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BUILDING COMMUNITIES AT
Join a trusted network of Community Builders
A community to fall back upon whenever you need
Meaningful connections with peers, mentors, and future collaborators
Socialize and mingle with the On Deck community
Navigate your career through intimate masterminds with trusted peers
Accelerate your career through continuous learning & development led by the best in the industry
Laying the Foundation for Community Success
- Gain clarity on your community’s people and purpose with design thinking
- Align community with key business goals to drive value
- Measure and demonstrate success with community performance metrics
- Compare and validate monetisation strategies to leverage community for business success
DAOs: Community Leadership in Web3
- Understand how DAOs function and identify the role and opportunity for Community Leaders in this space
- Learn about best practice coordination, compensation, governance, and onboarding mechanisms
- Learn how to use relevant tools to participate in DAOs
- Identify organizations in the DAO ecosystem where you can plug in and add value
Leveraging Technology to Scale Community Intimacy
- Engineer serendipity through interaction design
- Develop processes and platform for scalable connections
- Cultivate ambassadors, leaders, and organizers
- Create systems to listen to users and collect feedback
From Storytelling to Ambassadorship
- Create a cohesive brand that resonates with your community
- Make it easy for users to represent you and share your story
- Establish relationships with key partners that accelerate growth
- Build growth systems that unleash self-sustaining communities
Continuously level up and gain confidence with learning sessions
Practical learning opportunities
High-signal sessions with industry’s best
Ever-growing library of content
Everything you need to accelerate your career for years to come
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What does a typical month at ODCB look like?
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Here’s what other Fellows have been saying about their ODCB experience
I got such a crazy amount of value in just 8 weeks. I was inspired by how easy it was to learn what I wanted and meet so many relevant people in such a short time. My favorite bit was the co-creation project at the end where I got to work with my incredible peers to put all our learnings into practice. Our team loved it so much that we are still working on it now!
ODCB was a one of a kind meta-community experience for me. I loved how bringing together a diverse cohort of community builders and engineering serendipity created innumerable learning opportunities.
The On Deck Community Builders Fellowship was like a masterclass in community. I learned so much from attending events and participating in conversations with industry experts, but I learned even more by simply being a part of this community of practice —a true community of community builders in motion.
It gave me a fresh perspective, a source of inspiration, and a new and improved network of passionate, talented community builders who are truly changing the game.
A must for all community builders! Putting myself into the shoes of a member and firsthand experiencing the ODCB playbook was a game-changer. My favorite part was solving for community growth and engagement with other Fellows as a part of a capstone experience. Thank you to On Deck and the ODCB team for this opportunity!
Ready to apply?
This program is designed for highly-curious, passionate, and business-minded people who are serious about building, growing and levelling up their communities. In more detail:
- Fully committed to a profession as a community builder, with experience doing such.
- Main business or responsibilities involve growing a community.
- Business-minded individuals who already have community traction and are thinking about the next steps to make sure their communities continue to thrive (e.g. sustainable models, building lifelong engagement, identifying the right metrics, etc.)
- Interested in building high-growth, high-impact communities in terms of reach (how many lives it could touch) or depth (relevance of relationships and interactions).
- Ambitious, open-minded, and believe that actively participating in a learning community is the best way to accelerate one’s learning curve.
- Eager to help others and add value first. Thrilled to be both a mentor and a mentee.
ODCB is an annual membership that costs $3,990/year. After acceptance, we are happy to support you in working with your team (if working as a Community Builder full-time) to expense some or all of the cost through L&D.
Even with the most unpredictable professional schedules, ODCB strives to be a malleable community offering you value at every level of engagement. We are there for you and offer support, accountability and flexibility when you need to rest or refocus.
This is what a sample week could look like:
- On Monday, there's a fireside chat with a world-class speaker (we've hosted renowned experts from Waze’s Head of Community, Hila Roth to Reddit’s VP of Community, Laura Nestler). If you're busy, you can attend while you respond to emails or watch the recording later (session are recorded for you to watch at your convenience).
- On Tuesday, there's no official programming, but you are looking to hire a couple of junior community managers. You set up a couple 1:1s with Fellows across the On Deck network to help you in your search. Maybe you end up hiring someone!
- On Wednesday, you meet with your Mastermind group (a curated group of peers that act as an accountability, support, and growth machine). You've met twice a month for the past quarter and the intimate conversations you've had have been tremendously helpful in understanding how to drive increased business success through your community.
- On Thursday, a couple of Fellows scheduled a session to discuss the latest community platforms and tools. It looks great, but you led a session on IRL community events last week. You decide to take it easy and focus on unblocking that big project at work.
- On Friday, there's a learning session with a top-notch expert (we've had David Spinks talking about his book, Business of Belonging and Daniel Stillman talking about the art of conversations design), but you decide to skip that one (and watch the recording later) to attend the social with those in the same industry as you that happens every Friday afternoon.
- We are not a traditional course or a bootcamp. We don't assign mandatory homework or have recurring instructor-led programming. Most of the sessions are in the form of fireside chats or one-off workshops. None of the programming is linear, so you can pick and choose what you want to attend without having to worry about being "unprepared" for a session.
- We are big on peer-to-peer learning. Much of the value comes from other Fellows! Whether this is through the resources shared on Slack, community hosted sessions, or from advice and support given during your recurring small group meetings, there are a ton of ways to learn — not just through official programming.
- We're a self-paced, choose-your-own-adventure type of buffet, which means you have a ton of autonomy. Outside of a few core events, nothing is mandatory. There is no concrete, one-size-fits-all, week-to-week path. You will be able to make ODCB whatever you want it to be! Some can find this freedom intimidating, but we hope this allows you to pick and choose the programming that's most relevant to what you need and want to learn.
- We don't expect you to go to everything. We pack a lot into the membership. There are a number of different formats that might pique your interest, some being more interactive than others. It's a lot to take in at once, but we recommend that you prioritize the first 4 weeks to avoid becoming overwhelmed!
Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.
All Fellows have the option to pay in installments (with no interest or additional charges). We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications is provided to Fellows who have been accepted closer to the kickoff date.
Between attending your educational sessions (keynote speakers, workshops, fireside chats), networking sessions (masterminds, curated connections, socials), and making the most of peer-to-peer interactions, you should expect to be dedicating between 3-5 hours per week.
ODCB is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet; you get out what you put in. Often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.
Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to attend everything and inhale all the knowledge you can, or tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you. ODCB Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.
Yes: ODCB will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve mastered the playbook for building remote communities and relationships online and will apply the same approach here. Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.
You can! The sun never sets on ODCB. We offer a wide range of scheduling options for our learning and socializing sessions, so you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. While most of our live programming mostly happens on U.S. Pacific hours, we will also make sure to host sessions in times suitable for both EMEA and APAC. The majority of sessions are recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.
Once we have multiple tracks running concurrently, we’ll help you assess which track is most suitable for you via onboarding and goal setting sessions. This will help you clarify what is most suitable to ensure you get the most value out of the track.
We accept applications on a rolling basis. Upon acceptance, you’ll be invited to join the next onboarding cohort. There are currently three onboarding cohorts in place per year. The deadline for the next one is January 8.
After one year of membership, you will have the opportunity to renew your membership. If you choose not to renew your membership, you will lose access to all On Deck platforms, networks, and content.