Welcome to the first edition of the Uncommon community newsletter.

What's Uncommon? 

We're the community-driven program for community-driven people powered by Common Room, and we're building the Uncommon hub dedicated to teaching and sharing community know-how. If you have colleagues, friends, or other folks who'd benefit from wisdom shared by community leaders (like Joshua Zerkel, Head of Engagement Marketing at Asana who we feature in this edition), pass it on. 

May this be only the start to uncommonly useful collaborations.
Your Uncommon team
Uncommon Conversations: An Interview with Joshua Zerkel at Asana
Head of Global Engagement Marketing 
(Community + Lifecycle)

"'Why am I here?' is probably the number one question that I think most community leaders are afraid to ask, but really need to. What's the purpose of this program? If a company is hiring you...some stakeholder has decided that community is there for a reason. It's our job as community leaders to find out."
Emphatic about the power of community and pragmatic about the amount of work it takes to build and support it, Joshua talked with Uncommon about the importance of internal buy-in (internal roadshows, anyone?), external dialogues (when you talk to your community, be ready for them to talk back), and dedication to building your program incrementally while keeping the end goal in mind. Watch or ๐ŸŽง to the interview on the blog.      
Uncommon Support
At Uncommon, we believe that communities are strongest when they uplift one anotherโ€”so we started Uncommon Support. At the end of each conversation we have with a community expert like Joshua, we ask them to share a cause they're passionate about so we can donate in their honor. Joshua and Asana chose Hack the Hood, a nonprofit based in Oakland, CA, that focuses on empowering underserved communities with tech and data literacy skills.
Job Board: Uncommon Opportunities in Community
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JR;SR: Just Right; Should Read

News from Common Room: The SaaS Behind Uncommon
Easter Egg in June

Each newsletter, we'll link to a mystery that offers a little insight into the conversations (hint: collective) happening in Common Room's #random channel. Just click balloon dog! Due credit: (Fun)ctionality inspired by @rachelcantor_ and her Sidekick newsletter for Morning Brew. 
Picture of a Jeff Koons balloon dog. Link: What do you call a group of ferrets? A list of collective nouns
Tuneage: This newsletter was written to the tune of Goodie Bag by Still Woozy. MSFWFH (Mostly safe for working from home) but you should know, there is a little 'E' next to the song.  
You, our community-minded compatriot, are at the end of Uncommon's first edition. Thanks for being here! Got ideas for what you want to read next? Or the next tune we should be spinning? 
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