German Community Reboot
What better way to start 2013 than to reboot your community. Last Saturday we met in Berlin and in attendance were 15 of us. The goal was simple. Find a new direction and structure for the community. We had folks from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany so we have an evolution from Mozilla Germany to German Speaking Mozilla. Something similar has happened to the French Speaking Mozilla Community in the last year. Mozilla Hispano is also a huge inspiration.
[Update: I got a bit carried away here. The community has always been inclusive and German-speaking, not just contributors from Germany. The Swiss contingent at the meetup made up of relatively new contributors threw me off. Apologies.]
We wanted to envision a core community that grows to 100, or 200, or 1000 in the next year. The challenge was to come up with a structure to handle that. Some fun facts:
- We have over 30 million users of the German Firefox version (14 million ADIs)
- The SUMO site gets 1.7 million unique German speaking visitors per month.
After I gave my introductions and vision for Mozilla communities in general in 2013 (in essence to scale up and move into all areas of the project) the team got right down to business.
First up, a new mission statement. Here it is:
“Eine starke Gemeinschaft für das offene Internet”
This loosely translates as “A strong community for the open web“.
After some brainstorming, discussions, and post-it notes fun, the following functional areas were identified:
- Dev Evangelism
- Community Building
- Policy / Activism
The community will now structure around these areas, with people assigned to work in each area. While we did talk about some specific topics at the meeting, the important thing was that all initiatives and work will flow from this in 2013 and beyond. A commitment was made to integrate more deeply with functional teams at Mozilla, and a structure like this leads easier towards that goal.
Mozilla events are always a collective effort. Special thanks to:
- Tobias Markus – for kicking off the organisation of the meeting and helping come up with a date
- Kadir Topal – for his continued commitment to community, despite his other responsibilities in the organisation
- Rosana Ardila – for helping with organisation, and convincing me to go ahead with it so soon in the new year
- William Quiviger – for support on the ground in Berlin and mentorship
- Attendees – for giving up your weekend to to participate
- All members of the community – for your dedication and amazing work
Looking forward to the next event to meet even more German speaking community members.