Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. Principles of Community Organizing. And maybe the community wants to endorse a specific candidate, and your organization doesn’t.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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Build Your Team Through Community Service

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Engaging in a community service activity is a great example. When you and your team are away from the workplace, working together and giving back to the community, everyone bonds in a way that is often difficult to do within the workplace.

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Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? how can I be a community builder online? I want to take a break from all the hard work building community (does that get a wink?) to share some of what I believe is the core of successful community building (on or offline). Your Community.

Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

We invited community members in, to be active contributors, collaborators, and co-creators in our museum space. They talked about community building. I don’t think there is a way to directly build community. We can’t sit down and say, “let’s go build some community.” Participation is one (of many) tactics for building community. And so today I want to talk about building community: the who , the how , and the why of it.

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Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. Monthly Community Builder Chats. What: Community Building Across Platforms. Tags: community events 4change chats community buidling community management twitter chats

Monthly Chats about Community Building: Are you with me?

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, I moderated the June #4Change chat with the topic of “community building&#. In the last chat, there was a lot of mention and enthusiasm for a monthly chat specifically on community building. Launching Monthly Community Builder Chats. Why do you want to participate in a chat about community building, community management, and community driven projects?

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How To Build Community & Social Influence With Twitter Lists

AFP Blog

How To Build Community & Social Influence With Twitter Lists : 'via Blog this

Using Twitter to Build a Community and Recruit Volunteers

Amy Sample Ward

Twitter at use for Tu Diabetes community. Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the 2011 Volunteer Management for Nonprofits Conference here in New York.

New on SSIR: How to Build Trust with Your Community

Amy Sample Ward

The conclusion was that building trust with your constituents is the closest you can come to a silver bullet for fundraising – not slick online tools or celebrity endorsements. But, how do you go about building that trust? It doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch, but you can start today by changing small things, and even big things, to make your organization a trusted part of the community. Passive Ways to Build Trust. Active Ways to Build Trust.

Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity

Amy Sample Ward

One of the sessions I’m a part of , along with Manny Hernandez, Peggy Duvette, and Christine Egger, hopes to answer the question how you can build strong online communities without losing your sanity. If you want to build a strong online community, getting the right platform in place is only half the battle, and it’s the easy half. Examples on how to grow your online community. Tips for encouraging interaction in your online community.

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How to Build and Engage Your Community through Your Website

Connection Cafe

Moreover, with the proper management, a website can be turned into a powerful tool to build a community and engage it. Blog – creating content for your community gives you a channel to distribute news and engage. So how do you engage with your community?

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New on SSIR: Community Building in a Big Backyard

Amy Sample Ward

—— Last year I used the metaphor of “ gardening vs landscaping &# to outline some of the key attributes I believe make for successful community building, on or offline. The approach is focused on organic collaboration and growth for the entire community. Lately, I have had the opportunity to chat with various colleagues like Bonnie Koenig, Debra Askanase and others about the topic of cross-platform community building.

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How Hello Museum Builds Intimate Community in one of the Biggest Cities in the World

Museum 2.0

When I tell stories about how the MAH builds community, I emphasize the importance of deep partnerships and relationship-building. Nestled in a forest of high-rise apartment buildings, this small museum connects children and families with contemporary art.

#4Change Chat Wrap-Up: Community Building

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had a fun time moderating the June #4Change Twitter Chat on Online Community Building. Best Practices: From @davidahood: Still strongly believe that there has to be an element of face to face/on the ground connection to any successful engagement and mobilisation of any community. I think all roles in community organizing have a bit of “willing to try to change the world&# in them.

Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity – 10NTC

Amy Sample Ward

Here’s the dashboard the The Extraordinaries for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference session I’m doing with Manny Hernandez, Peggy Duvette and Christine Egger: If you want to build a strong online community, getting the right platform in place is only half the battle, and it’s the easy half. Tags: events liveblogging 10ntc community building event online community presentation

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Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. It is great for helping to build relationships between people in a community and if used in a fundraising context, it can activate additional resources for a cause.

2-1-1 Connecting Communities


2-1-1, the phone number used by millions to access information about community services, is celebrated nation-wide today, February 11th. Community Information Management: 2-1-1s are transforming from list-keepers to community and state-wide hubs of professionally managed information.

Birthing a Curriculum for Building a Community


Every org is different and must build its community to work toward its own goals and mission. Devendra Shrikande and I are creating a year-long curriculum — a step-by-step DIY guide — to developing an in-house social network for nonprofits (a private online community for constituents).

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Community Building Through Social Media with Joelle Berman


What’s really interesting about Joelle’s work is that she helps build community through social media for the 155 overnight summer camps that the FJC supports across North America. SXSW 2011: Joelle Berman Talks Social Media and Community Building with Frank Barry.

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

Museum 2.0

OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're building tools, trainings, and hopefully, a movement for a more inclusive world. But we share a common passion for making our institutions of, by, and for our communities.

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DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >> Step 1: Identify all the groups within your community.

4 Ways Text Messaging Builds Safer Communities

Mobile Commons

But its tiny presence has transformed the communities around us. With just two simple outbound text messages, individuals—and their communities—were safeguarded from contracting the flu and spreading it to others. A text message is a 160 character, bite-sized chunk of text.

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Protecting Community Resource Data


We believe that organizations should be compensated for the creation, organization, maintenance, and updates of community information data, especially in the nonprofit space. The more that community resource information is used, the more good that can result.

Birthing a Curriculum for Building a Community


Every org is different and must build its community to work toward its own goals and mission. But we want to give nonprofits with limited resources access to quality tools and training that will allow them to build a house social network even if they don’t have a big budget or a social networking guru on staff

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Building Community On Your Website

Wild Apricot

One way to keep members and supporters coming back to your website, is by creating a sense of community. Here are some tips and ideas for building community through your website.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 3: Community Participation Builds a Community Plaza

Museum 2.0

This is the second installation in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. How will it feel welcoming and inclusive for different communities?

Celebrating the Community Builders


The connection to community building? Realize that the tenacity you see here is the same as what drives you--that person who can see a better community, who can see the power of connection, who can see the inefficient gaps between silos that we are working to bridge.

Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Workplaces are tapping into the power of ritual to create a sense of community, build relationships in the workplace and reduce stress. Of course, a raise or bonus is nice, but it is the public acknowledge that helps builds community. Rituals to Build Relationships.

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NetSquared White Paper: Building Community To Foster Social Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

At NetSquared (where I am happy to serve as the Global Community Development Manager) we are proud, honored, and in awe every day of the very special global community made up of local groups and their networks, the ties between local groups around the world, and the project teams from all over the globe focused on innovations that help us make the world a better place. Tags: community net tuesday reports case studies global netsquared nettuesday whitepaper

Learning from Failure: Building Online Communities

Tech Soup Blog

Last month, I attended my first San Francisco Online Community Meetup (also known as the #OCTribe) at TechSoup's San Francisco office. The speaker was Ally Greer, the Director of Community and Content at Building (and Failing) an Ambassador Program.

Community Builder Chats: Exploring the Community (August 2010)

Amy Sample Ward

Welcome to the new monthly chats focused on community building. As this is the very first one, I wanted to keep it open to focus on exploring what was most appropriate for this community in a few respects: Do we want to use a hashtag other than #4change? 4Change Community Builder Chat – August 2010. Tags: community events 4change chat community building community management Hi everyone!

10 Ways to Build a Better Community Brainstorming Meeting

Museum 2.0

And you've decided that you want to integrate community feedback into the development process. Here are ten things I've learned about making these kinds of community input meetings successful. If you are building something new and want people's ideas, go for bridging.

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Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Those who have been through large custom build projects (or “bespoke” projects, as some of my friends call it) know these can be labor intensive, prone to risk, and come with a cost. There is no easy answer to the question of build, buy, or customize.

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5 Ways to Build and Activate a Community for Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

5 Ways to Build and Activate a Community for Your Crowdfunding Campaign guest post by Sourabh Sharma. Building momentum for a cause you’re passionate about takes hard work, sweat and determination every single day.

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The Case for Building a Fiercely Loyal Community


Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build a thriving, successful community, how to increase social media effectiveness, and how to develop a remarkable online and offline business presence. I know you may be thinking “Why do I need to read about the case for building a community? The strategies and approaches for community building are changing. So there you are: five ROI’s of a Fiercely Loyal Community.

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2011 National Conference On Volunteering and Service: Community Building Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

Topic : Bringing Community Organizing Into Online Campaigns. Description : Integrating volunteers into online campaigns for requires a great community organizer. Traditional community organizing lays the groundwork for online campaigns and effective movements. During the workshop, we will present traditional community organizing principles, campaign mapping methods and case studies. Date : June 7, 2011, 8:30 am – 10 am. Location : New Orleans, LA.

March 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

We just wrapped up another rousing Community Builder chat – I’m always so energized and inspired by these chats and thankful for all those that participate and share. Some of the topics from the chat include: Engaging specific ethnic groups/communities.

The Case for Building a Fiercely Loyal Community


Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build a thriving, successful community, how to increase social media effectiveness, and how to develop a remarkable online and offline business presence. Open Community Potluck

Building a Digitally Literate Community

Tech Soup Blog

Libraries, nonprofits, and schools are already working hard to teach digital skills and competency, but they need support of the entire community to help people thrive in the technology age. A digitally inclusive community won't be a reality until it becomes an actual community effort.

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

The answer may surprise you because the most important role of internal controls is not compliance, it’s trust-building. Finally, once trust is lost, it is expensive and time-consuming to rebuild among donors, employees, and the community at-large.

September 2010 Community Builder Chat: How to Participate

Amy Sample Ward

The monthly Community Builder chat series is part of the #4Change community of regularly scheduled chats, bringing together people from around the world to talk about examples, practices, tips and more as we all explore the way technology can be used for social change. This is the second in what will be a monthly series of chats specifically focused on Community Building. This time we will be addressing: Migrating a community from one platform to another.

In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. In Defense of Community Managers. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust.