It looks like IxDA Lansing is in trouble. Their web presence was diffuse, so itâ€™s hard to track down the authoritative place for information, but it looks like their page on the IxDA website hasnâ€™t been updated in a long time, their own domain name has expired, their Twitter account is highly inactive, and their Meetup group no longer has an organizer.
This is a shame, because even when Michiganâ€™s state-wide UX organizations were a lot more active, they never served Lansing (and Grand Rapids) as well as Metro Detroit and the Ypsilanti area. Itâ€™s good to have a way for local professionals to meet up on a regular basis, although the downside of a proliferation of groups is that the few people that will volunteer time get spread more and more thinly (like butter over too much bread).
I can see (what looks like) IxDA Lansing shutting down as part of a pretty broad trend away from organized professional groups in our field. We have a lot of alternatives for professional development, and a lot of ways to stay in touch with other people in the field. And asking people to do stuff after work, in their free time, to further their career is a hard thing to ask (and kind of exploitative, but thatâ€™s just the nature of the system we live in).
(Also, the decline of professional organizations ties into a question that interests me greatly: What is a profession, and are we one?)
IxDA Lansing, it was good to have you around.