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This blog is to share community building stories, experiences and lessons learned. We want to share stories of what worked and what did not work so well for. Sometimes we will ask for opinions from other community builders and share problems we are facing with the wider world. We hope this blog will become a plave for debate and collaboration.

Who are we? We are a few employees at the Symbian Foundation, who work with communities. The initial contributors to this blog are Ian Hutton, Lars Kurth, Lauren Sarno, Sebastian Brannstrom and Victor Palau. But we are open to invite others in the Symbian community and beyond to join the blog. When we started our jobs, we realized that there is not much material and help on community building out there. Building communities is truly an art today, but shouldn’t be.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.
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