jimmywales.jpgBack in January I saw Jimmy Wales speak at a Social Media Club gathering in San Francisco. I scrawled down a few notes but never got around to transcribing them. Better late than never!

Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia principles

1. Assume good faith
2. Intentional vulnerability
3. Accountability rather than gatekeeping

Q: Why don’t more people contribute?

A: They either (a) want to withhold value that they may cash in later or, (b) they are not sure if they will get credit for their contribution. Credit from your peers is a very powerful motivator. One of the most important things you can do if you manage community-based ecosystems is to highlight and thank your most valuable contributors.