Community is certainly the buzzword of the year. But very few people out there are doing their homework about how to achieve community from a science and design perspective. Aka, throwing a community manager or new app at things isn't the only way to succeed ;)
But where do you start to learn more with out being overwhelmed by the hourly article on the top 10 things to do clickbait!
1. Start 'crazy complex' - well, this isn't crazy, but worth reading to see how you can shape your community from hardcore research compliments of the New Journal of Physics and "Determinants of public cooperation in multiplex networks" (aka, community)
2. Think about personal networking according to guru Sujan Patel at Entrepreneur. Or use a different approach from CEOs that think networking is dead...
3. Now let's get a little more controversial. Amazon uses data, literally uses data by asking employees questions every time they sit down at their computer (CNBC link) to continually improve 'community' according to @eugenekim. While others think that 'super-connectors' are the key to success and building communities.
4. No blog post would be complete without mentioning blockchain / cryptocurrency. So why not incentivize your community with some digital disruption. Communication tools are no longer enough. Try Hexel (distribute tokens to members) or Colony (distribute 'bounties' to active members)!
5. And covered last year in Fast Company, how we help build communities with data + design together.