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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

Just because someone is older or more educated that doesn't mean they will be right, or know better that someone younger with less education. She probably sees things that way. Also sometimes people ...
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When is it acceptable to single out a user?

You are talking about a situation where the problem behavior happens in public and during the meeting. So you risk embarrassment with the reprimand, but not by revealing the problem behavior -- ...
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Can't ban and the physical world has no "ignore" button; how do we deal with a disruptive member?

Since his wife is already aware of and working on the problem, why not start by having a chat with her about the issues. She is going to have the most familiarity with trying to deal with his ...
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Our board has swindled us. Nobody has trust in other team members anymore

Ouch. You have a few problems here: Recovering the misappropriated funds. I assume you are already pursuing legal remedies here. Figuring out what was broken in your governance that allowed this to ...
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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

It really depends on the situation, and I'm not sure there is enough detail here to tell exactly which kind of situation you are dealing with. She may be a know it all who really feels that she is ...
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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

She might be finding it hard to fit in. Most people do at first, especially considering you "make it sound" like you are for the most part a well established group, and a group of intelligent people ...
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Would a community kitchen be accepted in America?

One of the issues with projects like this in the US has been classism. This may not seem to be an obvious analog, but consider public transit: state subsidized mass transit is particularly useful ...
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What is the expiration date for featured content?

One of the big factors in this why it's featured. If it's featured to publicise some event then it should expire around the event itself. Either just before or during the event. How long before the ...
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How to convince a team member to appear and act objectively?

Your problem is rather complex and a bit specific, I will try to answer outlining general steps. These steps will seem cumbersome but are aimed to answer your question even if they stray away from it ...
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How can I encourage people to take on leadership roles in a new interest group?

Perhaps you need to start off by just encouraging others to help out with the next few things that need to be done before the 2nd meeting. So rather than landing people with roles like "treasurer", "...
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I broke the Christmas tradition!

Deciding if you want a party Almost every community has some end goals, but that doesn't mean that everything your community does has to be a step towards achieving those goals. Don't overlook the ...
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Getting commercial property landlords to temporarily donate coworking space

If you have a business plan that leads to you having the money to pay rent after a while, your best bet is to negotiate HARD with your landlord-to-be, business to business. I know someone who ...
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Recruiting sponsors for a community gathering?

Finding appropriate sponsors is hard. Let me tell you something first: in your case, you don't approach companies, you approach local companies. Events with 2000 participants are events which are ...
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How do I address cliquish behavior in a social dance community?

I used to be part of a weekly open dance group (renaissance dance). Two factors that were challenging for us were: Some people were there to dance; others were there to socialize. Among the people ...
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I have to collect / raise money but my community refuses

As you have stated in your question and comments, the government is requiring a specific financial transaction for each member of your community. You mentioned its for anti-fraud purposes. This can be ...
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Mowing lawn early morning on Saturday

Do you have hills in your yard? If not, I highly recommend using a reel lawn mower that doesn't go by gas. My sister uses one of these because early morning is the only time she has to mow the lawn. ...
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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

In Germany we have a system where students who are especially interested and exceeding in a subject can be employed at a institute and do research work themselves. Last year I had a very similar ...
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How do I help members of a community focus on work when they want to be social?

I see two problems here: people want opportunities to socialize and/or you might not have have enough structure to the meetings. Note: I assume you are in a position of significant authority or can ...
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How can we plug a leak of confidential information?

If, as you've said, you've discussed this and everyone is apparently in agreement that the leaks should stop, but someone is still leaking information then you are beyond the stage when you can reach ...
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How to increase social coherence in a community with high renewal rate?

100 people with high turnover is getting too big for people to think they can know everybody. I saw this when I was in college with a local organization that had lots of college-age members (though ...
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I broke the Christmas tradition!

First and foremost, figure out what the community wants. Running on hearsay about what people want isn't a good way to make decisions. Ask people for their honest opinions and make sure that you ...
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How to motivate villagers to monitor well water levels of their wells?

Crowd sourcing in rural villages is a frequently desired goal by many non profit organizers. It's a multi-faceted problem changing behaviors and cultures. The biggest complication, however, is out of ...
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I'm trying to build a support community in the real world - What happens in a support group?

The basic idea behind a support group is just to get people with the same issue together and talk about it so that people can learn from the experience of each other. The most important aspect is ...
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In a community without any defined leaders, how can I respond when I am accidentally excluded?

It would seem that the people who suggested the other platform didn't realise that there was the limit on the number of people. If it was only discovered as people were added then it appears to be ...
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How can I transition a mostly physical community in a mostly virtual or hybrid one?

Consider adding some sort of incentivization to the online meetings. Maybe each member of your community could receive a token at the end of each meeting (if they showed active participation during ...
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How can I organically make sure that interested folks are included in volunteer tasks?

In my experience the best volunteer growth comes when the situation is attacked from multiple angles: The usual suspects should be encouraged to help draw more people in. Yes, Sue is an excellent ...
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How to deal with a stubborn person who thinks they are perfect?

If I joined your group and disagreed with something someone said, what do you suggest I do? Sorry, but if this is especially my area of study, I'm going to need to know why your answer is better. We ...
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"But I posted it on Facebook!" How do I get my community to use broader communication channels?

Can you assign someone the task of being the email-newsletter person? Ask this person to like the Facebook page, follow the right people on Twitter, Instagram, whatever, like the channel on YouTube ...
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How do I address cliquish behavior in a social dance community?

The answer I think may depend on the type of social dancing. (My background is West Coast Swing, Blues, a bit of Lindy, NC2, C2S and some Salsa) I think I saw you mention in a comment that this is ...
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