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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Activate Mozilla

Activate Mozilla Site

Today we are launching Activate Mozilla, a campaign where you can find what are the focus initiatives that support the current organization goals, how to start participating and mobilize your community around clearly defined activities.

One of the main asks from our community recently has been the need of more clarity on what are the most important things to do to support Mozilla right now and how to participate. With this site we have a place to answer this question that is always up-to-date.

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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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Chris Beard Stories

Balkans Mozillians

You may have heard that Chris Beard came back (he never really left) to Mozilla as interim CEO. I have many Chris Beard stories, but here are just a couple of personal ones.

The first was back in 2006 when I first contracted for Mozilla writing an add-on. Chris was product managing the add-on and we were on an early call with others trying to wrap up and get a first version out the door. I forget the details, but the general tone of the conversation changed for me when Chris said something to the effect of “let’s ship something we are proud of and that users will love”. Up until that time I had volunteered for many years for Mozilla with a carefree attitude. This was Chris’ way of saying that what we are doing is important, and we have to do it well. After that I contracted on other projects but also put in a lot of volunteer time. It never lost the fun aspect, but I knew what we were doing was serious and making an impact.

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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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