Last Friday, I put together a meetup for community managers in Bangalore(India). It was really exciting to know that there were other community managers who wanted to share their learnings and experience. We had around 28 people in the room from various backgrounds - they were either full-time community managers or product managers/developers who were planning on starting a community. We had some interesting discussions about dealing with burnout and also about how communities should address internal dissent. Most of the discussions were around offline communities.
One of the things that people had different opinions was about introducing money into communities. This was a really intense and interesting discussion given the background of the attendees. Some were of the opinion that communities should be kept free from money because they feel that it dissolves the feeling of community. Others argued that to keep and sustain a community, you need to have a model and institution in place. For putting that in place, you need money.
I’m interested in hearing all your thought on this.