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Community Overload

May 20, 2015

IMG_20150520_100302I’m still in a New York state of mind after two days in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the CMX Summit. New York City is a fascinating community of communities with thousands of neighborhoods, and communities based on ethnicities, professions, and passions. This was my first time in Brooklyn, and I was mesmerized by the neighborhoods and the people… Monday night I sat on a bench across Metropolitan Avenue from the Knitting Factory and enjoyed a parade of hipsters, parents, children, and grand-parents. It was peacefully beautiful.

communityAt the CMX Summit, the passion of the community is, uh, community. Well, community as defined here in #2, or, as Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup defined it; community is simply “people talking.” Scott also described what community building can create for its members:

  1. Support
  2. Collaboration
  3. Opportunity

The conference was organized, well run, and energetic. Maybe because the average age in the place was probably 30. Without me, maybe 28… It was so cool to hear the many different perspectives on community from experts who have built and/or grown communities for Socratic, Duolingo, Vimeo, Coursera, and “to meet guys.

On Monday I attended a community workshop at General Assembly, a cool learning organization co-founded by Matt Brimer. Tuesday he shared 5 Key Learnings on How A Strong Brand Supports A Strong Community. Great stuff. Matt also co-founded Daybreaker, which has me plotting how I can start a monthly morning dance party at Kronos…

Where’s this all going? It’s going to “people talking” about workforce management. Stay tuned.

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