Thursday, November 21, 2013
I’d like to thank Sean Bolton for organizing an effort to capture photos from all of the Fairs at the Summit. Check the photos out at:
It was a great experience for me to help get the Fairs set up and I really enjoyed the experience of visiting all the booths.
I have to admit that when I was doing that though, I wasn’t very good about taking pictures and instead grabbed some of the great swag that some booths were offering.
Seeing how local communities adapt parts of Mozilla and make it their own is fascinating and I picked up cool stickers from Mozilla Romania, Mozilla Ukraine, Mozilla Taiwan, Mozilla Hong Kong and Mozilla Indonesia.
If you have pictures from your experience at the Summit Fairs, feel free to post them on the wiki to document all of the great stuff that happened there.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Austin King has a great post about his experience of realizing when he was a Mozillian. This has helped me make sense of the discussions about “what does Mozillian mean?” that got kicked-off at the Summit.
Austin describes a journey where he progressed from being a user to a supporter promoting our products and then to a contributor hacking on Mozilla code. It was only when he had reached a core contributor position that he considered himself a Mozillian.
At that point, he definitely met the criteria of belief, action and interaction that came out of the Summit sessions. It’s great to honor anyone who has reached that point, but we should also be honoring people when they begin their journey in Mozilla.
I think we should extend the meaning of ‘Mozillian’ to cover anyone on their journey of believing in our mission, taking action to support it and interacting with other community members—even if they’ve only just started on their path.
This means we will probably need to identify specific milestones on the journey and call those out. That seems like something that other movements do too—for instance, the Girl Scouts have many levels of involvement but everyone involved is a Girl Scout.
I realize this changes the current use of applying this word to people who have progressed through much of that journey. To include a million more Mozillians in our community though we’ll need to be more intentional about finding and honoring people who are starting their journey.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I’ve been thinking about Gerv’s recent summary of the What Does ‘Mozillian’ Mean? sessions from the Summit. The three criteria that came out of those sessions seem useful to me:
- Belief in the mission
- Action to support the mission
- Interaction with other community members
One way these criteria could be used is to clarify the community definitions we created a couple years ago that describe how Mozilla is made up of users, supporters, casual contributors, active contributors and core contributors.
The definitions we’ve been using are a little vague. For instance, a casual contributor is someone who has volunteered small amounts of time. But how much time is that? How does that differ from a supporter who also donates time to Mozilla?
Using these criteria can give us clearer definitions. Casual contributors and supporters both give something to help the project, but casual contributors interact with other community members (eg, going to a Bug Day) and supporters don’t (eg, making a donation).
It’s not clear though if these criteria define a Mozillian or if they define something else, such as who a Mozilla contributor is. We talked about this at last week’s Grow Mozilla discussion and there were two different thoughts.
One was that the word ‘Mozillian’ should be reserved for people who met all three criteria. Others thought that this doesn’t capture the important part of our culture that allows people to self-identify with our mission and they thought ‘Mozillian’ worked better as something inclusive that anyone could use.
I think we want words to describe both sets of people. Knowing who meets these criteria lets us do things such as figure out who we want at a Summit. Knowing who identifies with our mission lets us establish relationships with people who can become more deeply involved with the project.
I’m interested to hear what other people think. How would you define ‘Mozillian’?
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Contact page on mozilla.org is getting redesigned and it will include information about local communities around the world along with information about Mozilla Spaces.
There will be a lot of space to feature relevant content from different communities, including pictures, links, logos, etc. The mockup below shows the space available.
The design team set up an etherpad where people from different communities can add information. Check this out and add content for your local community.
The categories listed there are just a starting point—if there are other types of information you think is relevant, feel free to add it.
Monday, September 30, 2013
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.
Friday, September 27, 2013
We received great responses from people interested in sharing what they’re working on at the Innovation Fair at the Summit. Check out the full list of Innovation Fair booths to see what’s in store.
If you’re one of the people running a booth, check out the Fair Survival Guide for tips, tricks and more information.
If you’re not running a booth, plan to stop by the booths and have conversations with the people who are showing off cool things there.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A few weeks ago I posted that I was excited to hear that we’re doing Fairs again at the Summit. If you’d like to take part in those Fairs, you can now submit ideas at:
If you’re not sure what sort of content would fit in the Fairs, here is more information about each.
- World Fair: Learning and sharing about all of the local communities that make up Mozilla
- Innovation Fair: Exploring the creative ideas that lead Mozillians to build things which drive the web forward, serve our community and further our mission
Please note that the Fairs are just one of the ways you can share out what you’re doing with other Mozillians at the Summit. Check out the Summit 2013 wiki for more information.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
At yesterday’s brown bag about the 2013 Summit, it was exciting to see that two of my favorite parts of the 2010 Summit are being included in the event—a World Fair and a Science Fair.
The World Fair gave everyone a chance to share what it was like being a Mozillian from their part of the world and really highlighted how our mission resonates with people everywhere.
There are a lot of photos from that but I think the experience was captured best by the Mozilla in your language video. Everyone was set up at tables in a long hall and it made it easy to go down and visit (or photograph or film) people.
The same setup was used another day for a Science Fair. People had a chance to share what they were working on and it was a great demonstration of how Mozilla is a place where people have the opportunity to step up and drive change.
Since Mozilla is so decentralized, the Science Fair helped avoid duplication by surfacing projects and that helped make connections between people with similar interests. Getting ideas out there also gave people a mandate for moving forward after the Summit.
I was part of the Science Fair and I definitely left the Summit with a mandate—I had many discussions about a problem I had identified and got validation that other people had the same problem and got useful feedback about how to solve it.
At the time there were over 100 Mozilla sites, but no way to navigate between them. I had a prototype of a dynamic map that showed all of the sites connected together as part of a larger whole.
Everyone who stopped by, even long-time Mozillians, learned something new after they saw the map. This gave me a lot of momentum to launch the project after the Summit and iterate to make it better (this evolved into the tab at the top of Mozilla sites that connects them all together).
So that’s why I’m excited about the chance to do another World Fair and Science Fair at this year’s Summit. I’ve offered to help out with that and will be sharing more soon about how you can help if this sounds exciting to you too.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I had the chance to go to the Summit Planning Assembly and help work through the goals and themes of the Summit. The themes that started to emerge were Purpose, Process, Strategy, Product and People.
We got to that point by having everyone put ideas for topics they thought were relevant for the Summit up on a board. There were then break-outs around each topic while a few people stayed to go through all of the ideas to see what common threads were showing up.
To test that those common threads made sense, when the full group got back together people took each of the ideas on the board and grouped them under one of those themes. There was space to place anything that didn’t fit, but we didn’t need it.
The People theme had more ideas on it than any of the other—I took this as a good sign that there was a lot of interest in digging into how existing Mozillians can work more effectively together and how we can support efforts to bring new contributors in to the project.
There is a lot to do between now and October to take these ideas and turn them into something for everyone to engage with at the Summit. If you’re interested in helping with this, let me know.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I haven’t had a chance to blog much lately, but there is a lot to share about what’s been going on with community building projects.
We’ve handled a large spike in interest from people wanting to participate in the project after the Get Involved page was featured in promotions about Mozilla’s 15th anniversary.
To handle this increase in interest, we’re encouraging teams to try new things and are seeing encouraging results—for instance, Mozilla Hispano has been rethinking how they connect with new volunteers.
We’ve also been looking at tools to help deal with larger numbers of potential contributors. A Systems and Data Working Group has been formed to identify community building functionality priorities and evaluate systems to meet those needs.
Once people start participating, we are looking into the best ways to recognize them. Dia from the People team has worked with a university to let a student get credit for their contributions and she’s turned this into a template other teams are excited about using.
I’ve also really enjoyed helping with a project to collect stories of Mozilla’s history. Once we have a compelling history, I think there’s a lot of potential to recognize contributors by showing how their contributions directly helped Mozilla reach new achievements.
I hope to share more often about other community building efforts going on, but my recent blogging history isn’t very encouraging. To keep up with the latest community building news, join us for the regular Grow Mozilla calls.