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Nurturing Strong Communities for Professional and Personal Wellbeing

Nurturing Strong Communities for Professional and Personal Wellbeing

I just got off a call with the founder of a business community I’m part of. It was very insightful to hear how the “sausage is made.” I really enjoyed hearing about the future of the group and the transparency that was provided by the head of the group.

Communities Are More Necessary Now Than Ever

We live in a fast-paced, constantly interconnected world. Because of this it is more important than ever for individuals to find a sense of community.

Strong communities can provide support, encouragement, and opportunities for growth, benefiting members both professionally and personally.

As we navigate the craziness modern life, we find ourselves craving a sense of belonging and connectedness.

We humans are social creatures, and we need to feel that we are part of something larger than ourselves.

Developing strong communities can provide a sense of stability and foster a spirit of collaboration and mutual support. This can often lead to:

  • Improved mental and emotional wellbeing

  • Greater satisfaction in professional and personal lives

  • The creation of lasting friendships and connections

Lots Of Different Communities For All Kinds Of People

There are lots of types of communities.

Here are a few types:

  • Professional communities: These groups are typically centered on a shared industry or career path, and can offer valuable networking opportunities, skill development, and mentorship. I belong to Pavilion, which does exactly this. They provide a professional community to bounce ideas and thoughts off of as well as a way to continue my education through classes and webinars.

  • Hobby and interest-based communities: Bonding with others through shared interests can be both fulfilling and enjoyable. These groups often provide a space for learning new skills, discussing ideas, and collaborating on projects. This is very much what the WordPress community provides to me. It is, in fact, a core part of my business, but the community around it is full of like minded, and often fabulously geeky people that I can relate with and become friends with.

  • Neighborhood and local communities: Developing relationships with those in our immediate vicinity can lead to increased feelings of security and pride in our surroundings. Local communities can also provide opportunities for civic engagement and social activism. I’m actively working with a startup who’s goal is to help facilitate social activism and civic engagement. So these types of communities are great.

  • Online communities: Thanks to advancements in technology, we can now connect with individuals from all over the world who share common interests or goals. Online communities can offer a sense of belonging and support, as well as access to resources and connections that may not be available in our physical location. Places like Indy Hall, which is both a co-working location in Philadelphia and an online community was, and still is, a very important part of my mental health. Indy Hall helped me get through the Covid-19 pandemic being an extrovert.

Creating and Nurturing Strong Communities

Building a strong community requires intentional effort and willingness to foster connections with those around us.

Here are some ways to create and maintain vibrant communities:

  • Being proactive in engaging with others and extending invitations for conversations and activities

  • Regularly attending and actively participating in community meetings, events, or online discussions

  • Listening to and respecting the diverse perspectives, ideas, and experiences of community members

  • Collaborating on projects or initiatives that benefit the collective group

  • Providing encouragement and support to fellow members during times of need, and celebrating their achievements

Strong communities are essential for our professional and personal wellbeing. They provide an invaluable sense of belonging, opportunities for growth and collaboration, and emotional support to help us navigate the challenges of modern life. By being intentional in our efforts to create and maintain these connections, we can cultivate strong communities that enrich our lives and the lives of those around us.


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