Don’t start a community, start with an opinion.
If you stand for nothing you’ll appeal to no-one
How do you start building a community?
This is one of the questions that was put forward at yesterday’s Ideas Café (by more than one person).
With a question like this, it’s important not to dive in with advice — what works for one context might not work for another.
Also it’s important to ask clarifying questions, and when appropriate sharing relevant experiences.
Community is a buzzword right now
However starting a community can be the easy part — nurturing and growing a community can be much harder.
We didn’t set out to start a community, we shared our ideas with the world and these resonated with a particular group of people that felt similar frustrations — we were sick of business as usual and felt there had to be another way.
Luckily others felt the same.
So how did we start a community?
- Well we didn’t, it happened by accident…
- We created a manifesto and invited people to share and pledge their support
- We created useful tools like ebooks, online courses and our startup canvas
- We hosted small meetups that soon turned into larger transformational gatherings
- We eventually created an online community using Mighty Networks so we could support each other year-round
In short, community comes from an intention — to care about what you’re saying and the people you’re saying it to.