My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
I've been a blogger, off and on, since "weblog" first became a word, but the way blogs and communities are built these days confounds me. I miss tight-knit, ye olde internet communities but am no longer sure how they are built or nourished in a noisier, more commercialized web. I need opinions. [more inside]
My family is looking to move out of our small condo in Cambridge to a nearby suburb that will give us more space, great schools, green space, and a community to call our own for our growing family. Among the various features we are looking for in our next community, it important to us to live where there is an active Jewish community. We are already familiar and considering Brookline/Needham/Lexington/Sharon, but are less familiar with the vibe in Natick, Winchester, Needham, Andover, and Belmont. [more inside]
I am a leader in a local hobby community and we are trying to deepen our existing policies for dealing with harassment and related issues in our scene. I'm looking for examples of policies and procedures from other communities that we might be able to adapt for our community, rather than starting from scratch. Can you suggest any good examples? [more inside]
Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
I'm not really looking for "how to make new friends" advice, but more of how to cultivate and grow a community of friends - fellow young families in particular. Has anyone had success doing this in a similar situation, and how, exactly, specifically? [more inside]
So I have an elderly relative who is struggling with profound hearing and speech difficulties, and I'm looking for an online community for him. MetaFilter would strike him as too liberal, too young, and somewhat too outré. He's not ignorant or unsophisticated, but his views are conservative and his interest in modern culture is, well, limited. Can anyone point me toward a U.S.-based site with an active group of thoughtful, high-quality commenters and a generally conservative slant on history, politics, and current events? [more inside]
My son and I are moving to the LA area (specifically Alhambra) from northern Michigan in a few months. He's 14 and I'd like to take whatever steps I can to smooth the transition for him. Toward that end, does anyone in the area (or elsewhere) have any ideas as to how he could start making local/neighborhood connections/friends before we move? I've searched for online clubs, etc., but haven't found much (and those can be questionable anyway). Any advice is appreciated - thank you!
I'm the treasurer of a small community organisation which didn't do anything that needed treasuring. Suddenly we have some money. What should I do? [more inside]
Or more accurately, we don't have an agenda for a retreat. A Woman's Retreat. Have you been to a wonderful one? Have you always you wished you could go to a wonderful one and do ...what? [more inside]
My wife and I live with our 20 month old daughter in Cambridge, MA and we're researching options for moving to the suburbs. We live in Inman Square and love what we have but want to (affordably) have some more living and outdoor space. Which communities in the Boston area should we consider? [more inside]
I used to be part of a group that blogged anonymously and read anonymous blogs through xanga, which effectively shut down a year or two ago. I really miss this community, as well as the opportunity to read these sorts of semi-private blogs. How can I find a similar community? [more inside]
I'm pregnant, and with the hormones, I am in the mood for warm-and-fuzzy books. I can't handle my normal murder mysteries. I'm especially drawn to books about families, people settling in to new communities and coming to feel at home, people creating a home for others, and that sort of thing. Books and audiobooks would be great. [more inside]
Introverts: What does a harmonious social network/community of friends look like to you? How have you gone about identifying and tweaking that balance? [more inside]
I'm a high school teacher, and I was looking for ideas for building community and comfort in the classroom. I know one of my coworkers likes to play a game called "confessions" for extra credit. He pulls out a confession from a bag--where various students have revealed a little known fact about themselves--and the first person to guess the confession is awarded extra credit. Does anyone have ideas like this to build community in the classroom? I teach 10th graders in a suburban school district.
I miss 43 things and I would like to find a 'replacement' with similar simplicity in its layout. [more inside]
After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
Looking for a solution for a small group so that we could download an app and join the app's community and then in an emergency, for example, push an SOS button and all of the people in the community would get an alert on their phones (if they're connected of course) of the emergency. I know there are solutions similar to this but my app searching skills are failing me. [more inside]
I've discovered that I have a taste for stories of people leaving insular communities. Do you have a favorite memoir, movie, or other story about such a person? [more inside]
I'm currently doing a fellowship, where I'm examining how public radio stations could provide membership to folks who may not be able to or want to donate financially, but would like to donate a skill, code, or their time to their local stations. I am looking for concrete examples from other industries - for-profit, non-profit, community - where organizations have granted membership or affiliation to people who give time, code, or a skill. [more inside]
We're hosting a Maker Fair later this summer. This is my first crack at organizing such an event, so everything is new, exciting, and freaking me out. Our theme is "City of Makers", and we'd like to include a collaborative installation that builds into a big piece of art over the course of the day. In this way, people will see that it's not hard to be part of making something awesome. Key to this is that the end result is awesome, and not a giant pile of crap (unless that too is awesome). [more inside]
Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
I run a website. I try to get other people involved in writing, and many start out excited to participate, but that interest drops off. I'm not sure how to "nicely bug" people to encourage that community participation. Help? [more inside]
How does an online chat community (i.e. IRC, Slack) work best? How does it function and what is it good for? [more inside]
I work for a startup company and on our company's 3-day meeting we would like to use a half day or full day of work to volunteer for an organization (soup kitchen, maybe?) It is at the end of April. We are looking for something we can all do together. There are about 20 people in our company and our office is in downtown NYC, but can travel anywhere. It will be on a weekday. Any recommendations on what to do/who to contact?
My fiancee is planning to move to Chicago at some point later this year--if all goes well with our engagement, of course ;). She has a GDL (law conversion) degree (in addition to non-law undergrad and postgrad degrees) from the UK and is looking for advice, first and foremost, on the "lay of the land" and things to keep in mind in transferring environments. [more inside]
A social enterprise I started a few years ago is finding traction and I have a real opportunity to go back to study part time while continuing to work. I want to build on some early work I did with volunteer fundraising training and operations management. What stinks or swims charities is volunteer participation. I am trying to find courses - master's, certificates, short courses (anywhere, online preferred) geared at volunteer management, community organising, political organising, and especially human resource management or human resource development with underserved populations. Can you signpost me? [more inside]
Sober living communities in New York - do they exist? [more inside]
I run Ada Lovelace Day, and want to create an online community where people can discuss a variety of topics including women in STEM, equality and diversity issues, STEM news. I'm looking for an affordable hosted community platform with a bit more functionality than a standard forum, including an events calendar, private messaging, static pages, blog-like functionality and flexible design. [more inside]
Help me think of some short answer but open ended questions that will make people smile and get them to relax in a community-building way. [more inside]
I am part of an online philosophical community with an optional mentoring scheme. Those who complete enough lessons from a bank of hundreds graduate and can then become mentors to others, but few stay; how can I foster a sense of community amongst these graduates and encourage them to stick around to become valuable mentors to the waiting students? [more inside]
My wife and I are relocating to Tricities, Washington, for a new job at Pacific Northwest National Lab. Our Christian faith is really important to us and we're looking for recommendations for culturally diverse, Spirit-led churches. We're coming from a smaller church, so I think we'd prefer something along the same lines, and we'd like to find opportunities to serve. Does anyone have recommendations for the area? Thanks!
Which organisations, companies, community groups, etc support and encourage embracing both arts/humanities AND STEM (especially technology)? [more inside]
Some wonderful friends are putting together a food circle for us as we are expecting our first baby in August. I have a plate full of etiquette beans in front of me, so please follow me inside where we can share them together! [more inside]
I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
I don't have a lot of TV watching time nowadays, so I'm behind on everything. I've only now caught up on the first three seasons of "Community." Having heard that the Dan-Harmonless season 4 was a disappointment, I plan to just skip ahead to season 5. Before I do, are there any Season 4 episodes that I should make a point of watching -- either because they are up there in quality with the first three seasons, or because they set up crucial plot points for the fifth? [more inside]
I've been working on a few different zines myself, but I'd love to find more zine community online. What are some of the best sites, communities, blogs, Tumblrs, Twitter accounts, for getting into zine communities? [more inside]
I am part of a large distributed community that voluntarily runs a major but low-budget yearly event. We usually have 100% main organiser turnover year to year, because the job is hard and unpaid. There's a lot of organising info that is hard to retain year to year, and a consensus that information retention is currently poor. Do you belong to a community that has successfully solved this kind of problem? What works for you? What doesn't work? [more inside]
As the title says, I was just wondering if there's some place on the internet where people unhappy with their jobs can congregate, rant, commiserate, get advice, get support, support others, feel accepted and not alone, etc. It should preferably be an active place, not a forum that gets a single new post every few days or weeks. I know it's not healthy to just rage and complain all the time about a situation. Sometimes, however, you've just got to get something off your chest and know that someone is listening. And girlfriends and parents can only take so much of this, productive or not, because they're so much closer to you. This is more about just meeting people that are experiencing similar difficulties in life and having an active, understanding support group. [more inside]
I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
Here in New England, there are tons of community theatre organizations of all sizes & quality levels; almost every town has a "Springfield Community Players" or something like that. I can think of dozens within a half hour of my home in MA. A theatre friend has moved to Austin, TX, and can't seem to find any such organizations at all within at least an hour radius. [more inside]
What's it really like living in extreme poverty in the developed (western) world? I am writing a dystopian sort of post-mini-apocalyptic novel. The themes are investigating something else, but for a realistic setting, I would like to know real stories (anecdotes & journalistic) about living in a contemporary semi-urban environment where resources are scarce. Stories detailing daily life post-katrina, war-torn environments in Europe, experiences of low income people who can not easily access nutritious food, medicine, clothing, information/Internet/tv - anything a middle class person in Australia might take for granted and not even consider - for example (can't remember source) a diabetic without regular power will be at extreme risk, because of an inability to securely store insulin. What's it like living in an environment where the invading force are unpredictable? What freedoms do you lose, what work arounds do you pursue? How differently does the community act, faced with these problems - and in what ways does it bring them together, and in what ways does it divide them? (I wish to avoid fictional accounts).
I work in the public sector and love the idea of integrating into our service mix ideas about collaborative consumption, collaborative communities and the sharing economy. We're hiring and would love to target our ad as effectively as possible. Where can I go to make this opportunity known to folks with both a commitment to and talent for community building through dynamic, well-planned events and inspiring long-term projects? [more inside]
I'm getting back into running for fun and fitness after a couple of decades of not running. The last time I was running seriously, the WWW had just been invented and Usenet's rec.running was the place to go. Can you recommend your favorite online community for runners--the kind of place to exchange route ideas, gear reviews, and training tips? I'm an occasional participant at BikeForums.net, which offers all that for cycling, and I'd like to find something similar for runners.
There is a possibility I may be getting a job that would require a relocation to southern Oregon (Medford/Ashland area) With a few exceptions, I've grown up and lived almost my entire life in the Chicago area. Can you help recommend a community or neighborhood? Details inside. [more inside]
This happened before. Since then there have been multiple recurrences of shouting/aggressive talking, door-slamming, and general verbal and nonverbal weirdness. My other roommates are open to asking her to find somewhere else to live, but seem to be looking to me. We have a house meeting tonight and I was asked if I want to bring this up. I'm... uncomfortable and also in finals and then leaving for a number of weeks. What should I do, and how should I do it? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples, ideally with pictures, of public spaces that foster a sense of play, whimsy, imagination, etc. [more inside]
Looking for a Church/not a church [more inside]
Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
I'm looking to do my PhD research on a small community that speaks English and doesn't have a larger government controlling it/making decisions for it/policing it. I was thinking first about Tristan da Cunha, but it turns out that the British government has officials on there that are a bit controlling. I've also been thinking about Lasqueti Island, but I don't know much about it. Small tribes would also work - I'm pretty open. I want to study how people prevent other people from bossing them around or dominating them, while still making group-wide decisions.