Religion-free church lifts your spirits

Non-religious congregations boost wellbeing the same way as going to church

More Together Than Alone

A poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, and demonstrates how we live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness. At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is an compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another. Featuring thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will help us inhabit a stronger sense of togetherness where we live and in the world so we can achieve our highest potential, as individuals, and as communities.

The Neighborhood Playbook

A field guide for community members and developers that facilitates the activation of spaces with the goal of influencing physical and economic growth in neighborhoods. Our hope is that The Playbook will create more neighborhood amenities where people want to spend time, interact socially, create memorable experiences, and connect with the built and natural environment. It will allow entrepreneurial developers to explore new markets with lower risk en route to developing authentic, lasting investments. Together, developers and everyone else will be able to increase the value of their neighborhoods by making them healthier, more fun places to live.

Authentic Revolution

Authentic Relating Games are a collection of extensively tested, masterfully led experiences that give players a hands-on taste of both the joy and skills of interpersonal connection.

Sense of Community Index

The Sense of Community Index (SCI) is the measure most frequently used in the social sciences to gauge a sense of community. The SCI has been used in numerous studies within different cultures in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, as well as many contexts (e.g., urban, suburban, rural, tribal, workplaces, schools, universities, recreational clubs, Internet communities). The SCI is based on a theory presented by McMillan and Chavis (1986) that a sense of community is a perception with an affective component. The theory identifies four elements of a sense of community: membership, influence, meeting needs, and a shared emotional connection.

Framework Identity Metrics

The Wisdom of Crowds

By James Surowiecki. Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

Book Structure

The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds

An interactive guide to human networks

Article Network Structure

Connected

The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives - How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do. By Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler

Community currency

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_currency

Sortition

Part of the Politics series Electoral systems Plurality/majoritarian[show] Proportional representation[show] Mixed systems[show] Other systems & related theory[show] A coloured voting box.svg Politics portal vte In governance, sortition (also known as allotment or demarchy) is the selection of political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates.

The Art of Community

By Jono Bacon. Online communities provide a wide range of opportunities for supporting a cause, marketing a product or service, or building open source software. The Art of Community helps you recruit members, motivate them, and manage them as active participants. Author Jono Bacon offers experiences and observations from his 14-year effort to build and manage communities, including his current position as manager for Ubuntu.

Faces

Show off your community with Faces. Create a living directory of the members in your community. People can add their own profile and keep it updated.

Platform People Structure

Communities of Practice, the Missing Piece of Your Agile Organisation • Emily Webber

GOTO Copenhagen 2016 http://gotocph.com Emily Webber - Independent agile coach, consultant and trainer ABSTRACT At a time w...

Article Structure Video

We Can Survive Climate Change By Building Tight-Knit Communities | WIRED

People are realizing that when the floods come or the heat wave settles, neighbors are the true first responders. We must nurture those social ties.

Stack Overflow Enterprise

Stack Overflow for Enterprise is a private, secure home for your organization’s questions and answers. Empower your teams to find and share information without disrupting their workflows

Kialo - Empowering Reason

Kialo is the platform for rational debate. Empowering reason through friendly and open discussions.

Home - Sococo

Online Workplace for Distributed Teams

Platform Communication

Bind - Community Building Consultancy

Wij zijn Bind! Wij ontwikkelen communities voor organisaties aan de hand van een community concept, ondersteunende tooling en community management.

The Hum

Practical guidance for decentralised organisations. Consulting, Workshops, Coaching, Retreats.

Brooklyn Community Foundation

We are on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since our founding in 2009, the Foundation has provided over $40 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits throughout the borough.

The Human Networks Festival

https://www.humannetworksfestival.net/

Framework Event

The Community Podcast by co-matter

Interviews with the world's most inspiring community leaders. Exploring what makes communities thrive.

Article People Podcast

New Power

How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You. By Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms.

Book Movements

Blueprint for Revolution

How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World. By Srdja Popovic.

Purposeful: Are You a Manager or a Movement Starter?

By Jennifer Dulski. Jennifer Dulski, the head of Groups at Facebook, and former president of Change.org, explains how you can turn your mission into a movement that creates change--whether you're at a startup or a political campaign, at a Fortune 500 company or a local community group, or an intern or a CEO. Anyone can spark change if they believe in the power of taking action, no matter where, or how small, they start.

Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action

By Michael Gecan. Urban decay can sap the determination—not to mention the soul—of anyone who experiences it. But there are forces that can and do reverse it. They are not spectators, or critics, or occasional demonstrators. They are groups of citizens, encouraged and trained to take power with dignity and creativity and unrelenting determination, and to make it work for them, day by day, month by month, and year to year.

Subscribed

Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It. By Tien Tzuo, Gabe Weisert

Book Business

UNTETHERED

UNTETHERED is a primer on social isolation. At a moment when bringing people together in networks, communities, and movements is so vital, Untethered offers a crash course on what's keeping us apart. It's written for leaders, entrepreneurs, and funders with an appetite for solving big challenges.

Article Loneliness

Elgg.org

Elgg is a highly customizable web framework and CMS for building social apps with PHP and MySQL

Platform Open source

Bevy

Host up to hundreds of events a month by empowering your evangelists with Bevy.

8 Essential Strategies to Build a Thriving Customer Community | DigitalMarketer

Understand what community management is, and build and grow your own thriving customer communities with these 8 strategies.

Article

Community anti-harassment/Policy

by Geek Feminism Wiki. This is an example community anti-harassment policy, particularly designed for use in communities that are primarily online. If your community meets entirely in person, you may prefer the Conference anti-harassment policy, which is designed for in-person events. We also suggest that even groups...

Framework Policy Rules Harassment

To beat loneliness, we must connect.

Voluntary organisations are at the heart of local communities. It’s up to us to help build social connections

CMX

The hub for the community industry, providing community professionals with the training, resources and connections they need to succeed.

Communities of Practice

by Etienne Wenger. This book presents a framework for doing that, with a social theory of learning that is ground-breaking yet accessible, with profound implications not only for research, but also for all those who have to foster learning as part of their responsibilites at work, at home, at school.

Book

The Art of Facilitation

by Dale Hunter. A comprehensive resource for facilitators, trainers, HR professionals, and consultants, The Art of Facilitation describes the profession of group facilitation and the role of a facilitator, and outlines the key elements of facilitation. The book also examines the most common challenges that facilitators face, as well as the ethical issues that pertain to the facilitation process.

Book

Reinventing Organizations

by Frederic Laloux, Etienne Appert. The uplifting message of Reinventing Organizations has resonated with readers all over the world, and they have turned it, one conversation at a time, into a word-of-mouth phenomenon. The book has helped shift the conversation from what’s broken with management today to what’s possible. It is inspiring thousands of organizations—corporations and nonprofits, schools and hospitals—to adopt radically more powerful, soulful, and purposeful practices.

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

by Parker J. Palmer. In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence and informed heart that shaped his best-selling books Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach. Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation.

Book Philosphy

Community: The Structure of Belonging

by Peter Block. Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities--businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government--do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together.

Book

Holacracy

A complete system for self-organization. The traditional hierarchy is reaching its limits, but “flat management” alternatives lack the rigor needed to run a business effectively. Holacracy is a third-way: it brings structure and discipline to a peer-to-peer workplace.

Framework Management Business

Neighborland

Neighborland empowers people to take action on local issues. We are providing residents, organizations, and city agencies a powerful public engagement platform designed to move community projects forward.

Platform Local Neighborhoods

Eden Project Communities |

We connect people and communities, encouraging everyday people to make positive change where they live. We are home to The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, and Eden Project Community Camps, the inspirational residential camps for the movers and shakers of our communities. We believe small steps make a big difference and we believe in sharing the joy. Come with us. Take action. Connect.

Voxle

A social technology platform for hosting all kinds of communities and organizing the people and conversations within them

Platform

World Café

A structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a "table host".

Framework Communication

Young Americans are the loneliest, surprising Cigna study shows

And, believe it or not, social media usage is not correlated with loneliness but face to face conversation is an antidote if you're socially isolated.

Article Loneliness

The power of informal relationships in disaster response and readiness

It’s no secret that our informal, personal relationships are among the most valuable resources in life and business. The same applies true in the realm of disaster response and readiness. The aid…

Article

Community Roundtable

The Community Roundtable collaborates with clients to develop proven, practical strategies for community success. Our clients rely on our models, frameworks, research, and expertise to take their communities to the next level.

Service Agency

Why Community?

In 1977, a woman stood up to ask Professor Marshall Mcluhan a question in the lobby of the Sydney Marriott. She wanted to know: as weapons of war become increasingly more powerful, what can we do to…

Article

80 years Harvard study: how to live a healthy and happy life

For nearly 80 years, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has been producing data and lessons on how to live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Article

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.

Book

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group or strengthen a culture that needs fixing? In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world's most successful organizations - including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and the US Navy's

Book

The Ready

The Ready is an org design and transformation partner that helps you change the way you work.

Service Agency

Stack Overflow for Teams

Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure home for your team’s questions and answers. No more digging through stale wikis and lost emails—give your team back the time it needs to build better products.

Kinvite

Send Group Invites, Discover Small Gatherings & Events

Service Events Social

People & Company

People & Company is a community design practice. We help groups of people come together to do meaningful, ambitious things.

Agency

Yet Another Mail Merge

The perfect mail merge tool for Gmail

NPR Listening Party Kit

Community-led NPR Listening Parties are popping up all over the country. Get the kit.

Framework Radio Event

Eventbrite

Discover Great Events or Create Your Own & Sell Tickets

Braintree Payments

An all-in-one solution to accept, process, and split payments in your mobile app or online – from small business to large enterprise.

Paperform

Create forms as beautiful as you in minutes.

Service Governance

Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

Framework Social

OpenCollective

A New Form of Association, Transparent by Design

co—matter

We connect people through communities and explore what makes communities thrive.

Service Agency

NOBL Collective

NOBL Collective: change management, innovation, and organizational design

Service Agency

How Do We Decide?

Team Decision Making and Decision Making Models, by NOBL Collective

Hyper Island Toolbox

A resource kit you can use to apply creative collaboration and unleash potential in your team or organization.

Framework Collaboration

Community Canvas

A framework that helps people and organizations build stronger communities. It provides a template for anyone who brings people together.

Framework Foundation

Patreon

Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for artists and creators to get paid. Join over 50,000 creators earning salaries from over 1,000,000 monthly patrons.

Service Finance

Loomio

Loomio helps groups of people make decisions together, online

Service Governance

Flarum

Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.

Service Communication

Drugs Over Dinner

Let's Have Dinner and Talk About Drugs. Drugs Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction.

Chargebee: Subscription Billing & Recurring Payments Software

Chargebee lets you automate your recurring billing, manage subscriptions at scale and access metrics that matter.

Service Payment Finance

Start with Who – Michel Bachmann – Medium

In his famous TED talk, Simon Sinek encourages people to “Start with Why”. That is, at the core of any organization is the purpose that inspires people to move into action. My experience with…

Article

The Role of ‘Place’ in Human-Centered Design – Shane Chase – Medium

Since starting the Good Work Institute in 2015, we’d been looking for educational tools to help shape the ‘Next Economy’. The Good Work Institute fellowship program supports entrepreneurs…

Article Placemaking

Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework - Yu-kai Chou

Octalysis is an internationally acclaimed Gamification Framework that utilizes 8 Core Drives to analyze challenges, identify opportunities, and create actionable steps to drive human behavior through human-focused design.

Framework Gamification

Podia - Earn a living from your passion

Podia is your all-in-one digital storefront. The easiest way to sell memberships, online courses and downloads, no technical skills required. Try it free!

Platform Education

MailChimp

MailChimp provides marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.

Platform Newsletter

Discourse - Civilized Discussion

Discourse is modern forum software for your community. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!

Platform Chat Forum

Cobudget!

Cobudget makes it easy for organizations and groups to allocate funds collaboratively and transparently.

Platform Finance

Loyal

Loyal is a strategic agency partner that helps you to put people at the center of your work. We specialize in communities, networks and customer experience. Our work creates deeper customer relationships to help you innovate and grow - smarter and faster.

Agency

9 ways to turn recurring events into a community – Fabian Pfortmüller – Medium

I come across a lot of monthly or yearly recurring gatherings that describe themselves as communities: The Web Summit community, the TEDx community, the SxSW community, The NY Tech Meetup community…

Article Event

Mobilize

Outreach center, member CRM and a social lounge combined. It's everything you need to build and manage a thriving community your members will love.

Platform Tech