Currently the meetings are strictly timed, with a fixed venue, with a fixed organiser - and that causes problems. Its inflexible - the group is 'owned' by the organiser, and the organiser alone. For example, at Oriental City, we decided to change venue to the Science Museum. But no-one at the meeting could arrange that, because the organiser was not present.
So here comes my proposal.
We aim to have a meeting at least once a month. Suggestions for venues come from posts to this group. These could be existing venues, or more interestingly, tied to special events. (For example, a particularly interesting debate at the Dana Centre or a film premiere.)
The advantages - by making things more flexible, a meeting will become an event, in which people can share experiences. Meetings will be ever changing, and be much more stimulating.
The disadvantages - meetings would have very little to do with MeetUp.com, which kind of defeats the object of the whole group.
I can see both sides, and I'm not sure which way to go on this. But frankly from the attendance numbers, the last two meetings had a poor attendance, and I'd hate to see this group die.
Oh - and one last thing. If you contributed to the decision making process for a meeting, you would have a moral obligation to turn up. Its only fair...
So what do you think?