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Need Some Traction? — Meet-ups Ignite Change

I’m enthralled by the way people are coming together. It gives me hope for the future and reminds me to share the love and share what’s new with the people around you.

Here’s a group that formed a couple years ago in my area: = “a social network of left-leaning 20- and 30-somethings who are spicing up progressive activism by throwing fun, issue-based events that inform, inspire and connect us with other savvy Gen X & Yers.” They call themselves “Tractivists” and that’s just the start of the fun.

They host really fun socially-minded, events big and small – and they’re getting more creative about it all the time. Here’s an example – a potluck-“turned freezer stock-up party”:

It works like this: You bring a big dish to share (like a soup or casserole), the recipe, and empty tupperware containers. You taste lots of other dishes made by fellow Tractivists and take home the ones you want, along with the recipes. (We’ll have PB&J to supplement the tasting so you don’t go home hungry.) The next time you’re too busy or tired to cook, voila! you have healthy, homemade options right in your freezer.

Homemade means healthier regardless, but everyone is encouraged to use sustainably-grown ingredients when possible. Add your own twist – a kombucha brew-how and share? – and the possibilities are endless.

In another part of the country, a friend told me about a group he meets with called, “Socrates Cafe”. They get together to discuss a variety of topics, such as the pros and cons of technology over the last 50 years, and other bigger, broader topics – something like,  “What is LOVE?”

Sure, we can sit on the WWW for hours soaking up information, but bringing faces, voices and ideas together is where the real inspiration lives.


6 Responses to “Need Some Traction? — Meet-ups Ignite Change”

  1. Roger Hartsell Says:

    Gosh, it’s sort of like a real-life blog.
    If you could get 10 people together in such a fashion, with a topic, or activity, would it be ass verbose as a web-blog?
    This week, I am going to rent a rabbit suit, and make a sign, ONLY ANIMALS SHOULD WEAR FUR, walk up and down in front of a local furrier retail. Any interest?

  2. tao Says:

    Whatever the difference – it makes me feel hopeful and happier.

    Go for it, Roger Rabbit! The animals deserve our vigilant efforts!

  3. phyllisdiehl Says:

    i want to go to a party, any grandparent party going on….i will bring my cloth bags, and containers, and hopefully it will be a cool topic, hey i would go without a cool topic….great blog todfay

  4. Greg Says:

    Way to go Tracey!!

  5. Lanya Shapiro Says:

    Thanks for the Traction shout-out! Last night’s freezer party (aka the potluck that keeps on giving) was terrific.

    Glad that you like our approach! We definitely formed Traction in response to the Bowling Alone phenomenon, which is exacerbated by all the time we spend online. Couldn’t agree more that “bringing faces, voices and ideas together is where the real inspiration lives.”

    Thanks again, and hope to see you at a Traction event soon!

  6. tao Says:

    Thanks for responding, Lanya — I would love to see some photos from your gatherings and use them in posts.
    Yes, technology is the primordial mixed blessing, isn’t it? We are sharing and connecting more in some ways, but less in others. Think Facebook…….

    I live in Carrboro- not SO far from Durham, but trying to stay true to less driving. I’ll be with you in spirit and use your example to start more of it here!

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