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.
Friday, April 19, 2013
We recently encouraged people to volunteer at Mozilla as part of the 15th anniversary promotions and this drove a big jump in activity with a spike of over 1,700 people expressing interest in getting involved on one day.
Our mission really resonates and it is clear there is a connection between us talking about being a participatory community and people wanting to participate.
After the spike in activity leveled off, I was looking at the stats at arewegrowingyet.com and noticed some interesting things. One was that the mix of functional areas people were interested in changed.
Coding had been the most popular area of interest before the promotions, but interest in our education initiatives jumped to become the most popular. Interest in coding increased too, but by a smaller percent.
We had also recently started localizing the Get Involved page and this was clear in the stats too. There were jumps in activity across all locales (the chart for the Spanish version of the page is below).
I find it really encouraging that there is so much interest in getting involved across all of the things we do—including establish opportunities and new ones—and from all around the world. Exciting times
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Thanks to the Webdev Stewards and the Open Badges teams, Mozilla is now issuing badges to people who contribute to making our websites better.
I’ve done some work with the www.mozilla.org site so I’ve earned a few of these (I still need several more pull requests before I earn the 100 badge). They go very well with the The Les Orchard Seal of Approval badge I received earlier.
If you’d like to earn some of these badges, our websites are run as open projects so learn more about how to get involved with web development.
Monday, March 11, 2013
The Creative team has just revealed the Webdev badge designs that were created by new contributor David Smiley. The Webdev team will be issuing these through badges.mozilla.org soon.
Many other teams are also looking at issuing badges and there will be a lot more to share about this over the coming months. I’ve been thinking of what comes after that and wanted to share some ideas.
The initial badges are built around specific tasks, but are there other types of badges we should create? I did a quick mockup above of my profile page on badges.mozilla.org to see what other types of badges could fit. This includes:
- A badge from another Mozillian saying thanks
- A badge for a Mozilla event I’ve attended
- A badge for some Mozilla swag I have
- A badge for a donation I’ve made to Mozilla
- A badge for a Firefox OS device I have—or want to have
- A badge for a Mozilla Space I’ve visited
I assume that some badges will be more effective at recognizing contributors and encouraging them to stay involved, but what are the right ones to focus on and how do we test them to make sure they’re helping?
Are there also different ways to display badges that might be more effective? The ReMo events timeline got me thinking about displaying badges according to when they were earned.
Being able to view your contribution history alongside a history of Mozilla might be very powerful. You could draw a connection between what you did (submitting patches to Firefox OS) and big community achievements (having a successful booth at MWC that went well in part because of having many cool demos that relied on your code).
I’d be interested to hear what people think about this. Are you considering issuing badges to contributors? What types of badges? How would you like contributors to be able to display those badges?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Once again it’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything, but there has been a lot of blog-worthy things happening with community building at Mozilla to talk about.
We’ve made the first localizations of the Get Involved page live in Spanish, French and Dutch. Mozilla Hispano has also created an embeddable version of the Get Involved form that they’ve added to their site to make connecting with new volunteers even easier.
The Webdev Stewards are creating badges that can be given to people who help out with Mozilla’s web sites. We just finished an open design project to create the badges and will announce the winner of that soon. We also had a brown bag about what’s going on with badges for contributors if you’d like to learn more.
A number of interesting participation metrics projects have also been in the works, including a new dashboard showing contributions across Firefox releases. This has given us the ability to thank people making their first contributions with each Firefox release.
We’re also planning on getting people involved with community building together in person to make plans for the rest of the year and to make sure we’re focing limited resources on the highest priority community building needs. More on this coming soon.
I’ll try to blog more often about what I’m working on, but if not then look for another summary post in about 4 or 5 months