Hey everyone, we recognize that for many — this is an emotional week ahead of us.
Make sure you're giving everyone the right amount of emotional bandwidth and space in your communities. This may look different for everyone, and different for the different roles you may take in their own communities.
We believe in empathetic, human-first communities, that allow people to show up as they are.
Oh, and at Rosieland — Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, Stop Asian Hate, and no hateful, sexist, racist, or discriminatory actions will be tolerated.
Below are some resources for you to help read and navigate this space.
As always, sending love and light wherever you may be in this world. 🕯
Charlie Warzel on newsletters, platforms, reporting, editing, and luck.
Right now these platforms have so much control, just by how they can tweak an algorithm or a set of policies that changes how someone gets paid. In some ways that’s like taxation without representation. Maybe the kind of reform that we want for certain parts of the internet comes from creators being like: OK, well, I’m done. Or: I’m not going there. Or: You need to disclose how this part of the algorithm works so that I’m not left in the cold when you change something.
By Anne Helen Peterson
Communes were and are created as an antidote, or at very least an alternative, to capitalism. And the most anti-capitalistic thing about them is their clear-eyed commitment to community interdependence, which, as Jezer-Morton writes, “requires us to give up our stubborn belief in the myth that we have complete autonomy over how we spend our time.”
- Using Twitter questions to build a parallel community — Rosie Sherry
- My Little Pony Fans Are Ready to Admit They Have a Nazi Problem — The Atlantic
- GroupDAG—How to Make Friends and Help People Make Friends — Helder S Ribeiro
- Leveraging Mention to listen to your developer audience — Devocate
- Fixing Zoom calls: Looking better and feeling better — Seth Godin
- Announcing Sidechannel, a new community for Platformer subscribers — Casey Newton
- WeWork Is Making Its Comeback — Scott Galloway 😬
- What It Was Like Growing Up on a Commune —Kathryn Jezer-Morton
- What Words We Use — and Avoid — When Covering People and Incarceration — The Marshall Project
- Scientists can’t predict the future, but they can help us prevent misinformation — First Draft
- 8 Simple Habits For Building Better Friendships — BuzzFeed
- Introducing Substack Local, for a new generation of local news — TechCrunch
- Discord will block NSFW servers on iOS — The Verge
- Twitter will study ‘unintentional harms’ caused by its algorithms — Engadget
- Reddit Unveils Its Clubhouse Competitor, A Perfect Fit For Subreddits — Screenrant
- Facebook ramps up moderation around Derek Chauvin trial, will delete posts mocking George Floyd’s death — The Verge
🎧 Podcasts & Videos
- Why we're lonelier than ever — The Future of Connection
- Building an intentional community with Evil Witches' Claire Zulkey — Newsletter Crew
- 071: Building a membership without a developer - with Joanna Auburn — Membership Maker
- Community Pulse - Episode 58 - Online Community Platforms — Community Pulse
- EP89: Delegating to Community Members w/ Victoria Cumberbatch — The Community Corner
- Powering through Loneliness with Adam Smiley Poswolsky — Masters of Community
- Episode 8: Community in Nomadland — Meetup
- Making sense of online networking in 2021 — The Communities Show
- Podcast 330: How to build and maintain online communities, from gaming to open source — The Overflow
🥳 Community of the Week
Fat Besties is a grassroots community for fat positivity for people in Canada. Fat Besties has a blog, events, and an online community.