Community Books

A curated list of recommended reading for community builders.

Get Together

Get Together is a practical and heartfelt guide to cultivating a community.


Get ready to focus on the single most important thing you can do to live a happy, healthy, and successful life: BELONG.

Buzzing Communities

This book combines a century of proven science, dozens of real-life examples, practical tips, and trusted community-building methods.

People Powered

Harness the power of communities to drive value and revenue, activate your employees’ and customers’ talents, and create a highly engaged, loyal customer base.

The Power of Ritual

Explore how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose.

Building Successful Online Communities

How insights from the social sciences, including social psychology and economics, can improve the design of online communities.

The Art of Community

The Art of Community helps you recruit members, motivate them, and manage them as active participants.

The Wisdom of Crowds

Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

Turn the Ship Around!

The true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach.


Seth Godin argues that now, for the first time, everyone has an opportunity to start a movement - to bring together a tribe of like-minded people and do amazing things.

The Community Manager's Playbook

Lauren Perkins provides community managers with the first guide to building, nourishing, and growing online communities that naturally sync with their company's offline marketing efforts.

The Culting of Brands

A fresh and original look at the phenomenon of "cult branding" — how companies cultivate fanatical customer loyalty.


We need to transform the isolation within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole by building the social fabric.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century.

Smarter Together

In Smarter Together, Rob Bernshteyn explores how software can improve business through the use of fully sanitized, anonymized, and normalized data provided by every member of a community.

How to Handle a Crowd

In this guide to successful community moderation, explore everything from the trenches of Reddit to your neighborhood Facebook page.

Building Brand Communities

The guide for organizations gathering people to transform their brand and field.

Bowling Alone

Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures– and how we may reconnect.

The Art of Gathering

A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.

Crossing the Chasm

Bring cutting-edge products to larger markets—now revised and updated with new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing.

Imagined Communities

The world-famous work on the origins and development of nationalism

Social Physics

A landmark tour of the new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence.

A Paradise Built in Hell

An investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life.

Community Building on the Web

This book illuminates deeper and more fundamental aspects of community building-the social and cultural dynamics, the power of a shared purpose, and the roles, rituals and events that bind people together into a group.

The Indispensable Community

The top community professionals have stopped chasing engagement and instead build communities neither they nor their members can live without.

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