This week in community building — Issue 77
“Our shared realities become the world we live in and know: Sharing is believing. And with tight networks of people talking just to each other, these shared realities are the DNA of our social bubbles … With no shared reality being created, the interaction is treated as meaningless. It is as if the other person doesn’t matter or doesn’t really exist. Given our strong, natural motivation to create shared reality with other humans, not doing so when interacting with members of an out-group is like treating them as being non human. We want to create a shared reality with members of our in-group but not with members of out-groups.
Theory is great, and I love a good community framework, but sometimes you just want to hear the specifics of what people did. The nuts and bolts, the nitty-gritty details.So in the spirit of learning in public, here's how we bootstrapped our initial community.It ain’t perfect, but it’s something, and I hope the specific tactics and details will help others get their community flywheel spinning
“From phone calls to messaging and back to audio — the way we use our phones may be coming full circle,” Tanya Basu writes in the MIT Technology Review. And tech analyst Jeremiah Owyang considers social audio the “Goldilocks Medium”: “Text social networks are not enough, video conferencing is too much, social audio is just right.” (Check his list of “20 ways businesses will engage social audio”).
- A tactical guide to kickstarting your community — Patrick Woods
- The DevRel Path To Success: Awareness, Enablement, Engagement — Mary Thengvall
- #37: Community, mob, fandom, or cult? — Haley Nahman
- 7 Essential Steps to Build A Cult. — The Party Scientist
- Frameworks for Governance, Incentive and Consequence in FOSS — Emma Irwin
- Trust — Sascha Mombartz
- Social audio takes us back to an exciting future. — Tim Leberecht
- How n8n builds an amazing product together with their community — Frank Lagendijk and Steven Aanen
- Community-Led Growth is taking tech by storm — Hal Koss, Built In
- Community and Marketing have a natural overlap. Uncommunity #17 — Uncommunity
- 🗓 Campfire Chat with Charles Vogl — Hosted by Danielle Maveal
- 📕 Shared Reality: What Makes Us Strong and Tears Us Apart — E. Tory Higgins
- 📘 The Business of Belonging: How to Make Community your Competitive Advantage — David Spinks
- “Black creativity and community made Clubhouse the destination it is.” — Marker
- TikTok rolls out new commenting features aimed at preventing bullying — TechCrunch
- Capsule gets $1.5M to build ‘super simple’ decentralized social media — TechCrunch
- Kind Boundaries: for Calls, Speaking, Books and Intellectual Property — Carrie Melissa Jones
🎧 Podcasts & Videos
- How One Community Builder Increased Meaningful Member Engagement from 5% to 42% — Carrie Melissa Jones
- Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan launches a new podcast — The Real Question.
- Has Community Marketing Lived Up To Its Hype? With Christina Garnett — The Over Thinkers
- DesignX Community Founder Preet Singh — Indie Worldwide
- Meet the huge, leaderless web of fans fueling BTS 🎶 Ashley Hackworth, BTS A.R.M.Y. — Get Together
🛠 Tools & Resources
- Cactus Comments — Cactus Comments is a federated comment system for the web, based on the Matrix protocol.
- People & Company’s Community Consulting Rolodex
Did you know that some of @Duolingo's language courses exist because volunteers teamed up to create them?— Laura Nestler (@LauraNestler) March 10, 2021
Over the last decade, our Contributor community provided free education to the world and revitalized endangered languages.
But the time has come to make some changes. 🧵
22 incredible founders have applied (so far) to spend 8 weeks (!!) leading our next Mastermind Sprint—— 🥾 Founder Summit (@FounderSummit) March 10, 2021
23% are @earnestcapital mentors
23% sprinted with us before as participants
The biggest compliment is when people who know your community volunteer to go deeper ❤️
In any community, course or even in life, what you get out of it is how much you put in.— Janel (@JanelSGM) March 9, 2021
I've been in many communities and I know that the people who give relentlessly to others and keep showing up are the ones who benefit the most from it, too.
Empower your community managers to make real change within your organisation.— Matt Mecham (@mattmecham) March 11, 2021
Do not sacrifice them just to absorb and deflect complaints and refuse their feedback with "we've always done it this way."