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Don’t start a community, start with an opinion.

If you stand for nothing you’ll appeal to no-one

Laurence McCahill
May 9 · 2 min read

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?

In short, community comes from an intention — to care about what you’re saying and the people you’re saying it to.

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