How to Build a Passionate Community of Learners – A Conversation with Leo Babauta

Note: This is one of a series of interviews I conducted as part of writing the book Leading the Learning Revolution. РJTC

Leo Babauta has been an inspiration to so many people – myself among them – so I was thrilled to have the chance to interview him while writing Leading the Learning Revolution.

While he is best known for Zen Habits, a blog that now has more than a quarter million readers (!), Leo has also put his stamp on numerous other projects. He is the author of The Power of Less as well as numerous eBooks, founder of the popular Write to Done blog, and creator of The Habit Course.

And that’s just scratching the surface.

Part of what prompted me to contact Leo about Leading the Learning Revolution was his work with Mary Jaksch of Good Life Zen in launching and building A-List Blogging Bootcamps. I was an early participant in the program as well as in the A-List Blogger Club that grew out of it. It was, and still is, a great example of what I describe as PassionxPurpose, or P2, learning community in the book.

We talk about A-List Blogging in the podcast, but also about Leo’s perspective on blogging, membership learning sites, and education in general. You are going to really enjoy this one. Click below to listen or subscribe on iTunes. And don’t forget to check out the show notes.

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Lifetime CLEs for $799! Commodity vs. Community with Dave Will

One of the business models I focus on in Leading the Learning Revolution is what I call the P2 Community – membership learning communities driven by a combination of passion and purpose.

In the book, I highlight some of the successful learning communities I have participated in – like the A-List Blogger Club (which has since closed its doors to new members) and Alan’s Forums. But given that I do so much work in the association world, I was also eager to find some signs of life for community learning models in the context of membership organizations. My search led me to Dave Will, Chief Executive Peach of Peach New Media.

I’ve known Dave for several years and already had an appreciation for his views on trends in the lifelong learning business. In this podcast interview, we talk trends in the market for lifelong learning and what it takes to create successful learning experiences. Enjoy – and be sure to subscribe on iTunes to get all past and future episodes.

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Show notes

00:21 – Be sure to catch the previous episode with Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner

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