Building by Contributing

I was meditating earlier and I got a great idea. It`s an obvious idea for me, but for some reason it clicked this time when it bubbled up. Maybe because I have an enormous amount of material now, I don`t know. I have some interesting stories to tell and piles of photographs to play with as source material, and I keep generated new stuff all the time. The more I look the more I find.

Anyway. I am going to put together a new presentation about all the people I look up to as great community builders. Most of them I have met and/or work with every day in the multiple communities in which I participate, but some are just acquaintances who I observe from afar and study in detail. And some I have never met but would love to because they are changing the world in important ways that oftentimes go unrecognized. They teach me. They are international and multi lingual. They are young and old. They cut across many industries and disciplines. Some think big and build globally, but even more think small and organize locally -- and many times that`s even more difficult and more important. Some are famous but most are not. And the common thread tying them together in my mind? They all build communities by contributing to communities. They do. They don`t just talk. That`s the bit they get right, and that`s why they teach so naturally by simply doing what they love. This is personal. That`s why it`s powerful. And that`s why I have to tell these stories. Just looking up to people who build community is not enough. We have to learn from these people and distribute community building opportunities among everyone. That`s the only way a community becomes sustainable.
Comments:

It think it is a good idea to do something like this, as much to show how real people build community, and show what community building is.

Posted by Edward Middleton on September 25, 2009 at 04:44 PM JST #

Yep. And I am going to profile you guys, too. :) TLUG is a good example of some points I talk about whenever I do presentations about OpenSolaris.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 27, 2009 at 04:18 AM JST #

Hey that's a great idea.
I think you have a lot of material accumulated during these years and an lot of things to tell.
You are right to mention people that do instead of just talk but sometimes talk is very important also. It's also important to discover and recognize the work of the guys in the shadow. Those people that sometimes nobody see but they do a huge work promoting communities and motivating others.

Posted by Zuco on September 30, 2009 at 02:16 AM JST #

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