Building an Open Community
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Building an Open Community

An easy to follow roadmap. Start an open creative community from scratch. Grow it into a big, active, impactful group of contributors.

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An easy to follow book-roadmap to build your community

  • Start an open creative community from scratch (just you and an issue you want to address).
  • Grow it into an active, big and impactful group of contributors.
  • Use the power of open creative communities to make things happen.

    It's based on my experience growing Drupal France 2008-2009 and Museomix 2011-2013

    It's also based on the repeated formula for instant micro-community launches used with OrsayCommons, ArtGame weekend, Responsive Museum Week, Coding Goûter…

    Why this book? Isn't there many books on community building?
    • This book is a roadmap, so you can start where you are today, and follow the path
    • Social networks have totally changed community building - in an unexpected way!
      • It has made people meet more in physical spaces, in meetups.
      • Events are crucials.
    • This book doesn't assume you already have a community. You can start with a community of one, ie. you!
      • They are many books out there on community *management*,
      • or books that are written as if you already had dozens of people with you and your problem was planning your community in advance.
      • But today, your problem is to start your community from scratch.
      • Or today, your problem is get it from a dozen of people to many more.
      • Do you care today about managing conflicts in a huge mailing list?
        • Well, maybe you are not there. Or you are, or will be.
        • In all case, what you need is to have a map, starting from where you are *right now*.
      • I didn't found a book that was a community building roadmap, so I decided to write it!
    • Open Creative ommunities are powerful
      • They will turn your idea into reality
      • They will make your idea into something better, unexpected, wider and more fun!
    • Open Creative Communities are hard to start and grow
      • They don't just happen
        • Drupal
        • Linux
        • Wikipedia
      • They are many ways to start them,
      • They are many people telling you how to *manage* them
        • Management is for settled organizations, not for growing communities
        • an open community is always growing and shrinking, at the same time
    • Open Communities are easier than ever to start and grow
      • Because of, you know, that little thing called the Internet :-)

    The chapters

    • Forewords for the alpha-readers
    • Community? What are we talking about here?
    • Why this book? Isn’t there many books on community building?
    • From you to two: starting a community from scratch
    • From ten to open: transparency and inclusion
    • From many to massive: close collaboration at scale
    • Webography: learning from great articles

    About the Author

    Julien Dorra
    Julien Dorra

    Since 2008 I launched multiple communities at the crossing of creativity and technology: #museomix • Dorkbot Paris •

    In 2008 and 2009 I participated in growing the Drupal France community from a dozen of people at a first meetup to setting up a 900-participants Drupalcon Paris. It took multiple realspace events, including a dedicated experimental new event format for helping NGOs, and many, many online conversations with consensus mode on :-)

    Since 2011 I'm the community building specialist and co-founder of Museomix, an international community of museum geeks. We focus on setting up yearly community-driven, hackaton-like 3 days events in museums. The museum stays open to the public during the event! We over-design the event pace and milestones, so that real, working hardware prototypes are actually build in 3 days, and can be experimented by the public as new museum experiences.

    In 2013, there will be 6 Museomix events in 6 museums in France, UK and Canada, during the same weekend.

    Table of Contents

    • Forewords for the alpha-readers
    • Community? What are we talking about here?
    • A quick review of existing types of communities
    • open creative communities
    • Why this book? Isn’t there many books on community building?
    • This book is a roadmap
    • This book don’t distinguish between online or offline communities
    • But why building open communities?
    • From you to two
    • Be ultra precise on the issue you want to solve, the frustration you want to lift, the injustice you want to stop.
    • The mullet website
    • have a short, simple, I-could-tell-it-to-you-in-a-casual-conversation manifesto
    • Use an event to focus everybody on the core issue
    • I heard I need to seed my community for months and months?
    • The mullet website
    • From ten to open
    • when is the time right for opening?
    • Be radically transparent
    • Have every conversation in public by default
    • Give new comers ways to listen, to learn the culture
    • Be radically inclusive
    • Be polite!
    • Represent your community at events, talks, blogs…
    • Host meetups
    • Tell the story of how things are coming together
    • Community platform
    • Don’t act like if you had 1 millions members
    • From many to massive
    • Fish for diversity
    • You’ll have to account for various languages : English is the international language, but local communities will want to do things in their own native language too
    • Identity and values are key
    • Close collaboration on a massive scale
    • Help growing smaller inside communities
    • Call for help!
    • Built up simple[what does simple mean???] programs to suck in volunteers
    • Give the power/responsibility to represent your community to everyone that want to do it
    • a community is always growing and shrinking, at the same time
    • Webography
    • Dunbar neocortex groups and language
    • increasing FOSS participation
    • CatB and the good critical article
    • Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
    • your community is your best feature
    • Open Advice Book

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