I recently read quite a good article on medium about how to empower people in your community to become active co-creators. They also mentioned meeting up in person:
" — Interactive event formats organized by members
In most communities some form of in-person gathering is at the core of the membership experience. If you want your members to be active participants, choose event formats where people can actively participate. I continue to be surprised how many communities choose traditional one-way event formats with speakers, panels and a passive audience. You get what you design for.
Most event formats are not rocket science to organize. What if most events in your community would be organized by a member? Imagine the creativity and scale this could unlock.
To enable volunteer-run events, it is important to keep event formats simple and cheap. In order to connect in a meaningful way, you don’t need a fancy location and a beverage sponsor. All you need is someone’s home and everyone bringing food along. However, keeping events simple and low-budget doesn’t mean that they have to be boring. Quite the opposite: if everyone in your community is empowered to organize one, it is unavoidable that people will come up with some amazing new ideas."
Full article: https://medium.com/@pforti/8-ways-to-empower-people-to-show-up-as-active-co-creators-in-your-community-1f3454cc82a6.
I hope this helps a bit!