“The Art of Community” at OSCON 2006

In about a half and hour, I’ll present a 5 minute “lightning talk” as part of the “Art of Community” session here at O’Reilly’s OSCON 2006. I’m basically going to be talking about some of the most basic principles around creating a community within a corporation – hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, find the mavens and give them a home, it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission, keep it open and inviting, etc. And work your butt off to support the community – not the tool, or project, or product, but the people. That’s what community is all about humans with ideas. What do I know about community in a corporation? Not as much as lots of other people, but I have managed to create a wiki community within Intel with tens of thousands (est.) of users.

I’ve been here for a couple of hours, catching up on some email, and taking a quick wander around the exhibit hall. There’s a great Make Magazine booth in the O’Reilly section, with lots of cool stuff (their electronics kits, boxed sets of Year 1, etc.). I bought a license plate frame – geek pride! :-) Powell’s Technical bookstore also has tons of books available here (mostly O’Reilly titles, of course). Powell’s is the largest independently owned bookstore in the nation, and if you’re ever in Portland, you should really check out their main location on Burnside. You’ll get lost for hours if you’re not careful.

I’ll post more notes after my session. Wish me luck!