The power of community

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April 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM Leave a comment

Over the past two years I have been working to build a community in East Portland. This area is now called Rosewood. When we started two years ago, it was a place of strangers, people living together in a place forgotten and ignored.

In the software world, we know the power of a connected community. The entire open source movement is based on the concept of community. People, spread out across the four corners of the world who came together to create some of the most sophisticated and powerful code possible.

How did this happen? It boils down to four key elements. Connection: there needed to be a way for people to be connected. Alignment: there needed to be a shared passion focused on a shared vision. Gratitude: as people contributed toward this goal, they needed to be recognized by the entire community. An egoless center: the hand guiding this process needed to keep the community focuses on the vision, not on them.

A powerful new model of creating value.

Rosewood, a broken, poor neighborhood, is about as far away from the sophisticated technologists of the the open source community. But what would happen if you took those same principles and applied them to such a community? What is happening there is the same thing that happened in the open source community. Magic.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Thompson Morrison
Thompson Morrison has spent the last couple of decades figuring out how companies can listen better. Before co-founding FUSE, Mr. Morrison was Managing Director of AccessMedia International (AP), a consulting firm that provides strategic market analysis for the IT industry. His clients included Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, IBM, and Vignette.

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