I recently heard a quote that really struck: “Infinite patience produces immediate results” (ACIM). There is a zen wisdom to this that could apply to any aspect of life. I think about it in the context of my own work building community online. Every authentic human relationship is unique and bringing people together in ways that are real and meaningful takes humility and patience.
Recently, I spoke with Waël Mechri-Yver, the founder of BABËL New York and GOSPËL. Waël was inspired by Burning Man to create a new kind of social experience based on co-creation and creativity. Five years and 150 events in, Waël shares that there’s no shortcut to building community. The mastery is in showing up and delivering value over and over again. Repetition and consistency is the best community builder.
Waël has been involved with world-renowned hotspots including the mega-club of Paris, Cirque Bonheur, which he co-founded and gave music and creative direction to, Papagayo in St. Tropez for which he was artistic director for a season, and the revamped Marquee in New York whose re-launch he collaborated on to bring fresh air to the Marquee brand.
Waël shares his journey and an approach to building community that honors individuality through collective participation. Listen closely to pick up the subtle ways that Babel has built a lasting platform for human connection in one of the toughest cities in the world.
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