I'm trialling out online meetups atm here at Indie Hackers, it's not quite a small group, but I think we could potentially replicate some aspects of it.
Regardless, I find it interesting from a community building perspective.
I was going to say... apparently the IH meetups are the perfect size :) "12" definitely feels like a nice size. I'm thinking of capping my own 'small group' meetups for my community at ~10-12 (15 max).
this is exactly the reason i did the cohort model in the beginning... keep things small!
Thanks for sharing, Rosie! Very interesting blog post!
This has been the core of the Unreal Collective community and our Accelerator model (https://unrealcollective.com/accelerator)
We have groups of 6 (5 members + me as facilitator) and generally run 2-4 groups concurrently. It's been fantastic. For an hour long meeting, that ~6 number is perfect; but I also know several who have that ~12 number and run 2-hour calls.
It truly is special.