Tom Sawyer

Since I've recently been on one of my Tom Sawyer rants again about the lack of humility I see in many community efforts, I thought I'd share a story that might help you visualize the role your organization could play in the communities it belongs to.
0 comments Posted 7 Mar 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
I’m always looking for interesting new communities to highlight here on opensource.com. Over the past year, I’ve covered everything from Wikipedia to OpenIDEO to The White House and am, frankly, overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of new community-building efforts going on out there. Seems like every... Read more
2 comments Posted 1 Mar 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
Recently, fellow opensource.com writer Chris Grams remarked that our collection of articles and tips on community-building was getting rather large. Perhaps we had the material to write a set of best practices for building communities. So here’s my stab at it.
1 comment Posted 1 Feb 2011 by Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat) Feed
Over the past month or so, I've been having a conversation with Iain Gray, Red Hat Vice President of Customer Engagement, about the ways companies engage with communities.
0 comments Posted 3 Nov 2009 by Chris Grams Feed
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Tom Sawyer, whitewashing fences, and building communities online, where I outlined one of the biggest mistakes I see companies make when figuring out their community strategy-- they expect a mythical "community" will paint their fence for them. But not everyone... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Oct 2009 by Chris Grams Feed
I spoke on a panel at GE today with Chris Brogan, author of the book Trust Agents. After hearing Chris talk about building trust in online communities, it hit me that one of the biggest mistakes I've seen people make when trying to build communities online, even in the open source world, is that... Read more
1 comment Posted 9 Sep 2009 by Chris Grams Feed