The critically acclaimed The Art of Community by Jono Bacon and published by O’Reilly brings together over a decade of experience in growing, empowering, and leading communities to success.


The book includes coverage of:

Build Community Strategy

Build an effective strategic plan the focusing on growth, collaboration, and meeting stakeholder requirements.

Create Awesome Collaboration

Coverage of infrastructure, communication, processes and building an effective collaborative on-ramp.

Build Excitement and Participation

Learn how to get people excited and motivated about your community and goals using a variety of approaches, techniques, and media.

Use Social Media Effectively

Use social media to grow awareness and active involvement, while avoiding the pitfalls of this growing trend.

Get People Together To Create

Learn how to organize and run community events, including conferences, summits, and sprints.

Solidify Capable Governance

Discover how to plan your governance infrastructure, codify it, and ensure your leaders are motivated and effective.

Effective Community Management

Learn how to hire a community manager, plan their work, and ensure they are reliable yet inventive at building stunning community.

Learn From The Best

The book also includes interviews with established community leaders across a range of disciplines and industries.

Including a Foreword by:


Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief at Wired magazine, and author of the New York Best-selling The Long Tail.

Also includes the foreword from the first edition with Leo Laporte, founder of the TWiT Network.

Featuring Interviews With

Linus Torvalds
Creator, Linux

Mike Shinoda
Creator, Linkin Park

Tim O’Reilly
Founder, O’Reilly Media

Mårten Mickos
CEO, Eucalyptus and MySQL

James Spafford
Media Molecule and LittleBigPlanet

Dries Buytaert
Founder, Drupal and Acquia

Mark Bussler
Creator, Classic Game Room

Mike Linksvayer
CTO, Creative Commons

Mary Colvig
Mozilla

Richard Esguerra
Humble Indie Bundle

Ilan Rabinovitch
Co-Creator, SoCal Linux Expo

Carolyn Mellor
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