Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Get Your Community Story Featured in New O'Reilly Book

I got an email recently from Marsee Henon, UG Manager at O'Reilly Books. She gave me permission to repost it here.

If you missed your opportunity to get a story in "Chicken Soup for the Nerd's Soul" then we've got a great opportunity for you.

From Marsee:

    We're working on a new book called the "The Art Of Community: The Book On Building Community" by author Jono Bacon and we need your help.

    As part of Jono's aim to use stories and anecdotes to illustrate the concepts in the book, he is looking for your great stories of community building. He has gathered content from a range of contributors including Jeremy Allison (Samba), Chris Messina (SpreadFirefox), Leslie Hawthorn (Google), Paul Hudson (Linux Format Magazine), Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons), Cristina Verduzco (SPCA), Ton Roosendaal (Blender) and many more.

    Jono explains:
    "Hi everyone! I am really excited about making The Art Of Community a diverse, wide-ranging guide to building strong community. I am really excited about hearing community stories from a range of areas, inside and outside of Open Source, Technology and Media. If you have interesting (and possibly amusing) stories that you feel illustrate interesting examples of building processes, setting up infrastructure, creating buzz and excitement, managing conflict, organizing events, communicating effectively, scaling up community, measuring your work or anything else, I would love to hear your story. Simply send me an email to [email protected] with a short Bio of yourself and your story.

    If it fits well in the book, I will be sure to add it. Thanks everyone!"

    So there you have it: get your community featured in the hot new community book from Jono Bacon. Jono is busily writing, so send your stories in as soon as possible!

    Related Links:

    * Art Of Community website -
    * Twitter Updates -
    * Updates -
    * Art Of Community Facebook Page -
    * Jono Bacon's Website -

    Read on for more information about the book--

    Every software project, online site, or company has to manage the community of interested people surrounding it. The community is the source of new ideas, a reliable support network, and the best marketing tool. When money is tight, making the best use of the community is even more critical.

    Author Jono Bacon has been building and managing communities for over a decade, particularly in areas of Open Source software such as KDE and Ubuntu. He is currently Community Manager for Ubuntu, probably the largest community in the Open Source software area. His experience and his relationships with other communities and leaders provide a rich and deep well of expertise for this book.

    In The Art of Community you'll experience the broad range of talents required to recruit members, motivate them, manage them, and make them happy to be part of your community, online or otherwise. Bacon takes you through the different stages of community and covers the information you'll need, ranging from software tools to conflict resolution skills.

    The Art Of Community underlines and illustrates this large body of knowledge with a compendium of stories, anecdotes and tales that bring the concepts to life. Bacon's amusing and witty writing style makes the Art Of Community a fun read that is sure to help you build strong, effective and engaging communities.

    As Bacon writes The Art Of Community, a new community is gathering around the book at where he is regularly providing writing updates, sneak peeks of the content, news and discussion about building strong community.

    The Art Of Community will be published by O'Reilly and also available online under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial ShareAlike license.

    Thanks for your help!

    Marsee Henon
    UG Manager
    [email protected]

The SMB/SBS community is on the largest, strongest communities on earth. It is in over a hundred countries, it exists in both the physical and the online worlds. We have some great stories.

Let's share!


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