Stronger Women's Communities
When my fiancee and i also moved to San Francisco, she was very pumped up about finding new friends and joining existing groups for entertainment activities and hobbies. She happily took meetup.com and remarked that there were very few small or medium-sized events. Moreover, most of the groups was required to charge their members some small fees for attending in order to cover the expense of creating the event, since Meetup charges a high fee for organizing events and maintaining groups.
Immediately a lightweight went of inside my head. I understand the Meetup has got to pay their hundred or so employees, servers and office space. But that is besides the point, as my fiancee i would like to be part of an organization without finances getting in the way. She just wanted a pleasant and safe environment for many local women to activate.
I feel that this is the thing that has to be done on a wider scale. Using the rise of online communities today, why don't you create free and open platforms for women and other groups to activate in a nice and supportive environment.
My feeling is always that while women do support their community a great deal, the current state of that community still breeds a great deal of competition and deficiency of mutual collaboration on a wide or medium scale.
For instance, many mothers group become hand-me-down clothes sales attempts as opposed to what they were originally designed to do: build a helpful and positive group where mothers can share their experiences with moms who could happen to live nearby.
In the professional environment, there exists a similar situation. A lot of women find their competitors to be other women and that breeds a lack of collaboration.
I am hoping that advancing there will be more small and medium-sized groups for women the location where the goal will be mutual help.