Power to the people! A review of Wikipedia and Meriam-Webster on the definition of a “club” boils down to this: An association of people with common interests and purpose. Members generally make some form of commitment to the group in the way of participation at meetings and also contribute their time, ideas and resources.
Clubs are basically a womb for people with similar passions to give life to activities, products, and ideas. Being a member of a club provides affirmation that you are a writer, a fisherman, a reader, a farmer, a skater or gymnast, a ham radio operator, a hot air balloonist…the list goes on!
While driving down the road today I realized that there are few clubs/groups where members come together with the intention of becoming more depressed, mad, frustrated, unhappy or despised. What a revelation! Granted, after thinking about it a while, its obvious, but maybe so obvious that we may not realize the significance of this fact. The protests that are sweeping through dictatorships across the Middle East are an example, just as a members of a book club, Christmas in April, Girl Scouts, Knitting & Quilting Guilds are examples of people uniting for a purpose and affirmation of their desires, hopes, and beliefs to satisfy their need to belong and be identified as “one of them.”
With all the positivity generated by those within clubs, perhaps some of the answers to our social failures and political ambitions are to be found in increased recruitment or the creation of more clubs? Is it possible to influence and reinvigorate an economy, a political party, improve environmental conditions, revamp a social benefits program or an education system through the activities and participation in a club? My hunch is yes, people united in purpose can change the world. A quick review of history and current events proves it!
The key to transformation by your group or club is transparency, social exposure of the charter or intent of your group, followed by active recruitment and participation by all members. Social media is one of the fastest ways to promote your club. I found a very interesting link to Social Media Clubs with a full index (by city) for the United States as well as other countries. For all who are searching for a place to start or regain momentum with a hobby or passion, I say jump on the bandwagon and find a group or club near you. We only live once, and time waits for nobody!
- Social Media Club D.C.: It’s All About Networking (socialmediaclub.org)
- Macedonia’s Minister of Education Cleans Academe’s Augean Stables (nowpublic.com)
- SPL clubs meet to discuss format (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Social Media Club Chapter Leaders Recipe for Success (socialmediaclub.org)
- Championing Social Media in America’s Heartland (socialmediaclub.org)
- Salt Lake City Chapter Regroups and Rebounds (socialmediaclub.org)
- Small-town club builds impressive local profile (socialmediaclub.org)
- Paul Massey: The Rise of Crowdsourcing in Corporate Social Responsibility (huffingtonpost.com)