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Posts about #community (Page 5 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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The three necessary ingredients for community. Do you have them?

community
19 Nov 2012

I’ve realized that people tend to avoid defining “community” because there are so many variations on the recipe. We say things like, “That’s not how my community works” or “we did it this way” to draw lines in the sand based on differences without taking the time to look for s...

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(A Better Way to Say) Philly is for Entrepreneurs

business
26 Oct 2012

This morning, I’ll be joining a few of my friends and the Mayor of Philadelphia as he announces a new City of Philadelphia initiative called StartupPHL and I wanted to share a few thoughts in the moments beforehand.

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When Coworking Spaces Fail – “Live” & Uncut

business
12 Oct 2012

Guest contributor Michelle Leddon interviewed me via email for a Deskmag piece on Coworking Space Failures, which I happily obliged, especially given my interest and recent info-gathering efforts on the topic.

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How To Measure 5 Years of Indy hall

community
30 Sep 2012

Indy Hall turning 5 represents so many things to me and to our community.

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5 Reasons Your Community Isn’t Growing

business
21 Sep 2012

Are you feeling the pressure to be a better community builder?

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Tips for Building Community After Opening a Coworking Space

business
30 Jul 2012

Have you ever gone grocery shopping while hungry?

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How To Meet Your Coworkers

community
04 Apr 2012

One of the key elements to a healthy coworking space (and any office, for that matter) is obvious to some, but not as obvious to others: get to know your coworkers!

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The Virtues of Indy Hall

business
02 Apr 2012

After last week’s town hall about Indy Hall’s expansion, I was speaking with some friends about how we approach things, especially in times of growth. We’re pretty deliberate about the way we choose to interact and the things that we make priorities, and while these decisions ...

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Not a Joke: Indy Hall v3.0 – The Future of Indy Hall

business
01 Apr 2012

This is a cross-post from the Indy Hall blog.

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A Slice of Origin

community
28 Feb 2012

David Dylan Thomas and Mo Gaston are up to something. They’re doing a documentary-style web series on what we – the Philly Tech Community – has been up to for the last few years. The series is set to launch later this year, but they’ve been doing interviews since the beginning...

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Don’t mistake “feedback” for instructions

community
03 Feb 2012

Jeff Atwood is a prominent programmer, and wrote this article about dealing with community feedback in his prominent programming community…but the lessons are 100% for coworking communities, too. These lessons become particularly pertinent to helping our communities scale beyo...

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Social Capital & Cool Kids Clubs

community
27 Jan 2012

The topic of social capital came up on the coworking google group today. My boy Trek, from Workantile, was cited for his usage of “social capital and debt” to determine which members might be not worth retaining.

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The only thing special about doers is that they do things

community
25 Jan 2012

One of my favorite Philadelphians and human beings, Wil Reynolds, tipped me off on this post tonight.

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Coworking & Citizenship

community
15 Nov 2011

From a new piece in Flying Kite today:

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Coworking EU Conference in Berlin – Keynote + Video

community
03 Nov 2011

This morning I woke up in Berlin and spoke to a room of over 200 international coworking space owners, coworking catalysts, coworking enthusiasts, and a whole bunch who I’d call “coworking curious”.

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Coworking Core Values Series, Translated

community
17 Oct 2011

My series of essays on the 5 coworking core values have begin being translated & interpreted!

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BioCurious – Coworking for Biologists, Scientists, etc

community
14 Oct 2011

Make genetically-engineered bacteria, sequence DNA, find the tools to get your bio-project growing, or make friends with amateurs and experts in the community.Meet BioCurious.

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The Importance of Rhythm & Rituals for Coworking Communities

community
13 Oct 2011

If knowing how to start is hard, and knowing how (or when) to stop is even harder, then knowing how often to do things between starting and stopping is the hardest. Because of this, EVERYONE is guilty of having a “great idea” that doesn’t stick right away, and giving up after ...

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A Look At Recent Coworking Space Closings

community
12 Oct 2011

In the last few weeks, there’s been announcements of coworking spaces closing. First C4 in San Antonio, then ConvergeNJ. Todd from C4 was an active member of the coworking google group over the years, and I advised Steve from Converge early in his process of getting his effort...

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Welcome to N3rd Street

business
25 Sep 2011

In early summer of 2007, Indy Hall wasn’t a place, but it was a nomadic tribe. We were moving from bar to cafe to restaurant to living room – anywhere with wifi – in the pursuit of a better working experience than working alone in our apartments.

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