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The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation

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Online communities offer a wide range of opportunities today, whether you're supporting a cause, marketing a product or service, or developing open source software. The Art of Community will help you develop the broad range of talents you need to recruit members to your community, motivate and manage them, and help them become active participants.

Author Jono Bacon offers
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 24th 2009 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 1st 2009)
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Angela Alcorn
I think Jono needs to be a little more clear on who his audience is exactly. He gives many examples from an opensource community with a focus on writing software together (which leaves the examples with enough technical jargon that I wouldn't recommend the book to be read by really non-technical people) and then he details specifics of how Twitter works (which I'm sure wasn't really relevant to people who are technical enough to understand his examples).

I think the book is well balanced in term
Tee Jay
Sep 14, 2011 Tee Jay rated it liked it
The Art of Community is a good read, although it may be slightly too technical for those looking to start a community that is not software-based. At times I found myself thinking, “what would grandmothers, church groups, or any other non-technical crowd make of this?” I understand that Jono has tremendous experience as a community manager for Ubuntu, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just think that the book is slightly out of focus when it attempts to simultaneously address both the techni ...more
Eva Amsen
Most examples come from the tech community, and not everything translates to other fields: For example, he talks a lot about situations where the community works together on a project. That isn't as common outside of tech, where often a community just gets together (online or elsewhere) to discuss things - not create things.
Some chapters in the book I just skipped through because they either weren't relevant to me, or just long lists of tips that are good to have as a reference, but not so grea
Jono Bacon's book makes a very interesting reading despite the misleading title.
I manage a few online communities and I was interested in learning from an experienced professional (Jono) how to improve my communities and my management style. The title of the book, as well many of the reviews I read were very positive. Only after reading a few dozen pages I recognized that this was not the book I was expecting. “The Art of community” is not about all online communities, it’s only about online co
Jun 07, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
Bacon, Jono. The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation. O’Reilly, 2009.

Bacon became fascinated with Ubuntu, Linux, and the open source world, learned as much as he could about it (largely self-taught), and started teaching others, through articles, podcasts, blogs, discussion forums, and now this book. Bacon’s concern in the book is the power of community. Given that so many pundits are heralding a new age of collaboration, unlimited by geographical boundaries, how does one g
Luciano Palma
Mar 04, 2013 Luciano Palma rated it really liked it
A good book, clarifying a lot about the work of a Community Manager and showing the value that companies can get by understanding the dynamic of Communities and investing on it.
Unfortunately, the author focus so much on describing his job, transforming the book in a guide for dealing with open source software development Communities. The tools and technologies involved sometimes are really specific, as well as some processes that are more of a picture of what the author's company already do than
Mar 27, 2014 Trella rated it really liked it
Fresh out of college, I was determined to find a textbook for my brand new field. The Art of Community filled that need beautifully.
Yves Hanoulle
Jul 28, 2012 Yves Hanoulle rated it it was amazing
I love this book.
It's a few years ago I bought this book. Recently I read it again and I noticed I used so many of these ideas in the communities I am building.
I build communities during my whole life, yet it was only after I had read this book, that my communities started to thrive.

I see some remarks that this is only about opensource projects I disagree. yes the examples are comming from the open source communities. I think that is normal as that is Jono's world.

For me they work both in the co
Dec 19, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Not bad.

Very in-depth and very practical. Not a lot of theory. But the examples are pretty nice.

This felt like a textbook, with all of the good and the bad that implies. But if you want to manage some kind of community, this is probably essential.
Oct 08, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biz-reads
I loved this book, not just because it demonstrates how much goes into creating effective communities, but how much communities and groups can accomplish when motivated and organized. I wrote a long-form review here:
Dec 28, 2010 Amy marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Open source fans, community leaders.
Recommended to Amy by: Jono (I follow him on twitter etc)
I've started this book twice; once on the computer, and once on my ereader. I'm in the middle of something else right now, but I think this is the next book I'm reading.
Efe Misirli
Dec 14, 2014 Efe Misirli rated it really liked it
The only book on the market on community building right now. Well written though kinda longer than it has to be.
Jan 28, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing
A brilliant discussion of building communities on line. Everything is here. All you need to do is get started!
Justin Andrusk
Feb 14, 2012 Justin Andrusk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Opensource folks
Recommended to Justin by: Nobody
Not bad and much of what Bacon said amounts to adapting solid organization skills to a community.
Jan 07, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn how to better "herd cats".
Textbook like resource that is also highly readable.
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Jono Bacon (full name Jonathan Edward James Bacon) is a writer and software developer based in the United Kingdom. Bacon started his work with the Linux community when he created the UK Linux website, Linux UK. When he left this project he moved on to join the KDE team, where he created the KDE::Enterprise website and KDE Usability Study. He has also been involved with helping charities using free ...more
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