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Making Shared Connections For #TBT

Making Shared Connections For #TBT

So I sit here, unabashedly listening to the Jonas Brothers album from 2007. You know the one, with Year 3000 on it? Yeah, you know it. (For Tom’s sake, I will let you know that this is Sabina, community manager, writing. Do you even JoBro, Tom?)   I promise I have a point here. One of the tips from Dance Floor Theory is that introductions are more effective when there’s a common thread between the two people. I have noticed that very often, big campus events theme themselves around the “throwback.” I have been to a 90s Senior Night at Fordham, and seen flyers modeled off “All That.” Why? Because we grew up in the 90s, and any mention of our childhood sends us into a tailspin of innocent day dreams and nostalgia. We eat it up. I can guarantee that […]

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Why Community? Good Will

Why Community? Good Will

In today’s installment of my officially un-official “Why Community” series, I want to talk about why communities bring out the best in us. We can talk about how communities help serve us, but how do we serve our communities? And are we becoming better, more loving people? I think that putting yourself into a community and really participating helps you turn your heart towards others. A community can’t function if everyone is out for themselves. Just by being part of one, you say “I want to live for others, not just for my own gain.” It’s a two fold, beautiful fact of life – you give love, you get love back. But you have to give the love, without the pretense of just getting it back. We all know that one person that nobody really likes because they are mean, […]

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Student Engagement Through A Communal Refrigerator

Student Engagement Through A Communal Refrigerator

As more residence halls cater to the luxury demands of their students by offering private rooms, private bathrooms and private kitchens, the opportunities for informal moments of engagement and/or learning can decline. Research done by Donald Markwell, George Kuh and Vincent Tinto back up this claim by revealing that… “Opportunities for students to come together outside formal class time to network, discuss and debate encourages student learning and can foster peer-to-peer interactions that are critical for successful student transition into university.” Taking away these communal spaces can have the opposite effect. Three students out of UC Davis attempted to combat this trend with an experiment to build a closer community while also reducing food waste. Their solution? A communal refrigerator on the campus quad. They called it “free.go” After a month, the team estimated around 100 items were exchanged. The idea was […]

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Why Community? Vacation Without Going Anywhere

Why Community? Vacation Without Going Anywhere

Last week, I talked about one huge benefit of communities is the brainstorming ability. But there’s a thousand and one reasons communities are great, so let’s explore another. Communities give you those mini vacations you need to get through stress, work, and life. Take a moment and imagine your college career without the social aspect. Yeah. I wouldn’t go either. Now think about finals (sorry). Can you remember a time you were really stressed during finals, but it led to a great conversation or bonding moment with someone else stuck in the library or study room? You probably can. Communities not only help us get work done, and do awesome things, they also help us take little breaks without having to do anything. Just by being surrounded by people you feel connected to and welcomed around, every day is filled with […]

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Why Community? Brainstorming

Why Community? Brainstorming

We talk a lot about building great communities, but what about why we love communities in the first place?  While I was trying to come up with a perfect topic for today’s blog post, I had the idea to go ask someone in our coworking space to help me brainstorm a post idea around communities. And then I realized I didn’t need to do that anymore, because brainstorming is a great topic for a post! Bam! One of the best things about a good community, in my opinion, is that the sum of the minds can create greater things than each individual one, if done right. Because a person brings  a unique mix of opinions, ideas, and perceptions, a community benefits when it taps into all of those resources.  I may be facing a conundrum, or stuck on how to make […]

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Community Leaders vs. Those in Leadership Positions

Community Leaders vs. Those in Leadership Positions

Today Tom and I got into a conversation about what the definition of a “leader” is on a campus. We realized a distinction between two types of leaders: Those in Leadership Positions People with the title; hired, elected, etc to lead others Community Leaders Influencers in the community, whether or not they realize it. People who lead the culture in the way they conduct themselves within the community. Why is this important? Because when talking about creating an epic community and culture, we can’t forget about the Community Leaders. Think about it – here at the coworking space we work in, I am not in a position of leadership. I do not get paid by New Work City to run blender events or build community. But just by the type of person I am, and the type of work I do […]

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5 Ways Our Coworking Space Wins at Community Building

5 Ways Our Coworking Space Wins at Community Building

Swift Kick has the privilege of working out of a coworking space. Coworking is when a bunch of small companies, freelancers, and start ups work in an office together because it is way better than working from home. New Work City is an awesome place to be, not just because of the exposed brick, but because of the community building they have sewn into the fabric of the space. And of course, as community builders ourselves, we appreciate this. 1. Dry Erase Activities There’s a big dry erase board available for anyone’s use near the front, for brainstorming sessions and whatever else. Often, the space’s community manager or a member of the space will write a prompt, puzzle, or question and let people answer. Today, Space Captain Sarah asked the prompt shown here. A response to the question prompted someone […]

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Another Epic Retreat to Start 2015 Right

Another Epic Retreat to Start 2015 Right

On Tuesday, the Swift Kick Team (Tom, Sabina and Jay) got to meet and spend quality time with new interns Kate and Kevin. And like after all retreats, we are now a happy team, ready to Swift Kick it together. This year, Tom and Sabina did a lot of prior planning, that turned into an accidental 5 hour conversation about the company. As Tom said, we got to chat about the important, but not urgent stuff. It felt good to get out of our inboxes, plan the future, and plan the retreat! On Tuesday, Kate and Kevin walked into our office, unsure what to expect. They were surprised by how super cool and hip Tom and Sabina were (this may be embellished a little). We started off with a couple “get to know you” questions that were shockingly deep, and […]

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Welcoming the K-Team – Kevin & Kathryn Join Swift Kick

Welcoming the K-Team – Kevin & Kathryn Join Swift Kick

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, new interns join our team, which means 2 new friends in 2015! First up is Kathryn Callahan.  A southern belle at heart, Kate has made New York her home since coming to Fordham University almost three years ago. As an active member and leader in the Fordham community, Kate has fallen in love with the fast pace and endless opportunities New York presents, but appreciates it for the many lifelong friendships and connections she has made. Scandal, T25, and being a Fordham Ambassador are a large part of Kate’s life, and she looks forward to making Swift Kick part of it, too.   Next up, we have Kevin Wright, who has already been an awesome member of the Student Leader Collective for a while! Kevin hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and currently resides […]

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It’s Time For One Last Meeting Between Swift Kick and Nat Attack

It’s Time For One Last Meeting Between Swift Kick and Nat Attack

And the day Sabina, Tom and myself have been avoiding is finally here (not Tom, he’s just a weird dude). My 6-month internship with Swift Kick is over and I’m sitting here writing this as I wrap-up my last day in office with these two awesome people. I’m not technically sad because even though I’ve been “joking” that I’ll always be stopping by, truth is… I’m not joking. haha I will need doses of Swift Kick once in a while. I mean how am I going to make it without Sabina saying weird (but totally okay) things like “you look sad… here, let me touch you” or Tom’s sound effects in meetings? Exactly… I just can’t. This may sound weird but when I thought of the things I would miss the most at Swift Kick, the first thing that popped […]

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