If you’re already past the stage of starting a community, there may come a point where it splits into multiple sub-communities. This will then produce an ‘ecosystem’ filled with various groups.
Once this occurs, the community-builder’s role is to go meta then. That is, to start looking at the relationships between communities, not just between members in a single community.
This concept is touched upon in General Stanley McChrystal’s book Team of Teams. But instead of a “team of teams” approach, a meta-community is a “community of communities” one.
Since you’re dealing with groups who aren’t formally working together, the relationships may be looser than what you may need in a team of teams scenario.
As these groups start to grow, understanding how they interact - within a future ‘metaverse’ or Web3 environment - will be vital to understanding the tools required to facilitate such relationships at scale. Knowing local laws will also be critical for such a professional.