Why do some community spaces fail, while others thrive?

Organizers often make it awkward for people to get involved. And if nobody joins, organizers can burn out trying to do everything themselves.

This guide features the PLACE for Sustainable Living, where organizers make time to welcome people. They do this by helping people to explore the space, connect with peers, and find ways to commit.

Communities thrive by welcoming everyone

This worksheet and guide help you do exactly that

1-day Worksheet

This worksheet is a collaborative exercise for community spaces trying to get people involved. Use it to host a 1-day event that helps visitors come back and commit.

Welcome Guide

This in-depth guide is for community spaces hosting regular gatherings to overcome struggles. Use it to learn two principles for welcoming spaces, a full set of better practices, and a case study on how it works at the PLACE for Sustainable Living.


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    This resource was researched and produced by Danny Spitzberg, in collaboration with six community spaces in Oakland and Madrid, and collaborators at la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the P2Pvalue project. All photos are from the PLACE for Sustainable Living.

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