Hiya! In this week’s first episode of Conviviali On Air, I’m gonna talk about one of my favorite communities (Zumba!), what we love about our favorite communities, and how we might use all of those favorite community characteristics when we’re building our own powerfully engaged community.
Some takeaways from my Zumba Experience:
- “Superfun” = Excellence. New music, new moves, new choreography = loyalty, excitement and long-term “Zumbies.”
- Safety is Key: Providing a safe space (physical and emotional safety, yo) is important to building trust and buy-in from your community members.
- Vulnerability. I talked in the video about how Nikki would make sure we each knew how important we were to her. This was an act of vulnerability and openness on the part of the leadership. Without her vulnerability it would be difficult to imagine the rest of the participants in the class would be vulnerable as well.
- Diversity. Not only physical diversity, but cultural, socio-economic, gender and gender identity…we’ve got a lot of people in the class, and they cover all walks of life. Not only does it make for a bigger variety in the music we hear, but the diversity enriches our conversations and makes it interesting to talk to each other.
- Leadership. Nikki’s enthusiasm, vulnerability and conviviality made it possible for other people in the class to be enthusiastic, vulnerable and convivial with each other. The fact that she cares about “her zumbies” makes it possible for us to care about each other.
So, what are some of your favorite communities, and what do you think makes them so special? I’m dying to find out! Leave a comment below, or contact me if you’d like some help in building your own community!