OSM for a lot of reasons. Learn about them! • Mapping is a solitary task; it's easy to go down rabbit holes and forget about the big picture • It can only help the project to establish more in-person hubs Why Bother?
discourse isn’t always as constructive as it could be ▪ Building real world connections can help ▪ Bottom-up approach to global community building ▪ A healthier community won’t spontaneously create itself Community Health
it’s easy!) ▪ If you don’t get pick-up, that’s ok. Try again. Rethink your approach. Reach out for suggestions. (More on this later) ▪ It’s also ok if it doesn’t work out. Every place has unique challenges. Just Do It!
Tampa Bay • DC • Baltimore • Cleveland • St. Louis • Salt Lake City • Seattle • Chicago • ??? Where are the local communities? These aren't all exclusively OSM-focused, and that's ok too. More on that later.
be afraid to ask for help or resources from your community • What type of programming or schedule can you realistically support? • Make sure it's fun for YOU! Take a break if you need it. Avoiding Burnout