The Art Of Community is a new book designed to explain how to build a strong effective community.

The book covers a wide range of topics including planning a community strategy, mapping out governance, building excitement and buzz, processes, tools and infrastructure, conflict resolution and more.

The book is much more than merely a set of guidelines though. It is a patchwork of experiences, stories and anecdotes from a diverse range of communities, each illustrating the concepts in the book. You can learn more about the book by clicking here.

The Art Of Community will be published by O’Reilly and available from all good bookstores. In addition to this, the book will be available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike license. This will enable you to download it freely, share it and build upon it.

Keeping Up To Date

artofcommunityonline.org has been launched to track the progress of the book. This site will feature a range of different types of content:

  • Regular updates about progress on the book, and discussion of many of the topics discussed in the Art Of Community.
  • Regularl requests for comments and opinions about different aspects of community, many of which I will feature in the book.
  • Profiles of the people and communities featured in the book.
  • Sneak peeks, samples and sections posted as a taster of the content to come.
  • News about the book release, reviews, opinions and promotional events will be posted here first.

If you are curious about the Art Of Community this is the place to be. Rock and roll.

So how can you stay up to date? How can you easily get all of those juicy updates delivered right to you? Easy:

  • Subscribe – subscribe to the blog RSS feed to have updates delivered directly to your feed reader or browser. This is the easiest way to keep up to date. Subscribe and enjoy the posts.
  • Twitter – follow my Twitter account for regular updates as they happen about the writing.
  • You should also check back often to join in the discussions with the community surrounding the book!

So, this is an exciting day that marks the beginning of the road to an exciting book. Stay tuned!

5 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. Florian January 14, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Jono,

    I really impressed and excited about your upcoming book. I already read your announcement yesterday on planet.gnome.

    I hope for a big success of your book and also for the whole open source community.

    Best regards from Germany


  2. JoshPanter January 14, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Subscribing. I’ll be watching (and commenting so long as my words still seem to have any modicum of substance to them) as this project rolls along.

    I really look forward to being a part of this (so much as I can) as it unfolds. There’s a great aspect of the community at play, that in this, we can all share in the pride and accomplishments of one another, we can allow ourselves to experience the excitement and enthusiasm of a project such as this collectively.

    I wish this all the success it could possibly achieve.

  3. Jono Bacon January 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks so much, folks! :)

    Really glad to have your contributions too JoshPanter!

  4. Tom Christoffel January 15, 2009 at 3:20 am #

    Google’s Blog alert sent me to this post because of the term “community.” This project may be of interest to subscribers of Regional Community Development News, so I will include a link to it in the January 14 issue. A link to the newsletter will be found at http://regional-communities.blogspot.com/ Please visit, check the tools and consider a link if you are involved in regions work. Tom

  5. Jono Bacon January 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Tom: thats great, thanks for posting a link. Would love to have those folks involved in the discussions. :)

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