It was with great comfort, after a difficult week for Mozilla that I joined the North America Reps (USA and Canada) in Portland for a weekend of community building planning ( and hugs ). This was our second meetup, with some new faces, and new energy. Exciting to see our tiny community starting to grow and strategize. When I first became a Rep in early 2012 there were roughly 7 Reps in total between our two countries, while I counted 22 today. I also suspect that number is about to climb by a few in the coming weeks.
I was super-excited to be able to invite Portland community to our Friday night Cantina, which meant I finally got meet Bill Fitzgerald. I know Bill from Open Education, Drupal and possibly a few other areas but also Webmaker. I’m so glad he and a few others were able to join us, with a goal of making community invitations part of how we plan. Which reminds me we may need help in OSCON :|
We’re carefully nurturing and testing a strategy for growth, and engagement with the support of the Community Building team who I love. Seriously – feeling empowered by response and care coming from this area of the project – thank you Larissa, David, Christie (among others).
One priority I am most excited about is that Vancouver & Victoria (combined) have been identified as a Priority focus areas ( Portland is the other) for NA Reps efforts.. I think we can help build-out and document what growing a local community looks like. Promise to share as we go.
Finally, a standout experience was that as a group ,we were able to participate in and give feedback for the Diversity Team’s workshop: Diversity Identity Core Engagement (DICE) Workshop, led by Lukas Blakk . Timely, relevant, thoughtful. I highly suggest for other Reps and community-leads consider this workshop in leading Mozillian conversation on those core-value brings us all together – and how as we move away from that core – to the outer layers of ourselves, those parts become relevant to our work. I hope to run one or more of these workshops soon in Vancouver.
Pro-Tip for Portland: Visit Powell’s Books – Book nerd heaven.
Also I got a badge: