From Cooking in Co-Ops to Apache Commits: Insights from Growing Horizontal Communities

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Excerpt

The collaborative learning and changemaking open source culture and tools has proven that the collective is now stronger than any of its parts. But what are the most effective strategies for growing an community in the Millions? In this talk I'll showcase insights we can garner from intentional communities such as community radio stations and the cooperatives and how you can use those techniques to grow, scale and manage open source communities.

Description

The collaborative learning of open source culture has proven that the collective is now stronger than any of its parts. From Linux to Hadoop to Ushahidi, open source proves that we now rely on communities of leaders to foster change.

In this talk I’ll discuss insights we can garner from intentional communities such as community radio stations and the cooperatives and how you can use those techniques to grow, scale and manage open source communities. Looking at my time in community radio and living “a cooperative lifestyle” in the largest student cooperative association in the world, I will showcase the lessons learned and how I bring them to my work with the MongoDB community every day. We will see how we can glean insights from collaborative and horizontal movements in terms of decision making, community engagement and equity, and other collaborative theories to nurture our communities and “commit to master”.

Some topics that will be addressed:
—Consensus Voting vs. Git Commit
—Representation and equity in community radio and open source
—Leadership and Responsibility
—Evangelism and Advocacy

Speaking experience

I have no conference speaking experience.

I speak at New York Developer Evangelism events from time to time and I will be speaking at Flossie '12 in the UK on May 25-26 2012. I do have public speaking experience as a radio host for WOBC (http://www.wobc.org/2010/03/wobc-news-319/, http://www.wobc.org/2010/02/wobc-news-226/). I have also spoken at conferences and events as an undergraduate at Oberlin College.

Speaker

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    Biography

    Francesca is the community marketing manager for mongoDB at 10gen. In this role, Francesca supports mongoDB user groups around the world to grow the community, connect developers and determine best strategies for ensuring user success. In a past life, Francesca was a talk director and a community engagement specialist forWOBC, Oberlin College and community radio. In her three years at WOBC, Francesca helped bring hundreds of community members into WOBC’s control room to teach them vital audio editing and journalistic skills. She loves Arduinos, is a fan of Ruby and is currently learning all about web sockets with node.js