Community Building Amanda Styron: Amanda@seedhere.org, (319) 400-7782, @mandastyron
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
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
Three important notes✤ The organization is still ✤ Their overall mission is still competent critical The game just changed.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
What hasn’t worked for us, andwhere we see hope.
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?
Apples + treesa new generation for local media with the same heart and soulAmanda Styron: Amanda@seedhere.org, (319) 400-7782, @mandastyron