I am trying to brainstorm ways for folks interested in studying or researching math as a hobby to connect with each other. The pleasures of doing math in a social setting is something I have missed since leaving academia, and I know there are others who feel similarly. I am imagining an online platform where:
People with an interest in learning some topic could select a textbook and syllabus, and hold weekly meetings to discuss the material.
People with common research interests could connect and collaborate on academic papers.
People could organize "adult math circles"
People interested in an online talk or lecture series could attend together, and meet afterwards to discuss the topic.
In other words, the idea would be to recreate some of the collaborative/social opportunities that exist in a university. If you are interested in this concept, please say so in the comments and give your ideas for how this might work! Is there an existing social networking site that would be well-suited to this project? What kinds of features would you want to see? Does anything like this already exist?