Art of in­clu­sion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch - Tyler Brown

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 youlovebest@gmail.com.

Event or­gan­is­ers Donna Sar­gent, Pip Wood, Mar­cel Smit, Mark Raayen, Mishael Peerad­ina and Peter Lay­ton.

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