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’.
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