General impressions from the Community Leadership Summit


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 want to encourage you to check out the notes from the Saturday and Sunday sessions: they are still be a bit unstructured, but will get there as attendees add to the notes and edit the wiki’s.

I feel quite energised and wanted to point to a few discussions which were particularly valuable:

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!

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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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6 Responses to General impressions from the Community Leadership Summit

  1. Great post. I love the “You are killing your community” article. Lots in there we need to consider particularly around the Bug Squad, for which we are looking into a larger degree of self governance.

    A regional CLS in London sounds good, let’s do it!

  2. By the way, did you do your session on how to communicate in a modern community?

    • Lars Kurth says:

      It went well, so did one I did on Architecture of Community: the notes still need to be cleaned up for these. Or moved from pieces of paper to on-line.
      Lars

  3. ArnaudL says:

    Plenty of advices that we can use to grow our communities like Wild Ducks.
    We need to put that in practise.

  4. Lars Kurth says:

    The following talk was also great and relevant to community building: see http://www.oscon.com/oscon2010/public/schedule/detail/13542 – no slides at this stage yet though

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