OSOM - Building a community

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OSOM - Building a community

  1. 1. CommunitiesCreating and Making It Work Răzvan Deaconescu razvan@rosedu.org 2 iunie 2012
  2. 2. What Makes a Community?● People centric● Common interests, common goals● Voluntary involvement● Enthusiasm, passion● Focused, not general purpose● Informal● Decentralized● Profile based vs. interest based
  3. 3. Gathering People Movement (open source) Ecosystem (Linux, distribution, tools, users) Community (Linux kernel) Group (net-dev) Team(wireless)
  4. 4. How Do You Create a Community? The Basics● Start with Why (Simon Sinek) ● Principles, Beliefs, Ideas● Interest-based vs. profile-based ● LibreOffice community vs. academic community● Top down - bring teams/groups together ● Teams exist, interests exist● Bottom up – start up, kick off ● Reveal the interest, bring people together
  5. 5. How Do You Create a Community? The Requirements● Start● Start small, be focused ● Keep it to yourselves, see how it goes● Make it fun● Be positive● Make it about the people ● Willing and enthusiastic people ● Similar beliefs and interests● Proper place and time ● Nothing similar exists
  6. 6. Issues● Anarchy● Autocracy● Clashing opinions● Evolution of beliefs ● “Youre not the same man/woman I married.”● Unsustainable growth● Lack of responsibility and responsiveness● The “old” people vs. the young people
  7. 7. Making It Work● Beer ● Social events, trips, parties, games● Transparency ● Public discussions, public decisions● Feedback ● Request opinions, deliver opinions, silent mode off● Steady growth ● Involve the right people, not everyone
  8. 8. Making It Work (2)● Conservative evolution ● Keep core ideas, accept new ones● Mentorship ● “Old” people should be mentors● Responsibilities ● “New” people should be responsible● Diversity ● Skills to choose from, celebrate differences
  9. 9. Comunitățile sunt breslele viitorului.Communities are the guilds of the future. Petru Rațiu (rpetre)

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