Assamese Wikipedia has seen phenomenal growth in the past one year. It currently has 31 active editors and 6 Wikiprojects (from 10 editors and no project in November 2011.) Their average monthly edits increased from 3000 in April 2011 to 5000 in November 2011. Congratulations, Assamese Community!
[https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Team India Program] worked closely the [http://as.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%A6%AC%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%9F%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%AA%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%A4 Assamese community] - and this work was part of [https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Shiju Shiju]'s pilot focused on [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Pilot_Designs/Basic_Community_Building basic community building]. There are several lessons for how small (and larger) communities can be built. It is worth reflecting on what inspired this progress, and to share these with all other communities.
''Strong communication'': Like Shiju developed strong personal bonds with Assamese Wikipedians to guide them in their efforts, any community needs open communication, exchange of ideas and brainstorming to keep its projects going.
''Initial push'': Some of us are experienced editors and some might need help getting started. Shiju helped conduct the first two outreach sessions in Assam and this gave the community confidence to do more.
''Encouraging collaboration'': The basic idea of any Wikiproject is working together. A single editor can write many articles but a group of editors can manage a Wikiproject of hundreds of articles!
''Building capacity and confidence'': What started with basic support, translations and outreach advice by Shiju resulted in a wonderful [http://old.nabble.com/Wiki-meetups-in-Assam---A-small-report-td33262105.html 10th anniversary celebration] where all editors themselves confidently put forth ideas to promote Assamese Wikipedia.
''Healthy environment'': Any organization, club or even a group of friends needs cooperation and productive inputs to progress. Like the Assamese Wikipedia family, young and old people from different walks of life who contribute selflessly to Wikipedia need that motivation to continue. Let's always strive to make it a pleasant experience.
While this update focuses on how the Assamese community has successfully woven together a bunch of great friendships, collaborations and figured a great way of working toegether, these learnings could help every community think about what they could also do, or do more of!. If you want to discuss measures to build or improve your community or need our help to start a Wikiproject, you can write to Shiju (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you are interested in conducting outreach sessions, do reach out to [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nitika.t Nitika] (email@example.com)