Getting Started with the Guides

These guides are built from the experience of community group leaders. Each has a 1-page Quick Reference Guide that's downloadable as a PDF (A3, 11x17) and sub-pages with deeper-dive advice.
We hope you find these 6 guides to be useful and easy to use.
All 6 PDF Quick Reference Guides
Nourish the spark that got you into this work in the first place. Follow where it takes you.
Strong groups start with clear goals from leaders and by providing value to members. As you start engaging: focus on listening, see where the community takes you, and see where you can take the community.
The most important thing in running a group is helping people, conversation, relationships, and ideas flourish.
Events are powerful containers for learning, building relationships, developing ideas, & getting inspired. In-person events can be especially powerful, but online events follow the same patterns.
Groups use tools to organize activities, host conversations, connect people, & engage both members and the world. The choice of tools is driven by your group’s goals, membership, & preferences.
Online groups are a fluid & flexible way to stay connected in conversation, share information, & learn. But it's also more challenging to form the deep personal connections that are forged in-person.
When developing communities of practice within your company, there are both unique challenges and opportunities to design for. These groups can really drive practice improvement & innovation.
Full website PDF (as of Aug 22, 2020)

Other Community Building Resources

  • CMX - A network and community of practice of community managers, who host an annual conference.
  • The Community Roundtable - A consultancy that hosts a community of practice and resource library for community managers working mostly in corporations.
  • Resource Centre - UK - The Resource Centre is a charity serving voluntary and community groups in the UK (specifically the Brighton and Hove areas).