A New Role

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As of 2 weeks ago, I am now working for Mozilla as European Community Manager. This is somewhat of a departure for me as up until now I have mostly been doing development work for a living with Briks and other employers before that. Yet in many ways it is a continuation of the work I have been doing as a Mozilla volunteer for a long time. After starting out myself on newsgroups and IRC, I moved into helping others new to the community. I helped scale out and organise the mozdev.org community at a time when it filled a gap for developers to host and work on their software. I helped run events, such as Mozilla’s presence at FOSDEM. And more recently I’ve been heavily involved in the Mozilla Reps program.

Europe is a very diverse region in many aspects, from culture to language to how business is done. It is a region going through tremendous upheaval right now, as indeed is much of the world linked though an ever pervasive Web and global economy. In this I see opportunity. Europe has some of the older Mozilla communities that started around localisation, and now new ones are springing up around all aspects of the project. As I’ve traveled around and met many great people and seen how communities work over the last few years, I’m amazed by the endless energy and ideas. This is a time of change for Mozilla as we move into the new areas to fulfill our mission. The community is rising to the challenge.

I’ve been hearing many interpretations of what a community manager is. Many people don’t even like the word manager as it can be misleading in some contexts. In general, I see my role as helping grow Mozilla. I’ll be working with communities to make sure they have all they need to do their work effectively, and with functional teams in the organisation to ensure they are working with the community to get more done. At Mozilla we push back against interests that go against users and rob them of choice. We do this through first-class products like the Firefox browser for desktop and mobile. We are going further with Firefox OS and the Marketplace to bring more choice to the mobile ecosystem. With Webmaker, we encourage you to create the Web, not just consume it. Our job is to empower you to shape your Web experience.

I’m really excited to continue working with everyone and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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8 Responses to “A New Role”

  1. David Boswell 26-Oct-2012 at 21:38 #

    This is very exciting. Hope we’ll get a chance to do even more stuff together now to grow Mozilla :)

    David

  2. Wladimir Palant 27-Oct-2012 at 01:26 #

    Congratulations Brian!

  3. JeanAustinR 27-Oct-2012 at 02:07 #

    All the Mozilla Reps here in the Philippines greet you. Better days are ahead. Asian Reps look forward to doing community work with you.

    Congratulations, Brian!

  4. Pavel Franc 27-Oct-2012 at 11:10 #

    Congrats!

  5. Eusebio Barrun Jr. 27-Oct-2012 at 17:00 #

    I agree with you Brian, congratulations to your new role and I’m joining you to grow Mozilla.

  6. Jorge Villalobos 28-Oct-2012 at 00:47 #

    Congratulations, Brian. Hope to see you again soon!

  7. Clauber Stipkovic 29-Oct-2012 at 19:19 #

    Hey Brian :D

    Congratulations my friend! I’m very happy for you!

    Honored to be mentored by you!

    Best!

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