I’m looking forward to the discussion at the Summit about What Would A Million Mozillians Do? To help me and the other organizers think through this session, I wanted to post some thoughts to get feedback.
As a starting place, it makes sense to highlight that a million is a big number—it’s almost 2 Luxembourg’s worth of Mozillians. Although it’s a big number, it’s something we could do.
For instance, we recently had a campaign that encouraged over 1,600 people in one day to say they wanted to volunteer with Mozilla. If that happened every day, it would take less than two years to reach a million Mozillians.
The question then is what would all of those people do? We can begin to answer this by looking at how far we can deepen existing contribution opportunities and then look at how far we could broaden opportunities to new areas.
For an example of deepening, could we localize Firefox in the indigenous languages of North American? The Navajo Nation recently dubbed Star Wars into Navajo as a way to interest youth in the language, so maybe they’d also be interested in a Navajo Firefox?
For an example of broadening, the recent open furniture experience at the Mozilla Japan office is an exciting case study. If it’s possible to connect furniture makers to our mission, then we should be able to connect knitters, chefs and anyone else who wants to build a better Internet.
There are all sorts of questions that come out of this, so in the session we could have interesting breakouts to discuss what the contribution opportunities could be, figure out how we could logistically and culturally grow to this size, and identify who else is building communities of this size that we can learn from.
If this sounds interesting to you, join us for the session on Saturday at 1:30pm and also comment here with any thoughts or suggestions.