What is your major question regarding community building? #EduCommunity Answers (Part 5 of 5)

Deborah Chang
Mar 20, 2018 · 3 min read
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GETTING STARTED

Where do we start?

  • Where to start?
  • Where / How to start?
  • How do people at various stages of community-building figure out next steps?
  • A strategy for beginning the community building process — pitfalls and successes
  • Where, why do communities most often get ‘stuck’?
  • Many scattered ideas → in need of FOCUS
  • What is the scope of the vision?
  • How can I bring my vision to my local community?
  • What can I do tomorrow to deepen community relations in my school?

Who do we work with?

  • Need to understand my community BETTER
  • Who to talk to / bring to the table
  • Who to share my idea with and when?

How do we reach them?

  • How do you find diverse interested people?
  • Determining and approaching partners / members
  • Need to be associated with community leaders

How do we work together?

  • How do you build collaborative teams that push for greatness
  • I want to learn how to build CONSENT even without CONSENSUS around tough issues
  • How do you get everyone rowing in the same direction?
  • Getting stakeholders to take the next step
  • How do we include all stakeholders in creating results
  • DISTANCE — How to pull people together
  • How to build community investment and momentum? → More diverse stakeholders to the event
  • Bringing (ALL) education community stakeholders together to address local and meaningful needs

Especially when there’s need to build buy-in?

  • How can we pull people together who have been “assigned” to work together?
  • How do you encourage people who are uninterested?
  • How do you create buy-in from as much of your community as possible?
  • How to engage an apathetic, complacent, and/or entitled community to desire and hunger for innovation in schools
  • How to form communities in hostile political climates

LEVELING UP

What are tools and models for building community?

  • What are some successful tools, models, for building community?
  • What tools do you use in convening and activating the group
  • How to balance organic, grassroots development with framework and structure to support and advance

How do we build community online?

  • How to get more people engaged online
  • Need help with building Twitter community
  • Need tools for organizing and facilitating Twitter Chats

Get funded?

  • Funding a non-profit
  • FUNDING

Improve our events?

  • How to improve consistent engagement / attendance of meetups

Influence policy?

  • How can my community influence local and state school policy

REFLECTING ON THE PERSONAL

How do I take care of myself?

  • How to focus your energy and time with so much work to be done
  • TIME — I need more
  • How to get the spark back

And what’s my own role?

  • Do I launch a new thing or join someone/thing that is doing similar things?
  • Do I launch this learning community on my own OR try to join existing versions?

FOCUSING ON EDUCATION

How do we build community in education specifically?

  • How do we blur/remove boundaries on ACCESS to education
  • How might we better engage folks in my community around Education?
  • How to bring the community together on the issue of education in our community?
  • What are sys. barriers to innovation in education? AND where are those barriers already broken? ← schools, districts, communities

With parents?

  • Want to engage parent community in our brand new school from the beginning
  • How do you build a stronger, more engaged PTA?
  • How do I convince parents to make decisions that I can’t prove will help their kids?

With young people?

  • How can I motivate kids to take care of their education… not just feeling that mommy and daddy will take care of that… me
  • How do we encourage our students to reach out?
  • Access to students from a private company?

With technologists?

  • Ideas for engaging the tech sector in the training of welfare recipients to suit their tech needs

With educators?

  • How to engage more DIVERSE educators in mixed-group (educators, ed tech, entrepreneurs, etc.) community?

#NYCEDU Stories

We’re New Yorkers working together to equip ALL of our…

Deborah Chang

Written by

Educator Entrepreneur and Community Builder: I Take Down Systemic Barriers to Education Innovation. Founder, #NYCEDU.

#NYCEDU Stories

We’re New Yorkers working together to equip ALL of our city’s young people with the skills, resources, and community support they need to flourish as happy, engaged, and impactful citizens of the world. These are our stories.

Deborah Chang

Written by

Educator Entrepreneur and Community Builder: I Take Down Systemic Barriers to Education Innovation. Founder, #NYCEDU.

#NYCEDU Stories

We’re New Yorkers working together to equip ALL of our city’s young people with the skills, resources, and community support they need to flourish as happy, engaged, and impactful citizens of the world. These are our stories.

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