I recently took attended the online-based Gathering Summit which featured 40 videos from various community builders and gatherers from a variety of industries. I have yet to make it through all of the videos, but plan to continue watching them over the next few weeks. The insights that I've gathered will stay with me for quite some time, I'm sure!
I livetweeted sessions as I was watching the videos and will continue to add them to this moment as I watch the rest. If you're interested in watching the videos along with me, you can still purchase the Gold Pass for only $99. Dig into that professional development budget -- it's completely worth it!
Here were a few of my favorite quotes:
- Community building is hard. It can look warm & fuzzy from outside, but you're taking on a lot of emotional labor & there's invisible work that no one will ever see. It's ok to be frustrated, fed up, & lonely sometimes. Find those who understand. @saronyitbarek #GatheringSummit (tweet)
- Strategy helps us know what we're going to do together.
Covenant helps us know how we're going to be together.
Both are important and highly relevant to building a successful, thriving, meaningful community.
@caspertk #GatheringSummit (tweet)
- Trying to build community in a for-profit setting can be difficult. If our intent in bringing ppl together is to get something from them, that's not community building... it's manipulation, which can easily turn into coercion. @CharlesVogl
This is an incredibly important point for #DevRel #CMgr pros.
Communities can absolutely benefit orgs & it's ok to ask that these communities serve org goals.
But your focus HAS to be on enriching community members, not on making money. (tweet)