πŸ“» β€” Frameworks, Money, and The End of Our Lives

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Hey all!

3 topics, a little commentary, and you’ll be all-squared for today… so you can all get back to your wonderfully-full lives of loving on humans.

To infinity & community,

β€” john


A Framework for Content Planning:

I happened to attend Carrie Melissa Jones’ wonderful (and free) workshop yesterday and I captured nearly 50 screenshots and a page of notes! I wanted to share them all with you but Carrie said she’d share the recording at some point so I’ll let you jump on that.

One thing before I share a few very choice thoughts via Carrie is that she is, first, a wonderful presenter, entirely engaging as a solo-act with slides that asked questions and begged for audience participation, like so:

These types of slides in a presentation deck make perfect sense and shows how much of a class-act she really is. Damn, yo.

She took it up a notch and helped establish some clear guidelines for what real, meaningful, engagement metrics might actually look like, not fence-sitting but calling out vanity metrics that do not tell you anything useful.

Here’s one really great example of Carrie in top-form, presenting a practical example of how Community Manager resources and demand stays “at least level” while engagement continues to scale:

Ultimately, this means that the systems and processes in-place are scaling adequately to meet the growing needs of an active community.

WTG, Idaho!

Err.. Wisconsin? Milwaukee? I think Carrie’s from one of those places… What… (reply to this email if you got the reference and I’ll randomly select a winner to get a badass hoodie)!

Finally, Carrie dropped the mic with a reminder of your community’s why:

If you have a weak why, people will ignore you.

Ignored communities are sad communities (and bad for business).

Follow Carrie on Twitter: @caremjo


The Community Fund: $5 Million for Community Startups:

It looks like more money is being poured into the community space and @lolitataub and @srcasm are looking to put $5 million to work in early-stage, community-driven companies.

The larger tweetstorm is here:

Too many great folks to mention by name, but, I’m all for more money being invested into the space proper. It’ll be neat to see how this pans out over the coming fund cycle and how they announce their upcoming investments.

A community-driven venture fund is a sustainable one; if they do this right, it could be one of the largest funds on the planet. Let’s hope so!

πŸ‘πŸ» β€” Congrats to the entire team!


The Eight-Fifties and All of Us:

I spent a good and important season of my life in Tokyo back in the mid-to-late 90’s. I was in Middle School and it was there that I learned to write software and the power of the internet to connect humans from around the world. Needless to say it made quite an impression on me and many of my beliefs and life philosophies are sourced from my time in Japan (including the name of this newsletter and project!).

This was also a few years after the collapse of the Japanese economic machine β€” my father was part of a global business that was helping to “right the ship” and that’s why we had found ourselves in the middle of it.

That was a long-time ago, yet, I keep an eye on the (changing) culture and yesterday I saw this pop, a heartbreaking look into a sub-culture called “8050” which describes the phenomenon of out-of-work, middle-aged Japanese who live with their elderly parents (50 year olds living with their 80 year old parents).

Unsurprisingly, many are “deeply ashamed about their failure to become successful adults” β€” I saw many of them as homeless, finding places to sleep in the long subway corridors.

It’s a bit of a long-form piece via Bloomberg so I don’t expect you to read all of it, but, it’s a constant reminder that our job as community builders is both simple and miraculously-profound: Our job is to allow the healing powers of human connection to grow in a safe, trusted, and carefully-managed environment.

More people need more of this, all over the world. We need more community leaders, full stop.

See? Simple.

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