Community Relations Book Club FY20Q4 - "The Art of Community" by Jono Bacon
"The Art of Community" by Jono Bacon Online communities provide a wide range of opportunities for supporting a cause, marketing a product or service, or building open-source software. The Art of Community helps you recruit members, motivate them, and manage them as active participants. Author Jono Bacon offers experiences and observations from his 14-year effort to build and manage communities, including his current position as manager for Ubuntu.
Discover how your community can become a reliable support network, a valuable source of new ideas, and a powerful marketing force. This expanded edition shows you how to keep community projects on track, make use of social media, and organize collaborative events. Interviews with 12 community management leaders, including Linus Torvalds, Tim O’Reilly, and Mike Shinoda, provide useful insights.
- Start Date: 2019-12-20
- Time: 10:00 AM EST
- Facilitators: @c_hupy and @slee24
- Zoom: Meeting Link
- Meeting agenda: (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LI0Z0aR8FRFi871aaHD0c36JypB0gh_waAEmfdFe2Ko/edit?usp=sharing)
- Handbook: https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/leadership/book-clubs/
If you want to participate in this book club:
- Buy the book
- React to this issue with blue_book: once you have a copy.
We'll meet once a month and discuss a particular section of the book. At each book club meeting, we'll:
- Arrive having pre-read the section for that week.
- Discuss any interesting captions or concepts that caught your attention. Please include page numbers.
- Discuss any practices from the book that we can try at GitLab.
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- Create a proposed schedule
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- Setup meetings and invite participants
The impetus to start the book club was based on several new team members joining the Community Relations team. We thought it would be a good way for everyone to get to know each other and also become familiar with the theory and philosophy and art of building a community. Also, the importance of community and communicating with the community has been brought into light given all of the events quarter (FY20Q4).
We will be viewing where we are at today (both as a team and the broader company) and where we want to go through the philosophy, approach, and best practices in the book. We will use this issue to summarize our guidance in working with and building the community currently and moving forward. It is a good way to draw visibility to how we as a company work with the community.
In the spirit of the book, we will be identifying some action items from each discussion. We'll also be posted some though-provoking passages from the book here in the issue and discuss the following threads.
"The emphasis of our work should be on getting on the front lines and trying out ideas instead of burying our heads in a book...focus your practical efforts”