Are you managing a community? Are you looking for community management advice? You’ve come to the right place. We are Open Social, an open source community software provider, and community management makes our world go round. This page is all about why we sponsor the podcast Community Signal, and how it’s going to improve your community management.

Are You Managing an Online Community?

Community management takes work. We know. There are a lot of components to consider, including managing member interaction, finding new members, and keeping the community active (aka. healthy). This path can be both daunting and rewarding. That’s why it’s important to find reliable sources of information that can help you on this path. These sources can be everything from your own experience and our expertise to articles and podcasts.

As you may know, we’ve entered the day and age of podcasts. And who doesn’t enjoy a time-saving, cheap way to consume important content? This is why we sponsor the Community Signal podcast.

A Guide to Community Management

Community Signal is a weekly podcast for community managers and professionals. Every week you can listen to a conversation between the host, community veteran Patrick O’Keefe, and a carefully-selected guest. And this is how Community Signal stands out. O’Keefe skillfully identifies what each speaker can bring to the table for you, and how their experience can be an example for other community managers. Front-line stories offer invaluable perspectives that facts and figures alone can not do. Moreover, the easy-going talking style of this podcast makes you feel like you’re part of the conversation.

To give you a better idea of why we chose this podcast, here are three reasons why Community Signal is awesome:

  • Community-focused. There are a lot of marketing/social media/community podcasts out there, but this one remains focused on one thing only: community management.
  • Quality Content. The host of Community Signal is a community veteran and has been managing online communities since 2000. His insights are never short of great.
  • Breadth and diversity. This podcast dives into every community topic imaginable. These range from community metrics to the ups and downs of community management.

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Open Social & Community Management

Community Signal and Open Social have something in common: we both focus on the power and potential of community management. Hence, we’re a great fit! Our community platform is built for nonprofits and innovative organizations that are looking to coordinate their volunteers or employees and bring together stakeholders from a grassroots level. It’s our goal to help these organizations to reach their full potential through effective online communities and community management.

Curious about our work? Here are some of our showcases: 

  • Pachamama: empowering the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture.
  • GlobalDevHub: a UNDP project that replaces that facilitates e-Discussions on key issues surrounding sustainable development, democratic governance, peace-building, and climate and disaster resilience.
  • Connecting Business initiatives: a UNDP project that improves the communication of global disaster risk reduction networks.
  • SDG Philanthropy: a UNDP project that contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by bringing foundations and philanthropists together.

Open Social is a Drupal-based open source solution. It offers three fully maintained and hosted subscriptions, as well as a free, do it yourself version. Use Open Social to bring like-minded people together.

Have you listened to Community Signal? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

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