Communities are a unique innovation in Mesh that enables groups of all sizes to communicate and collaborate in an efficient, organized, relevant manner.
If you are familiar with Slack, think of a Community as a single Slack team. In Mesh, users can create an unlimited amount of Communities relevant to their needs.
Here is a list of some group types that would make a great Community in Mesh:
- Residence Halls
- Sports Teams
- Student Organizations
- Project Teams
When a Community is created, a conversation within the Community is automatically created called “Everyone”. You guessed it. This conversation contains every member of the Community.
What’s great about Communities is that they can be broken down into sub-groups, or channels, that contain a fraction of a Communities total members.
For example, I can create a channel within my student organization community for all “New Members”.
How to create a Community in Mesh
Follow the instructions below to learn how to create a new Community in Mesh.
Step 1: Navigate to the “Communities” tab in Mesh
Step 2: Click the “+” icon located at the bottom of your screen
Step 3: Search for a user you wish to include in the community
Step 4: Click the “add user” icon next to the appropriate user
Repeat Steps 3 & 4 to add all necessary users to your new group.
Step 5: After you have added all necessary users, click the “arrow” icon in the top-right-hand corner to proceed with the Community settings
Step 6: Give your Community a title.
This can be the name of a club, team, class, residence hall, department, committee, or something else.
Step 7: Give your Community a subtitle
This will be a short, one-line description of your Community. For example, a class called IMS 212 has a subtitle of “Advanced UI/UX Research”.
Step 8: Set the discoverability of your Community
If discoverable, that means your Community will appear in search results to members of your University.
Step 9: Select a color for your Community
Step 10: Once filled in, proceed to the confirmation screen by clicking the “arrow” icon in the top-right-hand corner
Step 11: If all looks good, create your Community by clicking the “check-mark” icon in the top-right-hand corner
Now you will see your new Community card in your Communities dashboard. Click the card to open the community and send a message.
Each user you invited to the Community will now have to “Accept” the invitation.
That’s it! You have now created a new Community in Mesh.