Art and Technical Communities

I’ve always been very active in the business community. Recently I’ve been attending art and technical communities.

The business communities tend to organize their outings in a variety of ways. Some are very structured with an MC, speakers, facilitators and other services. Others are very unstructured such as after hours pub meetups and parties.

I’ve had a number of discussions with some of my new friends where the idea of adding more structure to the art and technical meetups came up.

I suggested that the open configuration of the meetups might actually be very functional and attempts to structure it may harm the viral nature of creativity and the rate at which relevant social ties that get formed. I likened the unstructured social as a Bazaar.

My argument is that the core activity which is unstructured should probably stay in place and then people could opt into other activities that might be more structured.

I’m curious to hear what you think? Feel free to email me or comment here!