This is a guide for running a basic meetup.
If you’re interested in running a meetup (ACX, LessWrong, probably even EA) then there exist more detailed guides – I would recommend Kaj’s, but others exist. This is not intended to surpass them at explaining the skill and art of kindling and sustaining a community. This is intended to surpass them at being short, simple, and covering the fundamentals.
To run a meetup, follow these steps:
This framework of how to run a meetup does not, in and of itself, describe what people will do at the meetup. That's fine. Many people enjoy general socialization and opportunities to hang out, and will be happy that an organizer took the initiative to gather people together.
If you do run a meetup, then thank you.
Citation: Anecdotal experience from running and attending meetups. If anyone has actual data I'd be happy to hear it.
Why do LessWrong? Because I predict you will get fewer people, but that more of those people will be familiar with the ideas you probably want to talk about. Why do I think I know what you want to talk about? Because you're reading about how to run meetups on LessWrong.
Thank you for doing this. This sequence seems like a good resource for community organizers.