I hate Community Management

People’s “relationships” are emergent and thus can’t be managed. That is, they can be influenced but not controlled.
[ via Charlie Ehin ]

a.k.a. Why I Think ‘manager’ is the worst word to follow the word ‘community’

I prefer the phrase Community Cultivation and try to map all tasks and skills against gardening metaphors:

  • planting seeds
  • mindfulness about environmental factors
  • neighborhood kids who like to kick over the tomatoes
  • too much water is bad
  • not enough water is bad
  • fallow fields
  • weeding
  • harvest time
  • sharing with and helping the neighbors
  • getting up early
  • canning

What would you add to the list?
or What metaphors do you use?