Announcing the Community Access Bootcamp

by | Tue 4 Feb 2020

Today I am excited to announce a new program I am launching called the Community Access Bootcamp.

As I have talked about extensively, I firmly believe that communities are going to continue to be a growing force in businesses, charities, campaigns, and beyond. The sheer growth of technology and Internet access is opening up significant doors for both in-person and online communities. The results speak for themselves, as I cover extensively in ‘People Powered‘.

Fueling this next generation of communities is going to require a broad, diverse availability of community leaders and professionals. I want to support this next generation, especially those with more constrained access to education and opportunity.

This Community Access Bootcamp provides a two-month training program complete with Q&A, mentoring, a comprehensive set of resources, and a signed copy of ‘People Powered’. It is designed to provide a solid “head start” in building a core set of community development skills.

This program is entirely FREE and available for those who are either in, (1) an underrepresented/untapped group, are (2) working on a non-profit/philanthropic community, or (3) a student. If you meet one or more of this criteria, you are welcome to apply. The deadline for applications is 12th March 2020.

What Is Included

You can find out more about what is included in the Community Access Bootcamp in the following video:

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Here is what is included.


The training is delivered via a series of online webinar sessions. You can see the schedule on the Community Access Bootcamp page, but here is a summary of the sessions.

1. The Core Blueprint of a Community
Discover the core elements of what makes communities tick, the different community models, and how to build a community that maps to the needs of community members.

2. Create Your Mission, Value, and Audiences
Explore who your primary audiences are, and design a community experience that serves their needs, all wrapped around a core mission.

3. Create Solid Community Goals, Tactics, and Accountability
Learn a framework for creating community goals, collaborating with others to refine them, baking in clear metrics, and then breaking them into tactics with clear accountability.

4. Selecting Key Infrastructure, Tools, and Platforms
Discover not just how to select community tools and infrastructure, but also current best of breed tools to integrate into your community.

5. Building Effective Growth with Content, Social Media, Events, and More
Explore the primary drivers of growth and how to deliver content and social media with a high degree of success and optimization.

6. Build Engagement, Incentives, and Rewards
Learn the critical principles of engaging with your community, building retention, and delivering incentives and rewards to keep them participating.

7. Optimize and Evolve With Clear Community Metrics
If you are not tracking it, it doesn’t exist. Learn how to approach metrics to not just track the right things, but also how to learn from those metrics and improve.

Mentoring and Q&A

Throughout the program I will be delivering a series of Q&A sessions where students can ask questions and try to better apply and understand the material. There will also be email and Slack discussion available to support this learning too. This will provide a simple, accessible way to develop new skills.

A Copy of ‘People Powered’

All students will receive a free copy of my new book ‘People Powered: How communities can supercharge your business, brand, and teams‘ in either Hardcover or Kindle formats. Hardcover copies will be signed by me. The book provides a set of companion material that accompanies the program.

Additional Resources

Finally, all students will get access to a comprehensive set of resources. This includes:

  • Templates for creating strategy, planning, and more.
  • Bonus content, guides, and documentation.
  • Access to a comprehensive knowledge base with hundreds of articles.

This can help round off the overall training and mentoring in the program.


Do you think this might be useful to you? Click the link below to find out more and apply. The deadline is 12th March 2020.


An invitation-only accelerator that develops industry-leading community engagement and growth via personalized training, coaching, and accountability...all tailored to your company's needs.

Want to read some more?

Rethinking Online Events: Beyond Boring Webinars

Rethinking Online Events: Beyond Boring Webinars

Remember that time you found yourself stuck in yet another lifeless webinar, counting down the minutes until you could escape? We've all been there. But what if online events could be different? What if they could be so engaging and interactive that attendees leave...

Decoding DevRel: Exploring Job Roles in Developer Relations

Decoding DevRel: Exploring Job Roles in Developer Relations

DevRel, short for Developer Relations, is a critical part of many tech companies. It refers to the strategic efforts aimed at engaging and nurturing relationships with the developer community. This involves creating a conducive environment for developers, facilitating...

What is Developer Relations (DevRel)? A Complete Guide.

What is Developer Relations (DevRel)? A Complete Guide.

Developer Relations, commonly known as DevRel, is a rapidly growing field within the tech industry that focuses on fostering relationships between companies and their developer communities. DevRel professionals bridge the gap between companies and developers by...