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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December 06 2013Nelson Mandela passed away today. He was 95. I am not going to pretend to know all the details about his life or the intricacies of his struggle. What I do know is that he inspired a generation around change and equality. It was not just his philosophy that inspired… read more
December 06 2013Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (Bryan Lunduke is unable to make it again, although we do of course hope that he recovers from whatever horrific disease he’s contracted) bring you: Open Source Health: are the open source community more unhealthy than most? Perhaps the trend for health-related gadgets will… read more
December 05 2013I don’t normally write posts about issues with organizations, but as I mention later in this article, there wasn’t a good avenue to share this with Target, so I am sharing it here so Target (as well as other consumers) can be aware of some of these issues. I like… read more
December 05 2013In every release cycle we have a number of events organized that brings our community together to create things, share ideas and knowledge, and more. I just wanted to share the latest raft of planned events: Ubuntu App Development Sprint – 12th Dec – an online sprint where we will… read more
November 21 2013In our third episode, your hosts Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (our compadre Bryan Lunduke is away cavorting around Europe) bring you discussion, argument, and amusement on: We delve into the new Playstation 4 and XBox One consoles and discuss whether this is the next generation of gaming, or… read more
November 14 2013Just a quick note that the Ubuntu Developer Summit schedule is pretty much ready for next week. Be sure to check it out and plan your time to join the sessions you are interested in. Thanks! read more
November 13 2013Free Software is not just software or a philosophical attitude to freely available software. Free Software is a catalyst for change in a constantly evolving world that is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Unfortunately while many of us are getting faster and faster computers on our desktops and… read more
November 12 2013For many years I have been a long supporter of the Creative Commons. I believe Free Culture is good for people; it brings enjoyment, encourages sharing, helps creates an archive of material others can use in their own creative endeavours and more. Over the years pretty much every piece of… read more
October 26 2013Some years ago I used to do a podcast called LugRadio. We did it for four years, delivered 140+ episodes, had 2 million downloads, and it spawned five live events. We wrapped it up as I moved to the USA, but then a little later Stuart Langridge and I experimented… read more
October 22 2013Many of you will have heard about Ubuntu’s convergence goals on the client side — running a single, consistent code-base and experience that adapts to phones, desktops, tablets, and TVs…but are you aware of our convergence on the cloud? Ubuntu and our cloud orchestration service, Juju, provides a platform and… read more
October 18 2013Ubuntu 13.10 is out, get it here! This release packs some significant punch – we have the first version of Ubuntu for phones, Mir is shipping on the phone images, a new Ubuntu SDK, an entirely new app developer upload experience, new version of Juju, Juju GUI, smart scopes integrated… read more
October 10 2013Just to share with my good friends on Planet Ubuntu…with update 90 on the Ubuntu for phone images Mir has been enabled by default. So far everything is working pretty smoothly on my Nexus 4. There are some bugs, which is to be expected, but nothing major from what I… read more
October 04 2013Today I took a short screencast of the winner of the Ubuntu App Showdown, a neat reddit client called Karma Machine. In the video you can see the app first at the size of a phone as I demonstrate it’s features, and then I re-size it to the size of… read more
August 30 2013I believe that in the entire history of Ubuntu we are at the most exciting time we have ever experienced. With Ubuntu we set out with a clear mission: to build an elegant, beautiful, Free Software platform that brings powerful, easily accessible, technology to all. We are gritted in our… 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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