7 Books Every Community Manager Should Read

If we acknowledge the need to build community, the practices about how to engage people, in the private context and organizationally, are routed in what our ancestors taught us long time ago. We come together to solve problems we can’t solve on our own. We gather to celebrate, to mourn, and to mark transitions. We take decisions together. We create communities because we need one another. We gather to show strength. Since the ‘why’ is clear. How do we build community? Better messaging and better social events for people to get to know and trust each other is the key. Here is my selection of books for community and employee experience managers, HR professionals, leaders, event organizers and anyone bringing people together which will inspire you to create more meaningful gatherings and communities.

  • The Surprising Science of Meetings: How to Lead Your Team to Peak Performance by Steven Rogelberg: ‘In workplaces around the world, meetings are where productivity and creativity go to die. Steven Rogelberg is the world’s leading expert on how to fix them, and here he shares the best evidence on how we can stop wasting time and falling victim to group-think.’

  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block: ‘This book is written to support those who care for the well-being of their community. It is for anyone who wants to be part of creating an organization, neighborhood, city, or country that works for all, and who has the faith and the energy to create such a place.’

  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker: From the author:’In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.’

  • The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle: ‘In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind.’

  • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Dan Heath: From the authors ‘What if a teacher could design a lesson that students would remember twenty year later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense for how to create memories that matter for your children?’

  • Get Together: How to Build a Community With Your People: From the authors: ‘Get Together is a guide to cultivating a community—people who come together over what they care about. Whether starting a run crew, helping online streamers connect with fans, or sparking a movement of K-12 teachers, the secret to getting people together is the same: build your community with people, not for them.’

  • Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones: ‘For the majority of creatures on this earth, the elements of our first meals together--a flashing fire, bared teeth, a quantity of food placed in the center of a group of hungry animals--spell trouble in a myriad of ways. For us, the idea of a group of people coming together for a meal seems like the most natural thing in the world. The family dinner, a client luncheon, a holiday spread--a huge part of our social lives is spent eating in company. How did eating together become such a common occurrence for man? In Feast, archaeologist Martin Jones presents both historic and modern scientific evidence to illuminate how humans first came to share food’

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