An Uncommon Review of 2021

We asked our Uncommon community members for their 2021 highlights and the replies were illuminating. From micro-communities to hiring sprees to major internal buy-in, community leaders, teams, and members showed up in a big way this year. Check out their accomplishments, plus a complete list of 2022 resolutions, in our celebrations blog.

Wondering what those highlights entail?

Scott's mini-conference with its own theme
Mike's Town Hall event complete with "Steve Jobs-ian" feature reveals
✨ And Steph's custom approach to Coda's Maker Community Discourse 

If you haven't yet, join us on Slack. It's where we share those big wins, ask questions, and swap insights with fellow community experts. 

Cheers to another great year 🥂 
Your Uncommon Team
Looking Ahead with Empathy, Our Word of the Year
It's the very first attribute community leaders look for in hiring and a soft skill you can apply to every aspect of community management — internal relationships, external relationships, and product growth — so of course we're going to focus on empathy heading into 2022. Read more about our love for this term on the Uncommon blog.
Join the Uncommon Book Club
Break out those brand new planners for two sit-downs slated in Q1.

Join us January 26 as we host the strategist and award-winning author to discuss establishing your community's 'why', aligning organization goals with community investment, and more. Be one of the first 100 registrants for a free Kindle version, then hop in Slack to help fill the live Q&A.

Giving you one big heads-up for this March 2 event, where we'll ask Richard all about turning your connections into a powerful online community. Keep an eye on Twitter and Slack for registration details, free copies, and the chance to submit your thoughts ahead of the live Q&A.
Uncommon Support
Speaking of Richard Millington, we have a new Uncommon Conversation to publish very soon, which means we get to highlight and donate to another wonderful nonprofit selected by the interviewee. In Richard's case, it's Refugees International, a group advocating for lifesaving assistance, human rights, and protection for displaced people.
Job Board: Uncommon Opportunities in Community
JR;SR: Just Right; Should Read (or 👂)

News from Common Room: The SaaS Behind Uncommon
SURPRISE! It's a Balloon Dog switch-up

Balloon dog's back with a mystery link that gives you a quick glimpse into what Roomies discuss on the daily. This time, we're getting interactive.
Picture of a Jeff Koons balloon dog. Link: What do you call a group of ferrets? A list of collective nouns
Now playing: The entire Uncommon Tuneage playlist on Spotify, created by Uncommon members across Twitter and Slack. Have a listen and add your own favorites.

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