Community building is an art that focuses on the creation, enhancement, engagement, and growth of communities around something that is a common denominator amongst everyone who chooses to get involved with said community.
Building a community means encouraging natural conversations and discussions for people to connect, network, learn and contribute to helping others grow just as much as they have.
A community can be built around essentially anything and the numbers hardly matter. A group of 10 people coming together to discuss their favorite books or favorite movies is also a community. As long as those who are involved in a community get value in return for the time they spend there, the purpose is already defined.
Building a community is to add perpetual value that people keep coming back to. Through exceptional content, captivating events, through authentic human connections - a community is built on the innate human quality to socialize and be themself. There is no secret sauce to building communities, instead, it’s an undying persistence and the consistent efforts that keep a community thriving.
How can you start building a community?
There are no defined metrics that dictate how a community is to be built, but there are, however, some things you can keep in mind when you’re on this journey -
Community culture encapsulates the everything that makes the community whole - goals, vision, celebrations, events, rewards, recognitions, beliefs, rituals, and presence. A culture is what separates a community from the rest of the crowd. It gives an identity to the community and the people who are involved in it.