What Is (A) Community?

6 thoughts on “What Is (A) Community?”

  1. Nice post Luis, and engaging conversation.

    In business I never like the term “manager” as it indicates ownership by an individual (you know I strongly dislike the term Knowledge Management as we no longer manage knowledge in the social world we now find ourselves in but Knowledge Share. But that’s a different discussion topic 😉 ).

    Both yourself and John touched on the term “Leadership” and I think that is a very important point. Community Managers need to evolve to become Community Leaders, encouraging knowledge sharing and collaboration within a community so that it can become self driven and self supporting.

    IMHO the most successful communities are those that need little / no involvement of the community leader.

  2. This is what I’ve been trying to say all along, Luis. The wheel was not manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility (so to speak), it was carved out of stone with basic hand tools. And look where those rudimentary tools have lead? Flight delays! 😀

    When we provide simple, easy-to-use tools and basic instruction how to use them, and then get the hell out of the way, innovation happens.

    And, like David, I dislike the term “manage.” To me, manage means “lowest common denominator, to get by.” No leader manages. No constructive craftsman manages. I prefer the term Knowledge Creation, as I believe the effective sharing of information leads to that information being more widely digested and converted to knowledge, which feeds any community.

    Keep up the good work!

    PS: Found this post on G+ before G-reader today! 😛

  3. Great post Luis, yet another one! Thanks for mentioned..

    I just only playing with a word game based on the original quote of Dave Snowden:
    “You can’t manage knowledge, but you can create a knowledge ecology”
    Love it! And will re-use it, from now on.. 😉

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