The Art of Social Mobilization : Meetup Organizer Workshop

Each day Meetup helps more than 9,000 groups get together in local communities all over the world. Each group with the goal to improve themselves or their communities.

But what makes a quality Meetup and how can it be measured and improved? Or what really makes people sign up, attend and bring their friends next time?

In the workshop we will bring organizers of Berlin´s leading Meetup Groups together with the Betterplace Lab´s social technology experts and the Berlin Peace Innovation Lab community to exchange lessons learned and develop new ideas to improve the Meetup communities in Berlin.

For the first time in Germany, we are (super mega) excited to have a special guest with us from Meetup HQ in New York. Sarah Jean Billeiter is Community Lead at Meetup and will share her “best practice” stories and give us sneak peak into what product improvements we can expect in the future. This is also your chance to help improve the platform!


18.30 Doors open
19.00 Welcome & Energiser: Ben Mason (Betterplace Lab) and Anne Riechert (Berlin Peace Innovation Lab)
19.15 Presentation: How can I build, nurture and sustain an active Meetup group? Sarah Jean Billeiter (Meetup)

19.40 Group discussion: Share best practice and “hair pulling” experiences organising Meetups in Berlin

20.30 Collective: Share insights and ideas

21.00 “Drink o´Clock” (*At: FREISCHWIMMER, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2a, 10997 Berlin)

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup’s mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.

The Betterplace Lab is a think- and do-tank which wants to help as many people as possible use digital technology to make the world a place more worth living in. They research digital social innovations and spread knowledge.

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.