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@cczona
Handcrafting
Community
W e b D e v 4 2 ° , H o b a r t , A u s t r a l i a
July 2013
Carina C. Zona
@cczona
"Handcrafting"
Community...?
@cczona
Research.
• Presentation
• Conversation
• Exchange
• Brainstorm
• Crank up momentum
TONIGHT IS...WHAT, EXACTLY?
@cczona
HANDCRAFTING COMMUNITY
Craft career
and profession
and industry
by crafting
colleagues
and future
competitors
(col...
@cczona
Community
can be counted on
@cczona
Community
is self-sustaining
@cczona
GUILD SYSTEM
Apprentice
Journeyman
Master
See
Do
Teach
Entrant
Contributor
Leader
@cczona
• Satisfying
• Growing
• Opportunity
• Mentorship
• Modeling
HANDCRAFTING US
Create a career
arc that gives you
so...
@cczona
The power of
getting people
into a room
@cczona
Build &
share
network
@cczona
Make an
introduction
@cczona
Words of wisdom:
@cczona
"If you feel a certain way,
you're not the only one."
"You think you're throwing a birthday party, where only your...
@cczona
"Put your enthusiasm on display"
@cczona
"Do expect people to
be generous
in their support"
Mentors gave lots of advance time, mentorship. Then gave access...
@cczona
"Showing that you have your shit together —
that this clearly will be happening again —
makes people comfortable w...
@cczona
"Tell everyone you know.
Make it easy for them to
tell everyone they know."
@cczona
And make
personal invites
@cczona
"If you already know everyone
in the room, it's a clique.
Not a community"
@cczona
"Open source the community"
RailsBridge
RailsGirls
Python Software Foundation
@cczona
 "'That's great.
Help do that with someone else.'"
Decide what's the essential of the vision. It's okay to say no ...
@cczona
Create
leadership
mastery.
@cczona
Self-replicate
as leaders
as communities
@cczona
Make way for others
one person carrying too much weight will burn out; thing fizzles w/o them.
fostering peers/repl...
@cczona
Successful community?
Seed more like it.
@cczona
"Yes, And..."
meet a request for help with a better offer, if you can
@cczona
Lend access to
brand, network, &
infrastructure
@cczona
Cross-pollinate
- if you don't have enough people to sustain niche community (yet), connect with
communities of si...
@cczona
Riff on what's
already working
@cczona
Learn from
the greats of
community building
Religious organizations have finely-honed success models. Look locally....
@cczona
META-COMMUNITY
•Python Software Foundation
•Fiscal sponsors
•Make it easy to piggyback on
you've built
@cczona
COMPANIES, CONTRIBUTE
• Sponsorships
• Donations
• Matching
• Venues
• Co-working
• Publicity
• Scholarships
• +1 ...
@cczona
THANKS!
Carina C. Zona
@cczona
cczona@gmail.com
http://cczona.com
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Community-building can seem like a herculean effort that must be coordinated among many. But it doesn’t have to be. One is plenty.

How can we handcraft a fulfilling code career? How can we support peers in developing theirs, whether newcomer or artisan? How can we contribute, without having to be expert? How do we develop social capital among community members, and channel those investments into people who are just entering? How will we craft a thriving community, using only simple tools & scarce local resources?

We’ll examine the history of major successes — in Ruby community, Python, and well beyond — and extract lessons to apply generally. It’s a story that weaves in personal narratives of rising into that, both well and clumsily. It’s about transforming minor ambitions & frequent iterations into a scope of change that looks amazing. By making choices to do small things well and thoughtfully, rather than with concern for how they scale.

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Title: Handcrafting Community
Author: Carina C. Zona
Date: July 8, 2013
Where: WebDev42; Hobart, Australia

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  1. 1. @cczona Handcrafting Community W e b D e v 4 2 ° , H o b a r t , A u s t r a l i a July 2013 Carina C. Zona
  2. 2. @cczona "Handcrafting" Community...?
  3. 3. @cczona Research. • Presentation • Conversation • Exchange • Brainstorm • Crank up momentum TONIGHT IS...WHAT, EXACTLY?
  4. 4. @cczona HANDCRAFTING COMMUNITY Craft career and profession and industry by crafting colleagues and future competitors (collaborators) (referrals) with sense of shared purpose and of belonging
  5. 5. @cczona Community can be counted on
  6. 6. @cczona Community is self-sustaining
  7. 7. @cczona GUILD SYSTEM Apprentice Journeyman Master See Do Teach Entrant Contributor Leader
  8. 8. @cczona • Satisfying • Growing • Opportunity • Mentorship • Modeling HANDCRAFTING US Create a career arc that gives you something to give back.
  9. 9. @cczona The power of getting people into a room
  10. 10. @cczona Build & share network
  11. 11. @cczona Make an introduction
  12. 12. @cczona Words of wisdom:
  13. 13. @cczona "If you feel a certain way, you're not the only one." "You think you're throwing a birthday party, where only your friends are going to actually come. You don't expect anyone to show up."
  14. 14. @cczona "Put your enthusiasm on display"
  15. 15. @cczona "Do expect people to be generous in their support" Mentors gave lots of advance time, mentorship. Then gave access to their networks.
  16. 16. @cczona "Showing that you have your shit together — that this clearly will be happening again — makes people comfortable with leaping in."
  17. 17. @cczona "Tell everyone you know. Make it easy for them to tell everyone they know."
  18. 18. @cczona And make personal invites
  19. 19. @cczona "If you already know everyone in the room, it's a clique. Not a community"
  20. 20. @cczona "Open source the community" RailsBridge RailsGirls Python Software Foundation
  21. 21. @cczona  "'That's great. Help do that with someone else.'" Decide what's the essential of the vision. It's okay to say no to offers & requests that are too far afield from that.
  22. 22. @cczona Create leadership mastery.
  23. 23. @cczona Self-replicate as leaders as communities
  24. 24. @cczona Make way for others one person carrying too much weight will burn out; thing fizzles w/o them. fostering peers/replacements before you need them assures that people can take care of their needs & keep contributing leaders have more stake in success & more enthusiasm for pursuing it; delegating meaningful roles -> investment in deepening commitments
  25. 25. @cczona Successful community? Seed more like it.
  26. 26. @cczona "Yes, And..." meet a request for help with a better offer, if you can
  27. 27. @cczona Lend access to brand, network, & infrastructure
  28. 28. @cczona Cross-pollinate - if you don't have enough people to sustain niche community (yet), connect with communities of similar vision even if not similar implementation. piggyback. bootstrap. - do it also out of humility (like lightning talks, it's opportunity to have interesting surprises)
  29. 29. @cczona Riff on what's already working
  30. 30. @cczona Learn from the greats of community building Religious organizations have finely-honed success models. Look locally. Who's rocking that one?
  31. 31. @cczona META-COMMUNITY •Python Software Foundation •Fiscal sponsors •Make it easy to piggyback on you've built
  32. 32. @cczona COMPANIES, CONTRIBUTE • Sponsorships • Donations • Matching • Venues • Co-working • Publicity • Scholarships • +1 to Employees' time • Swag (*cough*)
  33. 33. @cczona THANKS! Carina C. Zona @cczona cczona@gmail.com http://cczona.com
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