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Slides from my session in Drupalcon Chicago co-presented with Ivo Radulovski, Christefano and Jeffrey A. McGuire.

Slides from my session in Drupalcon Chicago co-presented with Ivo Radulovski, Christefano and Jeffrey A. McGuire.

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  • Building Successful Local Communities: Insights and Best Practices
    Ivo Radulovski (segments)
    Austrian and Bulgarian Communities
    João Ventura (jcnventura)
    Portuguese Community
    Christefano (christefano)
    LA Drupal
    Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire (horncologne)
    Germany / Italy
  • What does a strategic plan look like for a local community?
    • The People
    • Objectives
    • Organization / Legal Entity
    • Roles & Responsibilities
  • The People
    • Individuals
    • Service Providers
    • Clients
  • Objectives
    • Have fun
    • Meet people that share your Drupal passion
    • Share knowledge (Drupal, but not only)
    • Network
    • Cooperate
    • Have fun (again)
  • Organization / Legal Entity
    • Why is it important?
    • Handling Money
    • Signing Contracts
    • Local Branding & Marketing
    • Dealing with Contacts
    • Define a Team
    • Having Partnerships & Memberships
  • Roles & Responsibilities
    • Marketing
    • Event Organization & Logistics
    • Sponsorship Management
    • Website Development
    • Graphic Design
    • Translation Team
    • Social Coordination
    • Drupal Public Training Coordinator
    • Communication
  • Marketing
    • Universities
    • Press Releases
    • Media Partners
  • Drupal in Bulgaria in 6 months from zero to…
    • Drupal Meetup
    • 7 Sessions at the Sofia University
    • 3 Expos with Drupal Panels in 3 Cities
    • Drupal 7 Release Party
    • Drupal Camp
    • Coding for a Cause
    • Drupal Party
    • Weekly User Group Meetings
  • Drupal in Bulgaria metrics (6 months)
    • 25 volunteers at the camp*
    • 80 members in groups.drupal.org
    • +200 posts about Drupalcamp Sofia
    • 250 active members
    • 300 registered on drupalcamp.bg
    • 2000 registered users at drupal.org (+60% growth)
    • 20.000 Unique visitors in 2 months with ~5mins and ~6 pages per visitor on drupalcamp.bg
  • Déjà vu – Portuguese style
    • The community had to be restarted in September 2009, because it had been abandoned
    • These early members are still around, and some are now active members.
    • A community is a group of people with individual agendas – conflict is a certainty, given enough time.
    • Deal with it early, before it snowballs
  • Drupal in Portugal in 18 months
    • Monthly meetings
    • 3 Drupal sessions in 3 university / cities
    • Drupal 7 release party
    • 1st Drupalcamp in Lisbon: March 26, 2011
  • Drupal in Portugal metrics
    • 30 active members
    • 119 attendants registered in Drupalcamp
    • 158 members in groups.drupal.org
    • 3300 registered users at drupal.org
  • Get out!
    • Meet often, meet regularly
    • Monthly at least
    • Different types of meetups:
    • Meet in a bar (scalability problems)
    • Barcamp
    • ½ day DrupalCamps
  • Community channels
    • Usual channels:
    • groups.drupal.org
    • #drupal-* IRC channel on freenode
    • Your website
    • Other channels (not recommended):
    • Mailing lists
    • groups.google.com
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
  • Eat your own dog food
    • Create a website
    • Nice tool to create websites: Drupal
  • However…
    • You all know how to make GREAT websites
    • You have all this neat stuff that you can use
    But…
    • KISS
    • Get it done , and then grow it slowly
    • Because it will be created, managed and maintained by volunteers
    • It only needs to tell who you are, what you’ve done and what you’ll do
    • Don’t make existing channels obsolete
  • Strength in numbers
    • Establish ties with neighboring communities
    • Encourage the creation of new communities
    • Meta-communities
    • In Europe, there’s a continent-level group of communities organizing vertical Camps
    • The Drupal Hispano community gathers all the distinct Spanish-speaking communities
  • What did you think?
    Locate this session on the DCC website:
    http://chicago2011.drupal.org/sessions
    Click the “Take the Survey” link.
    Thanks!