These are my take aways from an open session about Building Communities at Socrates UK.
- You can’t do Community to a group of people.
- Training up someone to replace you is key if you want the group to be sustainable.
- Recruiters can be a manageable evil to help you get off the ground in funding/office space.
- Don’t underestimate your own skillset. Organising groups, venues, speakers, catering is a skill. Speaking in front of groups is a skill. Others may not take to these as easily and you’ll need to help them do so.
- There is a strong economic argument for hosting meetups. Economic Altruism is cheaper than paying recruiters for new hires.
- Email farming or long sales pitches are a huge turn off.
- Let the community guide its own direction. Steering the groups interests of behaviours as an organiser is risky.
- Experts vs Imposter Syndrome, it is very difficult to estimate skill and experience when integrating new groups. (When does advanced mean advanced?)
- How to maintain an experienced group and still be welcoming to new people? (Experience expected vs Newbie hostile). Many shorter talks can help this.
Written on June 9, 2018