CANCELLED due to lack of participants
posted February 4, 2017 11:09 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun February 12 at 3:00 PM, my house (near the Glen Park BART station)
2901 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
It looks like we will not have enough participants for a useful discussion so I am canceling this meetup. There is a "public" huddle at 11:15 am at 705 Monterey Blvd (a cafe), which I have signed up for - I'm sure anybody would be welcome to attend even if you haven't signed up beforehand. Hope to see you there! The Women's March website has posted the second suggested action (description here), which is to get together with friends and neighbors and decide what issues are most important in your community, and what actions to take about them.
Cancelled. But for the record, we considered:

1. Have our discussion online.

2. Join a pre-existing meeting in somebody's home (enter your zip code on the web page and see what's nearby)

3. Have our discussion in person, somewhere in the Bay Area.

Pros and cons:

1. Pro - we're an online community so the internet is where we live, sort of. Convenient, low activation energy, can do this on the couch in your pajamas, the only expected output anyway is ideas and suggestions.
Con - easy to forget about, may not be very energizing or heartening, where do we do this? (In this thread, somebody sets up a chat room, ...?)

2. Pro - meet your neighbors, make new friends, realize that there are others who feel the same way outside of MetaFilter, somebody else already did the heavy lifting to organize this.
Con - way scary for introverts, gotta get off the couch and go there, maybe you won't like anybody there (see "scary for introverts")

3. Pro - we already know each other (= not so scary for introverts), meeting face-to-face can be more effective than online (see pretty much every workplace teleconference ever), we already have a trust network of sorts
Con - gotta get off the couch again, where do we do this, somebody (uh, me?) has to clean up their house before hosting, scheduling is always tricky for this far-flung community.
posted by Quietgal to Meetup (15 comments total)

I'm in the East Bay. I'd be delighted to meet you in person and any other MeFites who wanted to show and discuss community issues. You are brave and generous to offer to host. Thank you.
posted by Bella Donna at 12:37 AM on February 5, 2017

Also, I said maybe only because there's no date yet and I may need to travel to see family.
posted by Bella Donna at 12:40 AM on February 5, 2017

For anyone else in the North Bay: We had already decided to meet up next Sunday (2/12) in Petaluma, so I think we can fold some of the "huddle" idea into that (since that's basically what we're doing, anyway). So join us if you're up in the forgotten part of the Bay Area! ;)
posted by lazuli at 7:28 AM on February 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hey Bella Donna, what dates would work for you? Next weekend would be the earliest I can get my house cleaned up enough to be presentable (and the ants are still showing up sporadically - just to add insult to the dystopian injury, ugh).

I guess we can try a 2-part meetup, with an online component for those who can't make it to a meeting in person. Anybody with tech skills want to offer some suggestions here? Maybe set up something so people can participate remotely while the in-person session is running? Or do the whole thing online?

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, suggestions are always welcome!
posted by Quietgal at 10:41 AM on February 5, 2017

I'm in San Francisco too and I'd love to do this! I work 9-5, and have most of the weekends free. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help make this happen. I'd prefer in person, if it works.
posted by jasper411 at 11:06 AM on February 5, 2017

I’m fine with all three options, with something of a preference for numbers 2 and 3: I think that physical co-presence is helpful. That said, based on my quick search of the huddle map we seem to be swamped with the things. So even if our meet-up is only online, we have plenty of alternatives available to us.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:09 PM on February 5, 2017

I'm down for 2 and 3. I live and work in SF, and (as long as it's not the weekend of the 11th), would love to contribute.
posted by justalisteningman at 6:16 PM on February 5, 2017

I'm going to a huddle on Thursday (because it's so close there's no excuse not to!), but I would be interested in joining a MeFite huddle if the time works for me! (I am mostly free in terms of concrete plans for the next couple of weeks but I also have a lot going on so no need to plan around me.) Thank you for offering to host!
posted by sunset in snow country at 1:06 PM on February 7, 2017

OK, let's try for this Sunday at my house, 3 pm. I don't actually live at the BART station, so MeMail me for my address and contact info if you plan to attend. (If it turns out that this is a terrible time for lots of people, we can do it next Sunday instead - just let me know.)

I think it wold be great if people could also go to some non-MeFi huddles and see what folks outside of MetaFilter come up with - maybe we could compare notes afterward. Lazuli, great idea to combine this with your other plans.

Everyone else, I hope you can make it, and let's see what we come up with!
posted by Quietgal at 7:43 PM on February 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thanks for organising this, Quietgal! Turns out I cannot make it this weekend; family duty calls. Hope y'all keep us updated. Your public service is much appreciated.
posted by Bella Donna at 10:32 PM on February 7, 2017

Suggestion: please read the Indivisible guide first, to give us some ideas.

Anybody who can't make it this time, don't worry - we're in this for the long haul and there will be more meetings. See you sooner or later!
posted by Quietgal at 8:32 PM on February 8, 2017

I also can't make it this time, but will keep an eye out for the next one!
posted by sunset in snow country at 2:25 PM on February 10, 2017

Sorry, I've cancelled this since we won't have enough participants for a useful discussion. There's a huddle at the Glen Park BART station this morning at 11:15, so maybe you can come to that one instead? (Yeah, I don't know how you have a meeting at a BART station either, but I'm guessing it will be in the plaza out front, not inside the station itself.)
posted by Quietgal at 12:59 AM on February 12, 2017

Update for the public huddle: just got an email from the organizer saying it's at 705 Monterey Blvd, a cafe, not the BART station.
posted by Quietgal at 9:30 AM on February 12, 2017

Bah! Serves me right for not RSVPing :(
posted by Going To Maine at 4:01 PM on February 12, 2017

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