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Posts about #community (Page 7 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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Why I’m Supporting Technically Philly

community
2 minute read

This week I’m included in Technically Philly’s sponsorship thank yous as their first “philanthropist level” sponsorship. It’s no secret that I’ve been a long time supporter of what Brian, Chris, and Sean do, and that’s not because they’ve written about me and IndyHall a bunch ...

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We’re Not Done Yet

community
6 minute read

“We’d love to wait for you to come on board and help us, but fuck it, we’re gonna do it anyway.” – From Scene but not Nerd, January 2007.

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Billy Joel on the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit

business
4 minute read

The Summit is officially underway, and there’s a possibility that if you’re reading this…that you’re already at the Philadelphia Convention Center, or you’re on your way there.

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“Policing culture” doesn’t work

community
8 minute read

I write a lot about IndyHall on this blog, but I don’t think I’ve spoken at any great length about another local organization, Philly Startup Leaders. I’ve recently joined the organization as part of a newly formed advisory board, along with a number of other people from vario...

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First three steps to build your community

community
1 minute read

I think I’ve identified three distinct phases to a community marketing plan.

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Important! – Membership Drive for Monday March 9th: IndyHall v2.0

community
4 minute read

As you may have heard by now, we’re considering moving IndyHall into a new, larger office on the other side of Market Street, 20-22 N. 3rd St.

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What I learned from watching Harvey Milk: A Roadmap for Community Organizing

community
5 minute read

“My name is Harvey Milk, and I’m here to recruit you” That’s a war cry, if I ever heard one. Over the weekend, I sat down to watch Milk, a documentary about the life story of Harvey Milk as the first openly gay public official.

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Geeks who Give – Philly’s Tech and Creative Community band together for Philabundance

community
2 minute read

How far we have come. There was a time where I was stepping out into the world and despite the quality of the industry connections I did have, I felt very alone. I longed for a scene. Not the San Francisco tech scene. Not the New York tech scene. I longed for a scene that embr...

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how long can organic communities self-moderate?

community
3 minute read

I’ve been involved in a lot of talk recently about community building versus community development, or even community design.

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the importance of a clubhouse

coworking
5 minute read

This past weekend we celebrated the one year anniversary of IndyHall’s grand opening. I’ve been making it a point to clearly define what we were celebrating, for a reason. At our party, I added some clarity to the point.

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don’t miss this weekend

community
1 minute read

This is the weekend to end all weekends.

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One Year at IndyHall to the day.

coworking
1 minute read

Amazing how far we came from sitting on the floor to packing the house and tearing up the Philly Scene on a regular basis.

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Coworking Panels at SXSW

community
2 minute read

Clearly, I’m learning! Normally I don’t do anything to plan for SXSW until a month or two before. This year, I’m turning over a new leaf!

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The Great Open Source Birthday Party

community
1 minute read

IndyHall’s office is almost 1 year old. We signed our lease on August 10th, 2007, began occupying the space on August 13th, and over the next 2 weeks, built out our intial office. At the end of August, we threw our inaugral party.

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If FailCamp succeeds, is it still FailCamp?

community
5 minute read

The meta/double negative jokes ran wild yesterday, when Philadelphia became home of the first successful FailCamp (again, with the irony).

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We want your failures.

community
1 minute read

Amy Hoy and I have been talking about an event for long enough, it’s time to put ourselves on the hook and make it happen.

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My first city council meeting

community
5 minute read

Today was the day I realized the value of live, citizen journalism.

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Creative Agency

community
7 minute read

Last week, I asked a bunch of my twitter followers, “What does creative mean to you?”

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What does creative mean to you?

community
1 minute read

The crew at IndyHall was talking this morning about all of the different definitions of creative, and how they vary from person to person. This is leading somewhere, I promise. But I need some reader feedback first.

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Doing vs. Enabling Doers

community
6 minute read

I’ve been in a funny spot for the last several weeks as I rock between my previous workflows of being wholly responsible for production work to being in a pseudo-management position and doing more advising, strategy, and writing. I’m still not entirely comfortable with it, mos...

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