Ideas for communities
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This is a page for ideas for community projects, including chapters and other local, regional, and global community groups. The initial list came from a post about interesting discussions about how to develop local wikipedia communities over the course of many meetups; some of them are specific to the US.
projects for communities 
- using on-wiki alternatives to Meetup.com, improving the Meetup pages on en.wp and meta, and their synchronization
- organizing local outings, parties, knowledge gathering and wiki capture (of photos, from library jams, through distributed research projects)
- working with Universities: getting WP clubs set up, petitioning schools to become more wiki aware: starting school-wide wikis, using wikis in classes. Having a core of students who can talk about WP and how it works to classes on technology, collaborative writing, group creation, cyberlaw, and more.
- working with local non-profits and tech groups that want to get to know wikis in general, mediawiki in particular, and Wikipedia as a community and a place to contribute knowledge about the topics they encounter or care about.
- organizing speakers and presentations at local libraries, high school and middle schools.
- organizing groups of language enthusiasts to contribute to and maintain a multilingual portal representing smaller languages present within the US, and identify language presence -- primary and secondary language usage, oral and written.
- Talking to education and cultural preservation groups that might have content drives or curatorial projects; helping them understand how to integrate these with Wikipedia, and licensing in general
These are mostly general enough that we could start making a global "local initiatives" set of ideas on meta, for all chapters and enthusiast groups, formal and informal... but we should also work out how to do these things specifically within the US.
Related questions to answer 
- where are upcoming conferences that might love wp and appreciate a presence?
- where are local university departments already investigating and researching and prominently using WP and sister projects?
- where are local groups of mediawiki hackers and users, who might be interested in wikipedia meetings as well?
- who currently talks about wikipedia in their meanderings? literature search + introductory email ===> sponsors for local clubs and orgs
- where are there spaces dedicated to free knowledge, free-content writing or media creation, and the like? [For instance, start with the community television orgs (which until recently had lots of national funding to provide everyone access to tools to create media). How can their current efforts integrate better with WP / do they have space to host meetings / do they already have regular meetings that could be extended somehow?]