Chapter 1 Released

Folks, I am proud to announce the release of what is likely to be the final version of the first chapter of The Art Of Community.

In this chapter I lay the foundations of the book, talk through some of the underlying elements around collaboration, belonging, opportunities, the driving forces in community, and set the tone for the rest of the book. While this is only 26 pages out of 350+ in the book, and is more introductory than hands-on, it should give you a decent idea of the lay of the land.

Go and download Chapter 1 here, let me know your thoughts and do tweet / dent / blog / talk / squawk about it. For those of you who use IRC, I will also be hanging out in #artofcommunity on Freenode. come and join us. :-)

Also, I am going to be looking for reviews of the chapter (you can see reviews of the wider book here) – if you would like to write a review, please either add it to this entry as a comment or mail me at jono AT jonobacon DOT org with your review. Please include your name and organization/project. Thanks!

25 Responses to “Chapter 1 Released”

  1. Adam Moore July 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    This first chapter is very well written and is spot on according to my experiences with communities and in particular open source communities. I can’t wait to read more.

  2. Jonas Granqvist July 16, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Excellent! Very well written och funny :-) I hope the rest of the book is as good as this.

  3. Ranjun chauhan July 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Jono, I am a pat of a team at IBM that is building and nurturing our communities. I really enjoyed the first chapter and looking forward to the book. Relevant to our work here.

  4. Mean-Machine July 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    I’m not going to read it… I hate spoilers :P

    I am waiting for my pre-ordered hard copy to be delivered next month, hopefully.

  5. Jack Repenning July 16, 2009 at 9:10 pm #

    Hey, I’m likin’ this! A book about community from the perspective of the community!

  6. Nick Ellery July 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm #

    Really enjoyed this first chapter! Very well written, with some great humour.

  7. M Josephine Speed July 16, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Marching side-by-side is where communities implement a process. The planning is done in a circle.

    I really like your statement that “maybe” requires some planning.

    I lived in an intentional community, and have been a live-in nanny to a few families, and I studied Kiersey and Bates’ 4 personality styles. Basic physical health is a drive. Belongingness is a driving characteristic, usually expressed in skills development so they can contribute to their group(s). Some people prioritize status, which is required to stay alive on this crowded planet. Some prioritize emotional comfort around others. For example, SJ’s live within a bubble-sort style while NT’s live with guiding-principles preceeding actions.

    I love your quotes from your sources.

    The social capital infrastructure delivers opportunity. –I love this.

    Imagination is for planning. Belief guides the plan.

    The flow-chart of being enabled: being healthily alive (or attempting to be more alive), belonging (which is what skills development contributes to greatly), having some status so the person is actually listened to and planned for, sharing resources–an emotional high.

    The purpose of enabling is to add to one’s experiences and beliefs so that one can moderate (weaken or strengthen) his/her beginnings and previous experiences and beliefs. This is called personal growth and is as satisfying to an adult as sensory integration is to a child. Not to say that children don’t appreciate personal growth, but real awarenss of it follows the development of sensory integration, which becomes somewhat strong around age 10 in most of the children studied during the middle of the last century.

    Feuerstein, MEDIATED LEARNING EXPERIENCES. An old book addressing intention experiences. A leader can color the whole community and might get them out of balance — too much red-based color and not enough blue-based — by influencing the choice of experiences too strongly.

    The group becomes unbalanced relative to the spectrum of life when some of the members feel entitlement. Of course, some groups SET OUT to be more blue than red. Still, inter-personal trust in the group and trust in the group processes is a balanced and realistic part of groups.

    Everyone in the group who is approachable and sensitive will gain some trust and hence have some leadership role at times, and with various people. Friendship is composed of people sharing these characteristics amongst themselves.

    People in community who do not have approachable personalities and beliefs can be affected through experiences in the group. If they never are so affected, they almost never stay in the group.

    Learning TOO often from mistakes takes too much of the community’s time and resources. Better to talk in a larger group and use the imagination to predict.

  8. M Josephine Speed July 16, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    I want to use this email, but can’t get it to respond to the mouse

  9. Sue John July 17, 2009 at 4:46 am #

    Jono, you are the “secret sauce” in your book. Loved, loved, loved the first chapter. Great humour, great real life examples. Can’t wait to read more

  10. Simon July 17, 2009 at 4:47 am #

    Love the first chapter, can’t wait for the rest. My wife is completing her PhD which deals with community and Social Capital. Have been hearing the buzzwords for years, now have framework in which to hang them. Seems that the idea of community can extend out with communities within communities, up and down the scale. What you are saying is resonating with my management style at work.

  11. James Reilly July 17, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    The first chapter was an interesting read: nice start!

    I have one small suggestion. I think communities always start with the interests, needs and motivations of each individual. I felt a short discussion about that might be a bit missing.

    Each person in any community often first has some: self interest, issue, belief or need, and an internal impulse (‘desire to belong’) or external impulse (some ‘push’) to become active or take action even by themself, and then the desire or impulse to join and participate in a community around the same interest?

    I mean that before “we” is “me”?

    So perhaps a short sub-section on the needs and motivations of the “Individual” (each ‘me’) might be worth adding somewhere in “The Essence of Community” section, or before “Building Belonging into the Social Economy”.

    This is just a suggestion, and I’ll be interested to read more as the work progresses :-)

  12. Myke July 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    This is great stuff, Jono. I honestly couldn’t stop reading it – very well written. I look forward to reading the rest.

  13. akos July 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Really enjoyed this first chapter! The humor is the smile of the Angel!

  14. Tom July 18, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    Loved it, but drop the “as fanciful” in “important as world peace or as fanciful as … kittens with guitars”

    I think everybody will get the joke.(And only then it will be a joke.)

  15. Benjamin July 19, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    Fantastic. I’m looking forward to the release.

  16. Nathaniel Sabanski July 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    Good job Jono!

  17. Nathan Handler July 21, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    The first chapter of the Art of Community has definitely lived up to my expectations. As I was reading it, I could not help but compare what Jono said to the various communities that I currently participate in. My entire perception about what a community is and what holds it together has drastically changed as a result of the ideas presented in the first few pages of this great book. I am looking forward to being able to read the rest of this book when it is released.

  18. Joshua Daniel Franklin July 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    Jono, I enjoyed the whole chapter, but I’m a bit concerned that it is so heavy on theory when it’s a practical book. The first 4 pages totally grabbed me, but then it gets into social economy and I slipped into acedia. Not necessarily a problem since it’s good to read the foundational stuff a few times. I’m also really glad it includes the table of contents, that’s the best teaser of all to me.

    I also just blogged about the book:

  19. Zac July 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    I am going to hold out and wait for the book to be released. Looking forward to it.

  20. Alastair Shand August 1, 2009 at 4:12 am #

    What a great read. You have a very good mix of information, stories and humour. I am really looking forward to the book. It will make us all aware of what community is really about.


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