A Time for Action — Innovating for Diversity & Inclusion in Open Source Communities

Cross-posted to our Open Innovation Blog Another year, another press story letting us know Open Source has a diversity problem. But this isn’t news — women, people of color, parents, non-technical contributors, cs/transgender and other marginalized people and allies have been sharing stories of challenge and overcoming for years. It’s can’t be enough to count who makes[…]

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[…]

Designing Inclusive Events for Neurodiverse Participants

Wearing ear-protectors and thanks to a Disability Access Card, Violet enjoys Disneyland on her terms. In recent months, I interviewed a number of people about their experiences in Open Source, contributing at Mozilla and under a number of topics, which included ‘events’. “ Neurodiversity is the concept that humans don’t come in a one-size-fits-all neurologically “normal”[…]

Celebrating Mother Language Day In Open Source

Celebrating Mother Language Day In Open Source Mozilla volunteer Deepak Upendra interviews in Telugu language, taken with permission of those being interviewed. (Photo by Dyvik Chenna,CC BY-SA 4.0) With a goal to reach, and listen to diverse and authentic voices, the insights phase of our plan for a Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Participation has, so far,[…]

Thank you Guillermo Movia

  I first got to know Guillermo during our time together on Mozilla Reps council –  which was actually his second time contributing community leadership, the original was as a founding council member. Since this time, I’ve come to appreciate and rely on his intuition, experience and skill navigating complexities of community management as a[…]

Thank you Brian King!

Brian King was one of the first people I met at Mozilla.  He is someone whose opinion,  ideas, trust, support and friendship have meant a lot to me – and I know countless others would  similarly describe Brian as someone who made collaborating, working and gathering together as a highlight of their Mozilla experiences, and[…]

What is Participation Design Anyway

As part of our insights phase for Diversity & Inclusion for Participation at Mozilla, we’ve identified ‘Participation Design’ as being as one of 5 important topics for focus group discussion. Here is how I describe Participation Design (and thanks to Paul) for the question: Participation design is the framework(s) we use to generate contribution opportunities[…]