This week in community building — Issue 75
In one of the most memorable pieces of writing I read last year, David Brooks writes: If you want to summarize the changes in family structure over the past century, the truest thing to say is this: We’ve made life freer for individuals and more unstable for families.
What led to this departure from community? Essentially, agriculture and industry allowed people to make more individualistic choices about their lives, and those choices diminished group efforts towards a common good.
A seismic social shift has taken place seeing much of humanity evolve from a person to a user. We are all complicit in this shift. We have collectively accepted this new social contract unchallenged. We 'agreed' to it. We perpetuate and propagate it. We are now the users, the using and the used.
Be it at an old Poundland shop or an ex-cutlery foundry, community food halls are taking to the high streets – and a new report expects many more
There is potential for up to 120 of these community food halls across the UK, a new report has found, as big shifts in consumer spending and attitudes caused by the coronavirus pandemic – including a newfound appreciation of local community – prompt investors to consider piling in.
Perhaps, as our Organisations become more connected, more dynamic, more agile and changeable, we need to not only badge for expertise, but badge for proud ignorance too.
Perhaps we all at times need a hat that says “not me”.
- Content Alone Will Kill the Creator Economy — Gina Bianchini, The Information
- Part 2: How To Build Patient Communities — Nikhil Krishnan
- Community KPI's — Carmen Taubman
- ROE: Return On Engagement — the metric of care and community — Chelsea Haring
- Escaping the Community Power Paradox — Jessica Studdert
- 5 Reasons Your Organization Needs an Online Community Now — Carrie Melissa Jones
- Twitter pulls a Patreon — Casey Newton
- Joseph Kane: Prioritizing People (Not Projects) In Infrastructure Spending — Strong Towns
- Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets — The Verge
- Some thoughts on community — Sarvasv Kulpati
- Ian Vanagas, Building an ideal community platform and the future of internet communities — Uncommunity
- Conversations: Jonny Rose on Community Building — Simon Tomes
- Growing Ladies Get Paid one town hall at a time — Get Together
- 🆕 Tips for moderating subreddits, inside ByteDance and being anti-algorithm — Everything in Moderation
🎧 Podcasts & Videos
- 🔵 #7: Community at the core of businesses success — Francisco Fonseca
- EP83: Adding Virtual to your IRL Community w/ Hashicorp — The Community Corner
- Grow the Movement (Onboarding) — Rebel Steps
- 064: Converting an in-person experience into an online membership - with Aaron De Jong — Memberspace
- How to mobilise your community during a pandemic — Matthew Revell
- Building Community at Nike, Reddit, WeWork, and Teal with Erik Martin — Masters of Community
Paid Communities and Cohort-based-Courses will win as the pace of change mean educational material becomes instantly outdated— Tom Osman (@tomosman) February 28, 2021
The tip of the spear is very pointy.
Four key ingredients of #trust.— Timo Järvensivu (@JarvensivuTimo) February 27, 2021
1. Good will: Trust begets trust and mistrust begets mistrust. If you assume others have bad will and they should earn your trust, you will withhold your trust and create a cycle of non-trust. People do bad things, but do they *want* to?
Effective strategy to ⬇️ loneliness, depression & anxiety in older adults:— Art Walaszek (@artwalaszek) February 25, 2021
Volunteers ages 17-23 called older adults up to 5x per week over 4 weeks. Phone calls up to 10 minutes long. Volunteers rec’d 2 hrs of training.
Effect size 0.3 on PHQ-8 & GAD-7https://t.co/AhSz10sres
The future of the "Live Social Internet" - a thread— ashita achuthan (@ashitaa) February 19, 2021
We were promised the "live" internet - massively synchronous, participatory, expressive and social spaces. So we could connect with people who share our niche interests.
Building community is something that can have a huge payoff if you do it with intention and consistent follow through. Most companies don't do that. Mixing Board member @baileyelaine of @people_and_co— mixingboardco (@mixingboardco) February 26, 2021
gives actionable advice on how to do community right. https://t.co/51KNNXeXRV