Grassroots skepticism

Now here’s one thing we skeptics could use more of:

Imagine you’re moving to a new city, and you want to see what skeptic-themed events or groups are available. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was one central place you could go, plug in the destination, and get a list of skeptical stuff to do?

Or, say you’re going to be traveling on business, and you want to find some evening entertainment that’s a little more fulfilling than getting drunk at the airport bar watching TV in your hotel room. Wouldn’t it be great if you could pull up a website and see what skeptical events were going on in that city, or put out a call for an impromptu meetup?

Maybe you live in Skunkbutt, South Dakota, and your only option is to start your own skeptics group. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a place you could read about a variety of group models, topics and events that have worked for other groups?

Finally, what if your group needs advice about a program you’re planning, or help finding a speaker? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to discuss the details with other skeptical organizy-types?

The group is called Grassroots Skeptics, and it’s trying to make it easier for fellow skeptics to meet and network. It sounds like a great idea, although, being a die-hard University of Michigan alumnus, it does irk me that it took people from Columbus, OH and and the Central Ohioans for Rational Inquiry to get something like this started…