Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon

Community manager, author and speaker.

  • @jonobacon

Berkeley, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • open source
  • KDE
  • consulting
  • speaking
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 ( is one of the widest read Open Source weblogs and he writes regularly about community management.

The Art of Community The Art of Community
by Jono Bacon
Second Edition May 2012
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

The Art of Community The Art of Community
by Jono Bacon
August 2009

Linux Desktop Hacks Linux Desktop Hacks
by Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon
March 2005
Print: $24.95
Ebook: $19.99

Jono blogs at:

"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."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Vol. 17 No. 4/5, July/October 2012

"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. "
--A. Jurek,

"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."
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"The book is a good read for anyone wanting to learn how to develop communities."
--Janette Toral, Sun.Star Cebu

"...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’"
--Ed Bremner, Ariadne

"...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. "
--Todd R. Weiss, ComputerWorld

"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. "
--Patricia Kutz, Vallejo Community Examiner

"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."
--Seif Lotfy, GNOME Foundation, Zeitgeist Co-Founder and Team Leader

"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."
--Paul Cooper, Moblin UI & Apps Engineering Manager, Intel

"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."
--Don Marti, Conference Chair, OpenSource World and Organizer, Windows Refund Day, Burn All GIFs Day, Free Dmitry, and FreedomHEC.

"...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."
--Irina Slutsky,

"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."
--Pete Kronowitt, Linux and Open Source Strategist, Intel

"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."
--Mark R. Hinkle, Vice President of Community, Zenoss Inc.

"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. "
--Danese Cooper, Open Source Diva and OSI Director

"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. "
--Ryan Paul, Ars Technica

"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. "
--Dan Goldstein, Professor of Marketing, London Business School and Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research

"The book is a good one and, definitely worth a read. "
--Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay, Random thoughts and serendipity

"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."
--Brian Teeman,

"...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."
--John Jacobs, Patchwrangler

"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."