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 to know that despite being in his sixth(!!) year of contribution to Mozilla – Tad is still a High School in Solihull Birmingham, UK.
Tad starting contribution to Mozilla after helping a friend install Firefox on their government-issued laptop, which presented some problems. He found help on SUMO, and through being helped was inspired to become a helper and contributor himself. Tad speaks fondly of starting with SUMO, of finding friends, training and mentorship.
Originally drawn to IT and DevOps contribution for the opportunity of ‘belonging to something’, Tad has become a fixture in this space helping design hosting platforms, and the evolution of a multi-tenant WordPress hosting. When I asked what was most rewarding about contributing to Community Dev Ops, he shared that pride in innovating a quality solution.
I’m also increasingly curious about the challenges of participation and asked about this as well. Tad expressed some frustration around ‘access and finding the right people to unlock resources’. I think that’s probably something that speaks to the greater challenges for the Mozilla community in understanding pathways for support.
Finally my favorite question: “How do your friends and family relate to your volunteer efforts? Is it easy or hard to explain volunteering at Mozilla?”.
I don’t really try to explain it – my parents get the general idea, and are happy I’m gaining skills in web technology.
I think it’s very cool that in a world of ‘learn to code’ merchandizing, that Tad found his opportunity to learn and grow technical skills in participation at Mozilla :)
I want to thank Tad for taking the time to chat with me, for being such an amazing contributor, and inspiration to others around the project.
* I set a reminder in my calendar every month, which this month happens to be during Mozilla’s Work Week in Whistler. Tad is also in Whistler, make sure you look out for him – and say hello!