Scaling empathy and feature suggestions for the Clubhouse community and founders

Suggestions for Clubhouse moderators

How to improve the art of conversation:

  • Number counter — All participants need to count from 1 — X(number of people in the room) chronologically without saying any number at the same time as another participant. Each person can only say one number in the sequence.
  • Three words each — talk about a subject where each participant is limited to three words or a sentence each. In an effort to limit long monologues, choose a topic or idea and have people popcorn in the room to create a shared thought or narrative. Here is an example:
  • Set shared intentions beyond the title of the room — what do you want the outcome of the conversation to be? What do you want the mood to be? Include your intentions of the space when you reset the room so new people joining understand the purpose and container set for the conversation taking place.
  • Create a text crowd-sourced log by audience for audience: As host of a room, create a google doc, and link it to your social media bio with the time of the session. You and the audience can add conversation notes for anyone in the room. This can support listeners who are new to the room to catch them up on the conversation and creates a way to share your thoughts if you are not speaking or in the audience.
  • It’s not about me but about we: Encourage speakers on stage to use inclusive language and behavior to nourish collaboration and stray away from self-promotion.
  • Unmute mics: allows for more vulnerability and equal power distribution
  • Encourage all speakers to keep their microphones unmuted and see how it affects the energy of the room. How does it make people feel to keep their mics unmuted? Hearing the human breath and soundscape of your home helps create an intimate environment shared by everyone in the space.
  • More trust exists in rooms that hold space for silence
  • Compliment and acknowledge people
  • Create a “question from the audience”
  • Present moderators as mediators and not influencers or experts

Feature suggestions for the founders of Clubhouse

  • Q&A: Invites one person to come up at a time to ask speakers and moderators a question or will give a person 30 seconds to ask a question once brought on stage.
  • Soundscapes: Automated soundscapes for your room such as a fire crackling or the sound of the waves against the shore.
  • Time limit: A sound cues after X seconds like in the Oscars , to remind the speaker their time is up.
  • Conversation meter: You can see the time limit of every speaker around their profile photo like a round progress bar.
  • Develop real-time data analytics to help everyone understand the dynamics of the room such as average speaking time of men vs women, or repetitive keywords mentioned in the room.
  • A word cloud generator that shows the mood and tone of a room — everyone in the space gets to choose their current emotion on a mood board about how the room is running.
  • Raise hand with intention (select if you raise your hand to either ask a question or give an answer on stage). In some cases, users could add text with a statement for the moderator to know what they are going to speak about (helps to summarize your thoughts into a sentence)
  • When you change the room title, present the room title history — allows members to see how the conversation and room developed.
  • The School of Moderation: In my eyes, moderators are here to “mediate” between our ability to listen and our urge to speak in order to confront the influencer/celebrity follow4follow culture that cripples other social media platforms; we need to support the culture of mediation.
  • How do we support discoverability, measure accountability, and review moderators?
  • How can we find the right people to moderate? Who should I trust as a knowledgeable source in a particular field?
  • Hide following numbers from other users; only you can see how many followers you have. This will eliminate followers as criteria for credibility but will still maintain the user retention created from a feeling of development.
  • Implement a feedback pop-up survey once a member has left a room they’ve been in for more than x minutes. Ex: “How was your experience with this Mod/user?”
  • Expertise Tagging as used in Linkedin: Example: “Twenty people agree Michael is an expert for Tech and Play”
  • Listeners reward badges to moderators to appreciate their effort. Ex: badges for politeness or inclusivity or empathy etc. etc.
  • Asking listeners how they are feeling in the moment. Ex: they can answer with a color code: Green — playful, red — worried etc. etc. — Then you can present the heat maps of a room such as “This room is 80% people who feel happy and 20% who feel worried” etc. etc.
  • Moderators can also set a room intention not only with a subject of conversation but with a state of mind. For example, opening a social room with a blue color code for “just chilling” energy. This way people know the atmosphere before they enter.
  • It would be great if users could search the mood(s) they’re seeking and then be directed to relevant rooms per the suggestion of the algorithm




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