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What we’re about

This is a group for practical idealists to share ideas, skills, and resources…a place to vision, debate and collaborate. Let's have conversations that have never happened before! Let's create real-world solutions that celebrate our individual desires and honor the needs of our collective future. Let's enjoy the process and each other.  

We gather to be in a diverse group of creative, positive people who truly embrace the gift of different perspectives and are excited to cross-pollinate. 

If you ask 100 people, "What does a better world look like?”, you're going to get 100 different answers. How can we help each other create the lives we want while also creating a viable, collective vision for a future that includes us all? We think of it as creating a utopia of utopias, where our versions enhance each other. We offer a framework that helps align us with each other so we can create the lives and world we know in our bones is possible.  

Types of Meetups:  

We will host facilitated groups, workshops and events with guest speakers. These will have varied costs depending on the event.  

Some topics we explore include:

  • How do we align and collaborate with each other?
  • Aligning with nature, deep ecology
  • Redefining utopia, finding a common vision
  • Embracing alternate views in order to create something even better
  • Permaculture, hydroponics and innovative food cultivation
  • Homesteading and urban gardening
  • Food security, slow food, healthy food production
  • Innovative architecture, tiny houses, design
  • Deep ecology, living systems, earth-based spirituality
  • Personal and cultural beliefs about money
  • New ways of exchange, conscious money
  • Community organizing, social capital, community building
  • Antifragility, technology in harmony with humans and earth
  • Alternative energy
  • Conscious parenting, eldering, rites of passage, ancestors


You don’t want a better world… 
You want your own utopia. Not one of those dull dystopian versions of sameness, but rather a utopia of utopias. A reality where your utopia enhances everyone else’s. A world filled with expressions of uniqueness, possibility and deep collaboration with each other and with life.  

(Quoted from the NonOrdinary Manifesto.)  

Started in 2012 by Trish Blain, this meetup is one of the local pathway groups of NonOrdinary Society ( that offers new paradigm training and community for lovers of life and evolving edge facilitators and leaders. See a list of our groups HERE. (  

If you have questions or would like to be a partner with us, contact Trish at  

Our Meetup History  
We have found that meetup attracts the kind of people we love — curious, passionate, renaissance creatives that care about the world and community.  
Before the pandemic, we held over 300 events and expanded into 7 cities based on partnership requests. Organized into eight "Pathways" of compelling topics, we were having a blast experimenting and growing our meetup network to over 50,000 subscribers.  

Our Meetup Groups in 2023   
We are excited to be offering meetup events again as ‘drop-in community’ experiences. They are a great way to get a low-risk introduction to NonOrdinary and to meet each other! Our Meetups are public events and are also listed in our Facebook group and on Eventbrite.   

Cultivating Community   
Skilled community is more important than ever; while we can offer ‘drop-in’ events through Meetup, we believe cultivating skills together over time is required to have a sustainable, rich, and productive community of badass collaborators. This requires a different container than can offer, which is why we are hosting our training community, NonOrdinary Society, on our own platform. You can learn more at