What’s Next for The Mighty Minds Club? (1 of 3)

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  • Mighty Minds is shifting to a community, first and foremost, for people who want to make and share ‘things to think with’
  • There’s a survey I’d like you to complete! [NOTE: If you’re reading this on Medium, I’ll keep this survey open until the end of December 2020]
Moment of candor. As a solopreneur, I’m aware of my negative tendencies!

What I learned:

Here’s what I learned.

  • A “Method of the Month” is unsustainable for me, at this time. My first report took nearly three months, and — for all my intrinsic interest — left me burnt out. Not good!
  • I also learned it’s kind of fun to host meetups with interesting people. With relatively little effort on my part, about 2 to 3 dozen of you regularly gathered to hear from the likes of Christina Wodtke, Denise Jacobs, Jorge Arango, Donna Spencer, Dan Brown, John V. Willshire, and more.
  • I was also reminded I am NOT (yet?) good at online community management. That’s OK. It’s good to know your strengths and weaknesses. In case you’re wondering, you’re not missing out — Slack has been kind of dormant for the past few weeks, while I stepped away to reassess things.
  • I got some unexpected personal joy from curating and writing content for the weekly emails. And I’m proud of how steadfast I was about doing that — every week for 15 weeks I showed up and cranked out an average of 1,600 finely crafted words (in case you missed this, here’s an archive of these past emails — if this is the first email you’re reading, check these out as they’re much more useful than this one!).
  • I also learned a ton about the kinds of tools and services you need to start and run something like this. The devil is in the details, and I believe there’s a place for consultants who can specialize in hobbling together a constellation of no-code tools and mailing lists, etc.

I also observed several tensions:

While there’s a strong desire for the kind of curated information and content that’s been shared, it’s also a lot of noise. Only a few of you have the kind of schedule that affords active participation and consumption of this content.

So, where does this leave us?

OPTION A: Pull the plug. End this little experiment, here and now.



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Stephen P. Anderson

Stephen P. Anderson

Speaker, educator, and design leader. On a mission to make learning the hard stuff fun, by creating ‘things to think with’ and ‘spaces’ for generative play.