Meet the Speakers: Dawn Foster

October 12, 2016 - 2 minutes read

Continuing our series of posts introducing our speakers, we would love to introduce you to Dawn Foster.

Dawn is currently a part-time consultant at The Scale Factory while pursuing a PhD at the University of Greenwich in London. She has over 20 years of experience in business and technology with expertise in open source software, community building, community management, market research, strategic planning, management, and more. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events. She has experience building new communities, and managing existing communities with a particular emphasis on developer and open source communities. Most recently, Dawn was the Director of Community at Puppet Labs, and prior to Puppet Labs, she was leading the Community Office within Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. She is the author of the books, What Dawn Eats: Vegan Food That Isn’t Weird and Companies and Communities: Participating without being sleazy.

At CLSxEurope on October 16th, Dawn will tell us some Lessons about Community from Science Fiction.

Since the theme for this CLSx is “Community Knows No Borders”, this talk will take us to space, the final frontier, with a focus on community tips told through science fiction stories. While the topic is fun and a little silly, the lessons about communities are real and tangible.

Here are just a few of the things that will be covered:

  • Borg assimilation and bringing new community members into your collective for new ideas.
  • Specialization is for insects. The best community members are the ones who can help in a wide variety of ways.
  • Travel to strange new worlds and meet interesting people.

You can read Dawn’s Fast Wonder Blog to learn more about her ideas, and to find links to Dawn’s many projects and accomplishments.