Each community is unique, varying in size, culture, climate, location, agenda, cause, and manner of self-organization. Yet, there are common rules for any given social group sharing common characteristics or interests, no matter its religious, social, racial or occupational affiliations. Every single community requires trust, respect, and accountability to be among their many sanctions because it’s those principles that promote the functionality of any group.
Beyond that, there are a number of things that should be a fundamental part of any group, including a decision to develop actions and events for every community member, which will help to embolden the collective and strengthen the individuals involved. Read on to learn tips that will benefit your group or community.
- Create a space for newcomers to go, where they can ask questions and find answers. Create beginner guide and direct them to relevant forum discussions, so that they can quickly educate themselves.
- Identify problems that plague different members of the group by initiating a discussion, and take the time to listen to jot down solutions offered up by the community. Then, compile all those responses and leave it as a guide for people who confront similar issues in the future.
- Find a community leader who is experienced, passionate, and dedicated to the work at hand. Also, find someone who’s interested in maintaining relationships and growing new ones.
- Learn the experiences and opinions of the group members by interviewing them on topical issues.
- Be sure to have your eyes and ear open, and identify those who are in need, offering them a kind word of advice or support. Become someone’s mentor.
- Ensure that all live events feature an opportunity for members to deliver speeches, speak on life lessons, or bring up discussion.
- Encourage the most vocal and active in the flock to become leaders, where they can share their enthusiasm and excitement.
- Pose fascinating questions at every meeting, and allow the community to deliver honest and frank with their responses.
- Establish a sense of history and be sure to remind the group that each person contributes to the ongoing legacy of the group. This can be done by creating opportunities for members to feel passionately involved. Develop subgroups for particular topics, and find someone fiery to head it.
- Deal with disruptive and problematic individuals by warning them and then dismissing them if they can’t respect the rules or others.
- Connect with local journalists and bloggers to share important stories related to your thoughts, concerns, or needs.
- Create a newsletter that regularly highlights the successes of the community members, and advertise upcoming opportunities. The most active members can write on topical issues and publish pieces that matter. Also, use social media to share details about discussions or events.
- In addition to creating newcomer guides, create guides for senior members, so that those resources can be used by members as they mature.
- More than anything, be sure to utilize the skills of your team members. Also, do what you can to engage more with those who work near you.