I’m delighted to welcome Rosana Ardila as Program Manager for Mozilla Reps. Rosana has moved from the SUMO team where she has worked hard building up a strong community there. She helped build out contributor tools, a buddy program, and more to make it one of the strongest groups in Mozilla in terms of participation. Read how her former team holds her in high regard. Rosana has many skills apart from community building, including being able to speak six languages fluently which is a great asset in a global organisation like Mozilla.
The Mozilla Reps Council and module Peers met for 2 days over this weekend to solidify plans for 2014 and re-calibrate the vision and goals of Reps in general to align with our ambitious organisational goals around growing community. Traditionally billed as Council meetings, these bi-yearly sessions are designed to get the project leaders together to work on planning and strategy for the program. The program has made a huge impact, but to ensure continued impact we have to continually assess the program to make improvements and work on future strategy. The Council provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. The Peers oversee the Council and provide input and vision on the program in general. Also at the meeting were guests William Reynolds (Community Tools, including reps.mozilla.org), Konstantina Papadea (Budget and Swag), Michelle Thorne (Foundation), Marcia Knous (QA), and Rosana Ardila (SUMO).
2013 was an intense but extremely rewarding year for Mozilla. The personal highlight for me was seeing Firefox OS phones go on sale. Something that I’ve been spending much of my time on is working with our local communities to support them in their launch activities. We’ve wrapped up what we called our Wave 2 launches of Firefox OS (Wave 1 finished at the end of Summer). Read the official blog posts — Part 1 and Part 2. I want to say a few words and share some media about the Wave 2 launches in Europe, specifically Hungary, Greece, Serbia, and Italy.
Initial disclaimer: this is not an official Mozilla space, but a community space.
Mozilla Slovenia wrote about it [sl]:
Nino wrote about it:
From a community perspective, this gives us a physical home where we can lay a foundation and grow further. We’ve grown this year from 4 active members to about 15, and while we are spread out across the country it is useful to have a place where people can drop in any time to work. It is also great for events. The desk space is small, but if we grow locally and more people come in to work, I see that as a good problem to have and we’ll scale up.
In a previous post I talked about how we were in full swing on a community building tour in the European Nordic countries. Here is the full story of what happened. If you can’t see the embedded slide show in this post, you can find the story over on Storify.
How does this format (Storify) work for you? Would you like to see more stories like this about Mozilla events? Are there any other sharing tools you would recommend?