothing like a face-to-face meeting and hopefully there never will be. But now, through the Internet and social media we can meet people all over the world who share our interests. We may not be able to meet them all face to face, but there is something very heartening to know there are others out there who share a part of what we are about.
It is remarkable how diverse each of us is in other ways and yet we can now come together online. damn, I gotta get this book going. It keeps getting bigger in my mind but the pages are not being fruitful, nor are they multplying.