Two More Reviews

“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


“Who would have known, when I first met a scruffy student from Wolverhampton Uni at a LUG meeting all those years ago, that he would end up being the name on the Internet synonymous with the word ‘community’. The fact that the Internet’s Jono Bacon is now one of the foremost authorities on building and nurturing a community shows that in an volunteer project no one cares about your questionable dress sense, dodgy taste in music, or strange choices in facial hair – all that matters are your contributions, and your ability to get on with, and inspire, others.

In this book Jono draws upon a wealth of experience from projects small to big (and when you consider the worldwide phenomenon that was LugRadio, and the worldwide phenomenon that is Ubuntu, you’re talking pretty big) to layout a blueprint for creating and sustaining communities, as well as using real world examples from Prime Ministers to Celebrity Chefs to ground the topics in a wider context. There a nice balance in that many of the examples based on success stories, but Jono is brave enough to also illustrate his points with some of his (relatively few) mistakes.

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

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