Your sold. You want to try something different. You’ve drank the cool-aid.
Go build yourself some sandboxes.
In the computer development world a sandbox is defined as:
What better place to have a little fun and experiment than a sandbox?
Real world sandboxes come in the form of communities. Although communities aren’t as risk proof as development sandboxes they serve the same purpose.
Here’s a five step guide to building a sandbox
1. Identify sub-groups within your larger consumer base:
Go beyond demographic information. Communities are self-organizing and they are already out there. There are communities for tuning Hondas, swapping sneakers, extreme ironing, and collecting vintage high-top Converse shoes.
2. Find out where they ‘live’:
Where do the members of these communities hangout? Forums, social networks, blogs, or maybe even a popular street corner. Before you can talk to them you need to find them.
3. Introduce yourself:
Be authentic. Introduce yourself and don’t try to be something your not. Don’t ever, ever lie about what you are representing.
4. Start a conversation:
Talk to them. Respect their opinions. Let them have a voice and be heard.
5. Build something with them:
You now have a sandbox, so experiment, but never forget that experimentation is a partnership. You are trying to be a better friend. Never stop listening.
Now go and have some fun, but play nice, and remember just like in a real sandbox if you break the rules you will be exiled.