Rep of the month: February 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Stefania Ioana Chiorean is one of the most humble, inspiring and hard working contributor of the Reps community.

She has always been an inspiration of enthusiasm for the Mozilla community worldwide. Her proactive nature of getting things done has motivated Reps throughout. Being the part of Mozilla Romania Community, Ioana helps out anyone and everyone who wants to learn and make the web better. Spreading around Mozillian News through Social Media accounts of Mozilla Romania Community she enjoys helping the SUMO community. An emboldening persona in Womoz, Ioana encourage women participation in tech.

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During the last few months, Ioana has been organizing and participating in several events to promote Mozilla like FOSDEM, OSOM, and also to involve more women into Free/Open Source communities and Mozilla through WoMoz initiative, highly involved in Mozilla QA helping to smash as many bugs as possible in several Mozilla products.

Ioana is now driving the Buddy Up QA Pilot program, which aims to recruit and train community members to actively own testing of this project.

Also we welcome Ioana as a Peer of the Reps Module and congratulate her for being the Rep of the Month!

Thanks Ioana for all you do for the the Reps, Mozilla and the Open Web.

Cheers little romanian vampire!

Don’t forget to congratulate her on Discourse!

Reps Weekly Call – February 26th 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our 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

  • RepsIDMeetup
  • Alumni status and leaving SOP
  • New mentors coming soon
  • GMRT event Pune
  • Teach The Web Talks
  • FOSS Asia
  • BuddyUp
  • Say Hello Day

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

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

Impact teams: a new approach for functional impact at Reps

Rosana

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When the new participation plan was forming one of the first questions was: how can the Reps program enable more and deeper participation in Mozilla? We know that Reps are empowering local and regional communities and have been playing an important role in various project like Firefox OS launches, but there wasn’t an organized and more importantly scalable way to provide support to functional teams at Mozilla. The early attempts of the program to help connect volunteers with functional areas were the Special Interest Groups (SIG). Although in some cases and for some periods of time the SIGs worked very well and were impactful, they wasn’t sustainable in the long run. We couldn’t provide a structure that ensured mutual benefit and commitment.

With the renewed focus on participation we’re trying to think differently about the way that Reps can connect to functional teams, align with their goals and participate in every part of Mozilla. And this is where the “Impact teams” come in. Instead of forming loose interest groups, we want to form teams that work well together and are defined by the impact they are having, as well as excited by future opportunity to not only have deeper participation but personal growth as part of a dedicated team where colleagues include project staff.

The idea of these new impact teams is to make sure that the virtuous circle of mutual benefit is created. This means that we will work with functional teams to ensure that we find participation opportunities for volunteers that have direct impact on project goals, but at the same time we make sure that the volunteers will benefit from participating, widening their skills, learning new ones.

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These teams will crystallize through the work on concrete projects, generating immediate impact for the team, but also furthering the skills of volunteers. That will allow the impact team to take on bigger challenges with time: both volunteers and functional teams will learn to collaborate and volunteers with new skills will be able to take the lead and mentor others.

We’re of course at the beginning and many questions are still open. How can we organize this in an agile way? How can we make this scalable? Will the scope of the role of Reps change if they are more integrated in functional activities? How can we make sure that all Mozillians, Reps and non Reps are part of the teams? Will we have functional mentors? And we think the only way to answer those questions is to start trying. That’s why we’re talking to different functional areas, trying to find new participation opportunities that provide value for volunteers. We want to learn by doing, being agile and adjusting as we learn.

The impact teams are therefore not set in stone, we’re working with different teams, trying loose structures and specially putting our energy into making this really beneficial for both functional teams and volunteers. Currently we are working to the Marketplace team, the Firefox OS Market research team and the developer relations team. And we’ll be soon reaching out to Mozillians and Reps who have a track record in those areas to ask them to help us build these impact teams.

We’re just at the beginning of a lot of pilots, tests, prototypes. But we’re excited to start moving fast and learn! We have plenty of work to do and many questions to answer, join us in shaping these new impact teams. Specially help us now how your participation at Mozilla can benefit your life, make you grow, learn, develop yourself. Emma Irwin is working on making education a centerpiece of participation, but do you have any other ideas? Share them with us!

Reps Weekly Call – February 19th 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our weekly call about the Reps program. This time we had a very special and interesting call since it was around the recent changes on the Firefox team with three special guests: Johnathan Nightingale, Mark Mayo and David Slater.

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Summary

Johnathan, Mark and David reached out to Reps to explain these recent changes and answer some questions we had for them.

Thanks for coming by, your are invited every Thursday! ;)

Detailed notes
AirMozilla video

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

Expanding the scope of the Mozilla Reps program

Rosana

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This story started in 2011. A group of passionate Mozillians created the Reps program, their goal was to empower Mozilla volunteers all around the world to support the Mozilla mission. They provided visibility to the work of volunteers, created process to have access to resources and a better way to communicate within the community and with staff. It was the Reps themselves, especially the Council and the mentors who shaped this program. Now, counting 457 Reps, the program has evolved to be a powerful platform for community building where leaders from all around the world can emerge.

The Reps program proved to be very successful in building healthy local and regional communities. It also provided a structured connection to Mozilla functional activities when the work is inherently regional, for example with the Firefox OS launches. But as Mozilla grew and became more professional it was harder for volunteers to participate in the global nature of the project: volunteers could run local and regional activities much more easily, but participating in projects aimed at global impact became increasingly difficult.

Now fast Forward to 2015: We have a new participation plan that aims to bring back the balance and revive the participatory nature of Mozilla. Mark Surman’s blog post is a great read: we don’t only want to enable more participation but we want this participation to have value both for Mozilla and for the individual volunteers. And that means that we will empower many more volunteers to take the lead and participate much more deeply in Mozilla to have both local and global impact.

And here is where Reps come in. Our challenge is to make Mozilla much more participatory again, to partner with functional areas and take the lead. To make this successful in the long run we will work on new participation and leadership pathways connecting with functional teams. And we will work on the things that matter the most and make a difference. These pathways will of course provide more opportunities for personal and collective development as well as new leadership opportunities for Mozillians and Reps.

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How will this be different from the past? We used to have “Special Interest Groups”, loose groups with an interest in a functional area, but not too many concrete projects or learning opportunities. We want to build on what was working there but shift to “Impact teams”: teams of staff and volunteers who will work hand in hand and where volunteers will be able to get real value out of their participation and will have a clear leadership pathway.

This new approach brings of course a whole new set of challenges: we’ll need to rethink the way we organize the Reps program, the way we empower Reps, mentors and Council and the way we do things in general. Education will be a fundamental part of this. We will need to work all together, Council, Mentors and Reps, to make this happen. And although it will be a lot of hard work I couldn’t be more excited for the changes coming: we’ll be investing so much energy and resources in empowering volunteers and offering new avenues for personal development while having a tangible impact bringing the Mozilla mission forward. I think 2015 will be a great year for Mozilla and the Reps program, join us in shaping this third era of Mozilla and writing the next chapter of the Mozilla Reps history.

Reps Weekly Call – February 12th 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our 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

  • Word of Mouth Marketing Program
  • Southeast Asian meeting.
  • Paris Reps Leadership meetup.
  • Impact teams.
  • Education.
  • Mozilla Romania & Mozilla Balkans update.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

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

Reps Weekly Call – February 5th 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our 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

  • Council AMA.
  • GNUnify’15.
  • Budget bug mandatory.
  • FOSDEM 2015 recap.
  • Community Education Call.
  • Monday Meeting Ambassadors.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

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

Mozilla Reps Council AMA

Emma Irwin

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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 to know someone, usually a way to find out what it’s like to have a certain job. The AMA is your chance to get to know the individual council members as people, and also to understand what it’s like to actually be on council. Silly questions are OK, if you’ve always wanted to know what Emma’s favorite colour is, now’s your chance to ask!

Remember to be respectful though, don’t ask something that will probably make someone uncomfortable.

They’ll be keeping track of suggestions and discussions that should be continued outside of the AMA so that they aren’t lost when the event is over. Debates over problems with the program or changes to how it should be run will need more than 24 hours and deserve to be highlighted properly.

The AMA will take place here – https://discourse.mozilla-community.org/c/reps/council-ama

To ask a new question you should start a new topic. Discourse admins will be on-hand to help split out sub-conversations into new threads.

If you want to ask all of council a question, you can address them by typing @repscouncil – Discourse editor will substitute this text with their individual usernames.  You can also use @ to address a single council member, @emma_irwin will notify Emma that you’re addressing her specifically.

The entire council won’t be available at once, but we should have at least one council member available at any time over the full 24h to make sure responses come quickly.

You can also read an FAQ about AMA and how to use Discourse.

Image credit: Ed Schipul

Reps Weekly Call – January 29th 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Last Thursday we had our 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

  • January Rep of the month
  • Update on participation plan
  • Recognition that Matters
  • Fosdem 2015.
  • Data Privacy Day.
  • WoMoz & WoMoz Friends Badges.
  • BuddyUp.

Detailed notes

AirMozilla video

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

Rep of the month: January 2015

Ruben Martin [:Nukeador]

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Irvin Chen has been an inspiring contributor last month and we want to recognize his great work as a Rep.

irvinIrvin has been organizing weekly MozTW Lab and also other events to spread Mozilla in the local community space in Taiwan, such as Spark meetup, d3.js meetup or Wikimedia mozcafe.

He also helped to run an l10n sprint for video subtitle/Mozilla links/SUMO and webmaker on transifex.

Congratulations Irvin for your awesome work!

Don’t forget to congratulate him on Discourse!