When you first hear the term Meetup, there is the undeniable connotation of dating, hookups or other relationship-tinged activity.
But such a salacious perception is untrue. Meetup.com is an online group-gathering site for just about any hobby/interest you can imagine: hiking, dining, running, games and sports (I lead a big golf group in Charlotte, Golf for One) as well as support groups. It’s really an interesting concept that can bring like-minded folks and strangers together.
This past week I created a Pick Up Your Path group on Meetup (go to Meetup.com, search for groups in Charlotte. The key words for my new bunch are environment, environmentalism).
So far only five daring souls have taken the leap of faith to pick up litter in their neighborhoods. In my experience with Meetup, groups get off the group quickly but can just as quickly peter out due to lack of regularly scheduled activities, lack of numbers (people tend to want to join groups that have a lot of folks) or they join too many groups which spreads their interests too thin.
But I’m willing to give the Pick Up Your Path group a shot for a few months. What’s somewhat unusual for this Meetup is we really won’t meet. Rather, converts will attend to their paths and walkways and post photos and brief commentary about their experiences. To be honest about it, it’s as much an awareness thing as anything.
You are cordially invited to visit this new anti-litter Meetup. If you have any questions, bring them on.