GROWING YOUR COMMUNITY
To grow the change your community can make, it can help to grow your community!
Here is are a few tips and tools to help you do just that!
Growing the number of members of your community is the best way to get more projects created and to make more change happen.
Social media can be the most effective tool for growing your community.
Promote your community to Facebook groups and relevant people on Twitter who support the challenges your community aims to solve. They may help to make even more people aware of your community.
We Meetups are a great way to grow your community, as well as engage existing members.
Organise We Meetups that will attract new people to attend. This could be by inviting experts to speak who people would be interested to hear from and by covering topics that might be popular at that moment.
Post your We Meetups on Eventbrite to attract more people from outside of your community, as well as creating them as events linked to your community on Facebook.
Consider the networks you have - whether they be personal or professional - and think about those people and organisations who might be interested in supporting your community.
This could include promoting your community through their own connections, or even providing forms of financial support, space for you to hold events, or even professional services.
As your community grows, you may need to recruit people to join your Community Team to help you manage it.
Depending on the size that your community grows to, you will probably need people with specific skills that can take on some of your current responsibilities (see Manage Community for specific positions).
The best place to start looking to recruit people to join your Community Team is within the community itself.
The positions that you will want to recruit will be dependent on how your community develops and your own areas of expertise.
Whatever the position, we find that people who are able to give around 8+ hours per week can be very effective Community Team members.
Also look to recruit more broadly over social media and through the ChangeMakers Slack.
As you grow your Community Team, you will spend less time executing tasks and more time managing people.
The best way to manage your Community Team is to set up your own Slack channel just for members of the team. You can then all communicate through this channel without notifying the whole community.
We recommend calling your Community Team channel ‘communityname_exec’. This is because a Community Team really acts like an Executive Team for the community.
You can use some of our guidance about how to manage project teams and apply them to your Community Team (see Manage Team).
As you grow, you will likely need to further define why your community exists, what it does and what it stands for.
This can help to ensure that your members form a really cohesive community, where they fully understand what the community is all about and how they can help. It can also be really useful to new members who join and want to understand more about it.
You might find that your original purpose statement might need some refining now that your community is up and running. That is normal, because things do change along the way as your community develops.
What does your community actually do? Explain in one sentence what your community does.
Why does this matter to the world? A clear statement to explain the importance of what your community does to support a local area, cause or the world.
What are the beliefs that drive your community?
Have clear goals on what change you want your community to make happen.
We recommend working on these with members of your Community Team, and potentially the broader community, to ensure that they fit with what most people believe.
You can then post your answers to the points below at the top of your Facebook group, so everyone can see them.
START CREATING PROJECT IDEAS
Now that you have created your community, know how to manage and grow it, it's now time for your community to start creating ideas for projects!