If you’re a creative in Washington DC, then CreativesDC is just for you: “A beta community of free agents, entrepreneurs and creatives in DC, crowdsourcing places, events and scenes that inspire conversation.”
CreativesDC launched July 11, 2008 with two ‘gatekeeper’ members organizing a kickoff party on July 23. Via the viral loop word of mouth system, the community has reached over 600 members one year later, with six events spawning crowdsourcing initiatives, such as a triple bottom line live music nightclub.
What’s the point? One longtime wistful request of the innovators in DC has been a forum to meet one another, even collaborate. What CreativesDC provides is not only an opportunity to provide that, but the means to create, as stated, the actual places (eg a design-oriented coworking site), events (eg monthly happy hours) and scenes (eg an active daytime entrepreneurial population) that represent those collaborations – via its groups. This can easily be replicated in other cities.