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How DAOs Create Community Capacity

DAOs help build capacity within communities. Capacity is important because it allows communities to accomplish the goals of themselves and their members. It allows the community to make the world a better place. Without capacity, members in a community can get lost or devolve into status games and identity battles. Communities without capacity can become…

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Building Community Capacity

The goal of many communities should be building capacity. This means developing their ability to plan and execute actions that help achieve their collective goals. It is actions such as recruiting, fundraising, promoting, creating information, helping members achieve their personal goals, connecting members, partnering with other organizations, lobbying, running events, and making an impact on…

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Everyone Wants To Be a Poster

When asked “what do you want to be when you grow up,” surveys show American and British kids dream of becoming YouTubers. This passed doctors, athletes, and astronauts as the most popular answer. People online say it is sad because Chinese kids still want to be astronauts, but becoming a YouTuber is just a reflection…

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Better Testing Is Better Learning

As humans, we face tests every day and are constantly testing what we know against the world we come up against. Because we test so much, most people don’t think about what or how they test. It is beneficial for you to be aware of what you are testing. It will improve your ability to…

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Spatial Communities

Most internet communities are one-dimensional. They are a feed of information and interactions members are supposed to process linearly. As a reader, you go from the top of the feed downwards in a straight line, and your attention follows. Platforms are built so you read one message in one thread and then move on to…

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Encouragement is Actually Important

As much as we don’t want to admit it, encouragement is actually important. As individuals, we often believe we don’t need encouragement. We think “I am passionate, smart, and tough enough to do this without support.” Many fail to realize that encouragement is responsible for where we are now. We also learn to be distrustful…

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Offensive and Defensive Community Onboarding

Onboarding in a community is all about information. New information takes energy for members to process. Every step of the onboarding process takes energy from members, and every member has different energy levels. When the energy runs out, they lose interest in the onboarding process, or worse, they leave and never come back. This is…

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Always Be Onboarding: Creating Community Arcades

Many people think of onboarding only when a member first joins a community, but onboarding happens every time a member re-enters a community space. Communities should always be onboarding. Onboarding is the process of providing members with the context necessary to function in the community. It is needed because context changes constantly. Communities create a…

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How to Create Social Capital Like Travis Kalanick

Social capital is the dark matter that forms connections between people. It is what makes people want to give you opportunities and help you succeed. Building social capital means people are willing to do things for you, and it gives you power. Few people think strategically about building social capital, but it can be just…

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Expanding Your State of Play

Your life is lived within what you believe is the state of play. You believe there are rules, best practices, “proper” ways to play the game of life. You believe this because other people believe it. The ability to believe in collective ideas is key to us working together as a species. If everyone had…

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