Emma Irwin

Mozilla Reps Council AMA

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Cross-post of Majken Conner’s invitation to participate in the first Mozilla Reps Council AMA.  Come ask us questions this Thursday! This Thursday, launching during the Reps call, council will be doing a 24h AMA. They’ll be using Discourse, so you only need your Persona account, no need to sign up to Reddit to post. You won’t need to log in to read the AMA. For those of you that haven’t done an AMA before, AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything.“, made popular by the SubReddit. It’s a way to get…read more

Mozilla Community Education in 2015

Posted by in Community Education, Mozilla, remo

Last year, to research some theories I had about empowering community, I polled numerous open source communities about their experiences as contributors. Some key responses to  “why do you contribute” were: To learn more about a specific technology or project To grow and develop existing skills For challenge and feedback from respected peers. Opportunity to mentor, or be mentored To better learn and understand the philosophy of Open To improve my resume. The majority of responses identified learning opportunities and mentoring as a key motivators for participation, and (perhaps even…read more

Teaching Contribution

Posted by in community, contribution, Mozilla, remo

There are a lot of wonderful challenges in open source: opportunities to learn, to make a difference and to impact the world in a positive way.  There are good difficulties learning in open source: hard problems we need to solve-for, but usually we’re OK with that- we’re problem solvers, fixers, inventors, builders… we invest in challenge for causes we care about. But for technical contributors, the potential impact of an individual person weighs heavily on their ability to survive on-boarding. The not-so-good difficulty:  Navigating wikis, understanding communication tools, getting  a…read more

#mozlove for Nigel Babu

Posted by in community, contribution, remo

Two weeks ago some 1000+ Mozillians gathered in Portland for a workweek.  Attendance was, as usual, from all over the world – staff  and volunteers all working really hard, together,  to visualize 2015 – and in the evenings we met at various restaurants all over town to unwind and socialize.  It was on one of these nights at the Deschutes Brewery , I met and was inspired by Nigel Babu and the story of Mozilla Sheriffs.  ‘Sheriffing’ is not just the coolest contributor title – but a truly amazing collaboration…read more

Radical Participation – Scaling the Human Network

Posted by in community, Mozilla, remo

Co-written with Larissa Shapiro At Mozilla we’re always thinking about how to improve our products, how to continue a legacy of innovation and quality while shipping often. That said, we can’t talk about Mozilla’s history, or future without acknowledging the critical role of our global volunteer community in our success, and of it’s importance to our future. Software is made by people, and community is made both by and of people. This year’s learnings around the challenges of contributor growth and retention, come with a recognition that we have two…read more

Being a Mozilla Rep Mentor – Training & SOP Updates

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This post has been a long-time coming, as there are important changes to the Reps Mentorship program SOP and process as a result of RemoCamp Berlin. A quick background!  I believe very, very much in the power of mentorship in general, and in Reps specifically I know that in mentorship lies the potential to unlock the possibilities of all Reps can achieve together if we value the opportunity of empowering each other.  That said, this role to-date, has been loosely implemented as more of a administrative role – and that’s…read more

Mozilla Guides Call – Nov 19, 2014

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In an effort to make the call more accessible to other timezones we had an early call (7AM PST) today. EtherPad We covered a few things I want to highlight: Guides Update Guides continues to get busier, and as we’ve had an expected drop-off of Guides from our original group, I want to thank those who are really championing the development and leadership so far in Guides David Teller Vesper Diziewonski Ioana Chiorean Julien G Stefan (Costenslayer) Jennie Rose Halprin Abhishek Potnis Saurabh Diane With a special shout-out to Ioana,…read more

A Web Literacy Pot Luck

Posted by in community, parenting, remo, Teaching Kids, Webmaker

This afternoon I met with a group of parents  – a group of fantastic, involved parents who want to learn,  understand, and just  – ‘get‘ what their middle-school aged children need from them to navigate and survive the web.  At least that’s my take on what they were expecting. These are also very good friends of mine: home-schoolers, public-schoolers, farmers and many industries of experience between us –  we had our first babies at together, second babies together – and we’ve supported each other through many a thing.   This time,…read more

Mozilla Guides Community Call – Nov 4th

Posted by in Mozilla, pathways, remo

Mozilla Guides  was launched recently in coordination with the new (and beautiful) Mozilla Get Involved Page. Guides is a program to help brand new and potential contributors orient themselves, choose a pathway, and gain confidence in the early days of contribution. Guides themselves play a critical role in helping new contributors overcome both common and personal obstacles, through mentorship. Guides curate content, and resources for their functional area (like coding, testing, writing), but anyone from the community interested in helping new contributors find their way are very welcome. Guides is…read more

My #Mozfest 2014

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As per usual, the Mozilla Festival was amazing.  I always find attending this event unofficially sets my course for the new year – and it’s already clear that will be the case again for 2015, as a result of Baroness Beeban Kidron’s keynote. “Young people must understand not only how the web works, but be aware of it’s purposes, it’s social outcomes, and they have to be participants in creating the web of the future.” “Parental controls do not work, do not build resilience and subsequently block the opportunity.” “Digital…read more