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August 19, 2009

The Art of Community--New from O'Reilly: Building the New Age of Participation

Sebastopol, CA—Online 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 (O'Reilly, US $39.99) by Jono Bacon 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.

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 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 community
  • Build simple, non-bureaucratic processes to help your community perform tasks, work together, and share successes
  • Provide tools and infrastructure that let contributors work quickly
  • Create buzz around your community to get more people involved
  • Track the community's work so it can be optimized and simplified
  • Explore a capable, representative governance strategy for your community
  • Identify and manage conflict, including dealing with divisive personalities

In the age of participation, there is no better tour guide than Jono Bacon. The Art of Community teaches leaders how to increase collaboration and authenticity. This isn't just for technology leaders—anyone who wants to harness community for their cause should read this book.
– Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation

For a review copy or more information please email kathrynb@oreilly.com Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Jono Bacon is an award-winning leading community manager, author and consultant, who has 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.

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For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596156718

The Art of Community
Jono Bacon
ISBN: 9780596156718, 392 pages,
Book Price: $39.99 USD, £26.99 GBP
Ebook Price: $23.99 USD

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