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06Affinity groups are small groups of people who support each other and work together to change the world. And it’s easy to get started, as noted by localcircles.org:

Can you think of five people who might want to form an affinity group? Congratulations, you’re half-way there! Bring those five folks together for dinner to talk about reaching five more. Can you think of three, or just one? That’s okay! Do the same thing – have dinner and begin brainstorming. You never know where your conversations may lead.

Some of the best-known early AIDS activist campaigns – which involved thousands of people – were powered by affinity groups. Wikipedia explains more on their ACT UP New York entry:

Along with committees, ACT UP New York relied heavily on “affinity groups”. These groups often had no formal structure, but were centered on specific advocacy issues and personal connections, often within larger committees. Affinity groups supported overall solidarity in larger, more complex political actions through the mutual support provided to members of the group. 

Today — in a disconnected world of social strain, funding cuts and online alienation — affinity groups are urgently needed. And it means you get to work with your favorite people on things you feel passionately about!