Writings + Resources
What is fandom?
Fandom is the act of being enthusiastic about something as a collective action.
Why am I exploring fandom?
I work professionally as a community builder. You can find my writings on Rosieland, at Orbit or on various places on the internet. Working in the community space has me thinking a lot about how we interact, engage with one another, and gather — and how (unfortunately) this sometimes can go wrong.
I'm curious about the passion of passionate people — and working to better understand how fandom influences community behavior and what we can learn from that in our day-to-day lives. Through understanding passionate people and how they gather, I believe that we can facilitate better gatherings and more opportunities for everyone.
What does this have to do with community building?
For the last 16 million years, we've been operating in groups, I'm curious to know how groups have formed through passions, and how they've evolved over time. How have we organized these groups? What can we learn from them? What should we be mindful of and learn from as we build communities? In some instances — fandom community industries have been tackling some of these social issues first. These are all questions that bounce around in my mind.
What's to come?
Keep your eyes on this space — each week I'm working to drop more resources, articles, and findings about fandom and how it relates to the world of community building. Want to follow along? Subscribe for updates or drop me a follow on Twitter.