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Tuesday, September 17 • 11:45am - 12:35pm
What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities - Dawn Foster, Puppet Labs

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Communities are one of the defining attributes that shape every open source project, not unlike how Asimov'€™s 3 laws of robotics shape the behavior of robots and provide the checks and balances that help make sure that robots and community members continue to play nicely with others. When looking at open source communities from the outside, they may seem small and well-defined until you realize that they seem much larger and complex on the inside, and they may even have a mind of their own, not unlike the TARDIS from Doctor Who. We can even learn how we should not behave in our communities by learning more about the Rules of Acquisition and doing the opposite of what a good Ferengi would do. My favorite rules to avoid include, "Greed is eternal"€, â€"You can always buy back a lost reputation€" and "€œWhen in doubt, lie"€. This session focuses on tips told through science fiction.

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Dawn Foster

OSS Strategy Lead, Pivotal
Dawn is currently the OSS Strategy Lead at Pivotal in London. She spent more than 20 years working at companies like The Scale Factory, Puppet Labs, Intel, Jive Software, and more. She has expertise in community building, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate... Read More →


Tuesday September 17, 2013 11:45am - 12:35pm
Strand 12B

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