I Need Your Open Source Brain

Together with help from leaders in Teaching Open Source(TOS), POSSE and others, I’m developing a series of learning modules intended to help Computer Science / Technical Students gain a holistic understanding of open source, with goals for build-in opportunities to ‘learn by doing’.  These modules are intended to enable students in their goals as they[…]

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Escaping the economy of souls — starting with Facebook (in 4 steps)

“I think it’s time for a reclamation movement.” – Tim Wu author of The Attention Merchant in a talk at @ Mozilla Toronto last week A little over two months ago, I removed the web-warping, soul exploiting, goggles of a ‘free’ Facebook account — free as in guinea pig. I lost my best friend and partner to[…]

Building Mozilla’s Leadership Toolkit – Innovating contribution workflows for curriculum development

Building Mozilla’s Leadership Toolkit — Innovating contribution workflows for curriculum development Earlier this year, we proposed a framework for Community Leadership Development at Mozilla. Since then, we’ve iterated on that work : ‘Open, Communicate, Empower, and Build’ are now core competencies guiding content development in Mozilla’s Leadership Toolkit. As part of our goals for developing excellent content aligned[…]

Mozfest 2016 for Participation

Earlier this month a group of people met in Berlin to imagine and design Mozfest 2016. Blending inspiration and ideas from open  news, science, localization, youth, connected devices and beyond  – we spent three glorious days collaborating and building  a vision of a Mozfest like no other. The Participation team emerged from this experience with[…]

Revisiting the Word ‘Recognition’ in #FOSS and the Dream of Open Credentials

I think a lot about ways we can better surface Participation as real-world offering for professional and personal development. And this tweet from Laura  triggered all kinds of thinking. Check out this @BryanMMathers and @dajbelshaw on why open source needs open badges: https://t.co/9By0pyiCd0 @opensourceway — Laura Hilliger (@epilepticrabbit) November 27, 2015 Most thinking was reminiscent[…]

Mozilla Thimble – Test Drive of Happiness

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[…]

Participation Leadership Framework 0.1

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[…]