People Powered Community Building Book Club/Event

franksmcb franksmcb at
Mon Sep 7 22:29:35 UTC 2020

Hello Flavours!

Community building event notification.

Monica Madon and I have done some planning with Jono Bacon on a free
community building event. We like to see if anyone on the community
management side of the various flavours would be interested in

The short blurb is that this is an event/bookclub based on Jono's
"People Powered" book on community building which will run for several
weeks with a weekly QA session with Jono. It's mainly focused on
open-source communities.

There is an excellent press release that Monica has written that I will



Press release follows:

Virtual Book Club ‘Powers’ Communities Around The Globe.

/Jono Bacon to offer free, 11-week online book club for his
community-centered People Powered./

September 6, 2020

Anyone interested in creating a community or making their existing
community better can take part in a global book club to discuss the do’s
(and don’ts) of building and maintaining communities. The group will
read Jono Bacon’s /People Powered/, with discussion on Slack and weekly
Q&A video sessions with the author. The book club, which takes place
entirely online, is free and will run from October 6 to December 15,
with Q&A calls every Tuesday at 9 a.m Pacific Time.

Communities are at the heart of endeavors like open source, and other
organizations have embraced more community-oriented models, both
internal and external. Recent conversations in discussion forums and
conference talks have explored how to make communities more responsive,
more collaborative, and ultimately more successful. /People Powered/,
published in November 2019, explains the draw of communities and the
pitfalls inherent to building them. Though the principles in the book
are tailored for businesses, they can be applied to countless other
organizations. As COVID-19 forced many companies to remote working and
pushed numerous organizations to move their conferences online, creating
internal communities that can thrive while distanced is crucial.


Given Bacon’s extensive background in open source communities, it’s
fitting that two members of an open source project approached Bacon with
the idea of an online, community-focused book club to read through
/People Powered/and use discussion to help improve their respective
projects and communities.


Bacon loved their proposal. “Group learning is always more fun than
sitting alone with a book and no-one to ask questions to,” he said. “It
provides a place where you can explore ideas, ask questions, better
understand the concepts, test ideas, challenge your assumptions, and
overall grow and learn faster.”

Both Bacon and book club organizers hope anyone who wants to start a
community or make their existing community better will take advantage of
this chance to not only learn from the book and its author, but from
each other. “This is a unique opportunity,” one of the organizers said,
“for smaller projects to have access to a resource like this.” To
paraphrase one of the best television shows in recent years, this isn’t
just a book club - it’s a community.

/Information on the book club, including sign-up instructions, can be
found at _ The book
is available in hardcover and Kindle formats, and can be purchased
through Amazon and through independent booksellers. Members of
underrepresented and untapped groups can get a free copy through
Discourse at _ Signups
are open until October 2, and further information on the Slack group
will be e-mailed to participants closer to the first Q&A./

Press Contact: Monica Ayhens-Madon, Open Source contributor

Phone: +1 252-367-8117 (Eastern Daylight Time UTC -5:00)

Email: mayhens at

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