Going from Community Canvas 1.0 to version 2.0 (and we need your help)

I always thought of the Community Canvas as a “work in progress” document. What we launched in May 2017 was a pretty rough draft and I assumed we would be updating it regularly.

But that’s not what ended up happening; we haven’t actually updated the Canvas since publishing version 1. The reasons are twofold: On the one hand we got a strong and overall positive response to the first version. On the other hand I started to see some shortcomings that were pretty fundamental and structural. Such edits couldn’t be done in a quick update, but needed a longer, more intentional process.

Thoughts about what needs updating

Since launching the first version in 2017, I spent most of my time studying other communities, applying the Canvas in my own community work, speaking with a broad variety of community builders and trying to publish my ongoing learnings here on this blog. Here are some big picture observations about the first version of the Canvas:

  • For me the main intention with the Canvas was and continuous to be about helping as many people as possible to build meaningful communities. But what I have learned over the last 1.5 years is that we have to actually define and be explicit what we mean by “meaningful”, because that informs what we are actually designing for. This will be one of the hardest puzzles to solve for the next version and will need a variety of perspectives.

What do YOU think needs to be changed in the next version?

So this brings us to the present and the Canvas 2.0 project. Our intention is to launch the next version of the Canvas by September 2019 and we still have a lot of work to do till then 🙂 And we need your help!

We want to co-create the next version with a broad variety of perspectives and we’d SO appreciate hearing your voice. There are 2 simple ways to get involved:

  • If you have 5 minutes: leave your thoughts in this quick survey.

I’m grateful for everyone’s help, encouragement and feedback throughout the last 1.5 months. And I’m convinced that together we can create an even better guide for community builders out there. Thank you!

Originally published at http://together.is on January 15, 2019.

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help…

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help people and organizations build more meaningful communities. Here is where we share what we learn and think about. https://www.together-institute.org/

Fabian Pfortmüller

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Grüezi, Swiss community builder in NYC, author of @CommunityCanvas, co-founder Together Institute, fabian@together.is www.together.is

Together Institute

Hi there, we are Together Institute, we exist to help people and organizations build more meaningful communities. Here is where we share what we learn and think about. https://www.together-institute.org/

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