Hello all!

Firstly I apologise for the lack of updates recently on the Art Of Community. The reason for this is simple: I have been feverishly working on the book! It turns out that with my normal busy schedule as Ubuntu Community Manager, work on the book and keeping the website up to date, something was going to slip a little. I am going to endeavour to keep you all updated with news though!

I also had the opportunity to attend the SoCal Linux Expo in LA where I met with Andy Oram for the first time. It was an excellent show as usual, and the excitement around the Art Of Community was fantastic. Many people came over and offered their support for the book both inside my talk and outside on the show floor. I am really excited about delivering the book and hope everyone finds it useful in building their own communities.

So where do we stand on the content? Good progress is being made on the book and I am busy working through a large chapter on Governance. The chapter will be exploring the many different approaches to governing a community, exploring how some example communities govern themselves, a case study on the Ubuntu governance model, how to set up community councils, approaches to membership, codifying your governing bodies and more. I think this is going to be one of the most anticipated and most important chapters in the book, and I am paying particular care and attention in ensuring it covers as much ground as possible.

In addition to this we are working through the edits. Stuart just got back some comments on the Processes chapter, Simon is working on the Workflow chapter and I am waiting on some further comments from some other proof reading superheroes.

More news soon!

3 Responses to “Update”

  1. JoshPanter February 28, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    AFK! What? At some fancy Linux event? How dare you! You need to feed the animals…feed us! “Busy” riiiight, you’re just a big slacker, but it’s ok…you’re forgiven (this time).

  2. Patrick Wagstrom February 28, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    Just out of curiosity, will the governance chapter have anything about balancing a community with commercial interests? It seems like many communities have commercial sponsors, but unfortunately, the commercial sponsors rarely seem to know what they’re doing.

  3. JoshPanter March 1, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    @patric wagstrom: I’d be interested in that as well, the whole “Hybrid Economy” thing is fascinating to me, and the community side of a hybrid economic model is certainly an important aspect of that reality, if not the main driving force.

    I think of the Drupal community whenever this comes up. An open source and community driven project with a prominent commercial angle to it, and a lot of little eddies in the economic water stirring up about it in its wake. Of course Canonical is another example of a commercial interest taking advantage of and guiding a community of users.

    Likewise I have to echo the question..is any of this going to be a focus?

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