Should Meetups operate in a more structured and formal manner?

  • January 18, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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Happy New Year!

To kick off the new year, we're debating how Meetup groups can operate more effectively to enhance the member experience.


Many of us invest plenty of time, effort, and energy into attending Meetups.

But why?

And more importantly, how can we improve the member experience?

We're all part of the Meetup community, so please share your thoughts and ideas in a debate format.  We'll explore this topic by debating the following:

- Topic #1: Should Meetups operate in a more structured and formal manner? For instance, should there be an attendance or a membership fee? Also, should a chronic "no-show" member be subject to punitive measures?

- Topic #2: Would a higher level of commitment and participation by each member enhance the overall "success" of a group? Some assert that Meetup groups lack enthusiasm due to low commitment. If so, should the groups adopt a more selective enrollment process?  Also, are smaller, tight-knit groups more successful and enjoyable than the larger groups?

Come join NYC Debate and we'll explore these topics in depth, in a fun and friendly setting.

Please be mindful that these debate topics are intended purely for intellectual stimulation and will have no binding  effect on this group.

• 5:00 (pre-debate introductions) — as a Meetup member, how do you judge the success of a Meetup group? (i.e., attendance level, member commitment, member reviews, or something else?)

• 5:30 — Debate Topic #1

• 6:30 — Debate Topic #2

• 7:30 to 9:00 — Post-event social hour.

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VENUE INFORMATION

Here's a photo of the building entrance:

Once you enter the building, proceed to the banquet ("Amenities") room, as shown below:

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For those who wish to stay for the post-event social -- you are encouraged to bring light snacks and/or beverages to share for this portion of the event.


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  • Roberta

    I can not attend due to another meetup :) but I would like some summary of the 'results' of this event. I may work for MEETUP someday soon and this information would be so helpful

    2 · January 18, 2014

    • Roberta

      thank you both so much.. I will investigate. Hope to meet you at future events.

      January 20, 2014

    • Yen

      @Roberta, If you are going to work for Meetup someday, please suggest a process to encourage members to update their RSVPs to reduce no-shows (e.g. possibly a reconfirmation process ___ hours prior to start time).

      January 22, 2014

  • Mizan

    some of the members were interested in sharing their meetup groups they organize/attend. here are some of mine:
    http://www.meetup.com/documenta...­
    http://www.meetup.com/philosoph...­
    http://www.meetup.com/Constitut...­
    http://www.meetup.com/blackhole...­

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • John

    It was a really good discussion, I wish to see you guys soon again.

    January 18, 2014

    • thomas k

      Thanks for attending -- hopefully we'll see you again next month.

      January 19, 2014

  • rory m.

    Thomas sorry stuck in traffic

    January 18, 2014

    • thomas k

      Sorry to hear -- hope to see you next month.

      January 19, 2014

  • Joe

    Tom did a tremendous job coordinating the event, and everyone present contributed to a thorough and high-level discussion flowing with originality, plausibility, and ubiquity.

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Mizan

    Very useful discussion in debate format. Thanks Thomas for keep asking questions/moderating and others for contributing to a wonderful afternoon conversation.

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • thomas k

    Thanks to all those who attended our meetup today. Sharing and discussing your first-hand insights and experiences from other meetup group were invaluable. We're all in this together -- so it naturally follows that we try to make every event as enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • rory m.

    Thomas sorry stuck in traffic

    January 18, 2014

  • li

    Hi Thomas- I just tried to +1, then got moved to waitlist- are we still ok to come for a bit? thx!

    January 18, 2014

    • thomas k

      Sure, no prob.

      January 18, 2014

    • li

      thx! on way.

      January 18, 2014

  • thomas k

    Hi everyone, you should've received a direct message with the details for the event tomorrow. If you didn't receive the message, please contact me directly.

    January 17, 2014

    • thomas k

      Joe and Gwen, I've replied to you directly with the event details. Let me know if you didn't receive the message.

      January 17, 2014

    • Joe

      Tom - I did. Thank you. I will see you later.

      January 18, 2014

  • thomas k

    A reminder for those who wish to stay for the post-event social -- you are encouraged to bring light snacks and/or beverages to share with others for this portion of the event.

    January 17, 2014

  • li

    Hi Thomas- could I come by to observe/listen for a bit? I'm interested in everyone's ideas.

    January 17, 2014

    • thomas k

      Of course -- an active participation is not mandatory, although we encourage it and it will be difficult to resist!

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • li

      (I'm sure I won't be able to keep my mouth shut anyway...) :)

      January 17, 2014

  • rory m.

    Thomas. Can I do anything to help

    January 17, 2014

    • thomas k

      Rory, I think we're all set for tomorrow. Leah and I will be moderating the debates. Thanks for your offer to help, as always.

      January 17, 2014

  • shelly

    I don't have the venue address....please advise.

    January 17, 2014

    • thomas k

      Hi there - you'll receive a direct message around 5pm today with the venue address.

      January 17, 2014

  • Chae Jeong H.

    hello~ can i join?

    January 4, 2014

    • thomas k

      Hi, thanks for joining the group. This event is open to all members, so you're welcomed to attend. It will be held in Midtown and you'll be notified one day before the event with the exact address of the venue.

      January 4, 2014

  • rory m.

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Yen

      "You're Wrong!" :D In my humble opinion, it's awesome! :D

      1 · January 2, 2014

  • Mizan

    will try...

    December 16, 2013

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