At the last few Monday project calls, I’ve shared out a few quick community building tips. I wanted to share them here too to give you some ideas for how to bring more people into the projects you’re working on.
Starting: Your project doesn’t have volunteers yet and you’re interested in building a community around what you’re doing.
- Read stories from existing Mozillians about how they first got involved with the project.
- Watch the Designing for participation workshop video (soon to be reshot into a more watchable series of short videos).
- Join the next Grow Mozilla call and introduce yourself and meet other people involved with bringing people in to their projects.
Learning: You have connected with some volunteers and you’re interested in learning about how to build on what’s working so more people can join.
- Read Margaret’s great blog post about increasing participation on the Firefox for Android team that has 5 helpful tips in it.
- Check out the recently awarded Mozilla badges to get an idea of how some teams are recognizing contributors.
- Watch a couple of the videos that have been created by community builders for people interested in community building.
Scaling: You have volunteers involved in your project and you’d like to turn up the dial on participation.
- Create a contribution dashboard to give you insight about where you can improve the experience for volunteers.
- Contact the Open Badges team and start a discussion about creating badges for your contributors.
- Get involved in a community building working group to help shape the infrastructure for participation at Mozilla.