We’re heading deeper into a hybrid future – usually envisioned as in-person events with an online component included. While this is certainly a great way to allow for events to accommodate people who cannot attend in person, what if we could do more? What if we could build an entire community that brings people together in multi-faceted and impactful ways, regardless of where they are in the world?
I believe there are three things you can provide that will pave the way to natural, organic, and authentic connections between members of any community. So let me introduce you to the three s’s of curating community connections.
Who are the pilot holes and countersinks in your community? Find them, nurture them, and empower them to do more.
In order to have full control over how your community interacts and to retain ownership over all the content your community produces, you need to host your community platform yourself, or at least the critical parts of it, in way that you grants you access to your members, content, and data.
Communities have evolved a whole lot in 2020. The global COVID pandemic has changed the face of the world and the community industry has become more relevant than ever. But what’s going to happen once the pandemic subsides? What will communities look like & how will groups come together?
Yesterday I presented a workshop as part of the first CMX Global Connect event about defining a membership identity for your community. As promised during my session, here’s a link to the worksheet that we worked through together, as well as the slide deck.
While writing is something we learn at a young age, it continues to be a skill that we all develop throughout our lives. With so much of our work taking place online these daysknowing how to communicate effectively in writing when managing a community is essential.
You could say empathy is a skill that everyone should develop regardless of their daily work, but the way you employ your empathy is definitely a skill that people working with communities need to work on in order to be successful.
We all know how great in-person communities can be, but what happens when things don’t go so well? What happens when people in your community cause conflict and make things difficult for everyone else? Here is a practical path towards successfully mediating conflict within community.
When organising events for a community, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that bigger is better. This is an especially dangerous trap when your community is still in the early stages – shooting for a large event before your community is ready for it will inevitably do more harm than good.
Community management, particularly within an open-source project like WordPress, shares many of the same values and ideas as pastoral leadership – a path that I am deeply familiar with from my studies and experiences.