July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Community leadership workshop

Jono Bacon (Jono Bacon Consulting)
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Collaboration D139/140
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

An interest in building strong communities.

Materials or downloads needed in advance

No prerequisites required. Notebook and pen is recommended.


This training workshop pulls together a set of recommendations and lessons learned from building practical communities. The workshop will not just cover practical recommendations for building the different pieces of a community (e.g. infrastructure, process, governance), but will also cover the challenge of building buy-in for a community in an organization, managing relationships, keeping stake-holders involved, and delivering results.

This workshop differs from previous ones in that it strives to provide a behind-the-scenes set of recommendations that could only really be shared from a position of experience and slugging it out in the field.

It is led by Jono Bacon, leading community manager, speaker, and author. He wrote The Art of Community for O’Reilly, managed the Ubuntu community for nearly eight years, and recently joined XPRIZE as senior director of community. He is also the creator of the popular Community Leadership Summit and Community Leadership Forum.

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Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon Consulting

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, and author. Currently he works as senior director of community at the XPRIZE Foundation, and was formally the Ubuntu community manager at Canonical, optimizing and growing the global Ubuntu community. Jono is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practices. The author of the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), he is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit, and the Community Leadership Forum. He is also a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practices. Jono has provided community management consultancy for both internal and external communities for a range of organizations. This includes Deutsche Bank, Intel, SAP, Sony Mobile, Samsung, Open Compute Project, IBM, Dyson, Mozilla, National Finishing Contractors Association, AlienVault, and others. In addition to The Art of Community, Jono co-authored Linux Desktop Hacks (O’Reilly), Official Ubuntu Book (Prentice Hall), and Practical PHP and MySQL (Prentice Hall), and has written over 500 articles across 12 different publications. He writes regularly for a range of magazines. Jono was the co-founder of the popular LugRadio podcast, which ran for four years with 2 million+ downloads and 15,000 listeners, as well as spawning five live events in both the UK and the USA, and co-founded the Shot Of Jaq podcast. He co-founded the Bad Voltage podcast, a popular show about technology, Open Source, politics, and more. Bacon is also the founder of the Ubuntu Accomplishments, Jokosher, Acire, Python Snippets, and Lernid software projects. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jack.