“This was community. And what I would come to learn, slowly, is that community is about a series of small choices and everyday actions: how to spend a Saturday, what to do when a neighbor falls ill, how to make time when there is none. Knowing others and being known; investing in somewhere instead of trying to be everywhere. Communities are built, like Legos, one brick at a time. There’s no hack.“— The only metric of success that really matters (Quartz)
I’d argue that communities aren’t built — they’re grown. Like a garden, a community requires care and attention and, over time, they’ll bear fruit. And as with a garden, there are things you can do to improve your chances of success.
You’ll have different plants in your garden, depending on what type of garden you want to grow. The better you understand the needs of your plants, the better a job you can do in caring for them. Some plants need more sunlight than others, or more water, or different soil.
And so it goes with a community. Knowing why you’re bringing people together in the first place will help you plan accordingly. Understanding the needs of your members means you’ll do a better job of solving those needs and giving them a good reason to stick around.
Where I absolutely align with this piece is in the takeaway, that it’s a series of small decisions and actions that make a community take off. The consistency, the routine, the showing up and contributing, participating, over and over again.
All of this compounds over time, as more people join, as more people discover and share and invite others to do the same. It’s a flywheel: Show up. Participate. Document. Share. Repeat.