Community manager, author and speaker.
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Jono Bacon is an award-winning leading community manager, author and consultant. Currently the community manager for the worldwide Ubuntu community, Bacon is a regular keynote speaker, has also authored four books and acted as a consultant to a range of technology companies. Bacon's weblog (http://www.jonobacon.org/) is one of the widest read Open Source weblogs and he writes regularly about community management.
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June 11 2014I am a firm believer in building strong and empowered communities. We are in an age of a community management renaissance in which we are defining repeatable best practice that can be applied many different types of communities, whether internal to companies, external to volunteers, or a mix of both.… read more
May 29 2014Recently I announced I am stepping down as Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical and moving to XPRIZE as Senior Director of Community. Today is my last day at Canonical. I just want to say how touched I have been by the response. The comments, social media posts, emails, and calls… read more
May 29 2014As many of you will know, I organize an event every year called the Community Leadership Summit. The event brings together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community. The event pulls together these leading minds in community… read more
May 19 2014After nearly eight years of service at Canonical, I will be stepping down as the Ubuntu Community Manager and leaving my fellow warthogs at Canonical on 29th May 2014. I have always been passionate about two things in my life. Firstly, I want to go to work every day and… read more
May 13 2014Ubuntu has always been about breaking new ground. We broke the ground with the desktop back in 2004, we have broken the ground with cloud orchestration across multiple clouds and providers, and we are building a powerful, innovative mobile and desktop platform that is breaking ground with convergence. The hardest… read more
May 02 2014With the growth of the Internet and the ease of publishing content, more and more creative minds are coming online to share videos, music, software, products, services, opinions, and more. While the technology has empowered a generation to build new audiences and share interesting things, an unfortunate side-effect has been… read more
April 17 2014My apologies in advance for the shorter blog post about this, but like many other Ubuntu folks, I am absolutely exhausted right now. Everyone, across the board, has been working their collective socks off to make Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a fantastic release on desktop, server, and cloud, and pull together… read more
April 03 2014I just wanted to let you folks know that I am recruiting for a community manager to join my team at Canonical. I am looking for someone with strong technical knowledge of building Ubuntu (knowledge of how we release, how we build packages, bug management, governance etc), great community management… read more
April 02 2014At the last Ubuntu Developer Summit we discussed the idea of making our regular online summit serve more than just developers. We are interested in showcasing not just the developer-orientated discussion sessions that we currently have, but also including content such as presentations, demos, tutorials, and other topics. I just… read more
March 06 2014As some of you will know, I founded the Community Leadership Summit that takes place in Portland, Oregon every year. The event brings together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community. Each year we discuss, debate and… read more
March 06 2014Next week we have our Ubuntu Developer Summit, taking place online from Tues 11th March 2014 – Thurs 13th March 2014. Go and see the schedule – we still have lots of schedule space if you want to run a session. For details of how to propose a session, see… read more
February 27 2014Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and myself discuss: Tech conferences — which ones are good, which ones are not, and why? Desktop machines versus laptops, and a review of Stuart’s new gorgeous desktop computer from PC Specialist Whistleblowing. In the light of the Snowden and Manning revelations, is whistleblowing… read more
February 27 2014So, today we announced the Ubuntu App Showdown where you can build apps with the Ubuntu SDK and win some awesome prizes such as the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet and the Meizu MX3. This got me thinking, which apps would a love to see on Ubuntu as part of the… read more
February 27 2014Today we launched our next Ubuntu App Showdown. The idea is simple: you have six weeks to build an application with the Ubuntu SDK that converges across both phone and tablet (which is simple). We have the following categories, each of which has a prize: QML – a native app… read more
June 01 2011Community development is an organic process full of unique experiences and turns. So it should be no surprise the Community Leadership Summit followed a similar path. read more
January 18 2011Chart success would be nice, but Severed Fifth has a loftier goal than most bands. They want to use hallmarks of the open source movement — specifically, community involvement and free distribution — to change the music business. read more
April 30 2006Community is a tough science, and one that cannot be boxed and put on a shelf. With the advent of Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Fedora and Freespire, is community playing an increasing role in Open Source, and if so, how is the community and economics of Open Source changing? read more
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"This book is the definitive guide to organizing, managing,
and empowering online communities through the use of social media, project involvement, and real-world events."
"For anyone who has never thought about community organizing or has created a community by the seat of their pants but now would like to tweak it, The Art of Community is a great resource providing a balanced treatment of the issues involved in creating and running a community dedicated to a specific objective. "
"Whether you work for a large firm or operate a one-person shop built around an online presence, you should check out this newly updated guidebook."
"The book is a good read for anyone wanting to learn how to develop communities."
"...this book is undeniably well constructed, full of useful information and written in an entertaining way by someone who truly believes in the power of community"
"...the diverse lessons in this book -- from how to handle conflicts, to "aspiring to inspire," to learning to be a community leader by listening to others and working with them instead of being a dictator -- are also great lessons in our offline, real world. This is a fun read with fascinating observations on the human condition. "
"O'Reilly books are the gold standard in cutting edge technology titles. This book takes this subject down from the 30,000 ft level into the trenches where all the hard work is done. It takes strong leadership skills and suite of very smart tools to build and maintain Internet communities. This book fills a very big vacuum in this topic. "
"As a rock solid book The Art of Community is not only about communities, but also management, organization and even marketing it is the bible for community leadership. This book should have been out a long time ago and reading through the chapters made me reflect on almost every important situation I had to face with teams, from conflicts all the way to handling buzz. It would have helped solve some of the issues I was stuck in much faster then I did (although all the issues solved in the end were exactly how Jono described it). I am eager to apply more of this wisdom on the current projects I am involved in."
"This book will be useful for anyone looking to build a volunteer community around any kind of project or cause whether it involves software, open-source, racoons, or none of the above."
"If you listen to open source fans, you might get the idea that 'the community' is elves who come out of the woodwork to fix your broken software while you sleep. In The Art of Community, Jono Bacon explains how reality is a little more complicated, and what the community needs in return. This book will help you get started with the diverse skills required to keep a collaborative community on track, including copywriting, social software selection, conflict resolution, and measuring if it's all working."
"...following Jono's suggestions may yield you what every leader (even a capitalist) wants a loyal and passionate community willing to collaborate to achieve a common goal."
"Jono Bacon has long been an insightful voice for open source community. Now his artful stories, distilling the ethos of organizing people and activities on the net, at conferences, and in our daily routines, provide a framework for successful, community building strategies."
"Communities are very complex ecosystems of human beings. Cultivating, growing, shaping and guiding the community to make them productive is definitely as much (or even more) art as science. In The Art of Community Bacon does an excellent job explaining in detail the considerations for managing and cultivating a healthy open source community. He provides a blueprint for developing and maintaining an open source community in a programmatic way and his attention to detail and understanding of the dynamics of communities make this book an invaluable resource for anyone looking to build and maintain a community. Drawing from his own extensive experience, Bacon does a great job of explaining how to help foster a community and provides great advice ranging from choosing infrastructure, measuring growth and even hiring a community manager. All and all a must-read for any community manager."
"Jono Bacon's The Art of Community is a wonderful meditation on building communities using modern infrastructure tools and practices gleaned from the Free and Open Source Software movement. Jono's examples, taken from his work on Ubuntu, give a good picture of a working community and how it functions. The fact that the book is backed by a conference and an online community means this fine effort will potentially continue to grow into the watering hole for community gardeners, leaders and managers.
"The success of the open source software movement demonstrates that no obstacle is insurmountable when people come together around a shared vision. In The Art of Community, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon gives readers a profound glimpse into his hands-on experience as the orchestrator of one of the movement's most powerful communities. His book offers valuable lessons on effective leadership and community building. Its compelling combination of useful theory, real-world best practices, and instructive personal anecdotes make it a richly comprehensive guide for both aspiring and experienced community leaders.
"One thing that's impressed me about Jono Bacon, something one can notice back when he and others were building a community around their pioneering Linux podcast, is that he simply gets the concept of community. It comes out in most everything he says, and most every decision he makes. This is the kind of a person you want writing a book on the topic. open source community building cannot be boiled down to a formula. It's a constant effort, a soft science, an art, and Bacon is an ideal art teacher. "
"The book is a good one and, definitely worth a read. "
"It doesn't matter if you are involved in an established Open Source community project, thinking of starting a new project or battling through some community issues this book is for you...Jono Bacon has unparalleled experience in cultivating and motivating to become active parts of vibrant and successful on-line communities...When you've read the book for yourself I am confident that, like me, you will be enthused with new ideas that you are bursting to implement."
"...once Jono Bacon gets down to the business of sharing his years of free software CM skills from the KDE and Ubuntu communities his programmer's mindset comes to the fore and a nice set of dot pointed tips and steps emerges as a good structured framework for community building."
"The Art of Community tackles a very difficult question in the Open Source world: how do you build a strong community around your project? Jono addresses this by using anecdotal evidence of good community organization, and discussing the facets that apply to community development...I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the dynamics of a community or any project leader looking to build from the ground up."
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