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Given the open source movement, the growing popularity of the Internet and social networks, and the cornucopia of new tools for collaboration, more and more people are looking for ways to build community around things that used to be done by individuals or tightly controlled groups: art, product development, news, political statements, and so on. We’d like to help people build communities to do these things.
The Art of Community came about because we thought that it would be a great idea to write a book about community using a wiki so that a community could grow around the book, and edit and write the book with us. We have selected a different person to lead each chapter, similar to Beautiful Code. You will hear from many of these authors during the Art of Community lightning talks.
Dawn M. Foster is currently the Director of Developer Relations at Jive Software, a collaboration software company in Portland, OR. She has more than 12 years of experience in technology and software with expertise in open source software, web 2.0, social media, blogging, and community building.
Dawn is the author of Fast Wonder: An Open Culture Blog and is currently working on a book for O’Reilly Media about the Art of Community. She organizes a monthly Portland BarCamp Meetup event for local technology employees, is an organizer for the Portland BarCamp event, and helps organize Ignite Portland. She is a co-founder and Chair of Legion of Tech, a non profit organization focused on providing free events by and for the Portland Technology Community.
Previously, Dawn worked at Compiere, Intel, and a Midwestern manufacturing company in positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher to open source strategist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.
Danese Cooper has a 15-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. Cooper worked for six years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. on the inception and growth of the various open source projects sponsored by Sun (including OpenOffice.org, java.net and blogs.sun.com). She was Sun’s chief open source evangelist and founded Sun’s Open Source Programs Office. She has unique experience implementing open source projects from within a large proprietary company. She joined the OSI Board in December 2001 and currently serves as Secretary & Treasurer. In March 2005, Cooper joined Intel to advise on open source projects, investment and support. She speaks internationally on open source and licensing issues.
Allison Randal is a software developer and open source strategist. In over 25 years as a programmer, she has developed everything from games, linguistic analysis tools, e-commerce websites, and shipping fulfillment, to compilers, database replication systems, mobile apps, and talking smart-home appliances, worked as a language designer, project manager, conference organizer, and editor, been a board member of several open source software foundations, written three books, and founded a tech publishing company. She is co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders, on the board of directors of the Perl Foundation, and CTO of DrugDev, Inc. She collaborates in the Debian, Ubuntu, Python, and Perl open source projects. Her current hobby is astrophysics.
Programmer at Elevated Code working with Ruby, Rails, and occasionally iPhone development.
Writer of essays, recipes, horror comics, and knitting patterns.
Photographer working with digital and film cameras, including Polaroid, Holga, and pinholes.
Community organizer of unconferences like WhereCampPDX, and co-founder of Open Source Bridge.
Core team member of the infamous Calagator.
Agitator for a variety of grassroots local tech.
Sulamita Garcia is Latin America Open Source Strategist at Intel. She is responsible for creating and maintaining a comprehensive LAR Linux strategy that takes into account all aspects of the Linux environment, including key elements around the community, government, standards, and vendors. She holds major Linux certifications: LPI level 2 and RHCE. After several years ahead Linuxchix Brazil, she was elected co-coordinator of Linuxchix International. She has worked for several years in Linux integration, security and development, and wrote several technical papers about high availability, load balancing and Slackware.
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Nnenna Nwakanma is Dreamfish Community Lead and Chair of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa. She has been one of the major Civil Society actors in the World Summit on the Information Society and advices on the use of technology for development.
A key participant in the Global Information Society, she advises on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and is also an accomplished Civil Society trainer on major Information Society issues.
Nnenna Nwakanma has been part of the founding members of various ICT initiatives in Africa – The African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), the African Network of Information Society Actors – ANISA, and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa – FOSSFA.
Nnenna has lived in in Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. She speaks English, French and local West African languages
Nnenna is running an ICT consultancy firm, nnenna.org. She is one of the Directors of Open Source Intiative, Chair of FOSSFA council and Vice President of the Digital Solidarity Fund.
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Stormy Peters is Director of the Mozilla Developer Network. Stormy is passionate about open source software and educates companies and communities on how open source software is changing the software industry. She is a compelling speaker who engages her audiences during and after her presentations and frequently speaks on business aspects of open source software.
In addition to Mozilla, Stormy is a founder and board member of Kids on Computers, a nonprofit organization setting up computer labs in developing countries. She also serves on the board of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Conservancy provides a non-profit home and infrastructure for FLOSS projects.
Stormy joined Mozilla from the GNOME Foundation where she served as executive director. Previously, she worked at OpenLogic where she set up their OpenLogic Expert Community, and Hewlett-Packard where she set up their Open Source Program Office. Stormy graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Computer Science.
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Zaheda Bhorat has been successful in her career as a catalyst for change. In the early days of open source she managed the OpenOffice.org project and community and took the project from inception to a 1.0 release. With her experience of building communities of contributers, she created one of the first open source marketing projects with a global team of passionate volunteers to promote both open source and launch the office suite. Zaheda has a passion for applying open source processes beyond code, and has engaged contributors in localisation communities, education and adoption for Free and Open Source software, particularly in the developing/emerging markets. Zaheda is an open advocate in her role at Google as an Open Standards Programs Manager. She has over 15 years software industry experience, holds a BSc in Computer Science and lives in California.