I could use some experienced perspectives on developing a community concept and thought you would be the right people to ask!
I work at Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit based in San Francisco, and am part of a team launching an online community for a global audience. Given the diversity of ways people connect with the organization, we’re not sure how to frame it.
We have an educational program that trained volunteers lead around the world, an interactive, online educational program that attracts people globally, local communities that develop around these volunteers and participants, and donors. We’re trying to figure out how to develop a concept for an online community within this existing network.
Ultimately, I think we want everybody connected to the organization in the online community - especially since people love the message of the work and want to connect with others engaged with it locally and globally - but based on what I’ve read from FeverBee, I’m aware of not making the community about the organization.
I don’t know whether it makes sense to integrate a community of place (for the local groups), action (trying to change the world), practice (for the volunteer program leaders), and interest (the general area we work in) into one.
What insights do you have from your experiences that might help inform our thinking?