#CommBuild: Mergers & Acquisitions: Combining Communities

Commbuild - combining communities 2013-06-26

I’m gonna host a #commbuild chat on July 2. You should join us!

TOPIC: Mergers & Acquisitions: Combining Communities

DATE: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

TIME: 1–2 PM ET/ 10–11 AM PT

Mergers and acquisitions are all the rage on Wall Street, but can you combine communities too? Sometimes we want merge two communities together because alone they are too small to be self sufficient, or because we think that they’ll be stronger working together.

But will the shock of melting two cultures together destroy the delicate balance that keeps a community intact? Will a merger kill the patient, rather than make it stronger?

What are the secrets of combining community? How do you know when you should consider a merger? When should you avoid mergers at all costs? And what are the benefits of merging communities?

#Commbuild tackles these difficult questions using case studies from NetSquared/501 Tech Club mergers. Bring your own examples, too!

Join the tweet chat and follow the hashtag #commbuild.


Elijah van der Giessen has been a community manager since the beginning of his career, but he didn’t know that until recently. Eli is the NetSquared Local Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 groups bringing together the nonprofit technology sector. He’s also been the volunteer coordinator for outdoor festivals, environmental NGOs and Canadian Idol.


These conversations are focused on issues and topics relevant to those working on community building or in community management roles. They are open to anyone interested in learning and sharing about building community, on and offline, with the use of social media or other technology tools.

Photo adapted from epicharmus, CC on flickr.

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Eli strives to be a connector – the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love. Currently he’s the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.

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