Community is a powerful thing. Here at The Minimalists we’ve been able to foster a supportive online community built around simplicity, giving, and intentional living.
There’s another community we’ve been fostering over the last year you may not know about: our free Local Meetup Groups at Minimalist.org.
Last year, during our 100-city tour (photos), we left behind free Local Meetup Groups in every city, and we’ve watched them grow ever since.
Currently there are thousands of people all over the world connecting at these Local Meetup Groups. Each month these groups meet and have supportive discussions about intentional living: they cover everything from capsule wardrobes, decluttering tips, and tiny houses, to minimalist families, personal health, and career paths.
If you want to change the people around you, if you need some encouragement and inspiration, or if you want to meet other aspiring minimalists in your area, then we encourage you to visit your free Local Meetup Group.
Meet Locally or Online
Local Meetup Groups. Visit Minimalist.org, click on your city—which will take you to your city’s Facebook Group—and then click “Join Group.” Joining is completely free.
Online City. Is your city missing? No worries! Until we have a Local Meetup Group in your city, you can meet with the people in our brand-new Online City—hosted by Jessica Lynn Williams and Melissa Cain—where folks from all over the world gather once a month via teleconference. (FYI: The Minimalists will attend these Online Meetups from time to time, as well.)
Here’s what you’ll find at each Minimalist.org Facebook Group:
1. Community Leader Info. The About section houses the contact info for your city’s Community Leader—the person who organizes your Local Meetup Group. (Note: Many cities already have Community Leaders, but we’re still looking for people in some cities. Interested? If your city is missing a Community Leader, then you can apply here.)
2. Next Meetup. Pinned to the top of the Facebook Group you’ll find the location, date, and time of your city’s next meetup. Local Meetup Groups meet at least once a month—sometimes more frequently.
3. Discussions and Resources. The Facebook Group is a great place to recommend, post, and share new topics. You can also posit your questions for other group members to weigh in on.
That’s the gist of it. We hope you find value in your new community. Feel free to bring a friend. As we all spread the word, your Local Meetup Group will grow and transform over time. We look forward to growing with you.
Posters and Prizes. If you’d like to spread the word, you can print our simple Minimalist.org poster (PDF or JPEG) and hang it in breakrooms, coffee shops, and throughout your community. Each month, the three most creative poster-hangers will win an autographed copy of one of our books. To be eligible, simply post a photo of your poster to your social network of choice using the #MinimalismMeetup hashtag. The most interesting, fun, creative folks will win. (Check out our buddy Rob Bell’s recent poster contest for inspiration.)
Sharing. You can also spread the word and connect with other folks via social media by using our brand-new #MinimalismMeetup hashtag. Share your ideas, thoughts, questions, and comments with people from around the world. You can post our poster on social media, too.
Monthly Newsletter. Each month we send a special Minimalism Newsletter to our Minimalist.org community members. But the only way to receive that newsletter is to subscribe for free at Minimalist.org. (Note: this is different from subscribing to our regular essays at The Minimalists.)
Questions? Email: [email protected].
Final Note: After testing several other platforms, we decided to use Facebook to connect our group members because we discovered Facebook provides the most engagement—significantly more than any other platform. Ergo, you’ll need a Facebook account—if only for these groups—if you want to participate in the online discussions. Of course you can still attend the in-person meetups whether you have a Facebook account or not.