November 7, 2018
Community Cultivation, RevisitedBy Katherine Skinner
I actually tried to stand in the way of Educopia’s founding!
I’m the first to admit it. A dozen years ago, I was the naysayer. I really didn’t think we could sustain a nonprofit organization centered on the science of community and collaboration.
I didn’t lack conviction that our field needed a more rigorous, structured approach to community building. My work was already grounded in the theories and applications of collective action, and my co-founders and I were testing a strong community facilitation model at that time. I had witnessed firsthand the way this model impacted the long-term success and cohesion of our own collaborative initiatives.
But developing an entire organization to advance collaboration within and between libraries, archives, museums, and publishers? It was a long shot, or at least so it seemed to me.