For the past 11 years I have run events in Worthing for what you could loosely call the digital community. Many other people have helped along the way, but for the past couple of years it’s been John and I running WorthingDigital.
WorthingDigital has grown to a meetup.com group with 528 members.
This growth is down to our curiosity about who else is in the town doing similar things to us & wanting to get to know them. We do this by running events that appeal to a broad range of digital folks. We tend to live in silos, but We’ve found that running a community group is a pretty effective way of breaking the silo walls down.
I’m excited to announce that we’ve appointed a WorthingDigital committee who will help us to grow and improve & reach a more diverse membership.
Looking at other local towns I noticed that there aren’t really any groups doing similar things to us, and where groups do exist, they’re not always easy to find.
Last month I launched SussexDigital, a network of communities across Sussex with the aim of doing 2 things
- Where groups already exist, connect with them and promote them through the network
- Where no groups exist, find people interested in digital, connect them with others in their area and encourage them to work together to build their own local communities.