This week in community building - Issue 38

I’m definitely feeling that the more I intentionally dive in and learn about community building then the less I know.

At the moment, I mostly spend my Sunday evenings pulling this together. My process of gathering is getting better. However this week, the amount of stuff I came across was somewhat overwhelming. Before I knew it several hours had passed. Whoops!

So, I changed it up a bit.

Is it better or worse? You tell me. Maybe give that heart button a little love if you like it. Or let me know on Twitter. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

But more importantly, #blacklivesmatter.

✊🏿 #blacklivesmatter

LinkedIn Staffers Go All-Lives-Matter During β€˜Dumpster Fire’ Meeting on Racism:

β€œWe’ll spend most of our time together in open discussion, so please consider bringing questions or experiences you’d like to share,” read the invitation email to staff.

LinkedIn employees followed those instructions precisely. The results were a disaster.

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change - Barack Obama

So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.

πŸ€— #community

πŸŽ“ #education

Community-Building Online: An Introduction – Middlebury College

When we do not intentionally weave opportunities for social learning and community building into the design of our online learning spaces, participants may feel siloed and alone, making it difficult to engage with learning content or peers. Research has shown that online learning succeeds best when participants feel part of a trusted community, supported by their instructors, programs, and peers.

How to Build an Online Learning Community: 6 Theses - Jesse Stommel

Educational institutions are spaces for learning, but more specifically, they are spaces for social learning. And so our role as educators and administrators of educational institutions has to be focused on building community in addition to offering courses, designing curriculum, and credentialing.

🏘 #society

'A Kafkaesque nightmare': the survival guide helping condemned estates beat the bulldozers – The Guardian

It has been called β€˜one of the finest council estates in the country’. So why is Cressingham Gardens facing demolition? We report on the free book helping communities fight back

Community-Led Regeneration. A Toolkit for Residents and Planners [Free Book]

🦠 #covid-19

Remember, good things are contagious too. (Thank you Rotana Ty)

TIL about Urgentcraft.

'The way we get through this is together': the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus – The Guardian

Amid this unfolding disaster, we have seen countless acts of kindness and solidarity. It’s this spirit of generosity that will help guide us out of this crisis and into a better future.

🎧 #podcasts

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