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Official Meetup group for Socialhaus! (www.socialhaussf.com)

Ever wished for a place like Central Perk from Friends? Ever thought that sometimes the best conversation comes from the most spontaneous encounters?

Socialhaus is a lounge space designed with the purpose of encouraging social gathering within the local community. We are looking to reinvent the way we meet people, an offline gathering spot away from the bustle of the city — a “Third Place” beyond home and office.

Here, we bring people together to learn from each other’s unique experiences. It's a place where you will meet open-minded individuals from different walks of life, a place intentionally designed to go beyond the superficial small talk of networking, a place for friends…

Join us!

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[NEWS]

Membership is here!

Thank you so much for showing love to Socialhaus by coming to our events and engaging in great conversations with people from all walks of life!

We’ve gained great popularity over the past few months and have exciting news to share. Starting from June 3, 2019, we are rolling out a membership plan for all Socialhaus members! The goal, in addition to making it sustainable, is to improve and plan additional events for members. These may include group discussions around a particular topic (of your choice!), one-on-one engagements, board game nights, etc. The idea is to seek out all interesting ways that make an engaging gathering.

Additionally, there will be member only events for members to get to know each other better. We’ve found that seeing the same faces help us bond, just like how 6 Friends bonded at Central Perk. Of course, majority of our events and gatherings will still be open & free to everyone new to Socialhaus for their first visit, open and inclusive to people from all backgrounds.

Included in my membership:

- A community of diverse and open-minded individuals!

- Events 12+ times a month with a focus on engaging conversation (Weds+Fri 6-8pm, Sat 3-5pm “Talk to a stranger over tea, make a friend”; Additional events during the week)

- Complimentary snacks & bites during some events

- Member only events

How much is membership?

--Pay what you can--

In becoming a member everyone will name a price for a monthly membership (with a suggested amount of $30 a month). It is about how much one can pay to support our movement— the dream of creating a dedicated space for a strangers reunion, for a community to come back to; in short, a place where everyone knows your name.

We hope to remove the payment barrier for anyone of any background as we look to bring an inclusive space for all professions, artists, construction workers, entrepreneurs, doctors, musicians, world travelers, and of course the software engineers.

The fee will be used to cover rental cost of the space, as well as making of new conversation topic cards, new activities, as well as purchasing some fun board games for the group (also, to cover for snacks during events as we tend to take up after work hours during which one may be hungry!). Additionally, we will put in effort in connecting members further, and take direct feedback from members on the kind of events they’d like to see.

Any questions please feel free to reach out to us directly at socialhaussf@gmail.com .

Thank you for being a part of making Socialhaus very special.

With love,

Team Socialhaus

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[FAQ]

How do I sign up to become a member?

Please fill out this form to sign up! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScc0bVpkc1EgUjGxsONEzdPRVcy7399ChWmu2d69EBZEbvgfA/viewform

What is unique about Socialhaus? How is it different from other groups?

At its core, Socialhaus aims to bridge those who are different. They may come from a different background, profession, hobby, yet are just similar enough to forge a friendship. There are many groups out there that connect people from the same profession/industry, but we are doing just the opposite. We seek to understand and emphasize with others’ unique experiences, to not let our cynicism get in the way, and to see people for who they are.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

We are one of the few groups out there that meet very consistently. Not only are we consistent, we put in a lot of effort in the design of each gathering to ensure the best experience. We are tired of floating from one party to another at a networking event, so we curate an environment for people to truly have engaging conversations. Your benefits as a member is access to all the events we host as well as opportunity to provide feedback and design the experience along with us.

So the group is not free anymore?

First visit will always be free! If you are new, we welcome you with open arms. All you have to bring is your lovely self and an open mind. However, to ensure quality and sustainability, all visits after the first time will require either purchase of monthly membership or pay per event.

How much is membership?

Membership is “Pay What You Can” (with a suggested amount of $30 a month). It will be monthly recurring, charged on the day you have purchased your membership and every month after. For example, if your membership was purchased on the 18th of the month, your payment method will be charged on the 18th of every month.

Since it’s “Pay What You Can”, does that mean I can update my monthly billed amount?

Yes. Let us know via email socialhaussf@gmail.com with your new desired amount, and we will update for the next billing cycle.

I’m not ready to commit to monthly membership yet, is there a pay per event option?

Yes. After a free first visit, additional visits without membership will be $12 per visit.

How do I make payments?

We accept credit card, venmo, cash, paid on site at this moment. (BTC and ETH are accepted as donations)

Can I bring friends?

Of course! We just ask that they also come with an open mind to meet anyone and everyone :)

Is there an age limit to attend?

Nope. In fact, we encourage individuals from all age groups to join! Diversity in generation is also part of what we advocate for, as we believe there is a lot to learn from the worlds of a different generation, older or younger.

I love your idea and would love to help. How can I get involved?

Amazing! We are absolutely looking for help! As we build Socialhaus, we’re looking for those who believe that the world desperately need it to join us on the journey! If you have experience with marketing, social media, finance, community building, software development and startup backgrounds to join us at the Socialhaus team (aka glorified volunteer) and see how this all come together and idealate to move it forward. Reach us at socialhaussf@gmail.com. Excited and look forward. :)

How do I cancel my membership?

Please email us at socialhaussf@gmail.com to cancel. Cancellation will be effective at time of written notice. No refund will be given.

If you have additional questions, comments, or just want to say hi, feel free to email us at socialhaussf@gmail.com

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[Socialhaus Code of Conduct]

Safe Space

Socialhaus is a safe space for people of all age, race, gender expressions & sexual orientations, and will not tolerate any discriminatory or inappropriate behavior.

Be Civil, Kind and Courteous

Together we’re trying to create a warm and comfortable environment. Treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required to keep our group enjoyable for everyone.

Talk as much as you would listen

Socialhaus is a gathering of people from different walks of life. Here, we want everyone to have a chance to speak from themselves and to have others have their undivided attention. Here are some guidelines to show your members that you are attentive:

No cell phones out: Please limit the amount of cell phone use to a minimal. This will let members know that you are listening to what they have to say. If you have a phone call, please politely step outside to take it, and then feel free to come back when it is completed.

Avoid dominating the conversation: Try to make sure everyone has had a chance to talk. Dominating the conversation can make some members intimidated to join in on the conversation. Please be aware of how much you talk vs. how much you listen.

Alcohol or Drug Policy

Outside alcoholic beverages and recreational drugs are NOT allowed on the premises. Socialhaus strives to have guests communicate as their complete and real selves. With that being said, members should not participate if they are inebriated. Noticeable prior consumption of alcohol may result in being asked to leave the event.

Anonymous Reporting

Socialhaus aims to have every member feel comfortable and safe in the space. Members and guests of Socialhaus are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior (either in person or via email to socialhaussf@gmail.com). All reports will be kept anonymous and will only be seen by the Socialhaus team. Those who are reported for the following behavior during Socialhaus gatherings and/or online media risk being removed & banned:

Racism / Sexism / Sexual harassment / Verbal/physical Abuse / Intolerance of a person’s religion, gender identity or sexual orientation / Behaving in a way that disturbs the enjoyment of the event/discussion for other people / Soliciting or unwanted promotion of one’s business / Any other actions deemed to be intentionally hurtful, harmful, threatening or inappropriate

Depending on the severity in violation of the Code of Conduct, violators may receive a warning or being banned from Socialhaus at Socialhaus team’s discretion.

Wish you an absolutely enjoyable time at Socialhaus!

Upcoming events (5+)

Talk to a stranger over tea, make a friend

156 2nd St

Since our regular Friday evening tea hours is getting popular, the Wednesday ones will usually be more intimate! -- It is an informal event where people would meet for a tea and chat as would do with friends! Except, once you arrive, we will pair you up with two to three others for a cup of tea, along with a conversation topics we have provided. We'll switch up the groups after ~30min! Here, we bring people together to learn from each other’s unique experiences. It's a place where you will meet open-minded individuals from different walks of life, a place intentionally designed to go beyond the superficial small talk of networking, a place for friends. Studies have shown that people are engaged in conversations for the first seven minutes; then, the conversation slows down, only to pick up again a few minutes later. We often give up at the seven minute mark--or earlier--distracted by technology or the awkwardness, hoping to escape the situation. At Socialhaus, we bring together individuals who strive to go past the seven minute mark; it is a place for those that seek to connect and actually get to know those around us. Agenda — Sign in Grab some tea Be put into smaller groups to chat with strangers over tea Look out for a signal to switch groups! (Sometimes we might go out to dinner afterwards together as a group) Hope to see you there! **Please RSVP for free admission on your first visit **For more info, visit www.socialhaussf.com

New Event! Discussions with Strangers

156 2nd St

Suggested 5 Minute Video: https://youtu.be/yO0v_JqxFmQ Theme — “How the Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill” We received feedback in which some of you would like to see themed events with specific discussion topics! So, we are announcing “Discussions with Strangers”. Each time, we will have a theme or ask a specific question--sometimes intellectual, other times storytelling. Enjoy! This week, our discussion will be centered around the idea of “How the Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill”. Is a meritocratic society a fair society? How acceptable is it to live an ordinary life? Does watching the news get us agitated? Agenda 5:30-6pm Sign-in & grab tea 6-6:30pm Join a group & get to know each other 6:30-8pm Have a great time conversing! (We will start with a few guided questions and have the conversation flow :) ) Please watch this video before attending. The topics of discussion will be related to the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO0v_JqxFmQ Some questions to think about: Is a meritocratic society a fair society? Does the lack of success mean a lack of talent and hard work? What does this notion mean to those that struggle financially? Does individualism put too much pressure to differentiate ourselves from everyone else? Is it ok to be ordinary? *Please RSVP so we know you’re coming. Your first event is free and the next one will be $12 for non-members and free for members! **If you like to suggest a topic of discussion for a future event, message Evan on Meetup or email [masked]. Look forward!

Talk to a stranger over tea, make a friend

156 2nd St

It is an informal event where people would meet for a tea and chat as would do with friends! Except, once you arrive, we will pair you up with two to three others for a cup of tea, along with a conversation topics we have provided. We'll switch up the groups after ~30min! Here, we bring people together to learn from each other’s unique experiences. It's a place where you will meet open-minded individuals from different walks of life, a place intentionally designed to go beyond the superficial small talk of networking, a place for friends. Studies have shown that people are engaged in conversations for the first seven minutes; then, the conversation slows down, only to pick up again a few minutes later. We often give up at the seven minute mark--or earlier--distracted by technology or the awkwardness, hoping to escape the situation. At Socialhaus, we bring together individuals who strive to go past the seven minute mark; it is a place for those that seek to connect and actually get to know those around us. Agenda — Sign in Grab some tea Be put into smaller groups to chat with strangers over tea Look out for a signal to switch groups! (Sometimes we might go out to dinner afterwards together as a group) Hope to see you there! **Please RSVP for free admission on your first visit **For more info, visit www.socialhaussf.com

Talk to a stranger over tea, make a friend (Saturday edition)

In addition to our regular Friday evening tea hours, hosting the same event during the weekend! -- It is an informal event where people would meet for a tea and chat as would do with friends! Except, once you arrive, we will pair you up with two to three others for a cup of tea, along with a conversation topics we have provided. We'll switch up the groups after ~30min! Here, we bring people together to learn from each other’s unique experiences. It's a place where you will meet open-minded individuals from different walks of life, a place intentionally designed to go beyond the superficial small talk of networking, a place for friends. Studies have shown that people are engaged in conversations for the first seven minutes; then, the conversation slows down, only to pick up again a few minutes later. We often give up at the seven minute mark--or earlier--distracted by technology or the awkwardness, hoping to escape the situation. At Socialhaus, we bring together individuals who strive to go past the seven minute mark; it is a place for those that seek to connect and actually get to know those around us. Agenda — Sign in Grab some tea Be put into smaller groups to chat with strangers over tea Look out for a signal to switch groups! (Sometimes we might go out to dinner afterwards together as a group) Hope to see you there! **Please RSVP for free admission on your first visit **For more info, visit www.socialhaussf.com

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