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Curating Communities with Victoria Stoyanova 👩‍💻

“In this age of omni-connectedness, words like ‘network,’ ‘community’ and even ‘friends’ no longer me
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Curating Communities with Victoria Stoyanova 👩‍💻
By Gillian Davis • Issue #22 • View online
“In this age of omni-connectedness, words like ‘network,’ ‘community’ and even ‘friends’ no longer mean what they used to. Networks don’t exist on LinkedIn. A community is not something that happens on a blog or on Twitter. And a friend is more than someone whose online status you check.” - Simon Sinek 

The process that goes into building great teams and companies is very similar to the process that goes into building great communities. Essentially, both require purpose, trust, and respect that builds a level of trust and ensures the people in them do what you need them to do (show up, work together, deliver, etc). 
I sat down with Victoria Stoyanova to get her insight on what it takes to build communities both locally and remotely. Victoria has a natural passion and energy for bringing people together around an exciting purpose. She highlights how having patience, being caring and constantly curious will help anyone trying to bring people together. Important to remember as many of us get impatient and give up when people don’t do what we want them to do. 
It’s all about being human and taking the time to really understand the motivations and drivers of those within your community. As Victoria states ‘when you show up for your community, your community will start to show up for you’.
 Have a listen ✨✨
Victoria is a podcast and event host, community architect and the founder of Glint - a practice dedicated to designing interdisciplinary collaboration systems.
After building communities for ten years, she started researching how communities interact and how information and energy flow between them. What if, instead of thinking of communities as small clusters, we started looking at the creative and tech world as a big, super-connected system, a macro-community?
From organizing pan-European Start-Up Weekend to running the weekly Creative Mornings events in London, Victoria knows what it takes to bring people together around a common purpose.
Be sure to check out her amazing interviews on her Work We Do podcast. 
🔸  Victoria shares the thought that when feedback isn’t anonymous creates more empathy. Anonymous feedback has a place and it’s not necessarily in the workplace. 
🔸 We talk about how cultures evolve and how to manage that change and how losing core community members is 'okay’. This piece could not be more spot on; Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement Not a Mandate. 
Save The Date 📆
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Try 👩‍🎓
In this podcast we talk about the importance of creating the space to let people try things out. Victoria mentions the ‘safe enough to try’ approach which can help unlock resistance to change. 
This article breaks the Safe Enough To Try decision-making approach down nicely.  Love the idea of starting meetings with proposals instead of asking open-ended questions that can bring a meeting offtrack (see our previous newsletter). 
I’ll be giving my thoughts on the Future of Leadership at General Assembly in London next Monday (13/11). Sneak peak of my opening slide 👇
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