Since FOSS Backstage took place in March this year we have been looking for more ways to engage with the FOSS Backstage community. We hope that you will join us on May 5th and 6th for two webinars that we hope will inspire you and get you thinking. Tickets for these webinars are limited so make sure you get yours before they are all gone. We will be using BigBlueButton to host these webinars and will be running a parallel slack channel which we hope will allow for the easiest exchange of ideas. Both webinars begin at 18:00 CET and registration for each costs only 2€.
ben van't ende - May 5th - 18:00 - 20:00 CET
Open source community management practices for the industry
Ben van‘t ende explores the layers of a community and what you as an individual can build and contribute to a community, making you an effective part of a greater whole and growing together with your community. The presentation applies learning from open source community management and communication, to industries that are not related to free and open source culture. We explore the do’s and don'ts from collaborative practices and the opportunities that come with a collaborative mindset.
Florian Effenberger - May 6th - 18:00 - 20:00 CET
On communities, cooperation and cooking - lessons learned from 16 years with open source and free software
Free software communities have grown mature over the past years. Perceived as rebels in the very early days, they are nowadays widely recognized and appreciated. Like in life, growing up and professionalizing comes with a very own set of challenges and questions. Apart from factual discussions about governance, licensing or legal structures, the human factor plays an even more important role.
In this webinar, I will share my very personal experience with open source communities with you, talk about the great and inspiring mentors I've had, and shed a light on the valuable lessons I learned as well as the many mistakes I made. In the beginning, we will walk together through my ten thoughts on community leadership, including cooperation, commitment, coordination, trust and reward. After this, let's dive into some ideas on project governance and nonprofit entities. Assuming you're hungry after this journey, I will tell you why free software and cooking have more in common than you may think and why you should cook your own open source event, as working in your local community is even more tasty than in virtual space.