Questions tagged [physical-communities]

Communities that meet in a physical location as opposed to online (examples of these are sports teams, church committees, or clubs organized around a specific interest).

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How to change a policy that's has always been this way but needs to be changed now?

I'm a member in a local community which is associated with multiple associations above it (think of it like statewide, nationwide and so on). There are a lot of layers to the community. However, the ...
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How can I transition a mostly physical community in a mostly virtual or hybrid one?

Due to current events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, physical meetings are prohibited and can be punished, severely, in the country I live in. We are an organised service club. Normally, we ...
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In a community without any defined leaders, how can I respond when I am accidentally excluded?

I'm a part of a fairly informal in-person community of 40 people exactly. We're all common acquaintances but we're going to be working together in the future and want to bond before then. Within this ...
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What is the right moment to start a crowdfunding campaign?

I am an editor of a online journal that is meant to be a social hub for the secular humanist, atheists, brights, freethinkers, and alike in Israel. The site is in Hebrew, and we have a Facebook page ...
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How do I address cliquish behavior in a social dance community?

I'm part of a dance community. I go to an event Friday nights where people partner dance and usually exchange partners at the end of each song. There is no alcohol and the age range is 20+. I noticed ...
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What are the alternatives to using Meetup.com for managing an in-person community?

I have built a successful group for B2B sales professionals that now spans several cities. I started on Meetup.com and for a time it was helpful in getting the group launched. Now that we are ...
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If we're trying to attract attention to a specific event, how much should messaging focus on only the event?

My synagogue is holding a food festival in a couple months to raise money. For budget reasons, the planners want to do advertising exclusively on social media (as opposed to, say, newspapers or ...
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I'm trying to build a support community in the real world - What happens in a support group?

I haven't been to a support group. In my country there isn't a single support group. So I have only read about them online. And the only thing that I've read is that they "provide support" and various ...
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Community funding ideas [closed]

I am new to this so I appreciate your your time and knowledge as i get use to using this forum. I was wondering if anyone has any experience or ideas on how to create a community find in order to ...
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How to organize a solution to a problem in my local community?

I need some suggestions how to get my community interested in solving a problem in our neighborhood. I want to help my community but, I don't know how to help the community make the community better. ...
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How should I organize a Meetup group to generate sales leads?

Sales management has noticed that a couple of sales districts have active Meetup groups involving our customers and our products. These particular Meetup groups have turned out to be a great source ...
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Would a community kitchen be accepted in America?

I recently watched the docu-series Cooked on Netflix and was rather inspired by the concept of the community kitchen shown in India, where the local religious organizations fund a kitchen to provide ...
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How to motivate villagers to monitor well water levels of their wells?

Groundwater in India is depleting at a fast rate. Some places, there is not much groundwater left or it is too deep. One strategy is to engage local villagers to monitor their groundwater depth ...
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"But I posted it on Facebook!" How do I get my community to use broader communication channels?

A local community (a congregation) has a problem: while we have email lists for announcements (not discussion), more and more often people organizing activities fail to use them. They figure that ...
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I broke the Christmas tradition!

I have taken over this community from someone else this year around January. The community is a sports community with sports-related goal. The community has always wished to achieve bigger goals but ...
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How to increase social coherence in a community with high renewal rate?

Consider a community where many people remain a relatively short time. For example, a university department with 100 post-docs. Some stay for one year, some for three, some five. The community is ...
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How can we plug a leak of confidential information?

I belong to a large, geographically-distributed social organization. Everything the group does is the result of dedicated volunteers. Within this organization we have an award that is akin to a "...
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Our board has swindled us. Nobody has trust in other team members anymore

I'm in a precarious situation. The board of our community, which has been elected a year ago for a 2-year period, has swindled us. This involves the complete board: the chairman, the finance chairman, ...
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Getting commercial property landlords to temporarily donate coworking space

Trying to get a coworking space up and running in an area that has a few vacant buildings. The area is a great spot, but I don't think the coworking group could initially afford rent in this area. ...
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Recruiting sponsors for a community gathering?

I have attended LAN parties in the past - large (500+) and small (less than 50). In both venues, there have been big name sponsors (nVidia, NewEgg, Amazon, etc.). They provide prizes - video cards, ...
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I have to collect / raise money but my community refuses

Because of bureaucratic stuff, I'll have to demand more money from my members. It's not much, around 5€ a month. Each member already pays a membership fee (15€ / month) which is really fair and will ...
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How can I encourage people to take on leadership roles in a new interest group?

In my neighborhood, there is a grocery store that has fallen into disrepair and is the subject of frequent complaints and discussion by neighbors on our private social network. The most recent ...
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Mowing lawn early morning on Saturday

I pissed off my neighbors today (again I think) by mowing my lawn at 6:30 am on Memorial day weekend. My neighbor came to me yelling and asked me to stop mowing. I realized what I was doing, I ...
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Erratic and aggressive behavior towards other community members

In our community/neighborhood there is an extremely verbally aggressive and confrontational member. He can be very intimidating to some of the members who have begun to avoid community meetings, ...
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When is it acceptable to single out a user?

In a physical community, I've often wondered when it's crossing the line when calling out a specific user upon their behavior after general "warnings." I've personally never done it, but I was ...
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What is the expiration date for featured content?

Community leaders often draw attention to some content—announcements, important discussion topics, etc.—by giving it some degree of extra visibility beyond what is normal for content shared within the ...
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How to convince a team member to appear and act objectively?

I have a serious problem. We are a little trainer team. As in every team, we have some disagreements. We are six people trying to train "our" kids. We train every day, so we are relatively big ...
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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

As the title already mentions I have a problem with a so-called "perfect" person. I'm part of a studying community in which every age is allowed. So we are a really mixed community, we have older and ...
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Appropriate way to deal with a strong willed political expert

i Have a question that is close to another one that was recently asked. Mine doesn't deal with "disruptive" behaviour, but more with someone who is very strong willed and overpowering. I am on a ...
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How can I organically make sure that interested folks are included in volunteer tasks?

I'm part of an organization that meets monthly to plan activities. Each activity has several sub parts (one person plans the food, another plans the music, etc). The group is pretty good at making ...
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How do I help members of a community focus on work when they want to be social?

I have, in the past, been on the board of trustees of a local non-profit organization. There is a good chance I will be asked again in the future, and there's a problem I'd like to be able to solve ...
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Can't ban and the physical world has no "ignore" button; how do we deal with a disruptive member?

I belong to a small, open community that meets in person and is largely run by consensus. (There is an organizational authority who can step in if something really requires that, but said person is ...