Building #Resist at Meetup: Actual Corporate Activism in the Age of Trump

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B302/303


Learn how Meetup made the decision to create #Resist, a free network of over 1000 Meetups worldwide that anyone could organize with or join, and the questions we had to ask about how a private company could help self-empower the public in an actual way.


What values need to align in order for private organizations to make the right type of difference? And how can we bring a practice of civic action into the workplace? Shortly after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, he issued an immigration ban from several Muslim-majority countries. In the spirit of open culture and accountability, Meetup responded by opening its platform to anyone who wanted to do activist work. We created #Resist, a free network of over 1000 Meetups worldwide that anyone could organize with or join. This talk will recount the leadership decisions and the hackathon that made #Resist possible, and how Meetup navigated amplifying the efforts of existing activist organizations while providing a bridge for newcomers to the activist space. You’ll learn about the questions we struggled with—how do we empower everyone to self-organize around what matters to them?—and what we learned about successfully driving change.


resist, Activism, open culture, accountability

Speaking experience

In tech, I have 2-3 internal talks at AppNexus when I was there and co-presented at one evening, public-facing talk here: As a poet, I give readings in public spaces fairly often. As curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project, I also write and give critical introductions to visiting speakers and artists.