Enabling communities that have impact

If I had to summarize the Town Hall about the goal to increase the number of active contributors by 10x this year, I would use the word ‘intention’. This word captures how this is the time we pivot from unplanned to planned community building.

To learn more about why we need to become intentional about community building, what our vision is of where we need to be going and what we’ll get by making this shift, take a look at the recording of the Town Hall presentation and Q&A.

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We had the Town Hall in the San Francisco space and right outside the entrance is the Mozilla Monument. I think the monument provides a really great concrete example of this pivot toward intentional community building.

There are over 4,000 names on the monument that represent the first 15 years of Mozilla’s history. We’re planning on more than tripling that number of people in one year. This is only possible with an intentional, scalable and systematic approach.

The monument was created as a physical representation of the community (for instance, the globe is designed to let light through to demonstrate how we are a transparent community) and I’d love to see it also embody this increase in our community.

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Updating the monument with the names of the new active contributors that join the community this year would be a great way to show progress toward this goal. Hopefully people have better ideas for adding names than the sticky note approach that Larissa and I took :)

Maybe the panels get replaced and we reduce the font size to make space for more names? Maybe we create a virtual monument that grows until it is as tall as the Mozilla office building or the nearby Bay Bridge? What ideas do you have for adding names of new contributors?

4 Responses to Enabling communities that have impact

  1. Les Orchard says:

    Start adding e-ink panels that cycle through names? Add a wifi point with a capture page that scrolls through up-to-date contributor credits?

  2. gervmarkham says:

    I thought adding new names was part of the design from the beginning? I confess I was surprised to see the monument go up without this capability. I think Les is right – eInk panels which change every so often is probably the way to go. They work in bright sunlight, are low power and can be high resolution.

    I think removing the existing panels would be sad (and expensive), so I hope there’s room around the middle to add this feature.

  3. More monuments in front of other Mozilla Spaces!

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