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Posts about #community (Page 6 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 Long Term Relationships

business
16 Sep 2011

“the long term relationships that lasted was with a network of people – much larger than those in your current company”This quote comes from a history lesson by Steve Blank about how Silicon Valley came to be what it is.

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Philly Startup Leaders is dealing with an Identity Crisis

community
14 Sep 2011

I wasn’t in the room for the conversation and breakout groups, but PSL held it’s reboot “fishbowl” last night.

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Starting Up

business
13 Sep 2011

Joe Petrucci has taken a snapshot of the state of tech startups in Philly as this week’s feature on Flying Kite. He titles it an “underdog” story, an apt reference to a part of the Philly attitude that we know so well from our history.

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Indy Hall 4 Year Photobooth

community
06 Sep 2011

Just one more moment of brilliance from Indy hall members:

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A Hall Pass for Bureaucracy – Code for America Philadelphia

business
26 Jul 2011

I haven’t really had a chance to talk much about Code for America since the team was in Philly. I won’t go into what the program is or how it works, because frankly I don’t think I can do a better job than their about page. But I really enjoyed having the CFA fellows in town e...

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Funding in Philadelphia – The Empty Can Rattles the Loudest

business
02 Jul 2011

Yesterday I shared my opinion that professional & personal relationships – not jobs – are the key to student retention in Philadelphia.

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What matters the most

business
26 Jun 2011

Ask someone what they’ll remember about their job when they leave. What do you think the most common answer is?

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The Importance of Lines

business
20 Feb 2011

Indy Hall is growing, every day and in more interesting ways. We think a lot about how to grow something like Indy Hall. “More members” seems like the obvious answer, but we think it’s not quite that straightforward. We’re focused on growing deep, not growing tall.

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Not Your Typical Coworking Facility

business
13 Feb 2011

Nerd Fort isn’t your typical coworking facility. We don’t rent out desks daily or hourly to whoever wanders in. We lease space on amonthly basis to good people, and focus on building a vibrant, active, helpful community. Of nerds.The fact that this group in  self-identifies ...

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How Thomas Fuchs Develops Webapps in 2011

business
12 Feb 2011

My friend Thomas Fuchs, who also happens to be the author of Scriptaculous, also just authored a list of his “power tools” that he uses while creating badass webapps with his wife & co-conspirator Amy Hoy. He surprised me at the end – not because he’s wrong, but because I ...

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Preserve this. Reinforce this. Remember this.

community
09 Feb 2011

Spotted this on the new IgnitePhilly website in the about section. It was from a 2008, Philly’s first Ignite. It resonated deeply then and still does now.

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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
02 Feb 2011

In the summer of 2007, before Indy Hall was a place but was undeniably on the path of becoming a thing, we had a group of people who met on a semi-regular basis for a Junto, an event modeled on Ben Franklin’s “gatherings of mutual self-improvement”. P’unk Ave still holds them ...

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The Gap Between Coworkers and Co-workers isn’t the Hyphen

business
20 Dec 2010

My buddy Jonathan Finnegan (a.k.a. Finn, or that guy who Karaoke’d “The Humpty Dance” and “Just a Friend” with a broken arm at Cogaoke in years past) asked me,

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A Better Job Board

business
23 Nov 2010

There’s a handful of great creative industry job boards that aren’t specific to Philadelphia, and the ones that are here tend to be relatively underused or mis-populated. At the same time, Indy Hall has been decidedly pinned as a “source for talent”, while we actively avoid pu...

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Not Just Another Self-Involved Tech Scene

business
19 Nov 2010

Philadelphia’s tech community is special.

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Encouraging Collaboration in Coworking

business
11 Nov 2010

This is a repost from the Coworking Google Group, because I thought it was useful enough to share here as well.

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Take Interest, Don’t Fake Interest

business
06 Nov 2010

“So, what do you do?”

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Why Monocultures Suck

business
01 Nov 2010

Living in a society where we encounter different backgrounds and professions in our daily routines makes for a more tolerant society; it also makes us smarter, more original in the ideas we have – and in the companies we create. – Steven JohnsonIt’s not necessarily to say th...

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A Few Modest Proposals for the Knight Arts Challenge: Philadelphia

community
30 Oct 2010

Earlier in September, the Knight Foundation announced a program to bring $9 million to Philadelphia to fund projects and ideas that fueled the arts in Philadelphia over the next 3 years. After successfully executing a similar challenge in Miami 2 years ago, Philadelphia became...

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ROI of Coworking

community
06 Mar 2010

Some really good thoughts on Social Capital(ism) and related investment by Roger Ehrenberg came from a panel in NYC sponsored by Philly’s Goodcompany Ventures. Goodcompany CEO Garret Melby, who I enjoyed meeting after my presentation about organic team building at Entrepreneur...

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