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“Listeners should expect refreshing and new voices from me. The plan is to put Africa on the map.” - Whitney Ogutu In the middle of July, we announced that we were searching for a new podcast correspondent to help us expand the stories we tell. We had an incredible response to the program–117 applications! We decided in the end to bring on not just…
 
"I kept doing events after that first one. I guess that became my community. Even now saying it out loud, it is very strange. I never thought I could be someone that would be a part of like creating a community.” - Jodianne Beckford Jodianne created Noire Girls Plant, “from a dark place of feeling numb.” At a low point, she found plants were giving…
 
“Community doesn't require that you have the same opinions. It just requires that you share a passion.” - Marjorie Anderson In the middle of July, we announced that we were searching for a new podcast correspondent to help us expand the stories we tell. We had an incredible response to the program–117 applications! We decided in the end to bring on…
 
“There's strategic value in giving up some control when you're a leader at a company and you want new ideas to emerge.” - Steve Garguilo Early in his career, Steve did the (seemingly) impossible—he led a grassroots transformation of the culture of Johnson & Johnson, the fifth largest company in the world. Frustrated by the pace and challenges of bi…
 
The Dinner Party is a worldwide community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a loved one. “We know what it’s like to lose someone and we aren’t afraid to talk about it,” their website states. Before the pandemic more than 400 Dinner Party tables were regularly meeting in nearly 100 cities around the world. Carla and Lenn…
 
“If there's drama in your life, you don't want to talk about it. It’s hush, hush. But that's not the way you heal. It's been detrimental to our communities. So when people–especially a lot of black women—saw that representation on camera it just touched them in a way that just exploded.” - Kibi Anderson Many of us may know “Red Table Talk” as the T…
 
“You don't have to have any talent. You just have to come out. I design things that would work for someone who was a lawyer or a school teacher.” - Charlie Todd In August 2001, Charlie Todd moved to New York City with an interest in acting and comedy. He didn’t have immediate access to a stage, so he started creating in public spaces by staging und…
 
“I'm fairly introverted which I find a lot of people are surprised by given the number of events that I've run over the years. I don't actually like attending events where I don't have a fairly structured role to play. I think to some extent being the organizer of the event gave me a role and job responsibilities. It helped me as an introvert feel …
 
“We need people to see the power they have in themselves to make a very small change that can compound over time.” - Nate Nichols Nate Nichols and Steffi Behringer are life and business partners and the founders of Allyship & Action. The Allyship & Action Summits took the advertising community by storm these past few months. Like many others, their…
 
“We really lean all the way in for our community so they can feel that they're working with somebody and not working for us.” - Jonathan Carey Atlas Obscura is one of the few community-driven travel platforms. The site focuses on the hard-to-find wonders and oddities of the world, from a church with Frederic Chopin’s heart in Poland to an abandoned…
 
“Community means there's a reason why these people are here, irrespective of the platform.” - Nadia Eghbal If you haven’t heard of Substack, you will soon. The company is just three years old and growing quickly. The co-founders came together to see if they could solve a problem: helping writers earn a living directly from their readers. When reade…
 
“We know that there is a tomorrow and we want to be able to prepare our girls and our community for what that tomorrow looks like. Not only prepare them for it, but make sure that they have a hand in building it. ” - Isis Miller Throughout her biotech engineering career, Kimberly Bryant was often the only black female in the room. Kimberly’s experi…
 
“Community is not transactional by nature. Humans seek to connect on a deeper level. They're looking for validation or for support or for something bigger than themselves. Now that community is such a buzzword. Everyone wants it and they want it quickly. We have more levers than ever, and they work. But when you growth hack with incentives, what yo…
 
“When you work in community, you get to be the person who thinks about the customer all day long, who thinks about people, who thinks about how they connect.” - Cindy Au Cindy Au set out for a career in academia but soon found herself as employee #9 at Kickstarter. Back then, the community team would review and help write each project submitted to …
 
“Ask your community: What they want to see out of the company to make them feel supported? I don't do anything until I talk to the community or reach out to them or say, ‘What do you want to see next? And then I make that a part of my plan.’” - Shana Sumers HER Social App is the largest social community and dating app for LGBTQ+ womxn and queer peo…
 
“When you learn in community, your brain grows so much faster than it would on its own.” - Berna Anat Berna brings hype to an otherwise “hella male, hella stale, and hella pale” financial space. She creates videos, writing, and hosts talks that encourage, support and celebrate those of us who struggle with personal finances. This work is personal f…
 
In this behind-the-scenes interview, Dee Reddy of Intercom asks Bailey why the team at People & Company focuses on communities and how the teams has shifted coaching organizations to harness the power of community in a time of pandemic. You can tune into the original episode on Intercom's website. Some key insights that Intercom noted: There’s a lo…
 
“Hi, Bree, it’s Mariah. Mariah Carey...Please tell the fans thank you.” In 1999, 16-year-old Bree Nguyen was hired by her idol, Mariah Carey, to do something urgent: get Mariah on Total Request Live (TRL). Why hire a 16-year-old fan? Bree figured out one thing that music executives were unclear how to venture into: internet fandom. If you’ve read o…
 
“We lack language for describing the ache when we crave for companionate emotional connection, for that friend bond. Whether it's an ache for a single close friend or a group of friends. I gave it is ‘platonic longing.’” - Kat Vellos Kat Vellos is a user experience designer who uses her trade to help people connect authentically. After moving to th…
 
“Every party needs a host. Every team needs a coach. It's no different online than it is in our real world communities.” - Lindsay Russell At Facebook, Lindsay Russell was a part of the team that used data to identify, validate and supercharge the company’s biggest community building investments to date. In their research on what makes a Facebook g…
 
“It's important that people realize that extraordinary women are not just the heroes of the past, but they are around us every day today. They are already part of our communities. We just need to look a little deeper and more carefully, but they are already there.” - Elena Favilli Elena Favilli found herself at the center of an all too familiar sto…
 
“I think that there's just some stubborn part of me that wants benevolence towards strangers to be more accepted and widespread. That's my underlying mission.” - Ivan Cash Ivan Cash is an interactive artist and filmmaker whose work celebrates and inspires connections among strangers. He has received high accolades for his work (Forbes 30 Under 30, …
 
“Every piece that's knit is 20 to 30 hours of somebody thinking about climate. And then every person who sees that piece thinks about it and hopefully talks about it...It's activism, but sort of a cozy activism, a “craftivism,” that's not too threatening to people and permeates conversations and dialogue about climate change.” - Justin Connelly and…
 
“Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother: We need to talk.You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.” - Letters for Black Lives In 2016, Philando Castile, a 32-year-…
 
“If you're going to lead an organization, it's likely that more of your time and energy is going into building an engine and less of your time and energy is going into facilitating connection between people. It's really important for community leaders to recognize if they want to lead an organization or if they want to facilitate connection.” -- An…
 
“It's not that introverts don't want to talk to people. They really value quality conversation over talking to big quantities of people. [Silent Book Clubs] appeal because you can get that little bit of conversation about something that you're interested in. You don't have to come up with small talk. That appeals to the type of person that apprecia…
 
“I always believe that when you present yourself in that deeply vulnerable, authentic, personal place, almost always people meet you there.” - Pei-Ru Ko When Pei-Ru Ko was recovering from an autoimmune condition, she spent a lot of time at farmers markets in the Bay Area and grew close to local food producers. Relishing the relationships she built …
 
The excerpt below was originally sent out via our Get Together newsletter. You see the original post here, and sign up to receive the newsletter going forward here. Our small team is working on what long term changes we make to take a more anti-racist stance and start dismantling white supremacy that we have been complicit with in the past. Below a…
 
“This is about everyday people coming together with their friends, with their families, with their community, with their colleagues and saying that they have a voice and that they want to use it in a constructive and powerful way in their communities. It just happens to be that we're dealing in philanthropy.” - Joelle Berman In this episode, we sit…
 
“Meet people where they are, not where you wish them to be.” - Kuik Shiao-Yin Kuik Shiao-Yin has been called “the Singaporean voice of youth.” While serving two stints as a nominated Parliamentarian, Shiao-Yin delivered clear, passionate speeches that went viral. Beyond her work in government, she has committed herself to developing the "social and…
 
“Treat people like they're part of the brand, because they are the brand.” - Aundy Crenshaw Where do you find the funkiest, dirtiest, most addictive house music around? Look no further than Dirtybird Records. Aundy Crenshaw and her husband, Barclay Macbride Crenshaw (better known as DJ Claude VonStroke), have translated this style and sound into a …
 
If you're passionate about how the world builds meaningful communities, you likely know Casper ter Kuile. After an early career in grassroots climate organizing, Casper earned masters degrees in Divinity and Public Policy from Harvard. While there, he started a reading community around the Harry Potter texts, that has grown to more than 70 chapters…
 
Tim Courtney was a key part of a monumental shift at LEGO. For seven years, Tim was the steward behind LEGO IDEAS, a crowdsourcing platform that allows superfans to submit and vote on new ideas they want LEGO to bring to market. If you've ever played with a Minecraft LEGO set, a Big Bang-themed kit, or a collection of women of NASA, you have the LE…
 
Today we're interviewing Dr. Gbemisola Boyede, the founder of "Ask The Paediatricians," an online medical education community that can offer all of us some much-needed inspiration in the time of COVID-19. In Dr. Gbemi's home country of Nigeria, the child mortality rates are high. But what causes these deaths isn't a lack of cost-effective treatment…
 
In the time of Coronavirus and self-isolation, how do we find meaningful community online? We checkin today with Carly Ayres of the Slack group "100s Under 100," and revisit our stellar conversation with her from almost a year ago. // If you're on the internet or if you're working in design today, you may have heard of Carly Ayres (@carlyayres). Sh…
 
By people and company, twitch, community manager, how to build a community with your people, Aureylian, twitch streamers, twitch community manager, bailey richardson, people & company, in-person communities, communities, kai sotto, community, get together, community management, elmer sotto, erin wayne, kai elmer sotto, kevin huynh
 
Today we’re talking to Lennon Flowers and Carla Fernandez, co-founders of The Dinner Party, a worldwide community of 20- and 30-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a loved one. Using the age old practice of breaking bread, Dinner Partiers are transforming life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support…
 
Today we’re talking to Jay Herratti, the Executive Director of TEDx. TEDx began as an experiment. Ten years ago, Chris Anderson, the CEO of TED, made a big decision. He took all the videos from the exclusive, private TED conference and put them up online for free. That decision had huge consequences for TED, and Chris recalls from that moment, TED …
 
Today we’re talking to Rafe Offer, CEO of Sofar Sounds (Sofar is an acronym for "Songs from a Room"), a community-led global movement that’s bringing the magic back to live music. Dissatisfied with a concert-going experience in 2009, Rafe and two friends decided to take action. They hosted an intimate concert in a flat in North London for eight peo…
 
Today we’re talking to Camille Ricketts (@camillericketts), the superstar Head of Marketing for Notion. If you know what Notion is, you are likely obsessed with it. But if you don’t, here’s our best shot at explaining the software: Notion is an all-in-one workspace for note-taking, project management and task management. Most importantly, Notion is…
 
Are you ready for a good story about people power and the environment? Gravy because today we're talking to Jeff Kirschner who kickstarted a community of people around the world who are picking up the trash on our streets, parks, beaches, and more. They call themselves Litterati. Bailey met Jeff back in 2014, when she was still working at Instagram…
 
Today we're talking to Ruth Verhey, a clinical psychologist who works for the Friendship Bench team in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a country of over 16 million people, but there are just twelve practicing psychiatrists. Twelve! These statistics are the norm in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the ratio of psychiatrists and psychologists to citizens is one for e…
 
Today we're talking to Krystie Mak and Katerina Jeng, the founders of Slant'd, a collective that celebrates Asian American identity, one story at a time Back in 2017, a piece of advice from Eddie Huang inspired Krystie and Katerina: “If spaces don’t exist for you, kick the door down and create them.” Krystie and Kat didn’t see themselves in mainstr…
 
Today we are talking to Jamie Allen and Sally Parham, two of the folks behind The Squirrel Census. Yes, it is just what it sounds like. The Squirrel Census started in Atlanta in 2012 with a simple, somewhat inexplicable, wild idea: let's count squirrels and present our findings to the public. While they're certainly rigorous, what they're doing isn…
 
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