Running a Group

The most important thing in running a group is helping people, conversations, relationships, and ideas flourish.

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Host and hold the space

Group leaders hold space for others.

Catalyze engagement, nurture people & ideas, make connections

The conversations and relationships are the magic that provides the value to group members and leaders alike. Sometimes this needs a lot of energy and structure, and sometimes you just need to get out of the way and let things happen.

Manage group logistics

Group administration can be the less-fun part of running a group. Seek to simplify and minimize these logistics, but not ignore them. See Tips for Running Groups.

Do projects as a group

Mature and engaged groups, groups with very strong leaders, or groups that have an explicit mission to have an impact may try doing group projects like developing software, contributing to industry initiatives, hosting larger events & trainings, or pro-bono work.

Sometimes, somehow, groups can take on a life of their own. It does take work, and it doesn't happen all the time, but groups that work can do amazing things.

If leaders take care in establishing a compelling vision, enrolling and empowering others, and building healthy relationships - groups operate and grow organically. The fuel is the intrinsic motivation and genuine fulfillment of the people involved.

That doesn’t mean they live forever: organic things evolve and die. That doesn't mean they're big and powerful: organic things come in all shapes and sizes. But these special groups may also spawn other groups and other projects.

Engage to improve

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