#CMGRHangout presents: Building Offline Communities (Preview)

May 16, 2014 — by Sherrie Rohde0



#CMGRHangout presents: Building Offline Communities (Preview)

May 16, 2014 — by Sherrie Rohde0

Sometimes in the world of online communities we forget that communities started long before the internet. From residence halls, to co-working spaces, to libraries and beyond, communities are formed offline everywhere around us. Join us for this week’s #CMGRHangout panel on Friday, May 16th at 2pm EST to talk with a few of these offline community builders!

Jonathan Brewer and Sherrie Rohde will be hosting the Hangout with Tony BacigalupoLiana Kreamer, Anthony Marinos and Meghan Murphy as panelists. Carrie Keenan and Sarah Mordis will be moderating the Twitter chat using #CMGRHangout.


Tony BacigalupoTony Bacigalupo
Mayor at New Work City

Tony Bacigalupo is the Mayor of New Work City, a coworking space established in NYC in 2008. He’s been an active champion for the coworking movement, writing, speaking, and advising coworking spaces around the world. He is also a board member of the NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest Meetup group.

Connect with Tony on Twitter at @tonybgoode or on Google+.

Liana KreamerLiana Kreamer
Communications Coordinator at Canadian Water Network

Liana recently joined the Canadian Water Network as their new Communications Coordinator.  She left behind her Marketing position – but not her passion – for Kitchener Public Library.  She’s also one of the organizers of Social Media Breakfast Waterloo Region, a monthly learning & networking event.

Connect with Liana on Twitter at @lianakreamer or on Google+.

Anthony MarinosAnthony Marinos
The Position Formerly Known as Sales and Marketing at Grind

Anthony has over 8 years of experience in the sharing economy, marketing companies from Zipcar to Loosecubes and now Grind. He believes access truly trumps ownership except when it comes to high top sneakers. He owns a closet full of those.

Connect with Anthony on Twitter at @anthonymarinos or on Google+.

Meghan MurphyMeghan Murphy
Community Manager at National Geographic Society

Meghan is the community manager for the National Geographic Society and its online photo community, Your Shot. By night, she manages a volunteer program for English as a Second Language learners in DC. She’s passionate about using social technologies to empower storytelling around the world.

Connect with Meghan on Twitter at @mmurphydc or on Google+.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you connect with your community?
  2. How do you connect your community members with each other?
  3. How do you make sure you create the environment / culture you want to foster with your community?
  4. How do you ask for feedback from your community?
  5. How do you reach out to prospective community members?
  6. How do you ensure new community members feel welcome?

RSVP & Watch the Hangout

Want to RSVP for the Hangout? Visit #CMGRHangout presents: Building Offline Communities and let us know you’re going to watch. This will add the event to your calendar and remind you to attend! If you want to be on air, please let us know in advance by commenting on the event page. Let’s discuss ways you can attend:

  • Watch: You do NOT need to join the hangout. Just stay on the Google+ Event and you’ll see the video on YouTube. (Don’t worry, it will be there and start playing as soon as the broadcast begins.)
  • Talk and Be Seen: If you decide you want to talk, not just watch, click to join the hangout when we post the link here or when you see the notification. (We will only invite a few people for this event, so let us know why you would like to attend.) Do NOT click the link to join the hangout if you are just here to watch.
  • Chat: You can watch here and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using #CMGRHangout.

Any questions? Just let us know in advance. Please don’t wait until 2pm EST to ask questions.

If you join us on the hangout, a wired internet connection is preferred and if you have a headset with mic or earbuds, that works best for the audio. You will also need a working webcam.

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Featured image photo credit: via photopin cc

Sherrie Rohde

Community Manager at Magento
As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other, and, since she’s just a bit passionate about the topic, she also co-produces a monthly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure. Reach out on Twitter at @sherrierohde. 