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Ada Lovelace Day: Stormy Peters

3912 days ago

The inaugural Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

Stormy Peters (blog, Wikipedia bio) is the executive director of the GNOME Foundation and AFAIK most of her work has been in the intersections of open-source tech + business, and open source tech + community. She has worked for HP and OpenLogic, and talked at a number of big tech conferences. Her blog is easy-going in nature, wide-ranging in interests and thoughtful in its commentary, which is much like the brief impression of her I got from LCA 2008. Although she did a keynote there, I in fact remember her talk at the LinuxChix miniconfWhat does a community manager do?

It was a bit of a light-bulb talk for me. I realised, “I have been acting as a community manager!” But until right then no one had recognised it, including myself. Being an unappointed volunteer community manager is a tough gig, but maybe easier than being paid — you always have that volunteer luxury of walking away.

Anyway it was basically Stormy’s talk, and reading her blog subsequently, that sparked my interest in community management. Other blogs I can recommend on the topic are FeverBee and Fast Wonder by Dawn Foster.

I always think that ‘code’ and ‘people’ are the two sides of the tech coin, and great communicators are a precious asset for any community or group that wants to persuade others. In this way the open source community is indebted to Stormy for talking the talk in a way that outsiders can understand and appreciate.

PS. It’s still Tuesday in America, so it’s not too late to participate in Ada Lovelace Day! Just fire up your blog :)

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