Podcasts for Community Managers, 2023 Edition

by Pritika Sachdev January 16, 2023

Podcasts are a great way to learn on the go. They’re generally free, entertaining and often provide deep dives into a number of niche topics. With so many out there, it can be hard to find a place to start. That’s why Quiip has assembled a list of new and old favourites to kick off your listening.

Cohere https://cohere.libsyn.com/

Hosted by Bill Johnston and Dr. Lauren Vargas, Cohere dives deep into the state of social media, moving beyond those surface level discussions. They tackle a wide range of topics including the Metaverse, AI, community cycles and designing safe and comfortable online spaces. This podcast is great for those wanting to hear from experts in their field while keeping up with online jargon.

Community Conversations (by The Community Roundtable) https://communityroundtable.com/what-we-do/resources/community-conversations/

Formally, Conversations with Community Managers, Community Conversations is a great resource from The Community Roundtable. Each episode focuses on profiling one community professional and asks them what they’re working on, why they do what they do, and what advice they have for us. This way it showcases the nuances of community management while being easily digestible.

Community Signal https://www.communitysignal.com/

Hosted by Patrick O’Keefe, Community Signal is a podcast designed for experienced online community professionals. As there’s a new guest each podcast, Community Signal lends itself to a wide array of industries and perspectives and provides some great insights. It’s a wonderful reminder that while we community managers often fly solo, we’re not alone!

Conversations With Bacon https://www.jonobacon.com/conversations/

Presented by Jono Bacon, Conversations With Bacon shines a light into the thinking, approaches, and work of a diverse range of guests across business, technology, entertainment, and beyond. 

Download This Show https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/downloadthisshow

Download This Show is a weekly podcast hosted by Marc Fennell. Each week he presents conversations that are happening around social media and tech and how technology is constantly reshaping our lives.

Endless Thread https://www.wbur.org/podcasts/endlessthread

One of the more light hearted podcasts on this list, Endless Thread is less practical and more of a historical investigation into the creation and popularisation of online communities, memes, untold stories and mysteries. Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig deep into a myriad of topics and work to debunk online myths around topics such as AI, TikTok screentime and the mystery that is Reddit’s front page.

In Before The Lock https://ib4tl.fm/

Hosted by Erica Kuhl and Brian Oblinger, In Before The Lock is about community, customer experience, and leadership at scale. It’s a wonderful source of current community industry news (they provide an extensive range of links on the topics covered in the show notes!) and provides a mix of personal and practical insights to managing communities.

Rabbit Hole https://www.nytimes.com/column/rabbit-hole

Presented by New York Times tech columnist Kevin Rose, Rabbit Hole asks the question ‘What is the internet doing to us’? It’s an uncomfortable yet powerful look at the tools that currently shape our online experience and just how easy it is to become radicalised.

The Community Strategy Podcast https://findcalmhere.com/podcast/

The Community Strategy Podcast covers community concepts, community building, community strategy, community structure, community membership, and community management. Each episode has host, Deb Schell, interviewing a guest online community leader, covering topics from cultivating engagement to thanking those community super supporters.

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