Overview

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum euismod tortor ac tincidunt semper. Aliquam eget mollis nisi. Sed at ligula porta, sodales justo ac, accumsan augue. Donec id faucibus dolor, sed molestie elit. Aliquam tincidunt mi vitae lectus bibendum, vitae auctor sapien scelerisque. Maecenas lacinia eget quam nec auctor. Maecenas elementum enim sit amet lacinia tempus. Pellentesque id leo ut velit commodo tincidunt quis ac mauris. Ut mollis justo libero, feugiat sodales mi vulputate ac.

Maecenas nibh metus, semper non egestas quis, facilisis quis eros. Quisque elementum nisl lectus, vel maximus metus rutrum ut. Nam quis lobortis sapien. Pellentesque scelerisque leo euismod, condimentum nunc id, dictum neque. Proin sapien tellus, ornare eu rutrum non, luctus in mauris. Nullam rhoncus est neque, ut bibendum massa accumsan in. Sed vitae vulputate diam. Suspendisse potenti. Donec porta orci non mauris suscipit aliquam. Sed posuere justo id dictum venenatis. Aenean finibus mattis metus vel venenatis. Suspendisse sit amet libero aliquet, tincidunt elit in, blandit dui. Sed a elit eget nunc luctus vehicula.

Community Cultivation extends to a broad range of scenarios, including:

  • Exploring the need for a new community
  • Seeking to transition a project into sustainable program
  • Implementing or updating governance structures
  • Examining fiscal models and opportunities
  • Engaging in strategic planning 
  • Managing crisis
  • Overcoming resistance to change
  • Contemplating mergers
  • Hosting or “acquiring” new communities 

Examples of the types of communities that can benefit from partnering with Educopia to advance their Community Cultivation goals include:

  • Topically focused communities
  • Regional communities 
  • Open source software initiatives 
  • Service-oriented communities 
  • Consortia 
  • Advocacy groups
  • Nonprofits

Field Guide

Community Cultivation – A Field Guide provides a powerful lens that can provide both emerging and established communities with ways to understand, evaluate, and plan their own growth, change, and maturation. The Field Guide is designed for use by directors, managers, facilitators, governances bodies, officers, and staff members. It provides mechanisms for assessing, developing, managing, and sustaining community projects, programs, and organizational operations. We are offering this Field Guide freely in the hope that it will empower more community facilitators and leaders to invest in the health of sustainability of their own collaborative networks. The Field Guide also offers a snapshot of the tools, resources, and training modules Educopia has developed and regularly uses in its consulting and community-building work. Download the Community Cultivation Field Guide.

Community Cultivation Framework:

Lifecycle Stages

This first layer of the Community Cultivation Framework helps communities to identify and understand the Lifecycle Stage(s) they are experiencing. This layer provides an overview of the traits common to each of these four stages and the core question that communities tend to grapple with during each stage, as follows:  

Formation: A community organizes (or reorganizes) and develops services, tools, or shared resources to meet a need held in common by its constituents. It articulates an ethos and culture that binds the major players together. 

Key Goal: How do you foster a healthy community?

Validation: A community demonstrates its value and validity, broadening its constituent base and sphere of influence. It focuses primarily on external validation, exploring how others may understand, join, or relate to its work. 

Key Goal: How do you demonstrate your viability?

Acceleration: A community scales its services, tools, or resources in order to quickly grow, demonstrating its stability both internally and externally. Communities in this stage sometimes grow fast; they also may fail fast and shift gears towards a spin-off or spin-down process of projects, programs, or the community itself. 

Key Goal: How do you grow fast or fail?

Transition: A community evaluates its constituents’ changing needs and engages in purposeful transition. It analyzes both external and internal changes and determines how its work can remain vibrant and relevant. Communities and their associated projects and programs may merge, spin off, or spin down. 

Key Goal: How do you change for continued impact?

Growth Areas

This second layer of the Community Cultivation Framework helps communities to identify and understand the five key growth areas that occur in every lifecycle stage. This layer provides an overview of the traits common to each of these four stages and the core question that communities tend to grapple with during each stage, as follows:  

Human Resources & Finance:

Engagement:

Infrastructure:

Vision:

Governance:

Community Cultivation Case Studies OR Field Guide Testimonials

Laurie, Director at Lyrasis: “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum euismod tortor ac tincidunt semper. Aliquam eget mollis nisi. Sed at ligula porta, sodales justo ac, accumsan augue.”

Sarah, CTO at RATIO Design-Build Consultancy: “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum euismod tortor ac tincidunt semper. Aliquam eget mollis nisi. Sed at ligula porta, sodales justo ac, accumsan augue.”

Resource Library

Educopia has developed a library of Community Cultivation tools, resources, and training modules that our staff use regularly in consulting, research, and work in with our Affiliated Communities. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum euismod tortor ac tincidunt semper. Aliquam eget mollis nisi. Sed at ligula porta, sodales justo ac, accumsan augue. Donec id faucibus dolor, sed molestie elit. Aliquam tincidunt mi vitae lectus bibendum, vitae auctor sapien scelerisque. Maecenas lacinia eget quam nec auctor. Maecenas elementum enim sit amet lacinia tempus. Pellentesque id leo ut velit commodo tincidunt quis ac mauris. Ut mollis justo libero, feugiat sodales mi vulputate ac.

In order to illustrate exactly how to apply the Community Cultivation Field Guide and the specific work we undertake to support our partners in achieving their Community Cultivation goals, we have decided to publish Community Cultivation Roadmaps that walk potential users of our Community Cultivation framework through a series of structured activities that correspond to specific Lifecycle Phases and Growth Areas.

Community Cultivation Roadmaps

Because the Formation phase is often the phase when there is ample energy from community members but few financial resources, we have decided to publish the Formation Roadmap as our first Roadmap in the series. The Formation Roadmap is divided into five segments, each of which correspond to one of the Community Cultivation Growth Areas.

Formation Across Growth Areas

Vision: “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose” 

Reaching and maintaining alignment around common needs, activities, and/or opportunities is perhaps the most critical challenge faced by new teams, communities, networks, and organizations. This segment addresses this challenge with a range of structured resources, including this facilitator’s guide, an activity templates, and a community case study. Using these resources, a facilitator (community manager, project director, or other convener) can conduct a multi-part activity designed by Educopia to guide new teams toward articulating their purpose.

Access and Download materials for “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose.” (could be a link or a button)

Infrastructure: “Administrative Scaffolding” 

Reaching and maintaining alignment around common needs, activities, and/or opportunities is perhaps the most critical challenge faced by new teams, communities, networks, and organizations. This segment addresses this challenge with a range of structured resources, including this facilitator’s guide, an activity templates, and a community case study. Using these resources, a facilitator (community manager, project director, or other convener) can conduct a multi-part activity designed by Educopia to guide new teams toward articulating their purpose.

Access and Download materials for “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose.” (could be a link or a button)

Engagement: “Community Engagement and Outreach”

Reaching and maintaining alignment around common needs, activities, and/or opportunities is perhaps the most critical challenge faced by new teams, communities, networks, and organizations. This segment addresses this challenge with a range of structured resources, including this facilitator’s guide, an activity templates, and a community case study. Using these resources, a facilitator (community manager, project director, or other convener) can conduct a multi-part activity designed by Educopia to guide new teams toward articulating their purpose.

Access and Download materials for “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose.” (could be a link or a button)

Finance and HR: “Fiscal Modeling and Product/Service Cost Analysis” 

Reaching and maintaining alignment around common needs, activities, and/or opportunities is perhaps the most critical challenge faced by new teams, communities, networks, and organizations. This segment addresses this challenge with a range of structured resources, including this facilitator’s guide, an activity templates, and a community case study. Using these resources, a facilitator (community manager, project director, or other convener) can conduct a multi-part activity designed by Educopia to guide new teams toward articulating their purpose.

Access and Download materials for “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose.” (could be a link or a button)

Governance: “Establishing Your Governance Procedures”

Reaching and maintaining alignment around common needs, activities, and/or opportunities is perhaps the most critical challenge faced by new teams, communities, networks, and organizations. This segment addresses this challenge with a range of structured resources, including this facilitator’s guide, an activity templates, and a community case study. Using these resources, a facilitator (community manager, project director, or other convener) can conduct a multi-part activity designed by Educopia to guide new teams toward articulating their purpose.

Access and Download materials for “Articulating Your Community’s Purpose.” (could be a link or a button)

 

Research