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LESSONS ABOUT
COMMUNITY FROM
SCIENCE FICTION
Presentation available at http://fastwonderblog.com/speaking/
Dawn M. Foster
...
WHOAMI
Geek, traveler, reader, PhD
student
20 year tech career. Past 15 years
doing community & open source
Read 73 books ...
BIGGER ONTHE INSIDE
Communities look very different
from the inside than
when viewing them as an outsider
ALL ABOUTTHE PEOPLE
Communities are about the
people who participate,
not about the leaders
DON’T GOTOO FAR
Take time to understand the community
and participate gently to start
without doing too much at once
DON’T BE A REDSHIRT
Participate and contribute
in a way that people will
notice and value your work
Read John Scalzi’s ‘Re...
SPECIALIZATION IS FOR INSECTS
The best community members
are the ones who can help
in a wide variety of ways
3 LAWS AND GUIDELINES
Guidelines / code of conduct
that change and evolve as needed
ANDROIDS AND EMPATHY
Don’t act like an android,
show empathy and
consider the impact of your actions
YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED
Bring new community
members into your
collective for new ideas
COMMUNITY METRICS
Measure community activity
to track progress, identify issues and
recognize great community members
NO MONSTERS
Different isn’t bad,
disagree with ideas,
not the person
MENTORING
Train the next generation
and help others succeed
THEYOUNG CAN CONTRIBUTE
Age is often unknown,
encourage young people
to contribute
STRONG WOMEN
Encourage women in our field
and get more women
speaking at our events
CONTROL ISSUES
Maintain balance
to keep things productive
while not being too controlling
PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
Travel and
meet interesting people
working on global projects
NOT AS EASY AS IT SEEMS
It's not all parties and fun travel.
It’s also a lot of real work and
sometimes means being the ba...
DON’T PANIC
Things will go wrong
keep things in perspective
calmly recover
THANK YOU
Dawn Foster
University of Greenwich, PhD Student
@geekygirldawn, dawn@fastwonder.com, fastwonderblog.com
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Sci-Fi and Community: DevRelCon 2015

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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.
* Travel to strange new worlds and meet interesting people.

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Sci-Fi and Community: DevRelCon 2015

  1. 1. LESSONS ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM SCIENCE FICTION Presentation available at http://fastwonderblog.com/speaking/ Dawn M. Foster @geekygirldawn dawn@fastwonder.com University of Greenwich, PhD Student
  2. 2. WHOAMI Geek, traveler, reader, PhD student 20 year tech career. Past 15 years doing community & open source Read 73 books per year, 2 years in a row, mostly sci-fi / fantasy I keep a list:
 http://fastwonderblog.com/about/reading/ Photos by Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  3. 3. BIGGER ONTHE INSIDE Communities look very different from the inside than when viewing them as an outsider
  4. 4. ALL ABOUTTHE PEOPLE Communities are about the people who participate, not about the leaders
  5. 5. DON’T GOTOO FAR Take time to understand the community and participate gently to start without doing too much at once
  6. 6. DON’T BE A REDSHIRT Participate and contribute in a way that people will notice and value your work Read John Scalzi’s ‘Redshirts’
  7. 7. SPECIALIZATION IS FOR INSECTS The best community members are the ones who can help in a wide variety of ways
  8. 8. 3 LAWS AND GUIDELINES Guidelines / code of conduct that change and evolve as needed
  9. 9. ANDROIDS AND EMPATHY Don’t act like an android, show empathy and consider the impact of your actions
  10. 10. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED Bring new community members into your collective for new ideas
  11. 11. COMMUNITY METRICS Measure community activity to track progress, identify issues and recognize great community members
  12. 12. NO MONSTERS Different isn’t bad, disagree with ideas, not the person
  13. 13. MENTORING Train the next generation and help others succeed
  14. 14. THEYOUNG CAN CONTRIBUTE Age is often unknown, encourage young people to contribute
  15. 15. STRONG WOMEN Encourage women in our field and get more women speaking at our events
  16. 16. CONTROL ISSUES Maintain balance to keep things productive while not being too controlling
  17. 17. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE Travel and meet interesting people working on global projects
  18. 18. NOT AS EASY AS IT SEEMS It's not all parties and fun travel. It’s also a lot of real work and sometimes means being the bad cop.
  19. 19. DON’T PANIC Things will go wrong keep things in perspective calmly recover
  20. 20. THANK YOU Dawn Foster University of Greenwich, PhD Student @geekygirldawn, dawn@fastwonder.com, fastwonderblog.com Some of my favorite modern sci-fi / fantasy authors: Hugh Howey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Brandon Sanderson, Connie Willis

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