Firstly, I'm pretty excited at the number of people interested in joining the Social Change Collaboratory already - and loving Meetup. ;)
The idea for this meetup came about as the concept for Doing Something Good (http://doingsomethinggood.posterous.com/we-are-doing-something-good-0) unfolded, no doubt inspired by Loretta Rae (http://twitter.com/lorettarae)'s Creative Instigators (http://www.meetup.com/createandinstigate/about/), #samehuman (http://www.nickallardice.com/?tag=samehuman) dinners and a bunch of other great events and meetups I've been to, particularly in the last year. More on that here (http://doingsomethinggood.posterous.com/35378878).
As with Doing Something Good, I want this to be yours. My part is to bring us together, find somewhere for us to connect face-to-face, and provide opportunities (platforms, speakers and activities) to share knowledge, experience and insight. As a free agent (http://marketingconversation.com/2010/06/28/what-does-beth-kanter-mean-by-free-agent/) I’m also looking forward to facilitating a few collaborative projects during the year and creating opportunities for us all to do something good together. :)
Actually, reading your profiles - I'm really excited. Thanks for choosing to be part of this.