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Get Together podcast.

December 28, 2019

A show about the nuts and bolts of community building. Hosted by Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh and (occasionally) Kai Elmer Sotto, founders at People & Company and co-authors of "Get Together: How to build a community with your people."

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Episodes with Smash Notes

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with Isis Miller, Community and Events Manager at Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization that provides young Black girls a tech education and access to peers who share their passions.

We talked with Isis about what this work means for her personally, as well as how the organization has gone virtual with online workshops and panels this year, and finally, what a meaningful partnership with Black Girls CODE looks like.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with Laura Nestler, builder of the early Yelp community and current VP of Community at Duolingo.

We talked with Laura about why she’s stuck with community work for 15 years, the community playbook she developed and implemented around the world while at Yelp, and ruthlessly testing shared activities on all variables--location, timing, size, and qualifications for the leader.

An interview hosted by Maggie and Bailey with Cindy Au. Cindy built the early communities at Kickstarter, Zagat, and now, Brainly, the world's largest peer-to-peer learning community.

With over a decade of experience, Cindy shared how she learned by walking in the shoes of users, and how she fostered a team of niche experts that served sub-communities.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Maggie with Shana Sumers, Head of Community at HER social app, the largest community and dating app for LGBTQ+ womxn and queer people.

We talked with Shana about how the HER community has pushed Shana as a moderator, role model and leader, and how she supports superusers to take on moderation roles in the community.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with "financial hype woman" Berna Anat. Berna leads Hella Helpful, a free workshop that sparked a community of BIPOC and first-gen children of immigrants who talk finance.

We talked with Berna about leading with transparency and role modeling how you want community members to show up.

This episode first aired in October 2019 on the Inside Intercom podcast. This March, when the pandemic forced communities to migrate online, Bailey revisited the conversation with Dee Reedy of Intercom.

Dee and Bailey discuss why online communities are more important now than ever before, and Bailey shares some of the backstory behind her career and People & Company's journey as a business.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with Bree Nguyen, a Mariah Carey superfan turned “Lamb” community cultivator.

In this episode, we sit back, listen, and laugh, as Bree’s shares her bonkers story. Bree went from a 16-year-old Mariah Carey superfan to working for her idol overnight, rallying “Lamb” fans online who supercharged the superstar's career. Bree shares what she learned cultivating fan communities around Mariah and later Michelle Branch, Lincoln Park, and more as Head of Partnerships at Facebook.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with Kat Vellos, author of “We Should Get Together” and founder of Bay Area Black Designers.

We talked with Kat about cultivating deep friendships in a sea of busy, mobile people and sparking community in otherwise isolating situations.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Kevin with Lindsay Russell who led Facebook's investments in some of the platform's most active and important users: Group Power Admins.

Five years into Lindsay Russell’s time at Facebook, the company made a big shift. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would have a new focus: building communities.

Yet at the time, only a handful people at Facebook were focused on the platform’s biggest community-building tool: Facebook groups. According to Lindsay, groups were a “sleepy part of the business” up until that point. So when she joined the small team, they started looking at the product with renewed vigor.

Lindsay’s team learned that a sliver of groups were “off the charts” active, and these successful groups had one clear commonality: a remarkable admin. We sat down with Lindsay to learn more about her experience spearheading Facebook’s big pivot towards supporting admins who were cultivating communities.

An interview hosted by Bailey and Maggie with Elena Favilli, the founder and CCO of Rebel Girls, a media company dedicated to inspiring the next generation of brave and confident girls.

Elena Favilli’s book, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, pushed the boundaries of traditional publication with 60 collaborators from around the world and $1.2 million in crowdfunding backing the project, making the book the most crowdfunded campaign in literary history.

The book is bigger than itself, blossoming into a media company that tells contemporary and historical stories of women doing extraordinary work in the world. We’ll talk with Elena about testing ideas with her audience at scale, curating stories that inspire change, and launching a Kickstarter campaign to build community, not just raise funds.

An interview with Ivan Cash, an interactive artist, filmmaker, and director of “A Social Distance” hosted by Bailey and Maggie.

Ivan Cash’s people-driven art projects—emails transcribed by hand, conversations with strangers on the street, a collection of home videos during a pandemic—break a social code and take us below the surface-level.

These collaborative projects are a part of Ivan Cash’s creative DNA. He creates art as a vehicle for connection and hopes to shift our culture, making benevolence towards strangers the norm.

We talk with Ivan about how personal pain points can transform into superpowers, how he turns ideas into action, and how to craft a collaborative project so that it is exciting to participants and press.

An interview with Justin Connelly and Emily McNeil of Tempestry Project hosted by Mia Quagliarello.

“Tempestries” are temperature data visualized in scarves, wall hangings and other items. The colors and patterns are not random but a shared code among “craftivists.”

The Tempestry Project offers a space to learn about climate change through knitting these tangible, relatable and beautiful pieces. We spoke with Justin and Emily about the intergenerational community of people that formed around their colorful, knitting framework for climate change.