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Advice Wanted for Move to Des Moines, Iowa

My wife and I are new empty nesters, and are considering moving to Des Moines, Iowa. What is it like to live there? What are the pluses and minuses? We are hoping to find a friendly, welcoming community with some larger city amenities. Ideally, we'd also find other non religious, politically moderate-to-liberal folks. Will we find it there?
posted by Long Way Home on Sep 19, 2016 - 10 answers

How can we make our wedding a communal event?

The best weddings (to me/us) seem to be the ones where the couple's tribe is invited to participate in some way. We'd love ideas for how to make this happen. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 24, 2016 - 31 answers

Not good enough for my artistic peers

Why can't I get over my artwork being ignored? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Aug 21, 2016 - 22 answers

How to Talk to Strangers?

I’m terrible at striking up conversation with people that I don’t know. Some of this is my thought patterns and attitudes, some of it is my anxiety, but I’m realizing more and more that I just never quite learned how to properly do it. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 31, 2016 - 14 answers

Makers, what to do with extra parts/never completed projects?

After completing some projects and aborting others, I've got some extra materials that would make someone very happy. Problem is, how do I find that someone? Is there an online forum or donation group or something? [more inside]
posted by mrcrow on Jul 29, 2016 - 12 answers

Lean Manufacturing User Groups

I am trying to find organized groups of lean manufacturing practitioners in the Chicago Illinois area for benchmarking and best practice sharing. Any suggestions?
posted by grahahw on Jul 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Online support system for new sci-fi writers

I'm starting to write short science fiction. Where should I look (online) for support, guidance and, eventually, publishing? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jun 22, 2016 - 4 answers

World history telecourse from the 1970s? Later on PBS...

I took a telecourse on world history at a community college in the 1980s and I think I'd like to take it again but I forgot the instructor/lecturer's name. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jun 9, 2016 - 3 answers

What can I do to make my community more interesting for $5,000?

I'm putting aside $5,000 to spend on something community focused. I'd like to find a way to do some good or, at least, do something amusing, for my neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2016 - 26 answers

All my queerfolk ain't ... wait, no.

I'm looking for concise quotes that suggest or outright state that members of a marginalized group don't necessarily agree or have the same priorities on matters of culture, politics, religion, fighting oppression, etc. Zora Neale Hurston's "all my skinfolk ain't kinfolk" is a perfect example. References to the LGBTQ community and/or witty aphorisms are particularly welcome!
posted by zebra on Feb 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Imaginative and fair ways to value people's time and effort on project

Several friends and I have clubbed together and purchased a fixer-upper house. We intend to work on it as best we can ourselves, use contractors when we have to, sell it when done, make profit, etc etc. The issue is going to be, how do to count and 'value' the contribution each person has made? [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 answers

What's in a name? ...Quite a lot, actually.

I am creating a YouTube channel and a couple of associated social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr). I figured I'd have come up with a name by the time I finished editing my first video. However, that's not the case, and I find myself basically ready to launch but with a lot of uncertainties about name. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jan 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Do you wanna swap veggies?

'Cause I sometimes have too many, like the bajillion lemons that are once again on their way. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Seeking a comprehensive list of internet forum communities

Does there exist an updated catalog or wiki list of internet forums and web communities living and dead over the coarse of the internet's history?
posted by Taft on Jan 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Resources for healing a troubled community group

Trying to heal conflict and build shared, stable and inclusive leadership in my troubled hobby group. I have high-level one-to-one people/communication skills but no experience wrangling groups. Your resources appreciated. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Jan 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Resources for Parents with Teen Kids About To Go Online

My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I self-host my blog or post to a site with a built-in community?

I've been a blogger, off and on, since "weblog" first became a word, but the way blogs and communities are built these days confounds me. I miss tight-knit, ye olde internet communities but am no longer sure how they are built or nourished in a noisier, more commercialized web. I need opinions. [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Nov 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Jewish communities- greater Boston

My family is looking to move out of our small condo in Cambridge to a nearby suburb that will give us more space, great schools, green space, and a community to call our own for our growing family. Among the various features we are looking for in our next community, it important to us to live where there is an active Jewish community. We are already familiar and considering Brookline/Needham/Lexington/Sharon, but are less familiar with the vibe in Natick, Winchester, Needham, Andover, and Belmont. [more inside]
posted by purpleporpouis on Nov 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Examples of good anti-harassment policies & procedures?

I am a leader in a local hobby community and we are trying to deepen our existing policies for dealing with harassment and related issues in our scene. I'm looking for examples of policies and procedures from other communities that we might be able to adapt for our community, rather than starting from scratch. Can you suggest any good examples? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

What the hell am I doing in this bar basement at 11pm on a Sunday?

Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
posted by dryersock on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Small college town - how do young families socialize?

I'm not really looking for "how to make new friends" advice, but more of how to cultivate and grow a community of friends - fellow young families in particular. Has anyone had success doing this in a similar situation, and how, exactly, specifically? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Sep 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Is there a red state MeFi-alike?

So I have an elderly relative who is struggling with profound hearing and speech difficulties, and I'm looking for an online community for him. MetaFilter would strike him as too liberal, too young, and somewhat too outré. He's not ignorant or unsophisticated, but his views are conservative and his interest in modern culture is, well, limited. Can anyone point me toward a U.S.-based site with an active group of thoughtful, high-quality commenters and a generally conservative slant on history, politics, and current events? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos on Sep 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Need tips for teenager making pre-move connections in LA area

My son and I are moving to the LA area (specifically Alhambra) from northern Michigan in a few months. He's 14 and I'd like to take whatever steps I can to smooth the transition for him. Toward that end, does anyone in the area (or elsewhere) have any ideas as to how he could start making local/neighborhood connections/friends before we move? I've searched for online clubs, etc., but haven't found much (and those can be questionable anyway). Any advice is appreciated - thank you!
posted by slugg0h on Sep 11, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I do with this Money?

I'm the treasurer of a small community organisation which didn't do anything that needed treasuring. Suddenly we have some money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Sep 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Retreat? We don't know the meaning of the word retreat!

Or more accurately, we don't have an agenda for a retreat. A Woman's Retreat. Have you been to a wonderful one? Have you always you wished you could go to a wonderful one and do ...what? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Sep 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Where should we live in the Boston area?

My wife and I live with our 20 month old daughter in Cambridge, MA and we're researching options for moving to the suburbs. We live in Inman Square and love what we have but want to (affordably) have some more living and outdoor space. Which communities in the Boston area should we consider? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Sep 7, 2015 - 24 answers

semi-private or secret personal blogs

I used to be part of a group that blogged anonymously and read anonymous blogs through xanga, which effectively shut down a year or two ago. I really miss this community, as well as the opportunity to read these sorts of semi-private blogs. How can I find a similar community? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Seeking heartwarming, non-upsetting books

I'm pregnant, and with the hormones, I am in the mood for warm-and-fuzzy books. I can't handle my normal murder mysteries. I'm especially drawn to books about families, people settling in to new communities and coming to feel at home, people creating a home for others, and that sort of thing. Books and audiobooks would be great. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Aug 22, 2015 - 58 answers

Balance and community for introverts

Introverts: What does a harmonious social network/community of friends look like to you? How have you gone about identifying and tweaking that balance? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Community Building for High School Students

I'm a high school teacher, and I was looking for ideas for building community and comfort in the classroom. I know one of my coworkers likes to play a game called "confessions" for extra credit. He pulls out a confession from a bag--where various students have revealed a little known fact about themselves--and the first person to guess the confession is awarded extra credit. Does anyone have ideas like this to build community in the classroom? I teach 10th graders in a suburban school district.
posted by pennylane61 on Aug 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a community based goal setting website?

I miss 43 things and I would like to find a 'replacement' with similar simplicity in its layout. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on Jul 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Where art thou

After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 16, 2015 - 1 answer

An app to send "Help/SOS" alerts to the app's network or community?

Looking for a solution for a small group so that we could download an app and join the app's community and then in an emergency, for example, push an SOS button and all of the people in the community would get an alert on their phones (if they're connected of course) of the emergency. I know there are solutions similar to this but my app searching skills are failing me. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 18, 2015 - 6 answers

How to rebuild and move on when everything you ever knew is gone

I've discovered that I have a taste for stories of people leaving insular communities. Do you have a favorite memoir, movie, or other story about such a person? [more inside]
posted by faethverity on May 15, 2015 - 29 answers

What are the best examples in your community of building community?

I'm currently doing a fellowship, where I'm examining how public radio stations could provide membership to folks who may not be able to or want to donate financially, but would like to donate a skill, code, or their time to their local stations. I am looking for concrete examples from other industries - for-profit, non-profit, community - where organizations have granted membership or affiliation to people who give time, code, or a skill. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on May 8, 2015 - 11 answers

A mob of people decorate a car - genius or scary?

We're hosting a Maker Fair later this summer. This is my first crack at organizing such an event, so everything is new, exciting, and freaking me out. Our theme is "City of Makers", and we'd like to include a collaborative installation that builds into a big piece of art over the course of the day. In this way, people will see that it's not hard to be part of making something awesome. Key to this is that the end result is awesome, and not a giant pile of crap (unless that too is awesome). [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on May 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Community arts/activist/development orgs in Central Asia

Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I politely bug volunteers?

I run a website. I try to get other people involved in writing, and many start out excited to participate, but that interest drops off. I'm not sure how to "nicely bug" people to encourage that community participation. Help? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Apr 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Best practices for online chat rooms/communities?

How does an online chat community (i.e. IRC, Slack) work best? How does it function and what is it good for? [more inside]
posted by alicat on Apr 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Volunteer work for employees in the NYC area

I work for a startup company and on our company's 3-day meeting we would like to use a half day or full day of work to volunteer for an organization (soup kitchen, maybe?) It is at the end of April. We are looking for something we can all do together. There are about 20 people in our company and our office is in downtown NYC, but can travel anywhere. It will be on a weekday. Any recommendations on what to do/who to contact?
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2015 - 7 answers

How can my fiancee translate her work in human rights law from UK->US?

My fiancee is planning to move to Chicago at some point later this year--if all goes well with our engagement, of course ;). She has a GDL (law conversion) degree (in addition to non-law undergrad and postgrad degrees) from the UK and is looking for advice, first and foremost, on the "lay of the land" and things to keep in mind in transferring environments. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Feb 17, 2015 - 5 answers

continuing education with human resources or org dev?

A social enterprise I started a few years ago is finding traction and I have a real opportunity to go back to study part time while continuing to work. I want to build on some early work I did with volunteer fundraising training and operations management. What stinks or swims charities is volunteer participation. I am trying to find courses - master's, certificates, short courses (anywhere, online preferred) geared at volunteer management, community organising, political organising, and especially human resource management or human resource development with underserved populations. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Sober living communities in New York - do they exist?

Sober living communities in New York - do they exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2014 - 11 answers

What's the best affordable community platform?

I run Ada Lovelace Day, and want to create an online community where people can discuss a variety of topics including women in STEM, equality and diversity issues, STEM news. I'm looking for an affordable hosted community platform with a bit more functionality than a standard forum, including an events calendar, private messaging, static pages, blog-like functionality and flexible design. [more inside]
posted by Suw on Dec 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Is this a dorky question I see before me, the handle toward my hand?

Help me think of some short answer but open ended questions that will make people smile and get them to relax in a community-building way. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Aug 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Online education: turning graduates into a community of mentors?

I am part of an online philosophical community with an optional mentoring scheme. Those who complete enough lessons from a bank of hundreds graduate and can then become mentors to others, but few stay; how can I foster a sense of community amongst these graduates and encourage them to stick around to become valuable mentors to the waiting students? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Aug 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommendations for diverse Christian churches in Tricities, Washington?

My wife and I are relocating to Tricities, Washington, for a new job at Pacific Northwest National Lab. Our Christian faith is really important to us and we're looking for recommendations for culturally diverse, Spirit-led churches. We're coming from a smaller church, so I think we'd prefer something along the same lines, and we'd like to find opportunities to serve. Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

community orgs for arts and technology?

Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Food Circle via Facebook: Etiquette

Some wonderful friends are putting together a food circle for us as we are expecting our first baby in August. I have a plate full of etiquette beans in front of me, so please follow me inside where we can share them together! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Aug 1, 2014 - 22 answers

academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

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