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Hold a "micromeet", where people can meet others in their neighborhood

Tim Devin

June 30, 2014

On July 20, 2013, Kelvy Bird organized a "micromeet" at a community festival. People could sit down, and talk to strangers about anything. There was time limit (3 minutes), and someone who reminded folks about the time limit-- so there was no worry about getting trapped.

Dozens of people sat down, and engaged with strangers. After 3 minutes, some said "thanks" and moved on. Others stayed to talk longer, or exchanged contact info...

Seems like an easy-to-organize way to make our neighborhoods a little more convivial...

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  • Hannah Kim

    I love this! It reminds me of GOOD's Neighborday initiative :

    This sounds like a great opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and interact with real people- too often we limit ourselves to our own small bubble of friends. There are so many amazing people around us, who we can learn a lot from, so a "micro-meet"sounds like a good way to break the ice and get the conversation flowing and relationship kick-started.

    • Tim Devin

      Yeah, totally. I went, and it was a great experience. Strangers talking to each other, asking interesting questions. Some people didn't really enjoy it, but for the most part, everyone seemed excited and interested. It was great sitting there, talking to people who lived nearby but who I'd never really have a chance or reason to speak to during my regular life.

      I know the person (Kelvy Bird) who set it up, and she did a great job. There was a friendly sign with the rules on it (the rules seemed to make people feel more comfortable); some chairs; some buckets with conversation starters on it. And that was it.

      I think it would be great if more of these popped up around the world...