Where do communities come from? All too often, we see fully formed things, and forget that they haven’t always been this way.
The heart is people, not space – “There can be no collaboration without collaborators.”
Trust is the most valuable natural resource for communities
Optimism is a fuel that drives; it changes the scale of your perspectice, goals, and actions
Choice makes an enormous difference. If everyone has chosen to participate, it’s a totally different ball game
People don’t care about the things they share, unless they care about the people they share them with
Culture must be shown, not told; owned, not assigned.
Sharing a worldview & common purpose is super critical.
Worldview is polarising – it is a powerful (and useful) filter for the people who want to join your community.
A community which is merely a well people come to drink from, is a depleting resource, and an unhealthy community.
The bigger/fancier/more polished the space, the harder it is to see the culture, the people, and the community.
Look past the place … see the people.
Sometimes, friction is good, e.g. an empty coffee pot (rather than refilled by staff) prompts people to talk to others to learn to make coffee. Thus both building a new connection to the community, and beginning to contribute to it in a new way.
Empowering community members: “We should do <x>” “That sounds great! What do you need to be able to do it?”