Meetups – a new way to arrange civic activities?

Hackathons, open government discussions, creating ArcGIS for local government are all events that seem to be using a particular technological tool in order to convene people – meetups! is a social networking website that makes possible offline group meetings.  Users can enter in their zip code to find meetups close to their location.  Usually, these meetups are arranged around a particular topic, event, or interest.  In 2004, they were used to organize people for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and now is a primary way of organizing for the tea party.

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