This week in community building β€” Issue 69

Open Masters (in Community Building)

Ok, so this appeals to me. It combines self-directed education with creating your own 'Masters qualification' (not an official one) one that you design yourself.

I wonder if anyone here would be interested in going down a path like this and have regular accountability sessions.

Ping me if interested! 😍

What social networks can learn from public spaces

Or: 14 ways to rebuild your hell site

In the aftermath of the Great Deplatforming of the past week, we’ve seen a thoughtful debate over the power and limits of taking away a person’s ability to post online. It’s a blunt but powerful tool for punishing people who would use your platform to incite violence or commit other crimes. But building healthy, happy communities requires much more than removing their worst users. You don’t have a healthy media ecosystem just because Donald Trump no longer dominates it.

πŸ‘€ Tip of the week

Help your people feel like they belong by talking about them.

For example:

  • do an interview with them: text, podcast or video
  • pull together a weekly newsletter featuring members and their content
  • thank and celebrate them, privately or publicly
  • give them shout outs on social media
  • write about them within your community
  • summarize what they’ve said elsewhere for your community
  • bonus points for using memes πŸ™ƒ

πŸ›  Tools

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