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How to Herd Cats and Influence People

Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical

Track: People
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: F151

When talking about free software, the word 'community' comes trotting closely behind, and has become a Fully Buzzword Compliant (FBC) term. Although bandied around by those with and without whispy beards, there is often confusion and misunderstanding about how exactly community works and how we can improve our different communities. Clearly different people see community in different ways, but surely there must be an underlying structure common to all communities? Surely we can draw some parallels with different communities?

In this entertaining and anecdote driven talk, Jono Bacon takes a stroll through the meaning of community, how the free software community has developed from the early days, how the business world have handled open communities in good and not-so-good ways and how to practically improve your communities with hands-on advice. The presentation also delves into successful communities in action, and the techniques involved in creating communities that are exciting, productive and fun to be part of, all backed up with solid, applicable advice and guidance. Finally, Jono will share some thoughts and experience of how the Ubuntu community works, where it is moving forward and what challenges lie ahead.

If you are curious about how to build better communities, or are just befuzzed about them, be sure to come along to this interesting and amusing presentation.