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What you need to embrace before opening the gates to participation

In 2008, Obama became the US president thanks to the ways he invited the crowd to participate. In 2014 Podemos barged into the spanish political scene by betting everything on their bottom-up strategy. But both Obama and Podemos community support slowly fizzled once they got elected.  And these are just two examples. Over the last few years, community building, crowdsourcing, …

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Demystifying Community Onboarding: How to get people to engage

Gathering a crowd can be challenging. But once you’ve gotten it together, getting it to collaborate can be even more challenging. I’ve been part of many communities. Some that worked better than others. From tiny local communities to communities that worked across the globe through forums and Zoom. Most were full of energetic and proactive people, but very few managed …

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Building communities as counterpowers

In history, there are few catalysts that have massively changed our world at a rapid pace through the process of creative destruction where someone comes with a better solution that breaks things that worked for the rest. At the beginning of industrialization it was technology. But for the last 20 years, network effects have taken an even bigger role in …

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Communities Are Awesome

We all want a community to collaborate with our organisation, but most of us are afraid to actually start or join one. A community business has a different soul than a solo entrepreneur or freelance. But when faced with the actual opportunity to be a part of one, most people hesitate. Not that it’s a decision to be taken lightly…the …

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How to protect an idea that’s easy to steal

The iPhone got “stolen” by Android. Sonos got allegedly stolen by Amazon and Google. And we can find fifty chinese companies selling the same chargers on Amazon, which means they pretty much all “steal” from each others’ designs. And more recently the Internet Archive opened a National Emergency Library with 1.4 million uncopyrighted books, and although most books are from …

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Why following is the next big thing in leadership

As leaders or managers we sometimes want people to follow our orders. To follow the path we planned. I know I have. Or we believe that we have to be original, come up with the vision for change on our own and find ways to make others follow us. Or that we need loads of money, influence and a big …

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Why leadership is scary, and doing it anyway

Do you want to make things happen? To lead change to a vision of a better world you can clearly picture in your mind? Many of us see what’s not working in the world and get frustrated at how things keep not changing. Bureaucracy, Climate Change, Inequality, Fossil Fuels, media polarisation tearing our society apart, plastic straws, tights that break …

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How to make Money with open source and community building

Since the internet arrived, it’s been increasingly easier and cheaper to share our work with others. But the other side of the coin is that it is also super easy and cheap for others to copy what we do.  If you’ve been attracted to give your ideas away and invite communities to work together, you’ve probably wondered:  “How can I …

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How to get others to spread and enrich your work?

One of the biggest mistakes in change-making projects is to give something away, and hope the world will use it and spread it. But that’s creating a one-direction channel, and this cuts you from the real value the world can give back to your project.  To make this magic happen, you need to create bi-directional channels and carve the space …

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What motivates a community to collaborate with you?

In previous articles we’ve seen what you can put in open source to start creating collaboration as well as how it can benefit your own project. You can find these articles here and here. And in the latest article, we saw where you can find a community who wants to collaborate, and how you can make it easy for them …