Someone recently asked me about the role of “reciprocity” in communities, encouraging members to help other members in mutual support. I’m actually rather critical of reciprocity in communities and think it’s selling the group’s potential short. Here is why.
Upon… Read More
Why yes, why not, and the opportunity I see.
This is a follow-up post on brand communities — communities initiated and run by corporations. In part one I tried to figure out what value brand communities create for the corporations… Read More
And why I think most communities are (mistakenly) run like corporations.
In my daily work I get to interact with and learn from community builders from allover the world. And over the last few weeks I have been observing a… Read More
Trying to make sense of communities run by corporations.
This is a two part series about brand communities. In this first post I look at what brand communities are, and what value they create for the organizations that run them. … Read More
And more ongoing commitment to nurture groups.
There are sooo many gatherings in this world. Many of them are well organized, many of them create value by bringing people together that wouldn’t have met otherwise, many of them… Read More
On our journey to help people build more meaningful communities, I have been thinking a lot about the following hypothesis and I’d be so grateful for any thoughts, feedback and inputs. This is total work-in-progress and you’ll see that… Read More
The more I work with community leaders across the globe, the more I see cases of them overworking themselves, burning out, leaving their positions exhaustedly (and often quite abruptly). When I listen to their stories, I hear how many… Read More
What if we built professional communities with the sense of beauty and humanity that many of us experience in communities in our private lives?
A recent conversation with my friend Lauren Higgins brought up the following observation: from our… Read More
I recently came back from a 10 day meditation retreat, dedicated to learning a meditation technique called “Vipassana”. There is much to say about how hard and how impactful that experience was for me, but for this post I… Read More