Emma Irwin

My Volunteer Opportunities this Heartbeat

Posted by in community, Community Education, Participation, Participation Team, remo

I am returning from a couple of weeks away: rested and super-energized about what’s coming next for the Participation Team and community leadership. Based on research in the last two heartbeats we have now have an v.1 of Participation Leadership Framework, and we’re fired up and ready to go for the next three weeks developing and testing curriculum in line with that framework. Volunteer sub-tasks volunteer for my heartbeat are: Curriculum QA  and ‘Workshop Co-pilot’. The first is really just about staying connected to the work, and providing feedback and…read more

Mozilla Thimble – Test Drive of Happiness

Posted by in remo, Teaching Kids, Uncategorized, Webmaker

In the last few years I’ve learned a ton about what helps people learn, where they get stuck and how to customize learning for various ages, interests and attention-spans. When ‘teaching the web’ for kids as young as eight all the way up to university students there’s always some level of trouble-shooting and  tinkering to do with tools I’ve tried so far (both on and offline). Mozilla’s Thimble had been one of those tools, but usually for the very early steps in learning.  For more advanced lessons,  I’ve tried a…read more

Participation Leadership Framework 0.1

Posted by in Community Education, Participation, remo

In the last heartbeat, as part of our Q3 goals for leadership development,  I interviewed a diverse set of people across Mozilla, asking what they think the skills, knowledge and attitudes of effective Participation Leadership at Mozilla are.  Two things really stood out during this process.  The first was how many people (staff, contributors and alumni) are truly, truly dedicated to the success of each other and Mozilla’s mission, which was really inspiring and helped inform the quality of this Framework. The second was how many opportunities and resources already…read more

Foundations of Mozilla – My Heartbeat Update & Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by in Community Education, Participation, Participation Team, remo

Saying I’m excited about the Participation Team’s goals for the remainder of the year would be an understatement.  And I’m especially excited about the emphasis on community leaders and the development of leadership curriculum that I’m working on. I thought I would write a quick post to provide insight into the work I’m starting this heartbeat, as well as some cool opportunities to get involved. Goal: Launch the basics of a refreshed leadership program. Participation at Mozilla has always been an opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, and ‘learning to lead’…read more

#MozLove for April

Posted by in community, remo, women in technology

This month’s #mozlove post is for April Morone. I wrote this post with  inspiration from the first version of ‘Participation Personas . Personas (V1) is a  list of contributor profiles I use to design participation opportunities.  For each persona I also suggest a series of ‘lenses’ which, I believe can help us design with, and for greater diversity and dimension. A lens can be anything from gender identity and age, to what I called a ‘toxic rating’, which changes the flexibility and value of collaborating with someone.   Another lens is…read more

Personas for Participation

Posted by in Participation, remo

For a few months now,   I’ve been slowly identifying, and compiling a set of Participation Personas to help me, and hopefully others build quality contribution experiences for people, representing various stages in their Participation journey at Mozilla. In addition to the Persona ‘stories’, I’m insisting that  a number of ‘lenses’ need  be applied if we are serious about improving dimension and diversity. Dimension & Diversity ‘Lenses’ Age Gender Identity Accessibility Communication Skills Geography/Regional Identity Language Active/Inactive Status Project Association Skill level Primary Motivation {Personal or Mission} Skill-set Aggression/Toxic Rating…read more

Participation is my co-pilot … in space!

Posted by in community, Participation, remo

Whistler was an exciting and productive week for the Participation Team (which included volunteers).  We learned  a lot about ourselves, our team,  the expectations of the project and  perhaps most importantly – the Participation goals  of nearly 30 teams at Mozilla. The experience reinforced the value of volunteers and volunteer communities at large, magnified by the  participation of contributors in nearly every session we ran.  In every way, we immersed ourselves in radical participation: listening to outside experts, polling passersby and engaging in intense discussions on every angle of community’s…read more

#Mozlove for Tad

Posted by in community, remo

I truly believe, that to make Mozilla a place worth ‘hanging your hat‘, we need to get better at being ‘forces of good for each other’.  I like to think this idea is catching on, but only time will tell. This month’s #mozlove post is for Tom Farrow AKA ‘Tad’,  a long time contributor, in numerous initiatives across Mozilla.  Although Tad’s contribution focus is in Community Dev Ops, it’s his interest in teaching youth digital literacy that first led to a crossing of our paths. You’ll probably find it interesting…read more

Keeping Girls Engaged in STEM Fields (until they retire as old women)

Posted by in remo

I was honoured to be invited to Makerfaire Vancouver this past month to talk a bit about Mozilla, Mozilla Webmaker ‘Clubs’ and to encourage a grassroots approach to teaching and mentoring girls in STEM.  As it tends to go, I learned far more from others on the panel than I was capable of sharing I also left feeling a greater sense of purpose for my role in encouraging diversity in technology. And that purpose came after listening to another panel speaker shared his studies showing that – when girls are…read more

Heartbeat #3 (my) Participation Opportunities

Posted by in Participation, Participation Team, remo

As you may or may not yet be aware, the Participation Team at Mozilla is working more openly using the Heartbeat process.  This week we start Heartbeat #3 , and in the next two days you’ll see this page fill with the issues the team will be working on for next three weeks.  You can see our previous issues and see how those went by viewing this page. I thought I would surface a couple of things, I’m working on this heartbeat and would LOVE help with – should you…read more