Most great groups start small, with healthy energy between friends and colleagues. Then groups form, grow, and stay healthy over time by nurturing and following that energy.
Get together with friends, around the spark of an idea or intention
The core of any great group comes from the people who are hosting, the ideas and values shared by those people, and the intention to take those ideas and values into the world - into action.
Start small and see if you find good energy that feeds both you and others. What ideas and values develop? This healthy seed is critical, even if groups end up growing larger.
Nurture the spark, follow the energy
Good groups learn, develop, and grow from experience. Listening and following can be more important than pushing through an entangled agenda. What do people need? What do you need? What wants to happen? Follow that.
All of the content in these best practice guides might seem overwhelming. Don't let it be.
Just relate, share, and talk with people to learn and connect… whether you call it a group or not.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead