Meetings, whether corporate, association, or something else, are all about building community, as well as sharing information/education. That's my take, anyway. If you agree, check out the conversation about the nature of community going on over at Corante's BrandShift. What constitutes a community? What keeps one functioning? How do online communities compare to off-line? So many questions--I can't begin to do it justice here without writing a 20-page post, so if you're interested, give it a read and join in the conversation. It's fascinating stuff.