2011: Getting off to a great start!

20 Jan

I’m pretty giddy about starting off the year with a new job role and team at Mozilla: Contributor Engagement.  We’ll be focused on further empowering and supporting Mozillians – individuals that passionately support, champion and contribute to the Mozilla project.  This isn’t a new area for Mozilla, by any means — but I’m now part of a team that is 100% dedicated to Mozillians.  My comrades to start are David BoswellGen Kanai, Amie Tyrrel and William Quiviger.

Getting this new role is like finding out I don’t have to eat my vegetables to get my dessert.  I get it all the time now!  (Not sure that’s the right analogy, but hope you get what I mean.) Our community — it’s zaniness, talent, passion and diversity — has always been my favorite part of Mozilla. Frankly, it’s been my day-to-day interactions with volunteers that have kept me afloat in some transitional times and brightened a bad day here and there.  No one is part of Mozilla because they have to be — they are here and engaged because they care — hard not to let that rub off on you.  It’s only fitting that we’ve “code named” ourselves Team Baked Goods!

Photo courtesy of Gen Kanai

Enough about dessert.  What will we do everyday?

  • Provide new opportunities and “on ramps” for participation in Mozilla.
  • Make it easier for us to to find and communicate with each other.
  • Work across teams (both expertise and regions) to help bring even more people into the Mozilla community and foster them.
  • Create and update shared resources to make contributing to Mozilla even better. Examples: a  web-based community directory for Mozillians; the about:mozilla newsletter; ways to measure and reward participation; toolkits and content to help new and existing Mozillians get up to speed quickly.
  • And, more!

There’s a whole lot to do — especially setting up some foundational basics — but I’m looking forward to some AWESOMENESS this year.  I’ll be posting ways to get involved and help shape contributor engagement shortly. In the meantime, if you have any ideas, feedback or questions please let us know here: http://mzl.la/fzbinn.

6 Responses to “2011: Getting off to a great start!”

  1. davidwboswell January 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    I don’t want to make crazy promises, but one of Team Baked Goods goals for 2011 should be cupcakes for all Mozillians!


    • sarahdoherty January 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

      Congrats on the new role! Can’t wait to see what you guys will be coming out with and how I can rock it down on the southern hemisphere with my fellow Mozillians. Also hope you are doing well too!

  2. Paul Booker February 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm #


    I would love to see a small team run an *about:openweb* newsletter.

    Mozilla has run a newsletter informing its readers about what is happening inside Mozilla for a while now which is mostly about Firefox and which is great but it seems to me to be worth while running another newsletter adopting the same format as about:mozilla to inform readers about more broader issues to keep the web open.

    Best, Paul


  3. Paul Booker February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    forgot to tick the checkbox…


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