Community Building

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An overview of our current thinking about the methodology of community building and how it relates to the work of local media companies.

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Community Building

  1. 1. Community Building Amanda Styron: Amanda@seedhere.org, (319) 400-7782, @mandastyron
  2. 2. Across the top✤ A global shift from an hierarchical industrial society to a distributed and networked one 2-WAY MINDLESS UNI-MINDED MULTI-MINDED SHIFT OF SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM PARADIGM NATURE OF ORGANIZATION NATURE OF INQUIRY ANALYTICAL APPROACH INDEPENDENT VARIABLES SYSTEMS APPROACH Community INTERDEPENDENT Building & VARIABLES Design
  3. 3. Example of The Shift MINDLESS SYSTEM✤ Farm, trade in the center✤ Factory enters the center, jobs for the masses means economic progress in lots of ways UNI-MINDED SYSTEM✤ Cities and economic development organize around getting factories, and life is good✤ Until, the factories start to dwindle, and more people are mobile and independent MULTI-MINDED SYSTEM
  4. 4. Do you see this shift in your city?
  5. 5. Three important notes✤ The organization is still ✤ Their overall mission is still competent critical The game just changed.
  6. 6. Redesign for the new gameTo play in the new environment, we must:✤ Engage more people✤ Connect with them and them with one another on a more personal, authentic, and meaningful level than ever before.
  7. 7. Community Building Strategic work to... foster the culture and build the context that helps more people connect, have better conversations + take action on their common needs/opportunities.
  8. 8. Community Building Activities✤ Aim to build relationships with ✤ Produce resources where all players needed✤ Convene conversations and ✤ Support capacity building and facilitate connections density of actors and acvities✤ Highlight what’s working and ✤ Promote collaborative where help is needed constructive values✤ Listen most to the needs of the innovators
  9. 9. Ideal Community Builder✤ Deeply passionate about the ✤ Willing to lead and relinquish community control when needed✤ Forward looking with a 20+ ✤ Interested in nuanced year outlook conversation and explaining context and emerging patterns✤ Welcoming, inclusive and collaborative ✤ Willing to make the community their priority instead of their✤ Thinks in systems, design + own ideas, solutions effective communication ✤ A jack of all trades in media and✤ Transparent in their dealings, event production objectives and perspectives
  10. 10. Do you know people like this?✤ Deeply passionate about the ✤ Willing to lead and relinquish community control when needed✤ Forward looking with a 20+ ✤ Able to convene and engage in year outlook nuanced conversation✤ Welcoming and inclusive ✤ Willing to make the community their priority instead of their✤ Thinks in systems, design own ideas, solutions✤ Transparent in their dealings, ✤ A jack of all trades in media and objectives and perspectives event production
  11. 11. Our Communities
  12. 12. The key players
  13. 13. Measuring progress
  14. 14. Indicators of success✤ More people reading, attending ✤ Reports of innovation being and participating community easier to accomplish within the activities community✤ More people taking ownership ✤ Increase in the vibrancy of the and initiative by producing community their own events, projects, programs and gathering spaces ✤ External recognition of the vibrancy of the community✤ New community building teams popping up on their own
  15. 15. What hasn’t worked for us, andwhere we see hope.
  16. 16. Where you might start✤ What are the most important conversations your community is having?✤ Who in your community is already building community around this conversation?✤ How could your team and products help that person expand their efforts and engagement in the conversation?
  17. 17. Apples + treesa new generation for local media with the same heart and soulAmanda Styron: Amanda@seedhere.org, (319) 400-7782, @mandastyron

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