Posted 11 months ago
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In a world increasingly saturated by conferences, webinars, podcasts, videos, articles and blogs, there is another event format becoming more popular throughout the HR and People analytics industry: The Meetup.
I believe HR and People Analytics meetups have the potential to play a crucial role sharing HR analytics practice, and accelerating innovation in the space - but many people don't know what meetups are, or based on my inbox, how to start their own.
In this blog I'd like to to do three things:
1. Share the value of meetups (using our London meetups as a case study).
2. Invite existing meetup organisers around the world to connect our local communities with a global network, and maybe grow a pool of awesome content.
3. Inspire (and support) potential meetup organisers to found their own communities around the world.
What is a meetup?
Imagine a room filled with people from your city, using their spare time to discuss HR and people analytics. Then imagine they represent the widest diversity of thought: people from HR and people from not-HR; analytics professionals and non-analytics professionals; Veterans of the industry and rookies. Finally, imagine this grassroot network, given a loose structure as part of a safe community, sharing their day-to-day experiences and inspiring innovative new ideas.
How has it worked in London?
In pure numbers, over 2000 tickets have been "sold" (our events are all free), to a community that identifies itself as approximately 40% HR data professionals, 20% non-HR professionals, 30% HR and 10% Other. Average registrations have gone from about 20 to 150 during that time, to watch speakers of whom around 66% are advanced HR analytics practitioners, and 33% are non-HR data professionals, invited to inspire us with data stories from other industries.
Since June 2018 we have been recording all the sessions, and they can be viewed by anyone for free. I've shared my favourite presentations below, but if you don't read that far, please click this link.
Top Five Reasons to Attend and Run Meetups
It is no surprise to anyone reading this, that cultures of openness and diverse thought result in greater engagement, learning and innovation. This is literally what meetup culture is.
I've run hundreds of meetups, starting from my days in Croydon Tech City (meetups were the foundation of our strategy to grow the fastest growing tech cluster in the UK), to the London HR and People Analytics Meetup and #ThisIsHR, our HR tech startup community.
Here are my top five reasons to attend HR and People Analytics meetups: