Creating a community container
The best community builders are often just trying to keep up with their members — building supporting structures, but not getting in the way!
- Who shows up and what roles they start to naturally take
- What content sparks conversation and collaboration
- How members start to splinter off and self-organize
- What your members ask for next
What does a community container look like?
“Almost all the valuable work done in most major communities is undertaken by a small group of committed members who have developed close relationships with the team.”
— Richard Millington, The Powerful Case For Brands To Build Smaller, Less-Engaged, Online Communities
I’ve just launched a community container, something smaller in scope and less resource intensive, but still quite valuable for a group of people. I’m thinking of this as a pop-up community: a 4-week accountability group with the goal of giving 12 people additional support and energy as we end a tough year. This is a very manageable endeavor that gets me closer to the people I’m writing content and building tools for, but isn’t something I will need to commit to for more than a few weeks. (Though I would be happy to, if it’s a great community program-member fit!)
What ways can you bring people together and start building connections between members?
One-off or recurring events
- Silent Book Club aka Introvert Happy Hour
- Icebreaker.video’s templates help you get a happy hour, virtual networking event, or a group gratitude game off the ground in a few clicks!
- #EthicalHour holds a Twitter chat every week, prompting discussions between their over 20k Twitter followers.
- Christina Tosi holds a Bake Club live on Instagram every Monday.
- Founder Library - This library of resources was built by contributors who live for helping founders and the startup ecosystem. Bringing people together to co-create is a great way to create a pop-up community of purpose.
- Yeniverse - A free resource for community builders made by community builders, hosted on Notion.
- Check out Fabricating Serendipity (aka Roam Cafe) by Kahlil Corazo, an experimental learning meetup, aiming to make learning more like community play.
Single-channel Messaging Tool
A yearly ritual
Feeling energized? Try a few containers and you’ll come up with the perfect configuration for your digital community garden.
I'm working on things for indie women, for example:— Rosie Sherry 🌈☁️🪐 (@rosiesherry) November 25, 2020
🎉 a monthly party
✅ accountability meetups
💬 a Slack
👀 and more!
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