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Posts about #community

Beyond the buzzword, my take is that community is all about creating experiences where people feel trusted, safe, & supported.

This collection includes my full back catalog of articles about exactly how to start, grow, and nurture a thriving community.


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My 1am Conference Organizer Playbook

community
2 minute read

It was 1am after the closing party for the business conference I co-organize with my partner Amy Hoy. I stopped at the corner bar near my house to grab a night cap and collect my thoughts about the event, and why it had gone so smashingly well.

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How my commute changed my relationship with my community

community
7 minute read

Back in the spring I started riding a motorcycle to work. It was a dramatic improvement to my quality of life, but not without unintended (and surprising) side effects!

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Community Engagement

community
1 minute read

Tips and advice for creating community experiences that encourage participation and a sense of ownership.

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Community or commodity?

coworking
2 minute read

A while back I got an email from someone working on starting a new coworking community in her rural town.

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Guest Post: 3 incredibly counterintuitive lessons that every coworking operator needs to learn

community
18 minute read

Howdy readers! Alex here, with a very rare guest post on my site. This story is packed with valuable lessons (and a smart, fun, honest approach) that I wanted to make sure as many people saw as possible. So please read, share, and leave a comment!  

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Scaling community, avoiding burnout, & leading from within

business
1 minute read

This video is from a sit down conversation with my buddy Ryan Chatterton during a visit to Malaysia for my favorite coworking conference, CUAsia .

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

community
1 minute read

One of my FAVORITE talks I’ve ever given, in spite of it being so early in the morning, was at Creative Mornings Philadelphia.

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“What is a community, really? How do you know that you have it?”

community
4 minute read

I’ll start by saying what community is not. 

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How to get people more involved in your community without forcing it

community
8 minute read

This question shows up more and more in my channels, especially from community staff that have been hired and are essentially inheriting a challenge of turning a room full of still relatively disconnected people into a dynamic, interactive community.

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Nearing the end of construction…

business
2 minute read

If you’ve ever been a part of a construction or renovation project, you know that there’s an “arc” of how things appear to be going.

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Proximity & behavior in coworking spaces

business
1 minute read

As a rule I try not to link to FastCo and instead to the original research that they synthesize.

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The OFFICIAL Indy Hall #newhome calendar!

business
3 minute read

Even though we’ve been working on this move for over a year, and even though construction has been going on for a couple of months, it didn’t really feel real until we put together this calendar to help us keep track of the next few weeks.

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Standard Operating Procedures for Coworking

community
2 minute read

I don’t have a problem with rules, I have a problem with creating an environment that creates rule-following machines.

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Indy Hall finally has an OFFICIAL move-in date

business
3 minute read

FridayAugust19th

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6 weeks until go-time. Time for a town hall!

community
1 minute read

The biggest question of the summer around Indy Hall is…when exactly are we moving? To be perfectly honest, it’s been tough on me and the team to keep giving vague answers like “in August…”

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the keys to making a coworking space feel like home

business
5 minute read

There’s this amazing video from Indy Hall’s 5 year anniversary party. People are reveling and reflecting. Some of them may have had a few drinks before the camera turned on. But I love it because it’s so honest, and a beautiful snapshot of what a coworking community can mean ...

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“I’ve been going to this coworking space but…” 😫

business
10 minute read

My buddy Sean Fioritto has been craving a community of likeminded people in Chicago for a while, and he’s been struggling to find it.

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What it’s like to have an internet provider that actually cares

business
3 minute read

Philadelphia is home to one of the largest internet providers in the country. So it’s not without irony – or controversy – that we don’t get any hometown love from our hometown provider.

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Tough Love & Oxygen Mask Coworking

business
5 minute read

Let me save you from a hard-earned lesson in being helpful

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The best interview I think I’ve ever done

community
1 minute read

Something happened back in January when I sat down in a chilly conference room at Indy Hall to record an episode of “The Beautiful Struggle” with it’s creator, Octavius A Newman.

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