The talk is centred around the idea of community. PHP has one of the best communities we know. Its people are passionate, enthusiastic, loyal, and smart. But, there is a problem. We somehow feel, whether we like to admit it or not, that for our community, our language, to be great, it must be at the cost of another community or another language. Perhaps a framework we don?t like so much, or another language that thinks is better than ours. We make little remarks, or take cheap shots at the ?competition?. But it doesn't have to be that way. When I started coding all those years ago I had no idea there would be hoards of other developers waiting to share ideas and pass on the knowledge - all for the love of code. Which is the real reason we?re all here. We all love code. The talk will revolve around the idea that all software-based communities have so much in common. That we all have a common purpose - to share and promote the thing we love. But we can promote our community without detracting from others. Using the philosophy of "Think Win-Win" from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I will discuss how shift in attitude can means we can all promote our beloved language and promote others too, and still win.


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David Baker at 12:39 on 1 Oct 2017

I really enjoyed this talk. I thought the content was interesting and John spoke really well and with humour. The slide art was charming and appropriate. Great job.

Katy Ereira at 13:31 on 1 Oct 2017

Lovely end to a conference. :)

Chris Emerson at 16:47 on 1 Oct 2017

Really nicely presented talk about community and the ways to make community work. Great end to the conference.

Mark Railton at 21:21 on 1 Oct 2017

Fantastic keynote talk, only negative I have for this is that it just felt too short.

Would love to see this again, with some more content to it. Absolutely loved the slides for it.

Matt Brunt at 21:29 on 1 Oct 2017

The slides for this talk were fantastic, the hand drawn artwork was adorable and gave the whole thing a very human feel.

The content was thought provoking, funny, and full of heart.

A fantastic way to end the conference.

Tom Walder at 21:47 on 1 Oct 2017

John always speaks from the heart - and no changes this time. Great talk. Win-Win.

Great talk about community. Nice slides and segways. :) Win Win. Hopefully this talk wasn't segway to move on and find another community after this was last phpnw conf. Thanks.

Such a great talk. A good, positive message to close the conference, and such awesome slides!

Patrick Asare at 09:50 on 2 Oct 2017

I took a lot away from this.

Thomas Dutrion at 09:53 on 2 Oct 2017

A refreshing talk, well delivered, with hand drawn illustrations that really changed compared to all the technical presentations seen during a day and half before. I liked the parallel between personal development and communities, given the communities are made of individuals.
Bonus note for the organisation team: having a speaker from another community (even though he's from the PHP community initially) is always good, gives a wee window on the outside world, especially when standing in rooms of geeky PHP fellow for a couple of days!

Perfect ending for such a conference. Could have been a bit longer but for the content and the story behind it, it felt ok.

What a way to end the conference. Short and sweet!

Kat Zien at 17:33 on 2 Oct 2017

Pretty much what everyone else said - great delivery, funny, lighthearted but with some great and important content and messages. Loved the drawings and the handwritten style of the slides. Couldn't have expected a better closing keynote!

Ben Plummer at 20:22 on 2 Oct 2017

Very effective delivery of hammering home great points on communities. The stories/experiences, humour and endearing slide content all came together to project important messages. A fitting end to what could possibly be the last PHPNW conference.

Iain Fogg at 08:01 on 3 Oct 2017

Very well presented talk with great visuals and a very encouraging message.

I wonder if trying to fit a bit less content from the book in, with a bit more time on practical application, might have landed the link with communities better, but still, a great talk.

Erik Smit at 17:19 on 8 Oct 2017

Fantastic closure of a conference. I really liked the design of the slides, great drawings. The talk was fun, informative, win-win ;-) and very close to us all. Superb.