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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Hahrie Han on Gun-Control vs. Gun-Rights Groups

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There’s a palpable difference between a tight-knit community and a loose group of people with a shared interest. This article in the NY Times by Hahrie Han illustrates this contrast. Hahrie, a gun-control advocate who studies grassroots movements compares the traits …

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Seven Years Ago

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It’s Friday—the end of another work week. But this week is special. This week seven years ago I moved to New York City. Seven years ago… I drove a car with everything I owned from SF to Dallas. I left …

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Progressive Elaboration

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One of my favorite terms that I learned last year was “progressive elaboration.” I studied (and passed the test!) for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification which yielded plenty of project manager vocab including this gem. Progressive elaboration means to …

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We Finished a Draft

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My team and I finished a draft of our book on community building yesterday. Woo! A milestone. Plenty of editing and design work lie ahead. There are holes and inconsistencies. But, we finished a draft. If I were to teleport …

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The Next Generation

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I mentioned yesterday that the last section of the book I’m working on is about cultivating nascent communities. Part of that is investing in the next generation. How does a community bring in new energy? How do they invest now …

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Communities and Gardening

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Today I wrote an intro to a section of our book entitled “Once you’re big, go small.” It’s about cultivating nascent communities and helping your group evolve. Organizing a community is a lot like gardening. You can water, nurture, plant, …

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Leadership Rich

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The image of the singular leader is a myth. A good test of a leader is how well they enable leadership among those they serve. Instead of being the most valuable node in the network, they build the network’s value by …

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