A candid conversation on community organizing in open source

A presentation at DrupalCon Prague 2022 in in Prague, Czechia by Ruth Cheesley

Community organizing can be challenging not only for someone just getting started but for veteran leaders as well. This panel discussion will highlight a few major lessons learned while managing a community of volunteer contributors. These lessons will help new community organizers be successful whether their teams are writers, developers, designers, or speakers. Seasoned organizers can also pick up a few tips to add to their experience. All attendees will get valuable, pragmatic advice for community organizing.

This panel will discuss:

  • Practical tips for starting, managing, and growing a community
  • Details on several programs and their impact
  • Tools, platforms, and communication routes that help with engagement
  • How do we address diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • Review the dangers of volunteer burnout and how to avoid it

The audience will come away with a better understanding of what it’s like to be a community manager with practical advice that they can immediately apply to their job, even if that doesn’t involve organizing a community.