Being involved in your community, surrounded by like-minded (or similarly-purposed) people is important. It not only adds value to your mental and physical health but also allows you to give back to the area in which you live. In the age of COVID — full of zoom meetings, slack messages, and too many emails to come up with snarky replies to — it’s essential to spend time with people and build friendships. Maybe you live in an area where that community hasn’t been built yet…or perhaps it has but you have bigger ideas! Here are some tips I’ve learned while creating the Nashville Codecademy chapter meetup in my local tech community.
Partner with a larger organization
Think about applications and websites you already love to use and how others might use them. Brainstorm how you might benefit from learning more about that topic in-person or virtually with other people. Codecademy is always looking to add communities under their umbrella, as well as Duolingo, Girls in Tech, and more. Think about the kinds of people you want to connect with and learn from, and search for larger organizations that can help you do that!
Try to solve a problem in your local (or worldly) community
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re looking to fix something in your local community already. Creating a group of people to go out and volunteer together, or even just to learn from each other, is a great mission to have. Think about ways you can help foster the environment you wish you could…