Building Communities GNOME.Asia Summit 20 th  November 2009 Pockey Lam, Beijing Linux User Group [email_address] www.beiji...
Agenda <ul><li>Define “community”
Founding a community
Growing a community </li><ul><li>Online presence with BLUG case study
Offline presence with BLUG case study </li></ul><li>More tips
What it takes to be a community leader </li></ul>
Define “community” <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community
Local community, not just online community </li></ul>+
<ul>Founding a community </ul><ul><li>Communicate with other FOSS related communities nearby
Spread the word of your intention
Find a location
Schedule a time
Communicate with your target audiences </li><ul><li>Free newspapers / magazines
Blogging
New media e.g. facebook, twitter, linkedin </li></ul></ul>
Founding a community <ul><li>Host a initial meeting to discuss:  </li><ul><li>The goals
Building an online platform (for people to find you from the Internet)
Establishing a mailing list for communication
Hosting regular meetings (decide the best date / time / location for the group)
Getting a few volunteers to help out
Next topics (what people are interesting about) </li></ul></ul>
Growing a community <ul><li>Membership: Open to public and Free to join
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  1. 1. Building Communities GNOME.Asia Summit 20 th November 2009 Pockey Lam, Beijing Linux User Group [email_address] www.beijinglug.org
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Define “community”
  3. 3. Founding a community
  4. 4. Growing a community </li><ul><li>Online presence with BLUG case study
  5. 5. Offline presence with BLUG case study </li></ul><li>More tips
  6. 6. What it takes to be a community leader </li></ul>
  7. 7. Define “community” <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community
  8. 8. Local community, not just online community </li></ul>+
  9. 9. <ul>Founding a community </ul><ul><li>Communicate with other FOSS related communities nearby
  10. 10. Spread the word of your intention
  11. 11. Find a location
  12. 12. Schedule a time
  13. 13. Communicate with your target audiences </li><ul><li>Free newspapers / magazines
  14. 14. Blogging
  15. 15. New media e.g. facebook, twitter, linkedin </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Founding a community <ul><li>Host a initial meeting to discuss: </li><ul><li>The goals
  17. 17. Building an online platform (for people to find you from the Internet)
  18. 18. Establishing a mailing list for communication
  19. 19. Hosting regular meetings (decide the best date / time / location for the group)
  20. 20. Getting a few volunteers to help out
  21. 21. Next topics (what people are interesting about) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Growing a community <ul><li>Membership: Open to public and Free to join
  23. 23. Online presence: Website </li><ul><li>Announce activities clearly and early with maps / date / time / agenda (REGULARLY)
  24. 24. Archive your activities
  25. 25. Communication: Mailing list VS Forum
  26. 26. Pick the right URL and host your website
  27. 27. Pick an infrastructure that is easy: </li><ul><li>For multi-users to contribute
  28. 28. To add features and components </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 29. BLUG Case Study: Website
  30. 30. News / Meetings announcement <ul><li>Meetings reminder by SMS VS Emails </li></ul>
  31. 31. BLUG Forum <ul><li>Different categories </li></ul>
  32. 32. BLUG Chatbox <ul><li>Open for non-members / members </li></ul>
  33. 33. BLUG IRC Channel <ul><li>Provide supports to members @Freenode #chinalug / #beijinglug </li></ul>
  34. 34. BLUG Groups
  35. 35. BLUG Planet <ul><li>Planet BLUG is a window into the world, work and lives of Beijing LUG members and contributors </li></ul>
  36. 36. BLUG WIKI
  37. 37. Growing a community <ul><li>Offline presence: Regular meetings </li><ul><li>Time: available and convenient
  38. 38. Location: available and accessible
  39. 39. Key points: </li><ul><li>Regular
  40. 40. Consistent, host as promised and advertised
  41. 41. Maintain good relationship with vendors
  42. 42. Affordable and diversity
  43. 43. Avoid weekends or peak time/ hour
  44. 44. Booking in advance and arriving earlier </li></ul></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Growing a community <ul><li>Topics: </li><ul><li>Technical presentations
  46. 46. Interesting projects / topics
  47. 47. Informal discussion groups
  48. 48. Installfest
  49. 49. Configuration, coding and bug-fixing
  50. 50. Social </li></ul><li>How? </li><ul><li>By members themselves
  51. 51. By talking to companies and other communities
  52. 52. By joining conferences and inviting speakers </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. BLUG Case Study: Activities
  54. 54. BLUG offline activities <ul><li>Meeting: Regular meetings and Guest in town
  55. 55. Social: Chuanr (skewers) night and Anniversary
  56. 56. Conferences: SFD, installfest and other events
  57. 57. Interest group meetings </li><ul><li>Coding for Fun
  58. 58. Quadcopter
  59. 59. Educational Linux
  60. 60. RepRap
  61. 61. Techwomen
  62. 62. Much more </li></ul></ul>
  63. 63. More tips <ul><li>Elect a representative for your community
  64. 64. Find out what your members want to do
  65. 65. Create open communication between members
  66. 66. Avoid self-promotion and company promotion
  67. 67. Not to involve “money” if possible
  68. 68. Get a group identity </li><ul><li>Jon Phillips, Founder of Open Clip Art Library: “Remember, the BLUG is totally not a LUG, its one of the best sets of people I’ve met working in this area in any city with great ideas and focus, and not just coming to get their printer working.” </li></ul></ul>
  69. 69. More tips <ul><li>Get approached by press
  70. 70. Have social events regularly
  71. 71. Host FOSS events once / twice a year
  72. 72. Get your members involved
  73. 73. Reward your members
  74. 74. Have name cards for yourself / your core members
  75. 75. Maintain / update the website </li></ul>
  76. 76. Be a community leader <ul><li>Don't be afraid to be the leader
  77. 77. Have people skill
  78. 78. Time and Patience
  79. 79. Introspection, commitment and honesty
  80. 80. Greet / Listen to your members
  81. 81. Put community first
  82. 82. Share decision making process
  83. 83. Able to take criticism
  84. 84. Achievement and Satisfaction </li></ul>
  85. 85. Community Rocks! Any question? [email_address] www.beijinglug.org
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