Building, Dismantling, and Re-using Community Initiatives over Time

NedSpace - 707 SW Washington St, 11th Floor Portland, 97205 Portland
Tue, Jan 30, 2018, 12:00 PM (PST)


Tuesday, Jan 30
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)


707 SW Washington St, 11th Floor Portland97205

About this event

Building a successful Community program is a wonderful experience at the core of Community Management. What happens, however, when programs inevitably decline? This talk is about the equally important steps of eliminating outdated initiatives, deconstructing your favorite successes, and rebuilding from their foundations. Kara Sowles will take us through some  concrete examples from her 5 years at a single company, including: 

* a user group program growing from 5 groups to 70 worldwide (and what it looks like to scale back after all that growth),

* abandoning a series of 30/year one-day conferences, 

* remaking an online triage event into an online hack day, and more. 

We'll discuss the importance of having larger frameworks that you can plug programs into (and out of), and the experience of destroying your favorite programs to stay nimble. 

See you there!


  • Kara Sowles

    Kara Sowles


    Kara Sowles is the Manager of Community and Evangelism at the software company Puppet, where she's spent the past 5 years leading strategic planning and implementation of the company's global community programs. She's worked on contributor events, online user-to-user communication spaces, a robust evangelism program aimed at giving employees opportunities to talk about their work, scaling ne...

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