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July 19, 2012, 03:08:07 PM
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I'm just wondering what local groups are doing for community outreach. Are new people joining?

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We still need one in Houston, TX

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July 19, 2012, 07:26:15 PM
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I'm just wondering what local groups are doing for community outreach. Are new people joining?
Since the beginning of our local Bitcoin group here in Vienna, "Bitcoin Austria", we had a total of 12 meetings with about 8-15 people each. The core group meets more often to work on various projects and although we don't do much advertising, we continuously have an influx of new people: about 1-2 new people show up on every meeting.
Over time the knowledge gap within the audience widened and it became somewhat difficult to keep it interesting for everybody. We are now trying to split the meetings in two parts and start with an introductory talk about Bitcoin which is actively advertised to newcomers and the main part where more advanced discussions are planned.

One of our major task is to reach out to other people, groups or organizations, which might be interested in Bitcoin (banking reformers, alternative currency advocates, media artists,...). It is surprising to see how appealing Bitcoin is to many different groups for very different reasons. Of course, some hope for Bitcoin to become something it inherently cannot achieve, but still.

The fact that (much like this very forum) there seems to be a constant stream of new people becoming aware of and interested in Bitcoin makes me optimistic about the state of the community. We would love to hear from other local groups - how are you doing, what are your topics, how do you deal with newcomers, do you do advertising?
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July 19, 2012, 07:57:45 PM
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I'm just wondering what local groups are doing for community outreach. Are new people joining?
Since the beginning of our local Bitcoin group here in Vienna, "Bitcoin Austria", we had a total of 12 meetings with about 8-15 people each. The core group meets more often to work on various projects and although we don't do much advertising, we continuously have an influx of new people: about 1-2 new people show up on every meeting.
Over time the knowledge gap within the audience widened and it became somewhat difficult to keep it interesting for everybody. We are now trying to split the meetings in two parts and start with an introductory talk about Bitcoin which is actively advertised to newcomers and the main part where more advanced discussions are planned.

One of our major task is to reach out to other people, groups or organizations, which might be interested in Bitcoin (banking reformers, alternative currency advocates, media artists,...). It is surprising to see how appealing Bitcoin is to many different groups for very different reasons. Of course, some hope for Bitcoin to become something it inherently cannot achieve, but still.

The fact that (much like this very forum) there seems to be a constant stream of new people becoming aware of and interested in Bitcoin makes me optimistic about the state of the community. We would love to hear from other local groups - how are you doing, what are your topics, how do you deal with newcomers, do you do advertising?

We need a bitcoin group that runs similar to 2600.

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July 19, 2012, 08:24:24 PM
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The meetup in New Hampshire (The Free State) is about 3 weeks old and going very well. It meets weekly on saturdays, and has 8-12 people show up, with 1-3 new people each time.

Conversation tends to split between one group teaching the newbs about Bitcoin, and another group discussing more advanced matters and community happenings, etc. The meetup serves as a place for exchange (USD or silver for BTC) as well.

The New Hampshire Free State Project is a unique environment in which to foster Bitcoin enthusiasts. I run the Free State Bitcoin Consortium group on facebook which has over 100 members, 90% of whom are in NH. I think there are at least 200 Free Staters who are at least mildly into Bitcoin and use it in agorist activities frequently. I believe in a year there will be at least 500 Free Staters who own and at least casually use Bitcoin.

The meetup will not fit all these people Smiley
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July 19, 2012, 08:41:31 PM
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The meetup in New Hampshire (The Free State) is about 3 weeks old and going very well. It meets weekly on saturdays, and has 8-12 people show up, with 1-3 new people each time.

Conversation tends to split between one group teaching the newbs about Bitcoin, and another group discussing more advanced matters and community happenings, etc. The meetup serves as a place for exchange (USD or silver for BTC) as well.

The New Hampshire Free State Project is a unique environment in which to foster Bitcoin enthusiasts. I run the Free State Bitcoin Consortium group on facebook which has over 100 members, 90% of whom are in NH. I think there are at least 200 Free Staters who are at least mildly into Bitcoin and use it in agorist activities frequently. I believe in a year there will be at least 500 Free Staters who own and at least casually use Bitcoin.

The meetup will not fit all these people Smiley

evoorhees would you like to help me set up a chapter down here in Houston, TX?

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The meetup in New Hampshire (The Free State) is about 3 weeks old and going very well. It meets weekly on saturdays, and has 8-12 people show up, with 1-3 new people each time.

Here's a link to a post I wrote about the first NH meetup:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=91059.0


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July 19, 2012, 11:46:37 PM
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The meetup in New Hampshire (The Free State) is about 3 weeks old and going very well. It meets weekly on saturdays, and has 8-12 people show up, with 1-3 new people each time.

Conversation tends to split between one group teaching the newbs about Bitcoin, and another group discussing more advanced matters and community happenings, etc. The meetup serves as a place for exchange (USD or silver for BTC) as well.

The New Hampshire Free State Project is a unique environment in which to foster Bitcoin enthusiasts. I run the Free State Bitcoin Consortium group on facebook which has over 100 members, 90% of whom are in NH. I think there are at least 200 Free Staters who are at least mildly into Bitcoin and use it in agorist activities frequently. I believe in a year there will be at least 500 Free Staters who own and at least casually use Bitcoin.

The meetup will not fit all these people Smiley

evoorhees would you like to help me set up a chapter down here in Houston, TX?

Sure! Follow these steps:

1) Make a facebook group like "House Bitcoin League" or something fun.
2) Invite people to join, build attendance in the FB group over time. Make sure everyone in Houston who is into Bitcoin is aware of this FB group and has joined it.
3) After a month or two of growth, if the group is active on FB, then organize a meetup using the FB group.

My Free State Bitcoin Consortium group existed for about 6 months before one of the members (ben-abuya here on the forum) proposed and organized the meetup.

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July 19, 2012, 11:48:21 PM
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The meetup in New Hampshire (The Free State) is about 3 weeks old and going very well. It meets weekly on saturdays, and has 8-12 people show up, with 1-3 new people each time.

Here's a link to a post I wrote about the first NH meetup:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=91059.0



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