This week in community building — Issue 53

Hey everyone.

☁️ Lots of interesting things this week! ☁️

I’m tweaking how I do this newsletter as I go:

  • this curated newsletter will go out every Monday
  • on Tuesdays we have meetups, RSVP here.
  • the articles will now go out on Wednesdays
  • anyone up for experimenting with casual audio chats? (If you are on Android I can get an invite by email sent to you).

We don’t do that here

By Aja Hammerly

This is when I pull out “we don’t do that here.” It is a conversation ender. If you are the newcomer and someone who has been around a long time says “we don’t do that here”, it is hard to argue. This sentence doesn’t push my morality on anyone. If they want to do whatever it is elsewhere, I’m not telling them not to. I’m just cluing them into the local culture and values. If I deliver this sentence well it carries no more emotional weight than saying, “in Japan, people drive on the left.” “We don’t do that here” should be a statement of fact and nothing more. It clearly and concisely sets a boundary, and also makes it easy to disengage with any possible rebuttals.

The Future of Community Online

By Co-matter

Check your Pulse #51

Thoughts on trust, presubscribe, why curators are the new creators. By Sari Azout

Schools charging $50,000/year or more (Brown, NYU) have value propositions that have been rendered untenable overnight. The elimination of the university experience is similar to SeaWorld without killer whales. Yeah, we get it … free Willy, but I’m not paying $450 to see otters and penguins. Also, we’re not paying $54,000 for Zoom classes.

With the forced adoption of online learning, professors are realizing they can build online learning communities, broadcast their classes online to more people, make more money, and make students happier.  

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Journalism needs solutions to its trust and revenue problems. Membership is one of them. Explore experiments around the world and learn how to apply their lessons in your newsroom today.

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