Rosieland Roundup 200 - What if there is no community? ๐Ÿ’€

๐ŸŒˆ Citation as a Community Building Practice

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๐Ÿ’€ What if there is no community?

Michael Campi says that the idea of a small resilient community in 2023 seems almost an impossibility.

I donโ€™t know whether itโ€™s me or not but building a community seems to be nigh on impossible.

I have, over the last 4 years, been actively seeking a group that understands what we are faced with and has a desire to form a small, resilient group.

Lots of the people I interacted with, on the surface, appeared to be on board with the idea but when I started posing questions like, โ€œWhat if we are really in trouble and there is no time for 5-year plans?โ€ I was met with silence.

Sometimes our community work seems pointless even when our heart tells us it is worth persisting. I choose to persist. โค๏ธ

How might we create a healthier space for practice?

The community industry is in an interesting space right now. Bill Johnston comes in with a reflection on how to move forward.

He includes the following questions...

  • What types of institutions do we need to serve us?
  • How might we embrace a full range of practice and roles?
  • What might we learn from other industries, sectors or areas of practice to inform a better future?
  • What types of communities and networks to we need to serve and support us?
  • What types of conferences, unconferences and meetups do we want? How might we self-organize more of these?
  • How might we look back at practices from the last 25+ years and bring forward foundational knowledge instead of reinventing every time a new institution or group launches. What if we actually gave attribution to the people who developed concepts?
  • What if our institutions, networks, communities and conference actually โ€“ I know this is VERY Radical for community leaders โ€“ what if they actually COLLABORATED at even the most basic of levels?

๐ŸŒถ Engagement without progress is meaningless...

What do you call spicy takes built on top of spicy takes? Is that SpicyTake2?

Or do we call this community? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello Milly Tamati!)


๐Ÿ† The trophy goes to community

As community people, I'm not sure we give ourselves enough credit for how close we get to the customer.


๐Ÿ“ Other interesting reads this week:

Book โ€“ The Regenerative Marketing Institute
Patreon, reimagined โ€” a better future for creators and fans
Patreon launches new features, an entirely redesigned mobile app, and an evolved brand identity.
Look upon my works ye mighty and despair
Today, we meet Steve. Steve leads a thriving community of Project Managers from across the country in the company that he works. They meet every three weeks and share stories together, and they learn from each otherโ€™s experiences and the latest new ideas within the domain. And this is a SERIOUSLY goโ€ฆ
Community Growth at: Canva - Community Inc.
Canva super users love to create and share educational materials, and its community programs accelerate this core growth loop. In this deep dive, we unpack exactly how community drives growth at Canva, the programs they use to achieve this, and how it serves a truly global audience.
Building a better business through sustainable community
Veronica Simpson, design journalist and environmental psychologist visits a furniture company whose social and environmental practices areโ€ฆ

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