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If you think you saw this presentation at LinuxCon last year, you're wrong! To avoid boring people to death, I have a completely new set of slides and lessons for 2014.

This talk focuses on community tips told through science fiction. While the topic is fun and a little silly, the lessons about communities are real and tangible. Here are just a few of the things that I will talk about:
* Borg assimilation and bringing new community members into your collective for new ideas.
* Specialization is for insects. The best community members are the ones who can help in a wide variety of ways.
* Community members are valuable, don’t treat them like minions.
* Travel to strange new worlds and meet interesting people.

If you think you saw this presentation at LinuxCon last year, you're wrong! To avoid boring people to death, I have a completely new set of slides and lessons for 2014.

This talk focuses on community tips told through science fiction. While the topic is fun and a little silly, the lessons about communities are real and tangible. Here are just a few of the things that I will talk about:
* Borg assimilation and bringing new community members into your collective for new ideas.
* Specialization is for insects. The best community members are the ones who can help in a wide variety of ways.
* Community members are valuable, don’t treat them like minions.
* Travel to strange new worlds and meet interesting people.

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Lessons about Community from Science Fiction - LinuxCon Chicago

  1. 1. LESSONS ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM SCIENCE FICTION Presenta(on  (with  notes)  available  at  h3p://fastwonderblog.com/speaking/ Dawn M. Foster Director  of  Community  at  Puppet  Labs @geekygirldawn dawn@puppetlabs.com  
  2. 2. WHOAMI • Geek, traveler, reader • Past 13 years doing community & open source • Read 73 books last year, mostly sci-fi / fantasy • I keep a list: http://fastwonderblog.com/about/reading/ Photos by Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  3. 3. DON’T PANIC Most things will work out if you have smart, flexible people in your community.
  4. 4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE Many people working together on a common goal.
  5. 5. LIKE FAMILIES You can’t fully understand unless you are part of the community.
  6. 6. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED Bring new community members into your collective for new ideas
  7. 7. NO MINIONS Community members are valuable, don’t treat them like minions.
  8. 8. NO RAGE Take time to cool off and don’t participate when you are angry.
  9. 9. RECOGNITION Do good things for others and recognize their contributions.
  10. 10. INDIVIDUALISM Open source communities are filled with crazy (but awesome) individualists doing interesting things.
  11. 11. SPECIALIZATION IS FOR INSECTS The best community members are the ones who can help in a wide variety of ways
  12. 12. COOLTECHNOLOGY Participation in communities is a great excuse to play with new technologies.
  13. 13. TRAINING Participation in open source communities gives people real-life, on the “job” training that can help them get work later.
  14. 14. LEARN FROM OTHERS Get new ideas and insights from other people and other communities.
  15. 15. GOOD INTENTIONS Assume community members have good intentions and focus on education and improvement. “Undomesticated equines could not drag me away.”
  16. 16. MORE DIVERSITY Focus on the ideas and work together with people from diverse backgrounds.
  17. 17. MORE WOMEN Encourage women in our field and get more women speaking at our events www.usenix.org/blog/my-daughters-high-school-programming-teacher
  18. 18. COMMUNITY METRICS Measure community activity to track progress, identify issues and recognize great community members
  19. 19. NOT AS EASY AS IT SEEMS Community management is not all parties and fun travel. It’s also a lot of real work and sometimes involves being the bad cop.
  20. 20. BOLDLY GO Travel to strange new worlds and meet interesting people
  21. 21. THANK YOU Contact  info:  Dawn  Foster @geekygirldawn dawn@puppetlabs.com fastwonderblog.com Some of my favorite modern sci-fi / fantasy authors: Hugh Howey Lois McMaster Bujold Brandon Sanderson

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