Finding Community

Take a look around you, who in your life are interested in the same things  you are, ask them if they would like to study with you,  have a conversation, or start a project with you. Or look at your local directories, noticeboards, newspapers to find groups with similar interests, you can also find the Craiglist for your city. You can also look for pages on facebook or create one of your own and see who joins. As well as creating or joining social platforms and online networks that focus on  your theme(s).

MeetUp: “Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.”

Forum Oranizing: “We live in the internet-age, with an explosion of news and information at our fingertips. Yet we are saturated with news, numb and immobilized. This era of hyper-communication means that more and more we will be interacting with each other via technology. What’s missing is the human element. The Forum Organizing Project is creating a national Community Forum network that seeks to revive community entertainment, education and connection. We organize resources, offer technical support, build partnerships with speakers and film distributors, and connect Forums with each other.”

WiserEarth: “The Social Network for Sustainability. WiserEarth helps the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances.”

OpenStudy: “OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things. Our mission is to make the world one large study group, regardless of school, location, or background. OpenStudy uses AI recommendation engines to match students, and really real-time technologies to facilitate online interaction. It’s like walking into a library or coffee shop and finding just the right group of students who can help you with what you’re studying right now or someone struggling with a problem who could really use your help…halfway across the globe.”

AnybodyOutThere: “AnybodyOutThere is a chat platform which finds you people interested in talking about similar things to you. It’s a new way to chat.”

Taking IT Global: “TakingITGlobal.org is the social network that connects you to the global issues that affect us all.”

The Hub: “We’re a social enterprise with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world. The Hub is a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’ to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges…We set out to create places that borrow from the best of a member’s club, an innovation agency, a serviced office and a think-tank to create a very different kind of innovation environment. Places with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop new ventures. Places to access experience, knowledge, finance and markets. And above all, places for experience and encounter, full of diverse people doing amazing things. We call these places Hubs. In many ways we’re just getting started. And we’d like you to be part of it. Find a Hub near you.

Transition Network:

Intersect: A Network for Purposeful Young Professionals

Green Drinks: “Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.”

Other Useful Websites

Creating Learning Communities

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