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Nuts and Bolts: A Sense of Community.

October 20, 2017

Nuts & Bolts – A Sense of Community 


Crowdsourced business like GCU are a reflection of a shift in labor structure. The vast reach of the internet allows people to connect, to virtually assemble as a working community with members around the world. This is very empowering and liberating by allowing members to contribute and work with great flexibility and on their own terms (time, distance, etc.). However one missing piece is the personal interaction, the face to face of a traditional workforce. Relating a name to a voice and face makes a difference by increasing your satisfaction and happy factor.


Here are a few ways for you to feel more connected with a community:
1. Be engaged, participate and interact – ask questions, provide answers / advice and leave comments on the community boards and blogs
2. Add a personal touch – leave a compliment on an artist’s storefront, rating on a card or a simple “thank you” reply to a staff email
3. Look for Locals – there may be other GCU artists close to you, reach out and meet up!  Keep your eyes and ears open!


The main GCU office is in Danville, California.  It’s a small (and adorable!) town in the San Francisco East Bay. While walking to lunch I noticed a store sign for an art studio “Art in the Lane” with classes taught by Barbara Davies. The name sounded familiar to me. Up the stairs I went to the studio and sure enough it was Barbara Davies of GCU’s artist community.  So wonderful to meet you in person, Barbara!


We love visitors!  If you are in our neck of the woods reach out and pop in to say hello.

GCU Community Manager
4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2017 3:29 pm

    What a nice story that you met Barbara! Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 21, 2017 12:25 pm

    Such a great story, Mindy! How fun for Barbara to have you pop in! I have always thought how much I would love to meet the artists and staff who have been part of my GCU adventure. An adventure I am so grateful for every day! Artist Judith Cheng and I have discovered we only live about 50 miles from each other! If anyone finds themselves in Upstate, NY, feel free to give me a ring! Let’s do lunch!!

    • October 23, 2017 8:56 pm

      Yes, it was fun! Let us know if you have any takers on your offer. Wish I was there!

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