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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!