Chapter Nine. SUBGROUPS: Clans, Clubs and Committees

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One sure sign of a healthy, thriving community is the emergence of small, close-knit groups of members who make their home within the community setting. These groups attract members who share a common interest or purpose and allow them to maintain a feeling of intimacy as the community expands.

If your goal is to build a robust, large-scale community, then fostering member-run subgroups should be an integral part of your community strategy. Whether they’re set up by the community staff or created by the members themselves, these small groups are where people will form their deepest relationships ...

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