A few examples.
I might plan a lunch for someone trying to balance family and entrepreneurship with someone who just wrote a book about that very challenge.
Or I might plan a playdate-picnic for two parents whose toddlers would love having a friend in the neighborhood.
Or I might plan a gallery crawl and gourmet hot dog run for two art and street food lovers who’ve been feeling culture-deprived.
Frequently asked questions.
Why is this called maples?
That’s just my borrowed word for the type of people I like to introduce — sincere, generous laughers.
And why do you use that particular word?
First, it’s in honor of my mom. I got my love of introducing people from her, and she had a thing for maple trees.
And, second, what’s more sincere, generous, and inviting of laughter than a maple tree?
Why are you so into this?
I spent my entire childhood watching my mom do this sort of thing and I simply can’t help myself.
It makes me feel good when I successfully seed a new friendship. Every friendship can have such a big impact, not just on the two people in it, but on everyone they know. Plus, good friendships can last a lifetime, and that, in turn, makes me feel like I’m making an impact.
I love showing people how simple acts of generosity can make a huge huge impact on others. When a maple refers a new maple to me, I make sure to share stories of the good things that happen downstream. I want that referrer to know about the other maples their referee made friends with, collaborated with, took trips with, and the like. It makes everyone’s day.
I think friendships between maples improve the fabric of the cities they live in. There’s something wonderful about two sincere, generous, laughers spending time together that can’t help but spread outward.
What cities do you do this in?
Mostly Denver. But I’ll be adding New York and London soon. Plus, I do some pretty crazy-fun group destination events from time to time you can read about further down the page.
What does this cost?
It’s free! This is my hobby.
How do you find these folks?
I ask the maples I know to send me more. That’s probably how you got here, unless you heard about the project through the Maples Podcast. Either way, I’m glad you made it!
Maples Podcast? What’s that?
Each episode is an interview with a maple. The podcast isn’t quite live yet, but we have our first three episodes in the can. The first is with the illustrator, Christoph Niemann. I went to Berlin to meet him. You can listen to a rough cut below.
Umm, I think I might be a maple. Can I nominate myself?
Yes, though if you have someone else nominate you (it doesn’t matter whether or not we know them), you’ll get into the queue faster.
What if I’m an evil warlock masquerading as a maple?
I’ll find another evil warlock masquerading as a maple you can trade incantations with. Everybody needs compatible, helpful friends.
Do you get maples together in bigger groups?
Yes! I’ve created three groups. All members of a particular group are maples and have a bunch of other things in common.
Are these maple groups meant to be like Meetups?
That’s not really the intention. But you’re right. They are a little like Meetups. The main difference is there’s less emphasis on coordinating activities and more emphasis on the personal compatibility of the members.