Authorities are telling attendees to arrive down on the National Mall extra early, so there will be plenty of time for Americans to meet and greet one another. MeetUp's Scott Heiferman and Jeremy Heimans describe what they hope to accomplish:
[W]e want to turn a crowd into a community. We all need a little reminder that we're not just spectators and that Inauguration isn't just for celebrities. We can look at each other, and not just at the Jumbotrons. As Obama says, "We're the ones we've been waiting for."
And to that end of encouraging folks to jumpstart their own community organizing, the back of the name badges have a four-step guide for creating an organic grassroots group. The instructions exhort, "Be Like Barack!" If all goes well, some Americans will leave the National Mall tomorrow with a few new friends and some fresh plans to start creating change back home.
H/T Nancy Scola