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Drupal and the Keys to Successful Communities


Drupal and the Keys to Successful Communities:

Drupal has the strongest focus on community website building, in comparison to other readily available content management systems.

On-line communities like Facebook, Yandex, Myspace and Twitter have changed the world. Many smaller communities exist alongside such famous social networks, focused on business, language learning, dating and countless other aspects. That on-line communities have reached wide acceptance in societies worldwide is beyond doubt.

Such communities are strongly influencing how we organize our professional as well as our social lives. They also come increasingly into focus as a marketing instrument for companies, trying to reach customers who are no longer readily accessible through traditional forms of advertising.

Drupal provides an excellent and versatile tool to satisfy the demand to custom-build specialized on-line communities. The fundamental question becomes, "What makes some communities successful and what makes others fail?"

Drupal itself would not be what it is today without its own strong and dynamic community. Drupal is in this respect an example of successful community building.

This session will:

  • focus on the key factors of successful communities through case studies
  • show you why some of them failed.
  • outline results of scientific research, including the Nobel Price winning work of Elinor Ostrom "Governing the Commons"
  • take a look at what we can learn from Dee Hock, the founder of Visa International

I will show how these factors can intrinsically be built into Drupal community websites.

About the speaker:

I have studied Systems Thinking and Practice at the Open University in the UK, where I earned the academic degree of a Diplom Systems Practitioner. The focus of my studies was on self organizing systems in communities and organizations.

One of my concepts for a social community won the first price at the Innovation and Ideas contest of the City of Weilheim.

I have worked in software development as a Freelancer for more than 20 years. My customers comprise companies of all sizes, from one-man operations to global players like BMW and Gazprom.

I combine my two interests, software and community development, with Drupal.

Session Details
04.05. Friday
Microsoft Room
45-50 minutes
Session Status: 

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