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10+ Best Articles on Community Building

A reading list of the best and most useful articles on community building from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Community Building Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on community building by Refind users in 2022.

  1. A Founder’s Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Community and Getting Your First 1,000 Members
  2. Go-to-Market in Web3: New Mindsets, Tactics, Metrics
  3. The Community Canvas
  4. To Start Building a Community, Master These Two Concepts
  5. How to seed your community: A content collection

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Short Articles

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Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles on community building.

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Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Community Building, including:

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Paul Krugman

Nobel laureate. Op-Ed columnist, @nytopinion. Author, “The Return of Depression Economics,” “The Great Unraveling,” "Arguing With Zombies," + more.

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