NetSquared N.O. Meetup Group Starting: Invitation to First Net Tuesday

August 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm (Meetups and Events, NetSquared, New Orleans, Technology)

I’m reposting this from elsewhere, so forgive me if it seems out of context.  Originally posted on Search Marketing Group – New Orleans ning site, and I believe it may have been a wasted effort because no one will ever see it there.  Perhaps it will have a better chance of being read here.  Perhaps.  Even if it doesn’t make sense.

Dear All-

It’s been a while since the SEM New Orleans group had a meetup–it’s about time we got together, don’t you think?

That’s why I would like to invite all of you to the first meetup of NetSquared New Orleans, which will take place Tuesday, September 2nd at 7 p.m.

Location is still TBD, but will likely be near the CBD. I’m working on finding a sponsor to subsidize food and/or (ideally) booze. Failing that, at least there will be great company, conversation, and it’s a chance to network with technology people. Keep reading to find out what you can expect.

If you’re not familiar with NetSquared, it’s an initiative of TechSoup.org designed to encourage the adoption of social web tools–blogs, wikis, social networks, podcasts, et al–by “social change organizations.” This generally means nonprofits, but I think in New Orleans any innovative company, startup, or networking group like the one James Capparell started for SEM here, really qualifies as a social change organization.

It doesn’t matter if you are working for a nonprofit or a business.

The goal is to engage people like the members of this group, get them in a room together, and have a discussion. This will build stronger relationships in support of whatever you’re trying to improve in New Orleans, and improving our economy by building a successful, thriving business here is a good way to go.

And of course all social media tools are related to SEO/SEM. Clearly you all should be there. The format will be open–we want to encourage discussion–and this group has a lot of expertise to bring to the table. (If you’re already convinced, either email me at jessrohloff@gmail.com or register at the Net2NewOrleans Meetup Site. Otherwise, keep reading.)

Now New Orleans will have a NetSquared Meetup Group. Just like “real” cities.

Net Tuesdays are monthly meetups for NetSquared members and friends: “Social changemakers and technological forerunners come together at Net Tuesday events to mix, swap stories and ideas, build new relationships, and reinforce the online NetSquared (http://www.netsquared.org) community.” These events are the real world component of the Net2 project, and they happen in cities all over the globe. Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Houston, LA, New York, DC, Vancouver–you get the idea.

It’s the same thing James was doing when he started SEM New Orleans after moving to the city. I know there are enough of us here who are interested in events and groups like this–but it needs your support if it’s going to be a success.

The topic is going to focus on blogging, building communities, and transparency.

Chris Schultz of Voodoo Ventures has offered to lead the discussion and/or present to the group. We want this to be more like a BarCamp, though, so please come expecting to contribute.

Details are still being worked out, and suggestions are welcome.

I’ll do my best to create an agenda, find a sponsor, and will let you know when a location has been confirmed. (I have ideas for potential venues, but by all means tell me if you know of a good option.) What I really need from you all is confirmation that you’re going to be there, and what you’d like to talk about/take away from the meetup.

You can register at the Net Tuesday N.O. Meetup Site. Or if you’re a member of the Revitalization Social Aid & Pleasure Club (also on ning), you can RSVP on the event page I created on their network. (This ning group doesn’t have events enabled, but if James could fix that I’ll enable RSVPs here.)

Attendance will probably need to be capped at about 40 people. Please RSVP soon.  If you’re even vaguely interested let me know ASAP.  Again, you can contact me, Jessica Rohloff, at jessrohloff@gmail.com or neworleans@net2tuesday.org.

Thanks so much for reading this excessively long post. I look forward to hearing from all of you! Please spread the word if you can.

Sincerely,
Jessica Rohloff
Organizer – NetSquared New Orleans
jessrohloff@gmail.com
http://www.jessicarohloff.com

P.S. If you use Twitter (which you should), follow Net2NO so you can communicate with attendees and stay up to date on details as they progress. You can also follow me: jeskaNOLA.

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