What's The Big Idea: Radha Agrawal - How to Build Community for Personal Happiness and Professional Impact

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“The more alone we are, the less we give a shit about our planet.”

Radha is a community building savant. She is the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early morning dance and wellness move-ment that currently holds events in 25 cities and over a dozen college campuses around the world with a community of almost half a million people. She is a successful entrepreneur (Co-Founder THINXLiveItUp), author, globe trotting speaker, DJ, inventor, and investor.

Her new book BELONG answers the questions, "how the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?". She spent 18 months synthesizing her key methods for community building, peeling back the curtain on exactly what she and her team did (and continues to do) at Daybreaker so that anyone interested in creating their own community could have a blueprint for how to do it.

She was named by MTV as “one of 8 women who will change the world.” Radha lives in Brooklyn NY with her love Eli and her twin sister Miki – and lots of family and friends within a few blocks. You can most often find her tinkering with new social experiments, community and experience design projects, speaking around the world, or on the dance floor at Daybreaker in New York City (if she’s not dancing at sunrise in another part of the world.)

Today’s guest: Radha Agrawal

Her big idea: Belong: How to Build Community for Personal Happiness and Professional Impact

Listen to What’s The Big Idea on your preferred platform below:

Key insights Shared:

  • The loneliness epidemic in America

  • The value of choosing to build a community and focusing on friendships

  • Belonging vs. community

  • How Daybreaker came to be

  • The idea of actually focusing on how you want people to feel

  • D.O.S.EDopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins

  • Isolation and why “the more alone we are, the less we give a shit about our planet”

  • The quest for rugged individualism

    - Belonging is a dance between “the me and the we”

  • Why very few of us consider the “we”

  • Who do you love and do they love you back?

  • The importance of being discerning with who you spend your time with

  • Who am I? What do I want? How do I need to be?

  • What are your personal core values?

    -       VIA: Values, Interests, Abilities

  • What are you good at that you can bring to your community?

    -       Will help clarify how you can create your own community

  • The identity model of change

  • Introvert, Extrovert, or Metavert?

    -       How do you recharge?

  • Contributing to create your own community

  • Everyone has something to contribute

  • The value of shifting intimidation to curiosity in learning

  • The CRAWL method for community building – starting a community and scaling it


    -       Core Values / Constraints / Core Community

    -       Rituals

    -       Aesthetics

    -       Why + What

    -       Language

  • How to build a brand for your community and why aesthetics are key

to learn more about Radha and her work:


- www.daybreaker.com

- www.radhaagrawal.com

- belongbook.com


- love.radha

- dybrkr

- go.liveitup

- dance