Emma Irwin

Towards a Participation Standard

Posted by in Participation, remo

Participation at Mozilla is a personal journey, no story  the same, no path identical and while motivations may be similar at times,  what sustains and rewards our participation is unique. Knowing this, it feels slightly ridiculous to use the visual of a ladder to model the richness of opportunity and value/risk of ‘every step’.  The impression that there is a single starting point, a single end and a predictable series of rigid steps between seems contrary to the journey. Yet… the ‘ladder’ to me has always seemed like the perfect…read more

Participation Team Heartbeat #1 – Demos!

Posted by in Mozilla, Participation Team, remo

As shared on the recent Participation Call, the Participation ‘Team’ is starting to work in heartbeats – mirroring the success of the Mozilla Foundation Team working ‘agile and open’. We just completed our first heartbeat, which included evaluation of the Heartbeat process and the new tool we’ll use to bring community into the center. As you can see  from the Heartbeat ‘life cycle’: Demo is an important milestone of evaluation and measurement prior to starting the next one.  Like the Webmaker team, we will be inviting contributors, and streaming our…read more

My year on Reps Council

Posted by in community, remo

It’s been one year! An incredible year of learning, leading and helping evolve the Mozilla Reps program as a council member. As my term ends I want to share my experiences with those considering this same path, but also as a way to lend to the greater narrative of Reps as a leadership platform. I could write easily write 12 posts to cover the experience –  but  I thought this might be more helpful: The 7 things I know for sure (after 12 months on Reps Council) 1. Mozilla Reps…read more

On being forces of good for each other

Posted by in community, Community Education, remo

This is two one of two  – on recognition. My last post focused on personalized recognition design.  We need be deliberate about designing recognition that’s valuable to community (staff and volunteers),  recognition that aligns with participation goals,  recognition that provides a  sustainable vision for the future between project and person. If that sounds like a big task, it’s actually not, compared with the scale of what we need to accomplish.  The truly big task is to make the Mozilla community a place worth hanging your hat. Hoping you’ve read Leslie’s “A…read more

Personalizing Community Recognition

Posted by in Community Education, contribution, Mozilla, recognition, remo

This is part one of two  – on recognition. Something I’m thinking a LOT about these days is community recognition:  meaningful and personalized recognition.  Especially for community education, and especially to celebrate milestones of success navigating contribution ladders/pathways. Earlier this year, we sent out a survey asking Mozilla Community (staff and volunteers) to evaluate, from a provided list,  methods of recognition they most valued. Interestingly, no single method had more than 75% approval, with most hovering around 30% negative response. From digital badges, to shout-outs and printable-certificates there was no…read more

Opensource.com Article on Mozilla Community Education

Posted by in Community Education, remo

Super excited to share my post published on opensource.com for Open Education Week: “Mozilla cares for community with educational resources“.  

P2PU Course in a Box & Mozilla Community Education

Posted by in Community Education, remo

Last year I created my first course on the P2PU platform  titled ‘Hacking Open Source Participation’,  and through that fantastic experience stumbled across a newer P2PU project called Course in a Box. Built on  Jekyll blogging software, Course in a Box makes it easy to create online educational content powered by Github Pages. As awesome as this project is, there were a number of challenges I needed solve before adopting it for Mozilla’s Community Education Platform:  Hierarchy Jekyll is a blog-aware, static site generator. It uses template and layout files…read more

Webmaker Exploratory

Posted by in community, Mozilla, remo, teachtheweb

Two years ago I proposed a Webmaker Club at my daughter’s school, and it was turned down in an email:  Because it involves students putting (possibly) personal info/images on-line we are not able to do the club at this time.  They did say that they may have to reconsider in the future because more and more of life is happening on-line. One year later, and because our principle is amazing, and sponsored it – I had a  ‘lunch time’ Webmaker Club at my daughter’s elementary school (grades 4 & 5)…read more

Kindness in (Open Source and Online) Communities

Posted by in community, Community Education, contribution, remo, women in technology

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain I’ve had this post swirling around in my head for a while.  A post on my experiences and preference to lead, participate and negotiate conflict in online communities through kindness. I might  be writing it as a proposal to others, but also it might be a bit of therapy to review this strategy for myself. Kindness is the tone you set for yourself When we consider approaching community conversation with kindness and patience; when…read more

Community Education – Building Together

Posted by in Community Education, remo

So, yesterday I wrote an introductory post : Mozilla Community Education in 2015 with a promise to write a each day leading up to our first Community Education Working Group Call on Thursday.  I wrote about our vision for Community Education as core to the virtuous circle in Mark Surman’s vision  , and how the strength and leadership of the Mozilla Reps  will act as a launching pad for participation across,  and well beyond the project.  Today I want to talk about a vision for virtuous circle of education &…read more