Revisiting ‘Community’

This week i am revisiting the body of work that makes up the Community Builder Certification: it’s the work that grew out of the Community Builder Guidebook, and is now into it’s third iteration. As usual, for the first and second iterations, i tend to cycle through the content quite fast: it’s not unusual to rework 40-60% of the material. Now that i have gone through that process, most of my work is to create an integrated set of illustrations, to make it feel like one ‘whole’ piece.

Today i have been illustrating the introductory module, exploring what ‘The Landscape of Communities’ is, and asking some foundational questions. I had hoped to make greater progress, but i’ve been really focussed on getting the sequence right.

The choreography of this work means that i am sharing research, techniques, and ideas, but in the framework of a Scaffolded Social Learning design, so built around core ‘sense making’ spaces. For example: we visit the question of ‘what is a community’ twice: once as a dialogue between two people, and the second time against a framework, where we can consider categories and roles. So the same question in two different ways: one freeform, and the other structured.

In common with most of the language we use to describe our social world, it’s typically qualitative and subjective, so to explore it through dialogue and reflection is useful, and when coupled with research allows us to calibrate ‘what i think’ against ‘what others think’.

I will spend most of this week on this work: if you are interested in how we use Communities, in learning, for leadership, in change, may i remind you that ‘The Community Builder Guidebook’ is available free as an eBook, here.

About julianstodd

Author and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the Social Age. I’ve written ten books, and over 2,000 articles, and still learning...
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