Art of inclusion
PIP Wood was searching online for businesswomen’s breakfasts in Perth when she stumbled across the Meetup phenomenon.
The online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings around the world was inspired by the way people in New York City came together in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
The website allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest.
Ms Wood said she first joined Meetup about 18 months ago for business reasons but “naturally started to use it for social reasons”.
“It’s about bringing people together that otherwise wouldn’t,” she said. “If you’re stuck at home and don’t know people but want to go out, it’s a way to instantly make friends.”
Now Ms Wood has launched her own Meetup group called LIVE the LIFE you LOVE! offering a range of social, musical, arts, business, fitness, relaxation and sporting events.
She said the group already had 900 members, was multi-aged, multi-national and all about community, bringing people together and having fun.
She said while there were nearly 700 Meetup groups in Perth, her’s was different because it was a “low or no alcohol group” and was for singles, couples and families.
“We have 150 activities listed with four to five one-off events every week plus a list of repeating events which is unique to this group,” she said.
“Other Meetup groups join other events, so you get the numbers. We want to be the most active group in Perth.”
The group has 12 event organisers from different suburbs across Perth, including South Perth and Victoria Park. To join, visit www.meetup.com/LIVE-theLIFE-you-LOVE-Perth or for more information, email livethelife email@example.com.
Event organisers Donna Sargent, Pip Wood, Marcel Smit, Mark Raayen, Mishael Peeradina and Peter Layton.