As mentioned earlier, I was at the CLS 2010 in Oregon. I learned and awful lot, made many connections and came away with many ideas. It will take some time to go through it all, make sense of it and share with you. One of the most striking realizations for me was that: “We are not alone”. Most community leaders, managers, active community members across many communities struggle with similar issues.
At this stage, I wanted to share some general expressions. The CLS was the best organised unconference I have ever been to. The spirit was great, the organisation was fantastic and the people were friendly and from many different backgrounds. The basic structure was a plenary kick-off in the morning, sessions (determined on the day) and a feed-back plenary session in the evening. On the second day, most feedback had been acted upon: so the second day was even better than the first!
I feel quite energised and wanted to point to a few discussions which were particularly valuable:
- Bootstrapping a Community
- You are killing your community
- The Open Source Way (collaborative Wiki book looking for people to join)
Also, the idea of organising a regional CLS day in sometimes in 2011 feels very attractive. Others are planning meetings in the Bay area (in fact there has been one already), Munich and a few other places. Let me know what you think!
And a big thank you to everybody who helped organise it!