Big Ideas Social Club - A Fellowship of Neat Things
September 14, 2011 6:58 AM   Subscribe

Big Ideas Social Club - A Fellowship of Neat Things
Big Ideas Social Club is about getting together with new friends to talk about the neat ideas, works of art and creations that make us happier people. It’s part salon, part gabfest, part space for anyone who needs a supplement to their social lives beyond gossip or networking.

Thanks to the help of AskMe, some friends and I started a chapter of the club in Washington, DC and I think the idea is worthwhile enough that I think other people could really respond to it. If you're the sort of person who's trying to figure out how to pull together a group of funny, interesting and clever people in your town to gab about culture, the arts and ideas, drop me a line and let's see how I can help, no strings / restrictions / fees attached.
Role: Founder
posted by Apropos of Something (6 comments total)

Clever! And the website is clean! Looks good. I'd like it if it said something about having to use Facebook (you do) though. Facebook is browser snakes to my Indiana Jones. I clicked on the "DC" link to check out what it was like in the original, Washington DC club, got redirected to a Facebook login, and said "Facebook. ...Why did it have to be Facebook."
posted by cashman at 7:17 AM on September 14, 2011

cashman: Facebook as an organizing tool was ultimately the preference of the DCers. I know, for my part, I made some jokes on that group I'd rather not have Googleable, so hiding it behind the wall made sense. If you're in DC, drop me a MeMail and I'll get you looped in with the DCers. If not, hopefully I can describe a bit better what that group is / was like.
posted by Apropos of Something at 2:13 PM on September 14, 2011

Ah, okay. Don't mind me then. It looks like a fun thing.
posted by cashman at 8:12 AM on September 15, 2011

So you know: it's my wont to play devil's advocate as a means to help.

It's a fine idea, but I"m wondering why one wouldn't simply start up such a group on Meetup, rather than starting a whole new web platform.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:24 AM on September 15, 2011

Empress: Thanks for mentioning Meetup again. I may use that for help with the Seattle chapter.

The intent isn't to start a web platform so much as inspire people to start groups with a common theme and focus. How they organize after that ... I'm of the "whatever works" school. What worked for me was trying to start with the funny & clever web networks that sort of inspired the notion of bringing those conversations into real life.
posted by Apropos of Something at 10:36 AM on September 15, 2011

Ah, got it -- somehow I got the impression you were starting an organizational tool AS WELL AS the group itself. Sorry.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:37 AM on September 15, 2011

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