Hugh Lashbrooke

I am a long-time community builder, currently serving as Head of Community Education for the WordPress open-source project, sponsored by Automattic. In this work, I am able to bring my two passions together – open-source & community building. I lead a team that is building and managing an education program for the WordPress community – an important part of the mission to democratise publishing. When not actively engaging with the community, my focus is on my faith & my family.


Some posts from the blog

I generally post about the art of community building and working in open-source, with a particular focus on the ways they overlap. Here is a selection of posts from my blog – please read, comment, and check out more.

  • What Makes a Good Community Leader?

    What Makes a Good Community Leader?

    This post is based on two Bible passages that list valuable leadership qualities. I believe these principles apply to all communities, whether religious or secular. So even if the Biblical references aren’t your thing, please read on – there’s a lot to learn here!


  • Creating Equitable Hybrid Communities

    Creating Equitable Hybrid Communities

    We’re heading deeper into a hybrid future – usually envisioned as in-person events with an online component included. While this is certainly a great way to allow for events to accommodate people who cannot attend in person, what if we could do more? What if we could build an entire community that brings people together in multi-faceted and impactful ways, regardless of where they are in the world?


  • The Three S’s of Creating Community Connections

    The Three S’s of Creating Community Connections

    I believe there are three things you can provide that will pave the way to natural, organic, and authentic connections between members of any community. So let me introduce you to the three s’s of curating community connections.


  • Building Community in a Post-COVID World

    Building Community in a Post-COVID World

    Communities have evolved a whole lot in 2020. The global COVID pandemic has changed the face of the world and the community industry has become more relevant than ever. But what’s going to happen once the pandemic subsides? What will communities look like & how will groups come together?


  • Becoming a Good Open-Source Citizen

    Becoming a Good Open-Source Citizen

    A look at a few ways that we can become better open-source citizens, no matter what project or community we are a part of.


  • Pastoral Leadership and Community Management

    Pastoral Leadership and Community Management

    Community management, particularly within an open-source project like WordPress, shares many of the same values and ideas as pastoral leadership – a path that I am deeply familiar with from my studies and experiences.