Community Spaces in 2016

Attendees Over Time

As 2017 gets into full swing, the goal of this post is to reflect on the impact of the Mozilla volunteer-run community spaces we have in Asia. These are the spaces in Jakarta, Manila, and Taipei. I’ll be presenting data and some analysis based on that.

In summary, there was:

  • 351 events
  • 173 Developer focused events, vs 178 other types of events
  • 4832 event attendees
  • Taipei sees the most traffic, in terms of events and attendees

Yet data only tells some of the story. We’ll be also getting input from space stewards with insights on what worked and what didn’t ‘on the ground’ throughout the year.

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Regional Communities At Mozilla

Jump! Mozilla Philippines Group Shit

Regional communities have always been cornerstones at Mozilla. From the days when they sprung up around localisation to today when they are involved in activities across the board, our local communities have impact on our products and mission. Mark Surman’s recent post outlined the formation and goals of the new Participation team. The key point is that we want to create a virtuous circle where our volunteer community has direct impact on our products, while at the same time getting value in the personal and professional lives. While radical participation is being setup for exploration, the good news is we have programs and structures that work today. The Community Development Team will be focusing in a couple of main areas. One is volunteer community leadership driven by changes in the Reps program. The other one is working with product/functional teams at Mozilla to better align with their priorities and identify projects to work on with impact. Participation infrastructure, aka community tools, is the glue that holds everything together.

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Welcome Rosana to Reps

Rosana

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.

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Mozilla Slovenia Space

Opening

Initial disclaimer: this is not an official Mozilla space, but a community space.

Mozilla Slovenia wrote about it [sl]:

http://www.mozilla.si/obiscite-nas-v-nasih-prostorih/

Nino wrote about it:

http://blog.elnino.si/post/61428859498/bright-future-ahead-of-me-and-mozilla-slovenia

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.

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Nordic Tour Story

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?

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