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Posts about #community (Page 4 of 9)

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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Do’s and Dont’s for photos of coworking.

community
4 minute read

What’s missing from this picture of a coworking space?

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Is your passion enough to keep building a community? Nope.

business
3 minute read

Community building is an endurance sport. Far more marathon than sprint.

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5 ways to succeed when collaborating with your local government

community
4 minute read

Back when Indy Hall was just a few days old, we were “lucky” enough to get some really good front-page newspaper coverage. 

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To build a strong community, stop “community managing”, be a Tummler instead.

community
15 minute read

I can’t stand the title “community manager“. I’m not a community manager. I never have not never will hire a community manager.

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The stories you tell

business
1 minute read

You remember to talk about the future, what you haven’t done yet, because it’s still amazing/exciting to you. It’s easy and fun to dream, and share that dream with others.

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“Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell” and other similar nonsense you might read about trends in the workplace

business
5 minute read

Oh look, open floorplan offices are under scrutiny again, this time by the Harvard Business review.

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Serendipity Stories – A Wet Cigarette

community
5 minute read

Indy Hall and the global coworking community has provided me with literally THOUSANDS of stories. I’ve realized, looking back, how many of them are packed with serendipity. This is my attempt to share just one of them. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to share more.

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Why did my coworking space ditch me?

business
5 minute read

Coworking is growing into a global phenomenon — but bigger isn’t always better.

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N3rd Street branding being used by the big boys

business
1 minute read

It’s been almost 6 years after moving Indy Hall  into our first Old City clubhouse, and just a few years after publicly sharing the name N3rd Street for our corridor dubbed by our friends at Jarv.us. The name began as more of a colloquialism, and less of a branding effort, but...

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9 Causes for Conflict in Coworking Communities (where they come from and how to resolve them)

community
4 minute read

When we hear about coworking communities, we generally hear about the new, innovative, collaborative, creative spaces that they inhabit…but we hear a lot less about the interactions between the people in them.

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Indy Hall Community featured in Select Greater Philadelphia annual report

business
1 minute read

Yet another piece of printed recognition for our community to be proud of: Select Greater Philadelphia (one of the region’s main economic development and marketing entities) just published it’s annual report. Included in it is a highlight of the city’s growing coworking ecosys...

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Indy Hall Featured in Knight Foundation & National League of Cities Report: Case Studies of U.S. Communities Creating Greater Civic Participation from the Bottom Up

business
1 minute read

Damn, that’s a mouthful of a post title, isn’ it?

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“More Friendly”

community
1 minute read

This one is from the Coworking google group:

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Why economic development needs a more collaborative approach to building cities

community
4 minute read

Philadelphia is becoming a test case for a new theory on how cities develop in 21st-Century America. The conventional wisdom used to be that economic development was the key to urban dynamism. Create the jobs, the people would follow, incomes would rise, and all would be we...

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Why Coworking is Growing in Australia, Part I: The Culture & Pace of Business

business
6 minute read

I’ve been to Australia twice in the last 12 months. Three different cities. All for coworking related activities.

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How to get an internship at Indy Hall

community
4 minute read

It’s springtime, which means that we’ve been getting an influx of internship request emails at Indy Hall as people come out of their winter hibernation and gear up for the summer. Timing is ripe, too, since we’re spinning up a rebooted version of our internship program very soon.

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What do people see in your community?

community
1 minute read

I had a conversation this week with one of Indy Hall’s newest members. He came for the first time on Monday, returned on Wednesday for Indy Hall Night Owls, and returned again last night to give a talk to one of our technology meetups.

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How do you know if your community is leaking?

community
5 minute read

How much of your energy is focused on growing your community by adding new members?

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There’s No Substitute for Analog

business
5 minute read

Last night I got to tour Miner Street Recordings, the home of the Weathervane Music Incubator (disclosure, Geoff and I are both on Weathervane’s advisory board) & the birthplace of some incredible Philadelphia independent music. I found myself amidst talented musicians, ca...

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Community Leadership Lessons from Open Source

community
1 minute read

Charlie Robbins is a CEO. Which means, by his own definition, he’s a boss.

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