I love this book.
It s a few years ago I bought this book Recently I read it again and I noticed I used so many of these ideas in the communities I am building.
I build communities during my whole life, yet it was only after I had read this book, that my communities started to thrive.
I see some remarks that this is only about opensource projects I disagree yes the examples are comming from the open source communities I think that is normal as that is Jono s world.
For me they work both in the commercial as in voluntary communities I have.
Thank you Jono.
Tremendous work being done by Jono to create the book It covers all aspects of community management, sometimes event too many details Overall great book.
Communities Offer A Wide Range Of Opportunities Today, Whether You Re Supporting A Cause, Marketing A Product Or Service, Or Developing Open Source Software The Art Of Community Will Help You Develop The Broad Range Of Talents You Need To Recruit Members To Your Community, Motivate And Manage Them, And Help Them Become Active Participants Author Jono Bacon Offers A Collection Of Experiences And Observations From His Decade Long Involvement In Building And Managing Communities, Including His Current Position As Manager For [ Pdf The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation ½ alternate-history PDF ] by Jono Bacon ã Ubuntu, Arguably The Largest Community In Open Source Software You Ll Discover How A Vibrant Community Can Provide You With A Reliable Support Network, A Valuable Source Of New Ideas, And A Powerful Marketing Force The Art Of Community Will Help You Develop A Strategy, With Specific Objectives And Goals, For Building Your CommunityBuild Simple, Non Bureaucratic Processes To Help Your Community Perform Tasks, Work Together, And Share SuccessesProvide Tools And Infrastructure That Let Contributors Work QuicklyCreate Buzz Around Your Community To Get People InvolvedTrack The Community S Work So It Can Be Optimized And SimplifiedExplore A Capable, Representative Governance Strategy For Your CommunityIdentify And Manage Conflict, Including Dealing With Divisive Personalities Good info, but tedious readingThe book is really about community management, IE Managing people from around the world who may not be under your direct authority.
It started off well, but it is hard to get through.
Ì The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation Î Jono Bacon s book makes a very interesting reading despite the misleading title I manage a few online communities and I was interested in learning from an experienced professional Jono how to improve my communities and my management style The title of the book, as well many of the reviews I read were very positive Only after reading a few dozen pages I recognized that this was not the book I was expecting The Art of community is not about all online communities, it s only about online communities for open source software Great topic if your community is about developing some piece of software in an open source context, but not very useful if your community is a group of people sharing a common interest but not working together toward a common goal Jono tries to generalize his experience for a wider audience presenting a few non open source cases and examples But i Bacon, Jono The Art of Community Building the New Age of Participation O Reilly, 2009 Bacon became fascinated with Ubuntu, Linux, and the open source world, learned as much as he could about it largely self taught , and started teaching others, through articles, podcasts, blogs, discussion forums, and now this book Bacon s concern in the book is the power of community Given that so many pundits are heralding a new age of collaboration, unlimited by geographical boundaries, how does one go about organizing those who are interested in a given cause Bacon has been involved with several online communities, and this book is basically a how to manual about forming a community that will last, produce, collaborate, and even get along Bacon describes each step toward building a complex, multi functional community He asserts that these communities can be formed around any interest, on Most examples come from the tech community, and not everything translates to other fields For example, he talks a lot about situations where the community works together on a project That isn t as common outside of tech, where often a community just gets together online or elsewhere to discuss things not create things Some chapters in the book I just skipped through because they either weren t relevant to me, or just long lists of tips that are good to have as a reference, but not so great to read through I do really like Chapter 7, Building Buzz , which does go beyond the tech industry and really emphasizes how communities grow and how to reach an audience However, even here there tends to be too much detail It starts with a great big picture overview, and later goes into the nitty gritty of how to submit a paper to a conference.
A good book, clarifying a lot about the work of a Community Manager and showing the value that companies can get by understanding the dynamic of Communities and investing on it.
Unfortunately, the author focus so much on describing his job, transforming the book in a guide for dealing with open source software development Communities The tools and technologies involved sometimes are really specific, as well as some processes that areof a picture of what the author s company already do than a general framework for managing any Community sorry for using the term managing just like the author, I don t believe that Communities should be managed The Art of Community is a good read, although it may be slightly too technical for those looking to start a community that is not software based At times I found myself thinking, what would grandmothers, church groups, or any other non technical crowd make of this I understand that Jono has tremendous experience as a community manager for Ubuntu, and there s nothing wrong with that I just think that the book is slightly out of focus when it attempts to simultaneously address both the technical and non technical crowds My advise would be to pick one audience and stick with it, not write for both The result of not having just one audience firmly in grasp is a sort of communication breakdown that occurs because, for some readers, the text is too technical, while for other readers the book may not be technical enough A perfect example of this audience disc