Great discussion here! While I think these are all really good ideas on how reporting could be improved and actually be useful in terms of data. I really appreciate all the energy you all are putting into this! This is exactly the energy we need to bring the Reps program to the next level!
In hindsight it might not have been the best idea to already mention reports in the initial post since those are just one possible solution to achieve our goal. Let me rephrase the goal here:
“How can we learn from each other and keep up with what other Reps are doing to empower local community or bringing forward mozilla’s mission in general?”
Once again, I just came up with that phrasing just now. It’s not perfectly phrased, but hopefully provides a little bit of background for the initially asked question.
Having such a diverse community in the Reps program could be used way more efficiently to learn from each other in my opinion. While something that is working perfectly well in Asia might not work in Europe and vice versa, I still strongly think that learning from eachother’s actions and activities would be of great value to all of us. But how can we enable and empower other Reps to share what they’ve learned recently or what activities they’ve done to nurture local communities and Participation in projects? For example, sharing my recent experience regarding bringing somebody back to the project after some time of inactivity might be useful to a lot of other Reps.
What are possible solutions to achieve this learning experience sharing? What are possible solutions to maybe also go further than Reps and enable Mozillians from other communities to learn from our experience that we have on a regular basis? I think answering those questions might bring us forward quite a bit here.
I really liked the year book we did at the end of last year. While this had a lot of general information on it, it also enabled everyone to see what different communities did in 2015 and are planning for 2016. Maybe we could adapt this idea and build a “share your helpful experience, achievements and learnings” framework for anyone to learn from and increase their skills doing that on a regular basis? At least for me it made me reflect about the year and even think about what I could do better in 2016. I’d like to believe that I was not the only one who had this experience. And I also learned a lot reading the other pages of the book.
Another point here is that I sometimes want to know what other communities are doing. Currently as it is I can look at events that are going on in other countries, but I can’t really get a lot of out that since that only covers events and not activities. So many Reps do more than events, for example helping out the local communities with challenges they face or contributing to exciting Mozilla projects in functional areas. There is currently as far as I know no way to dive into that and get inspired to try some of those activities for my local community as well. Keeping in mind that we’re distributed all around the world which means we have a lot of different approaches to challenges, I think this would be a great way to broaden the horizon of every Rep and enable experimentation as well.
I’d love to hear your thoughts around that!
Update 21:46 UTC: fixed the link to the year book