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How to Host a “Local Pulse” Gathering in Your City

Are you interested in connecting further with World Pulse Community members in your area? Consider hosting a “Local Pulse” gathering! A gathering is a wonderful way to put faces to the names you’ve interacted with online, and to meet other like-minded people in your community.

Here are eight easy steps to creating and organizing your next event! These steps were kindly developed by Julie Collura, a dedicated World Pulse volunteer and enthusiastic community builder. Thank you, Julie, for your wonderful contributions to World Pulse!

  1. Create a focus or theme for your event
    It is important to have a goal in mind first. For example, the first gathering could be just an initial meet and greet, or you can discuss an issue or develop ideas for taking action. You can discuss and decide on future meetup topics at your first meeting.

    Ideas for future gatherings:
    a. Focus on an issue relevant to women and girls (girls’ education for example) and ask group members to read an article on World Pulse and share with the group.
    b. Use a specific event, such as International Women’s Day or National Sex Trafficking Awareness Month, as a springboard for your conversation.
    c. Watch a documentary film focused on the rights of women and girls or profiling a women’s rights activist (Girl Rising; Women, War, and Peace; Half the Sky). Host a discussion/talk-back after the film.

  2. Find a place to meet
    For example, a café or coffee shop, an office, library or school, or a private home. Think about the space you’ll need for the number of people you’ll invite.
  3. Identify invitees
    Use the World Pulse Member Directory to find members in your area, and invite friends and introduce them to World Pulse.
  4. Promote your event and send invitations
    Use the World Pulse site to create an event listing with the tag Local Pulse, and then share this on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media accounts.

    To invite people you can use World Pulse Private Messages, emails, phone calls, social media, or create a flyer to hand out.

  5. Provide refreshments
    This is optional of course, but helps make your guests feel at home. Consider asking different group members to bring refreshments to each meeting.
  6. Have an agenda
    It is good to have a plan for the event, but don’t be discouraged if the group goes off topic.

    A sample agenda could be:
    20 minutes: arrivals, introductions
    5 minutes: discussion topic set up
    1 hour: group discussion
    20 minutes: discuss next meeting time and topic
    15 minutes: closing comments, clean up

  7. Hold the event
    The moment you’ve been waiting for! We encourage you to take photos at the event, but be sure to get everyone’s permission to take their picture before you take their picture. If you plan to share photos on the Internet, ask permission for that as well.
  8. Write about your event in your World Pulse journal
    Invite the other event attendees to do so as well! Please be sure to tag the post Local Pulse so that others can find it and learn from your experience. You can view a great example of an event write-up from a gathering in Portland, Oregon, USA here!
  9. If you decide to host a “Local Pulse” gathering in your home-town, please reach out to Emily Garcia, Online Community Associate —we can potentially provide additional guidance, or help connect you with others in your area.

    For more detailed information about organizing a Local Pulse gathering (or any other event!) please see the World Pulse Toolkit for Organizing Community Events!


Y's picture

PLEASE ask that all members

PLEASE ask that all members include their cities, states, and countries in their profiles. This is the only way that member origins can be searchable for purposes of meet-up opportunities. Thanks


Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you!

Hi Yvette!

Thanks for the suggestion. You're right that it would be much easier to link up with other community members in our area if we knew where people were from exactly. To date we haven't encouraged people to disclose this information because for some it may be a security risk to do so. Others simply may not feel comfortable sharing this information on a public forum.

I think what some have done is message those that they think may be in their area, then wait for a response. I know that this isn't terribly efficient so if you have another solution, please do share! We would love to make it easier for our online community members to connect offline!

Thank you again for offering your input to help support our community connections.


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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