A community manager for CiviCRM
Hello folks. I am super pleased to say that starting from January 2013 I'm going to have the pleasure of serving for six months as CiviCRM's 'community manager'.
So what is a community manager?
To my mind (though actually, I am using a significant part of Jono Bacon's mind as well here) the following things are key to this role:
- making sure it is as easy as possible for people to 1) contribute to CiviCRM 2) collaborate with others on CiviCRM and 3) share success stories and learnings from CiviCRM
- creating a buzz around CiviCRM that increases the number of people contributing at all levels
- helping organisations build sustainable business models around CiviCRM that benefit both their own organisation and CiviCRM in general
Have you ever heard the phrase "that would make a great community contribution!"? Well whether you have or not, it is probably worth reminding all those people out there that do have great ideas (and there are a lot of them) that the community manager is here to help you make those ideas happen. So if you do have a great idea right now, the best thing you can do is let people know about it, and go ahead and start implementing it.
The community manager role has been made possible by funding from Zing who have been supporting CiviCRM development for the past 12 months. Zing deserve a v. big round of applause for having the foresight to recognise the importance of this role and stepping up to fund it, so many thanks to them.
The community manager role is part time and starts officially on January 1st. In the run up to then, I am really keen to hear your ideas about what you think I should be doing with my time, and how I can best help you build the CiviCRM community.