WHAT SCIENCE FICTION
CAN TEACH US ABOUT
BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Dawn M. Foster

Community	
  Lead	
  at	
  Puppet	
  Labs
@ge...
WHOAMI
• Geek, traveler, reader
• Past

12 years doing
community & open source

• Read

73 books last year,
mostly sci-fi /...
BIGGER ON THE INSIDE

Have to go inside and participate
to really understand the community
ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE

Not about the leaders,
it’s about everyone
who participates
DON’T GO TOO FAR

Understand and learn first
before participating
DON’T BE A REDSHIRT

Participate and contribute
in a noticeable way

Read John Scalzi’s ‘Redshirts’
SHARE USEFUL SKILLS

Learn and share new ideas
with the rest of the team
3 LAWS AND GUIDELINES

Guidelines / code of conduct
that change and evolve as needed
ANDROIDS AND EMPATHY

Don’t act like an android,
show empathy and
consider the impact of your actions
NO MONSTERS

Different isn’t bad,
disagree with ideas,
not the person
WHUFFIE

Reputation is currency,
do good and
recognize others
MANAGE GROWTH

Gradual growth
to keep with new contributions
and maintain your culture
OUTLAST THEM

Be patient and
allow others to participate
CONTROL ISSUES

Maintain balance
to keep things productive
while not being too controlling
PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

Travel and
meet interesting people
working on global projects
MENTORING

Train the next generation
and help others succeed
THE YOUNG CAN CONTRIBUTE

Age is often unknown,
encourage young people
to contribute
STRONG WOMEN

Encourage women in our field
and get more women
speaking at our events
DON’T PANIC

Things will go wrong
keep things in perspective
calmly recover
THANK YOU
Contact	
  info:	
  Dawn	
  Foster
@geekygirldawn
dawn@puppetlabs.com
fastwonderblog.com

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Communities are one of the defining attributes that shape every open source project, not unlike how Asimov'€™s 3 laws of robotics shape the behavior of robots and provide the checks and balances that help make sure that robots and community members continue to play nicely with others. When looking at open source communities from the outside, they may seem small and well-defined until you realize that they seem much larger and complex on the inside, and they may even have a mind of their own, not unlike the TARDIS from Doctor Who. We can even learn how we should not behave in our communities by learning more about the Rules of Acquisition and doing the opposite of what a good Ferengi would do. My favorite rules to avoid include, "Greed is eternal"€, â€"You can always buy back a lost reputation€" and "€œWhen in doubt, lie"€. This session focuses on tips told through science fiction.

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Ignite format: What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities

  1. 1. WHAT SCIENCE FICTION CAN TEACH US ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITIES Dawn M. Foster Community  Lead  at  Puppet  Labs @geekygirldawn dawn@puppetlabs.com  
  2. 2. WHOAMI • Geek, traveler, reader • Past 12 years doing community & open source • Read 73 books last year, mostly sci-fi / fantasy • I keep a list: http://fastwonderblog.com/about/reading/ Photos by Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  3. 3. BIGGER ON THE INSIDE Have to go inside and participate to really understand the community
  4. 4. ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE Not about the leaders, it’s about everyone who participates
  5. 5. DON’T GO TOO FAR Understand and learn first before participating
  6. 6. DON’T BE A REDSHIRT Participate and contribute in a noticeable way Read John Scalzi’s ‘Redshirts’
  7. 7. SHARE USEFUL SKILLS Learn and share new ideas with the rest of the team
  8. 8. 3 LAWS AND GUIDELINES Guidelines / code of conduct that change and evolve as needed
  9. 9. ANDROIDS AND EMPATHY Don’t act like an android, show empathy and consider the impact of your actions
  10. 10. NO MONSTERS Different isn’t bad, disagree with ideas, not the person
  11. 11. WHUFFIE Reputation is currency, do good and recognize others
  12. 12. MANAGE GROWTH Gradual growth to keep with new contributions and maintain your culture
  13. 13. OUTLAST THEM Be patient and allow others to participate
  14. 14. CONTROL ISSUES Maintain balance to keep things productive while not being too controlling
  15. 15. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE Travel and meet interesting people working on global projects
  16. 16. MENTORING Train the next generation and help others succeed
  17. 17. THE YOUNG CAN CONTRIBUTE Age is often unknown, encourage young people to contribute
  18. 18. STRONG WOMEN Encourage women in our field and get more women speaking at our events
  19. 19. DON’T PANIC Things will go wrong keep things in perspective calmly recover
  20. 20. THANK YOU Contact  info:  Dawn  Foster @geekygirldawn dawn@puppetlabs.com fastwonderblog.com Some of my favorite modern sci-fi / fantasy authors: Hugh Howey Lois McMaster Bujold Brandon Sanderson Connie Willis
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