CLSxEurope 2016 Wrap up

October 23, 2016 - 2 minutes read

Yay! The European Community Leadership Summit actually happened this year. The day prior to OSCON London saw 28 people at the Hilton Metropole in rooms provided by the O’Reilly OSCON organisation. The attendance is actually the expected 50% of 60 registered users you will usually have with.

Getting sponsoring together was actually the hardest part of organising the event. We were extremely happy with Twitter and sponsoring with some financial contributions. The communication with O’Reilly was super smooth and their enthusiasm for community leadership is evident.  My own company Age of Peers was also instrumental making it work together with my friends Shelly Coen and Nina Kim.   


We started with an introduction about how the CLSx events originated from the Community Leadership Summit organised by Jono Bacon, author of The Art of Community. After a round of personal introductions, Nina led the folks into a guided meditation to calm the mind and ground ourselves for a mindful start of the event.


Dawn Foster and J. Manrique Lopez each did a keynote.

Dawn taught the audience some lessons about community from science fiction.

After the keynotes Shelly guided the session planning based on the talk Debby Nicholson did at CLS Austin.

After lunch we had three sessions running simultaneously in four slots. The sessions that I remember best are the ‘How to create a non-technical community’ where the group gave a lot of feedback on community creation and management in general. CLS has mainly attendees from technical projects. Our experience is extremely valuable and just as valid in non-technical communities.


InnerSource was also a topic widely discussed at this CLS. Innersource is the adoption of open source and collaborative processes in companies. The movement was originally started by PayPal, but now sees adoption with many other companies. Walmart and Zalando are good examples of the adoption of these principles.

Shelly, Nina and me were very happy to have organised and hosted this CLS. OSCON Europe will return to Amsterdam next year on November 6 – 8. When things roll like we would want them to roll there will be a CLSxEurope in Amsterdam on November 5, 2017.