The community machine
I recently have come to realize a major flaw in the Community Canvas model we have developed: the framework with its distinct boxes and borders strengthens the impression that a community is a mechanical concept with clear… Read More
Part I: why it’s the most fulfilling kind of work
I have been involved in building and running communities for the last 20 years. And I have come to think of it as both the best and worst job in… Read More
Why people assume the best of each other in a well-designed community for a long time…
The honeymoon period
When you first fall in love with someone, it is almost impossible for that person to disappoint you. Whatever she or… Read More
In my work helping organizations build communities, I keep coming across two kinds of people: On the one hand I meet people who immediately get the value of community and instinctively know how powerful well-designed groups are. And on the… Read More
And 5 ideas how to embed a spirit of humility in a community
Photo by Alicia Sully: Dragon dance at the Sandbox 2012 Summit in Lisbon.
My most meaningful community experiences have been the ones where I have connected to… Read More
And why it matters tremendously to create a culture of co-creation.
This is part one of a series about creating a sense of co-creation in a community. This part talks about the distinction between a consumer and co-creator and why… Read More
From 1 to 1 -> many to many
One of the most powerful aspects of a well functioning community is that it can scale trust beyond individual relationships. Not only do members trust other members they meet inside the community,… Read More