Open Source and You

Open source is nothing if not communities, yet so much about our communities are left to chance. Professional community managers are helping, but change, especially cultural change, must be bottom up as much as it is top down.

In this talk we’ll look at open source web tech communities and see who gets what right so we can all learn from them. We’ll finish by exploring what every community member can do to shape and improve the communities to which they belong.

About Josh Simmons


Josh Simmons is a community organizer and web developer with a penchant for armchair philosophy. He currently serves as a board member for the Open Source Initiative, is a program manager at Google’s Open Source Programs Office, and is former community manager for O’Reilly’s OSCON. Josh has worked in freelance, agency, startup, and companies large and small accumulating a lot of experience... which might be related to why his most popular talk is titled “Fail Well.”