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22 December... We're still here! Now what???? Maybe read all about CULTI GROUP RANDSTAD in this mail? :)

From: Arjan
Sent on: Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:11 PM

Maya Hype

Is it because of that Maya Thingie or is it because of the VERY nice Android tablet I got myself yesterday? Me don't know :). But something feels different. All that might have happened is... The end of a so called Time Circle, if we put some trust in the underlying way of thinking, that is. Culti Group doesn't have an opinion about this.... 

One thing is clear though: people that didn't understand that underlying way of thinking very well, predicted the end of the world as we know it all the way! But....  It's December 22 now, so it's easy to say: we're still here. Iet Giet Oan! But yes, things will change. Let's say new background energy translates itself into new organizations, new content and new shapes. The time for change is here. Therefor, also some changes will be made in Culti Groups in The Randstad :)  

Changes towards Culti Group Randstad

What changes are we talking about in Culti Group? First of all, there no longer are 3 separate Culti Groups in the Western part of The Netherlands, also referred to as Randstad or Deltametropool - from now on there is one Culti Group in this area, named: Culti Group Randstad. 

Second, there will be a lot more of an eye for the diversity in the International community in The Randstad. The Country "The Netherlands" in general and Randstad in specific already for same centuries is a crossroad for 3 different  parts of Europe. English speakers in the west, French speakers in the South and German speakers in the east. In order to explain a strong change of strategy a bit better, some background information might be required.  

Diversity

In the last couple of decades the focus in The Randstad was a bit more on the west ( and even more to the far west) but tides come and go. Culti Group will stay close to the international nature of Randstad. Not one single influence should overshadow another, because losing diversity means losing the added value that comes with it. More can be read about this here => http://www.meetup.com/cultiA/messages/boards/thread/29788312/

What does this mean for this group?

First of all, an effort will be made to make the meetups itself sound like Babylonia a lot more. Conversation in other languages than only English will be be encouraged.  This group should feel international, not British Plus. ( Or Dutch-Plus, or Spanish plus for that Mather). No. Just international. Therefor, the city organizer will talk to people in their own native language as much as possible and, of course, as much as people are up for it. Influences from one very one trackminded cutural powerhouse can't lead to anything else but stagnation first and going down-hill later. Therefor..... Culti Group Randstad wont walk that walk :). Read more about all this right here =>  http://www.meetup.com/cultiA/messages/boards/thread/29793162/

Pragmatic Changes

There also will be some pragmatic changes. When it comes to parties, we'll move into the zone of only-for-the-happy-few parties in Amsterdam. It's the most pragmatical way to reach the stage of a really social meetup group, that's more than the sum of individual needs. In Amsterdam, there is to much bullshit going on regarding egocentric behaver, alcohol and drugs abuse, etc etc etc.... The Culti Answer is to focus on parties for the happy-few only. If there will be parties-for-all, it will be in Utrecht, the vibes of the International community there are a lot more friendly than in Amsterdam.

In Haarlem, The Hague and Rotterdam, lots of host-free events will be set up. Which will only take place if enough people are willing to help out a little bit when it comes to hosting and so. Because every system needs drivers :) 

Also, the approach towards RSVP's will be changed. People don't seem to like a focus on sign-up means show up to much. Therefor, in stead of trying to fight windmills, Arjan will start asking for confirmations more and more. The RSVP itself from now on it's just a reservation, not a promise to be there.  And what's the objective to be reached with all these changes? This simpy is: A Meetup Group that's more than a Meetup Group :) 

Famous last words

Happy X-Mas - and Happy Newyear :) 

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