Reps Weekly Call – October 23th 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our regular weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.

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Summary

  • The Open Standard.
  • Firefox 10th anniversary.
  • New council members.
  • Mozfest.
  • FOSDEM.
  • New reporting activities.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

https://air.mozilla.org/reps-weekly-20141023/

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

New council members – Fall 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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We are happy to announce that four new members of the Council have been elected.

Welcome San James, Ankit, Luis and Bob! They bring with them skills they have picked up as Reps mentors, and as community builders both inside Mozilla and in other fields. A HUGE thank you to the outgoing council members – Guillermo Movia, Sayak Sarkar, Nikos Roussos and Majda Nafissa. We are hoping you continue to use your talents and experience to continue in a leadership role in Reps and Mozilla.

The Mozilla Reps Council is the governing body of the Mozilla Reps Program. It provides the general vision of the program and oversees day-to-day operations globally. Currently, 7 volunteers and 2 paid staff sit on the council. Find out more on the ReMo wiki.

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Reps Weekly Call – October 16th 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our regular weekly call about the Reps program, this time we moved one hour later to avoid some conflicts and allow Reps on the West Coast to join us in the very morning.

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Summary

  • Council elections this weekend.
  • Tech 4 Africa.
  • AdaCamp – Post event.
  • Mozfest – updates.
  • Firefox OS Bus.
  • Get Involved Re-design.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

https://air.mozilla.org/reps-weekly-20141016/

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

Council Elections – Campaing and candidates

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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We’re excited to announce that we have 6 candidates for the forth cycle
of the Council elections, scheduled for October 18th. The Council has
carefully reviewed the candidates and agrees that they are all
extremely strong candidates to represent the Mozilla Reps program and
the interests of Reps.

The candidates are:

Now, it is up to Reps to elect the candidates to fill the four available
seats for a 12-month term
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As detailed in the wiki, we are now entering the “campaign” phase
of this election cycle. This means that for the next 7 days,
candidates will all have an opportunity to communicate their agenda,
plans, achievements as a Rep/Mentor, and personal strengths, to the
Mozilla Reps voting body. They are encouraged to use their personal
Mozilla Reps profile page, their personal website/blog, Mozilla wiki
page or any other channel that they see fit to post information
regarding your candidacy.

To guide them in this effort, the Council has prepared 6 questions
that each candidate is asked to answer. We had originally wanted to
have candidates go through mozmoderator but due lack of time we will
do this next election cycle. The questions are the following:

  • What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?
  • What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?
  • Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?
  • What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?
  • What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?
  • As a Mentor, what do you do to try to encourage your inactive Mentees to be active again?

In the spirit of innovation and to help bring a human face to the
election process, the Council would like to add a new element to the
campaign: video. This video is optional, but we strongly encourage
candidates to create one.

That’s it for now. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t
hesitate to ask the Council at

reps-council at mozilla dot com

We’ll be giving regular election updates throughout these next two weeks
so stay tuned!

And remember, campaigning ends and voting starts on October 18th!

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Reps Weekly Call – October 9th 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our regular weekly call about the Reps program where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.

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Summary

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

https://air.mozilla.org/reps-weekly-20141009/

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

Rep of the Month: September 2014 – Alexandre Ben Mahmoud

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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rednaksSkander (aka Alex) is an inspiring, passionate and a gifted Tunisian mozillian when it’s about free technologies. His involvement in Mozilla is about a strong belief in our mission and our values.

These last months, Alex has been doing a wonderful work to encourage Tunisians techies to contribute in Mozilla.

Starting by making all Mozilla Tunisia’s projects available to all on github to writing documentation and tutorials on the community’s Wiki and publishing articles on the website to encourage people and facilitate there integration. Without forgetting his availability on IRC to reply to all the contributors questions and assist them.

As a community technical manager, he managed brilliantly this month the MozTn Slides project.
He also was also very helpful to prepare the Grow Mozilla Tunisia and had a wonderful reaction to encourage the team and push them to continue when the event was canceled.

This apart, Alex always contributed to many bugs and developed many patch for Firefox and Firefox OS.

Congratulations Alex, well deserved :)

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Upcoming Elections – October 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Intro to Elections

The Mozilla Reps program has been a volunteer driven program since day 1. In that spirit the core governing body of the program, the Council, was designed to be an elected body with new members chosen by all Reps every six months.

More background about the history of the Council and its structure can be found here and here and you can find a visualization of the composition and detailed information about the elections process.

The time has come for a new round of elections and this time 4 positions need to be filled. Nikos , Majda, Guillermo and Sayak are reaching the end of their 12-month terms and their seats need to be replaced for another 12-month term.

Nominations are open as of today for Mozilla Reps mentors that are eligible (see criteria)

Timeline

  • October 3 : call for candidates (eligible Mozilla Reps Mentors only) – call closes on October 9
  • October 10 : start of campaign period
    • candidates are given 7 days to answer 10 questions
    • candidates are given 7 days to publish a 30-120 second campaign video
  • October 17 : campaign ends
    • Reps are encouraged to read through candidate replies and watch their videos during the week
  • October 18: voting by all Reps who are eligible to vote begins – (voting closes after 72 hours)
  • October 21: new elected members are announced and their term begins

This is an exciting time for the Reps program and our role as Reps to help Mozilla build a better web has never been as critical. Thank you all for being part of this!

Comments on Discourse.

Reps Weekly Call – October 2nd 2014

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our regular weekly call about the Reps program, where we talk about what’s going on in the program and what Reps have been doing during the last week.

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Summary

  • Mozilla Guides.
  • Reps Planet.
  • Mozilla Balkan meeting.
  • Reimbursements update.
  • Discourse updates.
  • Mentors, mentees and new applications.
  • FSA.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

https://air.mozilla.org/reps-weekly-20141002/

Don’t forget to comment about this call on Discourse and we hope to see you next week!

ReMo Camp 2014: Impact through action

Rosana

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For the last 3 years the council, peers and mentors of the Mozilla Reps program have been meeting annually at ReMo Camp, a 3-day meetup to check the temperature of the program and plan for the next 12 months. This year’s Camp was particularly special because for the first time, Mitchell Baker, Mark Surman and Mary Ellen Muckerman participated in it. With such a great mix of leadership both at the program level and at the organization, it was clear this ReMo Camp would be our most interesting and productive one.

The meeting spanned 3 days:

Day 1:
The Council and Peers got together to add the finishing touches and tweaks to the program content and schedule but also to discuss the program’s governance structure. Council and Peers defined the different roles in the program that allow the Reps to keep each leadership body accountable and made sure there was general alignment. We will post a separate blog post on governance explaining the exact functions of the module owner, the peers, the council, mentors and Reps.

Day 2
The second day was very exciting and was coined the “challenges” day where we had Mitchell, Mark and Mary Ellen joining the Reps to work on 6 “contribution challenges”. These challenges are designed to be concrete initiatives that aim to have quick and concrete impact on Mozilla’s product goals with large scale volunteer participation. Mozillians around the globe work tireless to push the Mozilla mission forward and one of the most powerful ways of doing so is by improving our products. We worked on 6 specific areas to have an impact and identify the next steps. There’s a lot of excitement already and the Reps program will play a central role as a platform to mobilize and empower local communities participating in these challenges. More on this shortly…

Day 3
The last day of the was entirely dedicated to the Reps program. We had so many things to talk about, so many ideas and alas the day only has so many hours, so we focused on three thematic pillars: impact, mentorship training and getting stuff done. The council and peers had spent Friday setting those priorities, the rationale being that Mozilla Reps leadership is very good at identifying what needs to get done, and not as good with follow-through. The sessions on “impact” were prioritized over others as we wanted to figure out how to best enable/empower Reps to have an impact and follow up with all the great plans we do. Impact was broken down into three thematic buckets:

Accountability: how to we keep Reps accountable for what the have signed up for?

Impact measurement: how do we measure the impact of all the wonderful things we do?

Recognition: how do we recognize in a more systematic and fair way our volunteers who are going out of their way?

After the impact discussion, we changed gears and moved to the Mentorship training. During the preparations leading to ReMo Camp most of the mentors asked for training. Our mentors are really committed to helping Reps on the ground to do a great job, so the council and the peers facilitated a mentorship training divided in 5 different stations. We got a lot of great feedback and we’ll be producing videos with the materials of the training so that any mentor (or interested Rep) has access to this content. We will be also rolling out Q&A sessions for each mentorship station. Stay tuned if you want to learn more about mentorship and the Reps program in general.

The third part of Day 3 was “getting stuff done” a session where we identified 10 concrete tasks (most of them pending from the last ReMo Camp) that we could actually get done by the end of the day.

The overall take-away from this Camp was that instead of designing grand ambitious plans we need to be more agile and sometimes be more realistic with what work we can get accomplished. Ultimately, it will help us get more stuff done more quickly. That spirit of urgency and agility permeated the entire weekend, and we hope to be able to transmit this feeling to each and every Rep.

There wasn’t enough time, but we spent it in the best possible way. Having the Mozilla leadership with us was incredibly empowering and inspiring. The Reps have organized themselves and created this powerful platform. Now it’s time to focus our efforts. The weekend in Berlin proved that the Reps are a cohesive group of volunteer leaders with a lot of experience and the eyes and ears of Mozilla in every corner of the world. Now let’s get together and committing to doing everything we set ourselves to do before ReMo Camp 2015.

Arjun and Rahid

Brian King

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It brings us great sadness to share with you the recent news about two of our dear Reps we will so fondly remember. Nagarjuna Verma and Rahid Hasan of the Mozilla South Asia community are no longer with us.

Arjun – widely known by his IRC nick, Infinity – was an Indian developer contributor to WebRTC, privacy, a wildlife advocate, and an adventurer-kid at core. He spoke ideas, and helped to improve Mozilla India’s developer engagement and relations. He was recently studying in Amsterdam VU, and living his life to the fullest with friends. We got to know that during one of his adventure outings in Germany last week, he passed away of natural causes.
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Arjun – Picture by Mozilla India

Rahid was one of the front-line community leaders, Mobilizer & Mozilla Rep from Bangladesh, with passion for open source and mobile app development. He was also a curious and jolly persona – an all around awesome person. We got the news that during the Eid vacation in his hometown, Rahid passed away in a tragic accident. Reps Council member Emma Irwin wrote a post about Rahid, and I think it is fair to say it sums up the feelings of many of us who were touched by him.
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Rahid

Both passings are extremely sad, for it was not their time. They had so much to contribute to the world, to the society, and to the Web – as they so passionately continued to do. They’ve inspired many Mozillians, and even though we have a heavy heart, we know that their inspiration, legacy and memory will sustain us moving forward.
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Thanks to Soumya Deb and the other Reps who helped write this post.