Open sourcing, Jim Whitehurst says, is different from crowdsourcing is several ways, not least of which is its tendency to reciprocate—and often multiply—community efforts. But open sourcing requires a new mindset.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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