Community Architecture - a different perspective

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sankarshan has been a member of The Fedora Project in various roles including a brief stint as a Fedora Ambassador. The Fedora Project and the community has been the source of a number of great friendships and this motivates him to continue to look up to the project to be at the leading edge of defining how communities can evolve, mature and become truly great.

The Fedora Community in India has evolved through a number of iterations of community building. The constant theme has been to demand a strong focus on "making". Continuing with the hacker principles which are typical to any Free and Open Source Software Community, the diverse opportunities within The Fedora Project offers an unique set of entry-points to all participants. This session proposal intends to investigate the existing approaches and generate some discussion around new methods to build a community of excellence.

This talk may be of interest to existing contributors, Fedora Ambassadors, mentors and anyone interested in participating to build a community that lives the Fedora values and is excellent to each other. We intend to do a quick round-up of the traditional tools and approaches to community building, put them in context of The Fedora Project, drill down a bit further to contextualize the efforts in India. Additionally, we would want to look at how an increased degree of transparency and creating a high quality of communication would pull in participation from existing like minded communities involved in similar spaces. For those who have been participating in The Fedora Project, the topics may be well worn, but the session would like to be a sharing of stories that would emphasize on the notion that the project and the community members have been able to build their skills off one another; treat each other as mentors and coaches; find every possible opportunity to work together and their common goals have been the glue that has continued to make the Fedora community in India an excellent place to be.

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