Rep of the Month – February 2019

Please join us in congratulating Edoardo Viola, our Rep of the Month for February 2019!

Edoardo is a long-time Mozillian from Italy and has been a Rep for almost two years. He’s a Resource Rep and has been on the Reps Council until January. When he’s not busy with Reps work, Edoardo is a Mentor in the Open Leadership Training Program. In the past he has contributed to Campus Clubs as well as MozFest, where he was a Space Wrangler for the Web Literacy Track.

Recently Edoardo helped out at FOSDEM in Brussels as part of the Mozilla volunteers organizing our presence. He helped out at the booth, as well as helping to moderate the Mozilla Dev Room. He also contributes to the Internet Health Report as part of the volunteer team to give input for the next edition of the report.

To congratulate him, please head over to Discourse!

Rep of the Month – November 2018

Please join us in congratulating Viswaprasath KS, our Rep of the Month for November 2018!

Viswaprasath KS, also know as iamvp7, is a long time Mozillian from India who joined the Mozilla Rep program in June 2013. By profession he works as a software developer. He initially started contributing with designs and SUMO (Army of Awesome). He was also part of Firefox Student Ambassador E-Board and helped students to build exciting Firefox OS apps. In May 2014 he became one of the Firefox OS app reviewers.

Currently he is an active Mozilla TechSpeaker and loves to evangelise about WebExtensions and Progressive Web Apps. He has been an inspiration to many and loves to keep working towards a better web. He has worked extensively on Rust and WebExtensions, conducting many informative sessions on these topics recently. Together with other Mozillians he also wrote “Building Browser Extension”.

Thanks Viswaprasath, keep rocking the Open Web! :tada: :tada:

To congratulate him, please head over to Discourse!

Reps OKRs – First half of the year 2019

Here are the OKRs for the first half of the year:

Objective 1: Reps are the bridge between their local communities (Mozilla or other local open source communities) and the Mozilla contribution opportunities

  • Key Result 1.1: 60% of Reps have a connection with another open source community (as a result of our community connection training)
  • Key Result 1.2: 70% of Reps have gathered data about the interests of their community

Objective 2: Mozilla projects reach out to Reps as gateway to community engagement

  • Key Result 2.1: 200 employees say they know about the Reps program’s purpose (Implementation hint: We aim for an All Hands Lightning Talk and being featured in the tl:dr newsletter with an update about the program)
  • Key Result 2.2: Reps collaborate with two new functional teams

Objective 3: Reps feel more involved in the program

  • Key Result 3.1: As a result of the mobilizing activities of the Reps we are able to connect 50% of campaign outcomes to their mobilizing efforts

Objective 4: External, non-Mozilla entities identify the Reps program as a connector to the broader Mozilla community

  • Key Result 4.1: External open source communities are informed about 2019 Reps plans with two publications
  • Key Result 4.2: By updating the Reps description in all resources to reflect the current purpose of the program more people could explain the purpose of the Reps program

Objective 5: Existing Reps and new applicants understand the resources we provide —

  • Key Result 5.1: we have less questions by new Reps on understanding the community coordinator role (Implementation hint: Document resources on what we provide)

Objective 6: We understand what is missing for the Reps Program to enable personal growth

  • Key Result 6.1: 50% of Reps have reported what the Reps program helped them to do in terms of community building and personal growth
  • Key Result 6.2: We identified 3 new personal growth area opportunities we want to provide

New Council Members – Fall 2018 Elections

We are very happy to announce that our 2 new Council members Monica Bonilla and Yofie Setiawan are fully on-boarded and already working moving the Mozilla Reps program forward. A warm welcome from all of us. We we are very excited to have you and can’t wait to build the program together.

https://www.mozilla.org/media/img/mozorg/about/leadership/monica-bonilla.2fc7c83eec6a.jpg https://www.mozilla.org/media/img/mozorg/about/leadership/yofie-setiawan.2b2fde73bb65.jpg

Of course we would like to thank a lot the 2 outgoing members: Mayur Patil and Prathamesh Chavan. You have worked extremely hard to move the program forward and your input and strategic thinking have inspired the rest of the Reps.

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 Reps wiki.

Rep of the Month – October 2018

Please join us in congratulating Tim Maks van den Broek, our Rep of the Month for October 2018!

Tim is one of our most active members in the Dutch community. During his 15+ years as a Mozilla Volunteer he has touched many parts of the Project. More recently his focus is on user support and he is active in our Reps Onboarding team.

On the Onboarding Team he dedicates time for new Reps joining the project to ensure a smooth process in getting to know our processes and work… He is also helping the Participation Systems team in operationalizing (i.e. bug fixing) identity and access management at Mozilla (shortly known as IAM login system).

To congratulate him, please head over to the Discourse topic!

Community Coordinator role

The Reps program is evolving in order to be aligned with Mozilla’s changes on how we perceive communities. Part of those changes is the Mission Driven Mozillians project, where the Reps are involved.

We (the Reps Council) believe that the Reps program has a natural place inside this project because of the experience, skills and knowledge on leading, growing and helping communities on their daily life.

Based on  the work that has been done in the Mission Driven Mozillians project (video: https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/a-quick-video-intro-to-mission-driven-mozillians/25912), two types of volunteer leadership have been identified:

  1. Volunteers who have been identified inside the community as experts based on their knowledge and skills on a specific functional area – functional area experts
  2. Volunteers who have been identified as experts based on their ability to coordinate, support and expand communities  – community coordinators.

For the first category, functional areas are able to easily identify the right fit for the position based on different knowledge criterias and years of experience in the project. However, for the second category there is not a well defined role nor a set of guidelines for volunteers that were interested in community building. As a result, historically, people from the first category took over the community coordinator roles without necessarily being properly trained for it.

For that reason, the Reps Council has worked on a definition of the community coordinator role, since we believe that the Reps are a natural fit for this role.

Suggested definition of community coordinator role:

Community coordinator volunteers are aligned and committed Mozillians who are interested in:

  1. finding and connecting new talent with Mozilla projects they are contributing to
  2. developing communities on a functional and/or local level
  3. supporting local communities and Mozilla to have an effective and decentralized environment for contribution
  4. creating collaborations with other local communities in an effort to spread Mozilla’s mission and expand Mozilla’s outreach in the open source ecosystem

 

In order to be able to describe the responsibilities of the role more, we have specified how the role is going to look like based on the agreements the Mission Driven Mozillians group has crafted.

Where people hold coordinating roles, they should be reviewed regularly

  • This creates opportunities for new, diverse leaders to emerge.
  • Ensures continuous support from the communities they serve.
  • Prevents toxic individuals from maintaining power indefinitely.
  • Allows space for individuals to receive feedback and support to better thrive in their role.

What does that mean for Community Experts?

  • All Community experts and any volunteers that hold roles within this group have fixed terms and are reviewed regularly. Established processes will help contributors give feedback and review these roles.

Responsibilities should be clearly communicated and distributed

  • Creates more opportunities for more people.
  • Avoids gatekeeping and power accumulation.
  • Reduces burnout and over reliance on an individual by sharing accountability.
  • Creates leadership pathways for new people.
  • Potentially increases diversity.
  • An emphasis on responsibility over title avoids unnecessary “authority labels”.

What does that mean for the Community Experts?

  • All Community experts have public role descriptions that articulate clearly their responsibilities and have a culture of delegating them when needed across their co-volunteers.

When people are in a coordinating role, they should abide by standards, and be accountable for fulfilling their responsibilities

  • This builds confidence and support for individuals and these roles from community members and staff.
  • Ensures that everyone has shared clarity on expectations and success.
  • Creates an environment where the CPG is applied consistently.
  • Increases the consistency in roles across the organization .

What does that mean for the Community Experts?

  • All Community experts should keep their activities public and visible to everyone and they are accountable to fulfill their responsibilities

People in coordinating roles should follow and model Mozilla’s diversity & inclusion values

 

  • Creates a culture of inclusion that invites participation from new voices.
  • Encourages the inclusion of diverse voices and groups.
  • Creates an environment where the CPG is applied consistently.
  • Enables leadership pathways that explicitly consider inclusion dimensions.

What does that mean for the Community Experts?

  • The Community experts group has processes that are optimized to be welcoming to diverse audiences, ensures that all community building activities across the organization roles are available for everyone, and has communication channels that are properly used and are accessible for everyone. All Community experts are trained on the  CPG before joining and are confident to flag any lack of accountability and/or violations of the CPG.

People with coordinating roles should be supported and recognized in a set of standard ways across Mozilla

 

  • Enables people to have equal access to training and growth opportunities regardless of what part of the organisation they contribute to.
  • Allows people to follow their passions/skills instead of just contribute for rewards.
  • Roles have clear definitions and avoid labels that create authority feeling
  • We get shared understandings of the kind of responsibilities that exist

What does that mean for the Community Experts?

  • This means that we recognize all community building activities across the organization equally, support and also provide training for skills improvement on community building and self development.

 

These are the agreements that the Reps Council is suggesting and we need your feedback!

All Reps should agree because of their role as a community coordinators in their communities, let us know what you think on Discourse!

This blogpost is part of the work that the Reps Council and Reps Peers has been doing for the last quarter. The blogpost as been authored by Daniele Scasciafratte

Rep of the Month – September 2018

Please join us in congratulating Umesh Agarwal, our Rep of the Month for September 2018!

Umesh is from Kharagpur, India and works as Big Data Splunk Architect & Administrator. He is an Open Source Geek and his other areas of interest are Cyber Security and Big Data Analysis. He is a passionate Mozillian and an amazing contributor for more than 6 years. Umesh served as Reps Council Member in 2016 and currently he is an active Reps Mentor.

He manages the Mozilla India Gear Store based in Pune, India. Umesh is a localization community manager for the Hindi language. He has recently successfully hosted ‘Mozilla L10n Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati Community Meetup 2018’ held in Pune on 1st – 2nd of September 2018. This event was part of the Mozilla L10n community events in 2018. The event was of very high standard, productive and ended up with great success metrics. Approximately twenty leaders of four regional languages traveled from various parts of the country to participate in the event.

Thanks Umesh, keep rocking the Open Web! :tada: :tada:

To congratulate him, please head over to the Discourse topic!

Rep of the Month – August 2018

Please join us in congratulating Abhiram Ravikumar, our Rep of the Month for August 2018!

Abhiram Ravikumar is an amazing contributor from Bangalore India and a long time Mozillian contributing as a Rep since November 2015. He is the so-called backbone of the Bangalore community keeping activities going in and around the region.

He is also a Rust contributor helping the Rust team evangelize the programming language by speaking at events and organizing them. As a Tech Speaker, he speaks about Rust, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Git and Open Source at events and conferences.

Abhiram is a part of the Mozilla India Rust focus group helping volunteers getting started with Rust. Professionally he works as a machine learning fellow at SAP Labs. A great example of contributions with passion towards open source, Abhiram surely stands out with his contributions to the community.

Thanks Abhiram, keep rocking the Open Web! :tada: :tada:

To congratulate him, head over to the Discourse post!

Rep of the Month – July 2018

Please join us in congratulating Lívia Takács, our Rep of the Month for July 2018!

Livia is a UI developer and visual designer from Hungary and has been part of the Reps program for a bit more than a year. In that time she organized a lot of events with different communities (like LibreOffice) and also workshops.

She also organizes Mozilla Hungary community meetings and a few months ago she organized the Firefox Support Sprint in Budapest.

She is a mentor and teacher at specific workshops where she teaches JavaScript and localization, such as MozSkool teaching JavaScript to 15-18 years old girls and MozScope localization workshops. This is a great example that a community builder can organize events but also mentor and teach new people to help growing the local community.

Thanks Lívia, keep rocking the Open Web! :tada: :tada:

Please head over to Discourse to congratulate her!

Onboarding team for 2nd half of 2018

This blogpost was composed by Daniele Scasciafratte

As we have entered the second half of the year, the Reps Council has worked on updating  the Onboarding Screening Team for 2018-2.

The scope of this team is to help on evaluating the new applications to the Reps program by helping the Reps Council on this process.

In June we opened a call for the new team members on https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/do-you-want-join-the-onboarding-screening-team-for-2018-2/29713

We’ve got 13 applications in total. Out of them 9 applications were fitting in the Selection Criteria defined on https://wiki.mozilla.org/ReMo/Webinar/Screening,  you can find the people that applied is on https://github.com/mozilla/Reps/issues/333.

After 2 weeks the Reps Council voted and chose the new members.

The new members of the team for the next 6 months are:

The previous team members were:

 

The previous  team worked on reviewing 17 applications in 7 rounds in the last 7 months. Thanks a lot for your hard work!

Looking into the  numbers of applications compared to the 2018-1 team (https://blog.mozilla.org/mozillareps/2018/02/15/reps-on-boarding-team/) the number of applications have declined compared to the previous year.

The new team will start to work soon (we have about 3 applications in queue). A Reps Council Member will also join the team, focusing on communications between applicants and the evaluation of the team.

If you want to congratulate your fellows Reps you can do it in this thread: https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/onboarding-screening-team-2018-2/30794