[Talk-us] Local user groups

Randy Meech randy.meech at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 01:36:43 UTC 2014

A corporation might offer a grant for that to OSM US if it wanted to
manage that (especially if tax deductible), but it would be
challenging to offer it to a number of smaller groups.


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:16 PM, Kam, Kristen -(p) <kristenk at telenav.com>
> wrote:
>> Why can’t you use Meetup for existing groups and also use Facebook as a
>> mechanism organize members for new groups and associated events?
> Meetup, as others have said, reaches people you'd never find using other
> means. When I joined the Seattle group, we had around 50 members. It's now
> over 160. Much of the growth comes from people seeing something that speaks
> to them. I think we could attract more mappers by expanding Meetup Groups
> into more cities.  According to the wiki, we have groups in 20+ cities. How
> about a goal of having active groups in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in
> the country?
> I'm not sure how many people have discovered us through Facebook. Maybe
> someone else can speak to that. Certainly we need to explore more avenues to
> grow membership.
> I believe if a corporation were to offer grants to individuals and groups to
> start Meetups groups we could overcome some of the problems with just paying
> for Meetup groups.
> --
> Clifford
> OpenStreetMap: Maps with a human touch
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