• Learn how to grow your communities at our October meetup!

    Hey everyone, Join us for our October meetup to learn how to grow a successful meetup group (and we all know what a challenge that can be!) and how to grow and nurture and international community. This is another joint meeting with the South Bay Community Managers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Community-Managers/events/226111702/). Talks from Ravi Venkatasubbaiah from VMware and Tim Burks who organizes the Silicon Valley iOS Developers' meetup. Ravi enjoys working with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and India, and is an advisor on Strategy, Technology, and Operations. He is currently on the board of the VMware User Group, and the leader of the Silicon Valley chapter. Tim started and runs the iOS Developers' meetup (http://www.meetup.com/sviphone/) which now has over 6,000 members! Location is TBD. If you're able to host, please contact the organizers or comment below. Thanks!

  • September Happy Hour in Palo Alto

    The Rose and Crown

    We're doing a happy hour this month (next month is a formal meetup). This is a joint happy hour with the South Bay Community Managers (http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Community-Managers/events/225403849/). We'd love for you to join us in downtown Palo Alto at the Rose & Crown (http://roseandcrownpa.com/) on Emerson for some drinks and nosh. Great chance to get to know other community organizers, evangelists, and managers! Share ideas, stories, conference updates, and everything in between. See you then!

  • We want to learn about what *you* want from the meetup!

    Please note: The South Bay Community Managers Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Community-Managers/) organized this event (http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Community-Managers/events/224375488/). We will be joining forces with that meetup going forward. Just for this event, you can RSVP here or there. However, please only RSVP with one meetup in order for us to have an accurate RSVP total. Thanks! We've switched things up last minute. You know how it is :) We're interested in learning what you want from the meetup group. We know that everyone is busy attending so many meetups, conferences, etc. and maybe all you want is a beer with other community organizers? Or maybe you want a small meetup to learn about tools? Whatever it is, please come by on Wednesday night and share with us what you hope to gain from this group. We want this meetup to benefit the community so come share your thoughts!

  • Head North to CLS in Portland (is that West enough for us?) ;-)

    Oregon Convention Center

    The Community Leadership Summit 2015 brings together community leaders, organizers and managers and the projects and organizations that are interested in growing and empowering a strong community. The event pulls together the leading minds in community management, relations and online collaboration to discuss, debate and continue to refine the art of building an effective and capable community. At the heart of Community Leadership Summit 2015 is an open unconference-style event in which everyone who attends is welcome to lead and contribute sessions on any topic that is relevant. These sessions are very much discussion sessions: the participants can interact directly, offer thoughts and experience, and share ideas and questions. These unconference sessions are also augmented with a series of presentations from leaders in the field, panel debates and networking opportunities. Register for free or by donation here: http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com

  • #CLSWest 2014 - Postponed TBD


    What: Lightning Demos, Mini-Breakouts & Lightning Talks ... and record them! Jeff Osier-Mixon wondered aloud in a previously email "what it would be like if we had smaller & more numerous breakout rooms". I thought "Isn't that is what we had been doing?" and so it made me think ... "What if ... What if we updated the CLS West format to focus on shorter & smaller everything." Would that be good and how would we do it? First of all, what if we started off the morning with Lightning Demos of new community management tools & hacks. We could let the audience vote on the demo they liked best. An example could be how you segment new community members. Or perhaps a cool task management technique like http://bulletjournal.com/ . I know I'd find that valuable. Then, we'd organize Mini-Breakouts each breakout session much shorter than 1 hour. We could let attendees vote on 15, 30 or 45 min up front. I've asked attendees at the past 50 or so CloudCamps & BigDataCamps and I have a feeling I know what the answer will be. Finally, we would have 3 minute Lightning Talks at the end of the day to summarize each session. We'd record these lightning talks and put them online. The Agenda would look something like this: Agenda: +8:45 am: Registration & Networking +9:30 am: Welcome & Instructions +9:45 am: Lightning Demos (up to 4) +10:30 am: Mini-session organization & voting +10:45 am: Coffee Break +11:00 am: Mini-sessions: Round 11 +1:30 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 21 +2:15 pm: Lunch (we're all on our own) +1:30 pm: Lightning Demos (up to 4) +2:15 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 3 +2:45 pm: Mini-sessions: Round 4 +3:15 pm: Sum-ups: Lightning Talks to summarize each session +4:00 pm Wrap up. Where to next?

  • Deepening Community: Finding Joy in Chaotic Times w/ Paul Born and Peter Block

    Online Webinar on Your computer

    FREE Webinar! REQUIRED: click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/15583734985416193 Membership to a strong community has the capacity to improve our physical, mental, and economic health, as well as our overall sense of happiness and fulfillment. In short, everyone benefits from a strong community. It's in our DNA. So how do we create a deep community in an age where we've learned to value keeping mostly to ourselves, only occasionally seeing our friends and relatives? Bestselling author of Stewardship Peter Block joins us for a discussion on the subject of community with Deepening Community author and founder of the Tamarack Institute, Paul Born. In the chaos of the world that we live in, with environmental, economic, social uncertainties, it is only natural to join together out of fear of what lies ahead. Fear shapes our communities in interesting and powerful ways and Born invites us to explore these ideas with him. In this webinar, we’ll discuss: • How to identify a “deep” community over a shallow one • What leaders and organizers stand to gain from a stronger community whose members focus on serving each other • Examples of stewardship and deep community in action …and more! Block and Born will share their thoughts in dialogue for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q & A session between listeners and our speakers. BONUS: Everyone who signs up for this webinar will receive a discount code in your email for 40% off your next order from our website!

  • CMX Summit (w/ Promo Code)

    Dogpatch Studios

    CMX Summit is a new event bringing together great community minds to share unique perspectives, experiences and ideas all around community building. This post is for those who want to attend CMX Summit (http://www.cmxsummit.com/) use CLSWEST25 & receive $75 off (25% off) the regular admission price (currently $[masked]

  • "Grassroots Community Organizing" at Peace for Middle East Hackathon

    Geekdom San Francisco by Rackspace

    Want to get together this Saturday? Lets attend the Hack for Peace in the Middle East (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-for-peace-in-the-middle-east-tickets-9933085125?discount=HPcloudFree) and have a breakout session on Grassroots Community Organizing with Social Media. I know the organizers would give us space for that! Use promo code HPcloudFree (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack-for-peace-in-the-middle-east-tickets-9933085125?discount=HPcloudFree) for free admission. Come at 8am, stay through lunch and join us at the breakout session at 1:30pm. Or just come for the beakout session at 1:30pm. Also, for those who want to attend CMX Summit (http://www.cmxsummit.com/) next Thurs Feb 6th, use CLSWEST25 & get 25% off the regular attendee price. See you on Saturday & perhaps the following Thursday! Dave

  • Community Leadership Summit West 2013

    PayPal Town Hall

    Please register in advance on Eventbrite (http://bit.ly/ZWQqAE). Thanks! Advance: Join experienced community leaders and organizers to discuss, debate and explore the many avenues of building strong community in an open unconference setting. Build: Learn and build on the experience of others well versed in the art of building strong community, and apply these concepts to your own community. Connect: Meet, greet and build connections with a raft of community leaders, managers and organizers. Logistics: Free parking is available at eBay. Coffee will be provided in the morning and the afternoon during the unconference. See the CLS West web site (http://clswest.us/), the Wiki (http://clswest.wikia.com/wiki/Community_Leadership_Summit_West_Wiki), and follow our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/CLSWest) for updates on this event. Lunch: A catered lunch with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be provided. For whatever reason, you can opt-out of the catered lunch and make your own plans. Evening Social - Dinner: Immediately following the unconference, we are organizing a community dinner and evening social event in the same eBay Town Hall meeting space that the unconference is being held in. Evening only registration is from 5pm to 6pm. Dinner and drinks starting at 6pm. Networking after dinner until 8:30pm. Carpool: Willing to give a ride? Want to ask for a ride? #CLSWest 2013 - #Carpooling - Google+ (http://bit.ly/11niuwv)

  • See a screening of Twittamentary; vmeet the Filmmaker

    Silicon Valley Cloud Center

    At this dually hosted event, we will see the Twittamentary documentary, prefaced by remarks from the Director, and following the screen we will discuss the film, with SiokSiok, via video conferencing, from Singapore. Brought to you by Community Leadership Summit West (http://www.meetup.com/clswest/events/59608352/) (@CLSWest (http://twitter.com/CLSWest)) and 1st Thursday Silicon Valley Online Community/Social Media (http://www.meetup.com/First-Thursday-Silicon-Valley/events/59607992/). What is Twittamentary? Twittamentary explores how lives meet and affect one another on the fast growing micro-blogging phenomena that is Twitter. Twitter users have contributed stories on a single theme: How Twitter has affected your life and the lives of those around you. What’s your Twitter story? The documentary is directed by Singaporean filmmaker and Tweeter, Tan Siok Siok (http://twitter.com/sioksiok) Tan Siok Siok is a filmmaker, entrepreneur and honorary geek with a deep passion for great storytelling in the age of the real time web. http://bit.ly/mFvH34 Twittamentary is a creative commons, experimental documentary made by and about Twitter users. If you'd like to make a small donation toward the production and streaming costs of Twittamentary please feel free to use the PayPal button below. Any profits from screenings will be donated to charity. http://bit.ly/Hul60x Twittamentary, First Documentary Screenings Dedicated To The Twitterverse, Go Global (http://inventorspot.com/articles/twittamentary_first_documentary_screenings_dedicated_twittervers) Twittamentary, A Social Media Experiment In Search Of "Character 141" (http://inventorspot.com/articles/twittamentary_social_media_experiment_search_character_141) World Premiere of Twitter, The Movie Coming Soon! (http://inventorspot.com/articles/world_premiere_twitter_documentary_coming_soon_31112) The Twit Network & Twittamentary Movies Go Tweet-to-Tweet with Facebook (http://inventorspot.com/articles/twit_network_twittamentary_movies_go_tweettotweet_facebook) Can Social Media Movies Become Box Office Gold? (http://inventorspot.com/articles/can_social_media_movies_become_box_office_gold) Twitter Documentary Guaranteed Not To Wipe Your A** (Teaser Video) (http://inventorspot.com/articles/twittamentarythe_twitter_documentary_guaranteed_not_wipe_your_te) A Social Media Crowd-Sourced Film Documents 'Life In A Day' As Time Capsule (http://inventorspot.com/articles/social_media_usergenerated_film_documents_life_day_time_capsule_44439)