Building Successful Local Communities: Insights and Best Practices<br />Ivo Radulovski (segments)<br />Austrian and Bulgar...
What does a strategic plan look like for a local community?<br /><ul><li> The People
 Objectives
 Organization / Legal Entity
 Roles & Responsibilities</li></li></ul><li>The People<br /><ul><li> Individuals
 Service Providers
 Clients</li></li></ul><li>Objectives<br /><ul><li> Have fun
 Meet people that share your Drupal passion
 Share knowledge (Drupal, but not only)
 Network
 Cooperate
 Have fun (again)</li></li></ul><li> Organization / Legal Entity<br /><ul><li> Why is it important?
 Handling Money
 Signing Contracts
 Local Branding & Marketing
 Dealing with Contacts
 Define a Team
 Having Partnerships & Memberships</li></li></ul><li> Roles & Responsibilities<br /><ul><li> Marketing
 Event Organization & Logistics
 Sponsorship Management
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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

  1. 1. Building Successful Local Communities: Insights and Best Practices<br />Ivo Radulovski (segments)<br />Austrian and Bulgarian Communities<br />João Ventura (jcnventura)<br />Portuguese Community<br />Christefano (christefano)<br />LA Drupal<br />Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire (horncologne)<br />Germany / Italy<br />
  2. 2. What does a strategic plan look like for a local community?<br /><ul><li> The People
  3. 3. Objectives
  4. 4. Organization / Legal Entity
  5. 5. Roles & Responsibilities</li></li></ul><li>The People<br /><ul><li> Individuals
  6. 6. Service Providers
  7. 7. Clients</li></li></ul><li>Objectives<br /><ul><li> Have fun
  8. 8. Meet people that share your Drupal passion
  9. 9. Share knowledge (Drupal, but not only)
  10. 10. Network
  11. 11. Cooperate
  12. 12. Have fun (again)</li></li></ul><li> Organization / Legal Entity<br /><ul><li> Why is it important?
  13. 13. Handling Money
  14. 14. Signing Contracts
  15. 15. Local Branding & Marketing
  16. 16. Dealing with Contacts
  17. 17. Define a Team
  18. 18. Having Partnerships & Memberships</li></li></ul><li> Roles & Responsibilities<br /><ul><li> Marketing
  19. 19. Event Organization & Logistics
  20. 20. Sponsorship Management
  21. 21. Website Development
  22. 22. Graphic Design
  23. 23. Translation Team
  24. 24. Social Coordination
  25. 25. Drupal Public Training Coordinator
  26. 26. Communication</li></li></ul><li>Marketing<br /><ul><li> Universities
  27. 27. Press Releases
  28. 28. Media Partners</li></li></ul><li>Drupal in Bulgaria in 6 months from zero to…<br /><ul><li> Drupal Meetup
  29. 29. 7 Sessions at the Sofia University
  30. 30. 3 Expos with Drupal Panels in 3 Cities
  31. 31. Drupal 7 Release Party
  32. 32. Drupal Camp
  33. 33. Coding for a Cause
  34. 34. Drupal Party
  35. 35. Weekly User Group Meetings</li></li></ul><li>Drupal in Bulgaria metrics (6 months)<br /><ul><li> 25 volunteers at the camp*
  36. 36. 80 members in groups.drupal.org
  37. 37. +200 posts about Drupalcamp Sofia
  38. 38. 250 active members
  39. 39. 300 registered on drupalcamp.bg
  40. 40. 2000 registered users at drupal.org (+60% growth)
  41. 41. 20.000 Unique visitors in 2 months with ~5mins and ~6 pages per visitor on drupalcamp.bg</li></li></ul><li>
  42. 42. Déjà vu – Portuguese style<br /><ul><li> The community had to be restarted in September 2009, because it had been abandoned
  43. 43. These early members are still around, and some are now active members.
  44. 44. A community is a group of people with individual agendas – conflict is a certainty, given enough time.
  45. 45. Deal with it early, before it snowballs</li></li></ul><li>Drupal in Portugal in 18 months<br /><ul><li> Monthly meetings
  46. 46. 3 Drupal sessions in 3 university / cities
  47. 47. Drupal 7 release party
  48. 48. 1st Drupalcamp in Lisbon: March 26, 2011</li></li></ul><li>Drupal in Portugal metrics<br /><ul><li> 30 active members
  49. 49. 119 attendants registered in Drupalcamp
  50. 50. 158 members in groups.drupal.org
  51. 51. 3300 registered users at drupal.org</li></li></ul><li>
  52. 52. Get out!<br /><ul><li> Meet often, meet regularly
  53. 53. Monthly at least
  54. 54. Different types of meetups:
  55. 55. Meet in a bar (scalability problems)
  56. 56. Barcamp
  57. 57. ½ day DrupalCamps</li></li></ul><li>Community channels<br /><ul><li> Usual channels:
  58. 58. groups.drupal.org
  59. 59. #drupal-* IRC channel on freenode
  60. 60. Your website
  61. 61. Other channels (not recommended):
  62. 62. Mailing lists
  63. 63. groups.google.com
  64. 64. Facebook
  65. 65. Twitter</li></li></ul><li>Eat your own dog food<br /><ul><li> Create a website
  66. 66. Nice tool to create websites: Drupal</li></li></ul><li>However…<br /><ul><li> You all know how to make GREAT websites
  67. 67. You have all this neat stuff that you can use</li></ul>But…<br /><ul><li> KISS
  68. 68. Get it done , and then grow it slowly
  69. 69. Because it will be created, managed and maintained by volunteers
  70. 70. It only needs to tell who you are, what you’ve done and what you’ll do
  71. 71. Don’t make existing channels obsolete</li></li></ul><li>Strength in numbers<br /><ul><li> Establish ties with neighboring communities
  72. 72. Encourage the creation of new communities
  73. 73. Meta-communities
  74. 74. In Europe, there’s a continent-level group of communities organizing vertical Camps
  75. 75. The Drupal Hispano community gathers all the distinct Spanish-speaking communities</li></li></ul><li>What did you think?<br />Locate this session on the DCC website:<br />http://chicago2011.drupal.org/sessions<br />Click the “Take the Survey” link.<br />Thanks!<br />
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