The Meetups program is undergoing some massive changes this year with hopes of creating some symmetry between all the groups in organization, philosophy, and execution. Although the grand vision that was laid out has yet to fully materialize one of the current changes is the fact that WordPress is now paying the Meetup.com dues that each group is required to pay.
Not bad, especially if you’re an organizer and want to keep the meetups as trim as possible. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg as they say since there’s an avalanche of proposed ideas that’ll make it even better this year. One of the big announcements though is the fact that Aaron Jorbin is going to be relieving Jen Mylo of the leadership.
Aaron, with his group of volunteers, will be start coordinating strategy and instituting policies that make sense for all the different groups out there with hopes of providing even more value to those that are in attendance and those that lead. Aaron is no stranger to Meetups after having experienced both small-time ones and organizing the bigger ones:
Aaron is co-organizer of the popular DC WordPress meetup, and has also lived in a city with a less active meetup, so he has a great background for helping get meetups in gear. He will also be acting as the local facilitator for the first pilot training in DC, so he’ll be able to guide others doing this in the future.
Pretty stoked to see the changes coming down the pipe which will make the gathering of local fans even easier. Congrats to Aaron and the team as well as Jen who now can focus on even bigger and better things!
Read up on all the proposed initiatives here via Jen.