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Right now, around 20% of the world’s population are sheltering in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many of us are hunkered down in homes that are doing double and triple duty as places of work and education.
For our own safety and the safety of others, we’ve been practicing social distancing. And for our own sanity and the sanity of others, we’ve been practicing distant socializing.
From Sicilians singing in solidarity on balconies to hosting homebound house parties, communities are coming together across the globe to boost morale, share experiences and verified information, and create togetherness even while we’re physically apart.
There’s a lot that’s unique about this situation we’re all in. And something I’ve been reflecting on is this…
It doesn’t matter who you are, how many followers you have, or even how famous you are—we are all locked down. And yet, that doesn't stop people from lifting each other up.
Artists, athletes, musicians, celebrities, visionaries, creators, etc., may not be publicly performing or gathering, but they are keeping us informed.
And inviting us over to dinner.
And feeding us when we’re hungry.
And rapping their way into our hearts.
And helping us find, save, and stretch money.
And teaching magic.
And generally making us feel seen, heard, and cared for.
Community Leaders are stepping up in the face of difficult circumstances today to build connections and strengthen relationships that will support everyone tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that.
As a company, Community is working hard to do our part, too. Cancelled or postponed tours and events—and, tbh, cabin fever—have led to increased engagement and demand for our service. All during a time when revenue is down or delayed for many artists and creatives. Our fully-remote team is committed to helping people stay connected by:
- Giving extra support to Community leaders from affected industries, while they get back on their feet
- Ramping up staff to quickly onboard our waitlisted leaders
- Opening the door to new kinds of communities
- Prioritizing features that promote positive use and verified information
- Hiring more good people who want to help us do great things
We don’t know when this strange time will end, but we do know it's finite. And every day we’re learning and growing and deepening our understanding of a truth that will help everyone get through this and come out stronger on the other side—distance won’t keep us apart.