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Senior Director of Community at XPRIZE

I lead community development and growth at the XPRIZE Foundation.

Formally Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical and Community Management consultant working with clients including Sony Mobile, Samsung, IBM, SAP, Dyson, GENIVI, and others.

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Leader in Community Management

Authored the critically acclaimed The Art of Community and Dealing With Disrespect, founder of the annual Community Leadership Summit, and founder of the Community Leadership Forum.
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Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker at OSCON, .se Internet Days, FISL, MySQL Conference, OpenNetworking Summit, LinuxCon, Ohio LinuxFest, SCALE, Southeast LinuxFest, and others.
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Podcaster and Musician

Co-founder of the Bad Voltage, LugRadio, and Shot Of Jaq podcasts.

Released more than five albums, all freely available to download.

The Impact of One Person

I am 35 years old and people never cease to surprise me. My trip home from Los Angeles today was a good example of this. It was a tortuous affair that should have been a quick hop from LA to Oakland, popping on BArt, and then getting home for a cup of tea and an...

Feedback Requested: Great Examples of Community

Folks, I need to ask for some help. Like many, I have some go-to examples of great communities. This includes Wikipedia, OpenStreetmap, Ubuntu, Debian, Linux, and others. Many of these are software related, many of them are Open Source. I would like to ask your...

Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

For many years Ubuntu has had a comprehensive governance structure. At the top of the tree are the Community Council (community policy) and the Technical Board (technical policy). Below those boards are sub-councils such as the IRC, Forum, and LoCo councils, and...

Dealing With Disrespect: The Video

A while back I wrote and released a free e-book called Dealing With Disrespect. It is a book that provides a short, simple to read, free guide for handling personalized, mean-spirited, disrespectful, and in some cases, malicious feedback and criticism of your work. I...