[IMPORTANT] Council Elections - Spring 2017 - Nominee Q&A


(Chiorean Ioana) #1

Hey all,
This is the second step into the Election Process. In this thread the 14 nominees should post their answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?
  2. What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?
  3. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?
  4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?
  5. What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?
  6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?
  7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.
  8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

Let me know if you have any concerns.


(Faye Tandog) #2

1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  • Reps Path

I believe that the initiative of having Reps identify their path in the program is a good kick-off and I am very eager to explore what’s next. This will spark a new motivation to get involved as it poses a promising new opportunity for Reps to move forward.

  • Coaching/ Training

The program has reached its maturity point where we should already expect those who have been with it long to pass on the skills they have gained through the program. Having this initiative clears the path to make it happen and will spark interest as it gives opportunity to Reps to share their talent and skills.

  • Activities

The Activate campaign is on the right track of generating buzz to have people something interesting to work on, but I do believe that it can be improved. I am interested to learn what’s the plan moving forward and look into ways to increase its appeal in the community.

2. What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Its strength is its nature to attract people all over the world with different skillset and background as it provides a clear, direct path to grow Mozilla’s contributor base to advance the mission, but at the same time lacks the structure and support to accommodate this task. The program has been very good at curating strategies, providing goals and metrics but lacks support on how volunteers operate at the grassroots level, damaging volunteer retention.

3. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

Document all the recent changes and updates in one place. It has been recently very hard to follow with what has changed, what’s upcoming and what’s brewing at the Reps program now due to how it is scattered in various places. Even the Github repo is only understable to people who has been involved/ watching for a while. Wiki pages aren’t updated too (most importantly the Mentoring SOPs part of the Reps wiki).

4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

I am very proud to have carried out the biggest event yet of my local community, not because of its scale as an event but with the amount of awesome, passionate volunteers who helped make it happen. I am very happy with the passion that our community members had shown for that project and the fulfillment they felt afterwards. It makes me feel accomplished that I have led something that made a perfect match to what these people are happy to volunteer for and what could support Mozilla’s goals.

5.What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • Strategy

Having been a volunteer in nonprofit organizations for almost a decade now, my experience as a volunteer on a grassroots level enabled me to gain skills on community operations and years of doing so has developed my community strategy skills that I have applied as I took on leadership roles in my community. I have been part/ lead strategic planning activities and managed/ participate in their execution which involves driving passionate volunteers to the achievement of goals.

  • Training

From my time as the community manager of my local community, I have led training events and has curated the Club Lead Training program for the old FSA program that was used by FSAs globally. I have proven skills in developing training content, facilitating training sessions and also passing it on to future trainers.

  • Marketing

I have been involved and led recruitment, marketing and advocacy campaigns for Mozilla, specifically handling its marketing strategy and communications part. I have handled various social media accounts of organizations and have been writing copies for different initiatives of the community.

6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive Mozillians to be active again?

My approach would always be to talk to them, be in their shoes and understand what is the cause of inactivity, and totally go against an approach that calls out and punish for being in that state. After understanding their situation, suggest ways to move forward together. Suggest steps on becoming part of the solution if they think something about the organization is discouraging them to contribute. Give personal assurance that while a lot of things might have changed, we are still on the same mission that attracted us to get involved in the first place.

7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

  • Coaching/ leadership

An important part of carrying out strategies in a volunteer community is ensuring we provide value to our volunteers in return of them sharing their time and skills to the organization. The best way to show that is to develop the leadership potential all Reps have. This method also proves to be a promising way to grow the volunteer base through creating more leaders to spread the word.

8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

  • Specialist on communication

I started in the Mozilla Reps program as an events organizer, where I helped a lot in creating the messages we want to communicate through what we do. I have been involved and led campaigns, locally-brewed or localized version of a global one, strategizing with a team on the best ways to reach out to our target market, at the right time. I have always been a speaker about the Mozilla mission and a marketer of what we do, making me knowledgeable on different tools and techniques. From strategizing to creating graphics to writing copies, I have been exposed in the various processes of getting the word out in the open.


(Daniele Scasciafratte) #3
  1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?
  • Improve our website with new features and simplify process like for the reporting or metrics

I contributed to the site as developer and studied many tickets for the portal, and the same also for Mozillians.org, and in my personal opinion that valid resources have many problems in UX and feature that I want to change. During the RepsNext I written a report and few small changes as example happened later.

  • Improve relationship with other Mozilla’s programs

One of the example is the collabration between Mozilla TechSpeakers and Reps, but Mozilla has many other programs like: Mozilla Open Leadership, Mozilla Campus Club, Mozilla Club and Mozilla Science and we need to join the forces because Mozilla is huge and we are part of this world.
Join the forces is very important and in the Italian example I saw that in our community helped in the past but also the Linux Day in Italy where there are over 70 events the same day in all the country in different cities with the participation of different communities (not only about Linux but about Open Source/Free Software).

  • Accountabilities and Coaching

After RepxNext we saw the first effect, the new Review Team, the new onboarding process, the Reps Regional Coach experimental initiative, Reps Mobilizer initiative. They are example of accountibility and coaching and we need to improve them to improve the quality of the program.
There are too many reps but we need to motivate or move them to Alumni (to say thank you for what you done but is time to move on). Mozilla Reps program is not the next step after to be a mozillian vouched but a leader role for you community inside and outside and we need the best and motivate people. Probably that you are reading this, you are one of them!

2.Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

I already explained different things in the question above but I want repeat it. Reps Portal need to be more friendly for us but also for mozillians to find us, Relationship inside the Mozilla world because we are a big family and we don’t know the rest of the members of the family and Accountilities/Coaching.

3.What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Our diversity in different roles, knoweldge, experience and also of languages and cultures. At the same time is our weakness because is difficult to manage this huge amount of mozillians and be at the same time a cool team. The functional group with Review and Resources team show us that it is possible to id but we need to eolve and Reps path help us to understand what are the interestes of the reps.

4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

Regional Coaches helped us to finally do our first community video call in Febraury and start to organize our comunity in functional groups thanks to @edovio. After this I think that Edoardo now is a Reps with the new onboarding and in Italy we have finally 3 Reps (2 very highly active)!
I think that the most proud fact is that in May is the first time for Mozilla Italia to have 3 different events with 3 different volunteers sponsored by Mozilla Reps in 3 different cities for 3 different events with other italian communities. And for one of this volunteer is the first time of an event outside his local area without other mozilla volunteers.

5.What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

Coaching, I was thinking as developer that for me are boring psychologist stuff for marketing people. I was very wrong, now I have a talk and I am promoting this methodologies also to other communities and I saw the difference in my life but also in my communities on workflow and onboarding.

Motivation on changes It is time to move very quickly and to important changes for the actual Reps (not on onboarding) to motivate and inspire them but also to evolve our program in something where you can say: I am a proud Reps because I helped on change my community in better.

Experience Not only in communities life but also on planning, know people of other communities (outside Mozilla) and learn how they work, understand what are the problems using Agile methods or other solution to arrive a real and quickly goal. As you can see on my Mozillian profile I think to have a little bit of experience in Open Source but also in community life and needs.

6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive Mozillians to be active again?

The Firefox OS fall created problems also in my community where we lost 5 volunteers on 6 (it’s me the survivor) joined the community because of FIrefox OS but I know that there many others that I probably forgot.
The first step understand what are their motivation to left and see if it is possible to fix them or meet them in person. We are people and the human touch is important to show our appreciation for what they done it.
Also keep them updated about Mozilla and what we are doing, because probably there will be something that can be interisting.
This steps are what I am doing for my community because the first thing in Coaching is Leading by Example. How I can try to encourage others people to do the same thing without experimenting with myself with old friends?

7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

I can be repetitive but again: Reps Portal (our home), Relationship with other programs (we are representative of Mozilla so why not join our forces with the other initiatives?), Accountibility/Coaching (a representative guy without this 2 skills will be not a proud member of the program).

8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

I think to be a motivator for my community but also a gather guy because alone as I done for years (also as rep) the results can be very poor. In the last year many things are changed for me in Mozilla that show that my skills are useful, my time is not lost, and I can do friends with Mozilla also with people that I never meet in real life for months.
Relationship with other programs is important and the Italian case with: Mozilla Club, Campus Club, Tech Speakers, Open Leadership show that together we can do it our best to promoting our mission of a free and open web. The next step for us is have someone in Mozilla Science and new developers to have a very big opportunities for new volunteers in their onboarding.
The last, but not for importance, is my fight against the pineapple pizza that as Italian is an horrible food!


[IMPORTANT] Council Elections - Spring 2018 - Nominee Q&A
(Konstantina Papadea) #4

Hey Daniele I think this is pretty good but I think you’ve missed question 2 about the strength of the program :wink:


(Daniele Scasciafratte) #5

Ops copy and paste tricked with me but I fixed it :slight_smile:


(Priyanka) #6

1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

The top three issues that I would want the council to address are:

  • Participation:
    With time, we are witnessing a general lack in people’s dedication to the Reps program and to the overall community in general. In the recent past, we have seen many experienced reps voluntarily retire or get into a passive mode. There is something definitely lacking in the program then. We are somehow unable to keep people motivated. I know the council is already looking into it. But, according to me, we are currently in a red zone where we need to take actions super soon…else we will end up loosing a lot more of our dedicated and much needed volunteers.
  • Rewards and recognition:
    I think, one thing that we have still not been able to do well is find the right ways to reward contributors. It is true that we expect our contributors to work for passion and not for benefits…but to keep that passion alive, we also need to reward and recognize them from time to time. One of the greatest example of this issue is our monthly “Rep of the month” nomination process. If we follow the pattern, the number of nominations keep decreasing with time. Are we not doing it the right way or are our contributors expecting something different? Also, is this the only way to reward or recognize contribution…there are many such thoughts we could ponder upon.
  • Mentoring:
    Mentoring and ‘train the trainer’ kind of initiatives are not new in the reps program. We have done it in the past and are still doing it. But, I believe, we still need to do this one better. Our reps are our spokesperson to the world. Mozilla to different organizations and institute is what our Mozilla Representatives show them as…thats why we are called the “Mozilla Representatives”! Now, if we showcase Mozilla in the wrong way due to our lack of knowledge or lack of training, its a definite loss to Mozilla’s reputation. This is why we need very strong mentoring in certain skills like pubic speaking, PR and marketing etc.

What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

According to me, the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength is its number. We have the largest volunteer base when compared to any other open source organization. The diversity of this group is our strength. We have representation in almost all parts of the world.

At the same time, the number is also the biggest weakness. We have a huge strength, but we have not been able to channelize that strength well. We have not been able to make this huge group work in harmony…for a common goal. The increasing number has often led to communal conflicts, difference of ideas…and we have not been very successful in dealing with these issues or resolving these problems.

Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

I think we currently lack a way to correctly reward and recognize people. “Reps of the month” is a great initiative…but it probably shouldn’t be the only initiative. I hate to see some prominent and important members of the reps family leave, feeling unappreciated.

What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

There were many “wow” moments in my journey as a rep as well as a mentor till now. One of my first memorable moments was my first time on stage as a Mozilla representative. When I was being felicitated by the principle of a renowned institution, I could hardly control my tears. And I was only in my second year of masters…honestly had not achieved much…but reps brought me immense respect! That moment will always be unforgettable. The second one was when I was mentoring one of my rep mentees. During one of my early conversations with him, I realized that I am no way superior to him…not did I need to be. This relation, though called as ‘mentor-mentee’ is more that of buddies…where we both needed to learn from each other and help each other grow. That learning moment was definitely a very memorable and proud one.

What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

Two most important skills that I think I possess which can help me be an effective council member:

  • Planning:
    I am someone who believes in having a concrete plan before starting with execution. This has mostly worked in my favor. I like to create agendas, discuss them, take notes and accordingly execute those plans.
  • Commitment:
    I think a lot of people can vouch on this for me. I commit to things only when I am sure that I will be able to deliver. I will not claim that I have never failed a commitment, but most of the time, I try and complete the task bestowed on me. I like taking responsibilities…but more than that, I love completing them!

As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?

Sometimes, all we need to do is pass on the positive energy. In my 4 year journey as a Mozilla rep, there has been times when I felt like quitting as well. I didn’t, because I always came across someone or the other, more enthusiastic, super motivated, who did infect me with that energy to try one next task! I try to do the same for other Mozillians as well. If I think someone is losing the energy, I try to share my story…show them a silver lining, incase they feel a dark cloud around them in this program.

Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

For me, the Re-commitment is the most important project. I don’t want to see any other important member of the Reps family leave, feeling demotivated or not seeing their goals align with the reps goals. Before training them, or before getting new reps, I would like to make sure that we are able to understand the requirements of our current reps and lay the future path accordingly.

Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

Specialists on communication : Though my current job role is that of a Technical Writer, communication is a big part of my job. Communicating correctly, according to me, is very important in any open initiative. I love doing this task and thus I think this is my strongest skill among the two big roles.


(Mariot Tsitoara) #7

1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  • Training of new contributors
    New contributors are always knocking on our doors. They are very passionate but they don’t know where to start. That’s when Reps should step in and guide them through simple tasks and activities to help them start (creating accounts, simple bugs…). Since most new contributors sign up online, this guidance should be done online.
  • Common activities
    I think that a community has a better chance of doing great things when they work toward a same goal. I noticed that when we were experimenting with Functional Areas. We should continue to improve our current projects regarding big activities that everyone in the community can participate into. Having common activities would bring everyone together and would be better for morale.
  • Marketing and recognition
    In my opinion, the Reps need to work more on the marketing; our goal and mission are not very clear to newcomers. We also lack a lot of informations in our portal. Attracting contributors is vital for us and we should work a lot more on recruitment. We also tend to forget non technical people, which is a shame because we need them a lot.
    We should also never forget to thank contributors. Make sure they are recognized in their efforts and thanked properly, even for the smallest contributions. Because all contributions matter to us, and members are our biggest asset.

2. What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?
The program’s biggest strength is that it’s open for everyone regardless of background and that the members are given total control of what they do. Reps are not forced to do anything so everything they do, they do it with passion.
The biggest weakness right now is communication. We need to find a way to communicate more efficiently and without any barrier. A lot of contributors feel left out because of our lack of communication.

3. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?
The contributor retention is not going very well. We have people attend our meetings and are eager to contribute but nobody is helping them. They don’t know what to do so they give up after certain time. We have documentations but talking or chatting with a real person is so much better. An assistance by a Rep would greatly improve our contributor retention (just like we Reps were assisted by our mentors).

4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?
My proudest achievement was when I was part of the Firefox OS Africa marketing team during the Firefox OS launch. That event kickstarted our community and we worked with people all around the world to achieve our mission. That taught me what Mozilla was all about.

5. What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?
I really like working with people and learning from them. I think that it’s an important quality for a Rep.
Also, I have a lot of experience with teaching and training people of all backgrounds.
I think those skills would help me as a Council member because our strength lies in our contributors and we must listen and help them.

6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?
My solution is simple: start small. We all have very full lives and finding time is not easy. That’s why I propose to inactive mozillians to start with the smallest activities possible. Show them the way, so they can remain active even for small tasks. It will slowly push you to contribute more and more.
Also, communicating with other contributors has been proven to improve morale. Simply chating with them and ask about their situation is a great improvement.

7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

  • Comms
    As I said earlier, we need to work on our communications. We do amazing things everyday but nobody knows about them because we lack a comm strategy. We could gain a lot of enthusiasts if only they knew what we are working on and how could they help.

8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects3) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

  • Specialist on communication
    As a community manager for a few years, I learned a lot of things about communication and its importance. Contributors who regularly talk or chat with each other are more likely to succeed on a project together. Since we all come for different backgrounds, it’s always interesting to learn about each other and share knowledge.
    I think that communication about a projet is as important as its success.

(alex_mayorga) #8

My video is here.

  1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?
  • More geographical diversity of reps. From Albania to Zimbabwe, the Reps program reaches far and wide across our planet, yet https://reps.mozilla.org/people/#/view/list/ has some mising countries and regions and I truly believe a conscious effort to get Reps from these would further strengthen the program.
  • Lessen the usage of walled gardens and silos as Reps tools. Although I’m sure the “Facebook experiment” is well intentioned I do not see how further entrenching a walled garden is beneficial for the broader Web. Are tracking and analytics really something in line with the overarching goals of Mozilla?
  • Foster and recognize functional doers. Some of us Reps might not be mobilizers by nature and it is great that functional doers are started to be recognized as a Council member I’d make sure functional doers have a voice are and heard as I identify myself as one.
  1. What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?
    The biggest strength is openness as anyone that has a passion for Mozilla mission can join the program and be mentored into being the best Rep one can be.
    The biggest weakness I perceive is the lack of more voices on the communication channels, we tend to see the same group of “loud” Reps talking most of the time and very little from the “quiet” ones, we should strive for everyone to have a voice and promote asynchronous communication channels a bit more.

  2. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?
    The geographical diversity mentioned in 1. could be easily addressed by sending some geographically targeted snipets in Firefox to invite current users to learn about the Reps program and join in if they’re interested.

  3. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?
    Being a demo volunteer at the Mozilla both during Mobile World Congress 2015 has been to me the peak of my Reps tenure as I was able to demonstrate the Web as a mobile platform to thousands of people. Mozfest 2016 is also another highlight as it allowed me to help showcase the Web as a platform to build, hack and even create art to many people as well.

  4. What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • Problem identification and definition. Over the past 10 years, I’ve poked at +1500 bugs within the wider Mozilla project. I’ve done so not just because it is fun and enjoyable to me but because I firmly believe this advances the Mozilla mission. As Council member I’ll bring these skills so Reps bugs are promptly and timely acted upon.
  • Problem solving. Over the past 6 years, I’ve answered +1200 questions from fellow users of Mozilla products through the Mozilla support forums (a.k.a. SuMo). As a Council member I’ll bring this helpfulness and drive to help others so most Reps questions and concerns are thoroughly and promptly answered.
  1. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?
    I try to lead by example by showing them how fun and rewarding it is to contribute to Mozilla also I try to remove any roadblocks there might be in their contribution paths and to be a connector for everyone within Mozilla.

  2. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important?
    Re-commitment as it is important to reconnect with existing Reps and reenergize all those that have gone dormant or demotivated. I’m also very glad that functional doers is now a path as I see myself as one and know of many other Reps that do not necessarily consider themselves mobilizers.

  3. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best?
    A bit of both and then some =)
    Specialists on communication: As an active member of the now defunct “Army of Awesome” now “Respond” social media front of Mozilla support (a.k.a. SuMo), I’ve helped users of Mozilla products through social media reaching out internally to all functional areas of the organization when needed. As a volunteer participant at Mexico Community Gathering I was trained on “How to structure a message” and multiple other communication topics and practices within Mozilla.
    Coaching/Leadership: As a volunteer participant at Mozfest 2016 and Mexico Community Gathering I was trained on “Mozilla and Participation Team Goals”, “Personal Leadership”, “Giving feedback”, “Having difficult conversations”, “Planning for impact” and many other relevant coaching and leadership topics within Mozilla.
    See also 5.

Thanks for reading this wall of text and I hope to have your vote =D

¡Gracias!


(AnkitG) #9

What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  1. Communications and updates about the current/present direction of Mozilla need to be provided to reps in an effective way. A percentage of reps do not attend Monday meetings(nor see them later), they might not be attending the reps call or reading discourse. I would like to address this situation to help reps be up to date with the information by researching and testing out new ways to provide news and updates.
    (May be a reps app on their phone :slight_smile: )

  2. The members of the reps council need to have a clear understanding of Mozilla’s new projects and programs so that they can help reps and mentors understand it better and make their goals aligned with that of the organization’s. This can be achieved by making reps aware of how their contribution is different and how they are making or can make an impact in the current direction mozilla is following.

  3. As reps work very closely with communities, the council needs to grow more trust in them by including/representing their thoughts and perspectives in critical decision making.

What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Strength: Its Diversity and its vision to train next generation leaders who work in different ways to achieve the same goal for the open web and have the passion for Mozilla’s open mission.

Weakness: Being the part of the reps community and its growth in the past few years, I feel that the recognition system was not able to scale with reps program. Its time to move on from the current ROM system and find new innovative ways to award reps for their contributions.
(May be a Linkedin recommendation)

Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

  1. Clearly there is a communication gap between the reps council and the reps. Mentors are the bridge here, there are processes and reporting system to solve this. But not all reps and/or their mentors are taking this seriously. An email generated for no reports does not do much good. The reps council needs to coach mentors to approach their mentees(reps) and make sure the available processes are followed to fill this communication gap.

  2. The mentor selection procedure is a bit restrictive and closed it needs to be more open and can be fixed with consensus of the reps.

What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

  1. Being a mentor I am most proud of helping fellow reps become good leaders in their communities and mentor them to help others.

  2. I helped start a community in my home town in Nashik-India and saw it grow with the help of amazing Mozillians from the city. I have seen the Mozillians in the community participate and head various programs and achieve goals and impact, this makes me proud to be a mentor who could help.

  3. I am also proud of the #privacymonth campaign I am a part of.

What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  1. I follow strategic processes and try to engineer my way through things I need to achieve. I will be happy to work with the council for making the reps program more impactful.

  2. I am practical and goal oriented in my approach towards projects and issues. This quality helps me achieve the required goals in time.

  3. I am easily approachable and friendly in conversations, this makes it simple for me to listen to and help others.

As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive Mozillians to be active again?

  1. Communication: Reach out to them not collectively but individually, try to understand the reason of their inactivity. Try to find ways they can help best as a rep with their current status and time limit.

  2. Treat them as an asset: Making reps feel important is the key here. We need to understand that reps are volunteers and even if they have signed an NDA they are not liable to work as they are asked to. Reps (inactive or active) are an asset to the program, empowering them and entrusting them is the only way to achieve success.

Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

I feel all the 3 projects are uber important.
Coaching/Leadership: The reps coaching program has helped many reps align their goals and work on them effectively. I think the coaching program needs to evolve with focus on campaigns that are current on the mozilla radar, eg: The various projects in the activate campaign can have individual coaching programs to help reps apprehend it better.

Re-commitment: We as reps are somewhat unsure of the exact role we play in the Mozilla contribution pathways. Re-imagining and re-assigning ourselves to the current paths is the need of the day. This is a much needed initiative that should also scale with more upcoming pathways and opportunities.

Comms: The reps and the council are one of the strongest links between mozillians and the Mozilla leadership. The leadership takes the council suggestions earnestly, thus this makes it important for the council to communicate the feedback and ideas from the reps to the leadership. Connecting in AMAs and leadership meetings as well as shaping the engagement strategy is an important project.

Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects5) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

  1. Helping with the OKRs is something I have been doing in my workplace for the better part of my career. This puts me in a good spot to do the same for the council as well. Participating in the strategic thinking and implementation of projects for the reps is something I recognize with. Thus would like to help with coaching and leadership.

  2. I would love to help with re-commitment and articulate the feedback, concerns and thoughts from the reps and Mozillians at the leadership meetings and help this voice have an impact on the strategic thinking of the leadership.


(Elio Qoshi) #10

What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

Local Contributions vs Global Participation:

It’s pretty hard to get support from Mozilla for projects which aren’t in the focus of the current goals. Due to different circumstances and backgrounds of communities, it’s sometimes not appropriate to tailor events and metrics of their activities based on a vision which might empower MoCo but not necessarily the local community. We can’t help Mozilla if we don’t focus on local community first. We should invest more energy in tailoring events and initiatives based on the needs of the local community.

Communication of changes in Focus Areas, Goals, Initiatives:

It has been pretty confusing for me in the past when finding out about revised community initiatives, focus areas and KPR’s every few months (or sometimes weeks) which resulted in a change of plans for my contributions and events. I believe that there was communication about it, but it might have been quite fragemented, where I think we need to make sure that the message hits home (we can’t expect all Reps to follow all threads on Discourse, Reps General and especially Telegram).

Reps under 18:

There is a unique opportunity to mentor new core contributors from the community who are still under 18. We should find a way to allow them applying as a Rep like we used to many years ago.

What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Strength: A structured set of goals, resources, processes and metrics which are well documented and make Reps contribution easier to start with. Our infrastructure is pretty consistent and leaves not much room for interpretation and misunderstandings.

Weakness: Lack of diversity in critical thinking. Sometimes I feel like communications in Reps are like jumping on a bandwagon and giving a +1 rather than expressing feedback in a constructive way. We need to learn to give and receive feedback better without instantly switching to a defensive position when we are on the receiving end.

Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

Mentor - Mentee Relationship: There is a clear lack of commitment from the Reps program when it comes to fostering good communication between a mentor and a rep. We have to talk about this more on official channels (not only personally) and invest some time and resources into this (Mentor-Mentee Day maybe?).

What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

  • I led Mozilla’s presence at the past 4 OSCAL conferences, gathering a great number of Mozillians in an event organized by the local Albanian community.

  • As a local board member of our hackerspace, it has been an intensive but valuable experience to run a community space and see the local community grow.

  • It has been a great experience running for council as a Rep last year, with Flore kicking off the conversation to have elections for a wider range of Reps than only mentors.

What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • I tend to think that I’m vocal and express my opinion on matters, something which can lead to a few lengthy discussions. I am more of a fan of talking out things than pretending there is no problem.

  • Experience in other Open Source Projects, organizing international events and running a local community space. Having a few perspectives on things definitely helps.

  • I’m open to talking things out and approachable for all matters, especially those where I’m a part of.

As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?

I believe that regardless the reason, there is something Mozilla can learn from every case like this, so it’s important to know the reason for any contributor who feels demotivated. Words of encouragement are underrated and sometimes it’s what makes a difference. Unfortunately, introverted and not so vocal people are often under appreciated, so talking with them openly about the issues they face, is the biggest step to take here.

  1. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

Communications: Sometimes it’s very convenient to push out things and it might be effective even. That’s not however an open source project should work. We need to open up our communications and improve upon them to avoid having opaque discussions and announcements and share news and changes in an efficient way with fellow reps, with appropriate opportunities for them to give feedback.

  1. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

I’m dedicated to having constructive discussions around issues, even when it might not be comfortable as I said before. We need to have more discussions and feedback without giving anyone the feeling of being dismissed just because they talk out. I think I have faced various debates, discussions and opinions exchange within Mozilla which have shaped my understanding of the community and my take on it. I have learned various lessons in that regard.


(Flore) #11

1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  • Reps who don’t consider themselves as mobilizers . These reps are, in my opinion, still valuable to mozilla even if they are not mobilizers. It is important that they don’t feel excluded and we can offer them a chance to improve their contribution to mozilla (not increase the amount but make it better for mozilla and themselves).

  • Work more closely with Mozilla employees. Sometimes, employees don’t understand what reps do or think they don’t effectively contribute to Mozilla. We have to change that.

  • Lag, delay : from my previous experience in the council, I know we take a long time to address issues, answer… It’s mostly due to a few people to doing most of the job, while other don’t take enough time. Iam in the 2nd category. But I want to make more time for council things. Or at least find a compromise between perfect (not achievable in this world) and quick. I refuse quick and dirty, but quick and perfect does not exist (I know…)

2. What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

  • Biggest strength : diversity. We are from different countries, different cultures and I believe this is very important for us (reps, Mozilla, communities)

  • Biggest weakness : number. Sometimes, it feels like we are not enough reps to do everything we want. At other times, it’s difficult to manage quite a large number of different people. I don’t think that it’s a weakness we can solve. The best we can do is to turn it into a strength.

3. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

  • I realized that “easy to fix” is not very common. Either it has already been fixed or it is not so easy to fix. So I would be overconfident. But something I would like to achieve is the reps resources training: Training (and helping) reps from different areas to improve their skills for requesting budgets and helping their fellow reps who sometimes struggle over this. Might not be easy. But I would like to help.

4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

  • When I started contributing, I always said “I’m not technical, you know. I don’t code.”.
    And now, I still don’t write a single line of code, but a lot of people tell me that not only code matter. So I finally consider myself as a full mozilla contributor, technical but not coder. Don’t laugh, it’s a long way from “Sorry, I’m not sure where I fit. I’m not qualified enough to be there, someone will eventually notice.”
  • To be honest, being elected as a council member 6 months ago could be also considered. But it was more an honor than a personal achievement…

5. What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • As I already said 6 months ago (hey why would it change?), I’m a diplomat. Trying my best to solve conflicts and not cause one. Which can sometimes be a challenge.

6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?

  • I try to understand why they stopped contributing. Based on their answer, I try different things, like invite them to an event, no pressure. Once there, I try to get them to help, to feel useful, to include them. Sometimes, it works, sometimes not.

7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

  • Recommitment: I like people who don’t exactly fit in a box (Probably because I am one of them) but I love to help them shape their own box. Some reps may not consider themselves as mobilizers and feel excluded by the whole mobilizer thing. Helping them understanding what they are, how they could help is also important.

8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

  • I don’t fit in a box, remember ? However, I have some teaching skills, or at least I’m pedagogue when I have a clear plan.

(Kristiprogri94) #12

1. What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

Strategy Communication
I feel like it’ a bit unclear what the startegy of Mozilla is during the year. It feels like it changes all the time and contributors can not follow it. Reps should be on the forefront for communicating these changes in an effective way (maybe even the mentors should communicate changes to their mentees so there are no information leaks)

Motivation
Years Ago Kosovo community has been one of the most active ones. Mozilla hasn’t recognized it still as a country and they feel demotivated to contribute. We know that these kind of topics are very delicate but would be very good if there would be a solution for this. Also, beside having new contributors on board it’s important to know how to make them still contribute as the time passes. This has been a specific issue, but I believe there are similar region or country specific issues which might not be a big deal for Mozilla globally, but make a huge difference for that specific community. We should consider local problems among our communities as well, apart the global issues Mozilla might have.

2.What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Strengths of the program:

  1. There is a wide range of functional areas where any Rep can contribute, which is a big plus regarding inclusiveness.
  2. Program values all kind of contributions, not only technical ones (unlike other open source projects).

Weaknesses:

  1. Lack of gender diversity among mentors.

  2. Too much red tape for the process of nominating oneself for Rep of the Month. Also, there is no criteria that should be fulfilled to become Rep of the Month. We need to open up the process of the criteria of becoming a Rep of the month.

  3. Budget approvals sometimes take very long, not all events or event attendance can be planned months in advance. This might be something the Reps program can learn from the Tech Speakers program.

  4. Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

There have been very few improvements regarding the Mentor and Mentee relationships beyond the orientation period. Right now, Mentors act more like a reviewer than a mentor. We should plan to put more emphasis on this on an process level, rather than leaving it to chance whether mentors have a good relationship with their mentees. Mozilla has a Family Day among staff, we could do a similar thing for Mentors and Mentees in a continuos way.

4. What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

I am a Mozilla rep since 2013. During this period I have organized many events together with other local mozillians. I am happy to be one of the Open Source Conference Albania (OSCAL) organizers. Open Source Conference Albania (OSCAL), the first annual international conference of its kind in Albania, will take place for the fourth consecutive year to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge locally and in the region.
Beside being part of organizing teams in many open source events, I have also contributed in organizing Mozilla cafe and Mozilla weekend.
The experience I gained from the Reps program helped me prepare a good application for the Outreachy program, where I was selected by Mozilla. I am very happy that I have worked with Diversity and Inclusion team during Outreachy in Mozilla.

5.What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

-Hackerspace experience.(same goals)
I am currently a chairwomen of our only hackerspace in Albania and have been part of Open Labs since three years now. During this time I have faced different situations that helped shape my point of view about open source and improve my leadership skills.“An internet which is acessible to everyone” is a goal both for Mozilla and Open Labs ideologies. Protecting and promoting the values of Mozilla will not be something new to me but something which I have already been doing for a long time.
-Dual background . Since I studied humanitarian topics and specifically graduated in politics, this helped give me a dual perspective to open source and free software. I see both perspectives from the ideological side (political) and from the technical one. Having said this, this dual backgroud might help us to see things in different perspectives and choose the best options among all.

6. As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?

First of all, the reason they left matters a lot.
For cases where they left from lack of motivation, we should bew building systems or mechanisms, to re-motivate them again and welcome them back on board. Like all kinds of support they need to rebuild a community or to help them get on board again. And on other cases I think that communication is key, which means that by talking and exchanging thoughts all pairs will came in the same conclusion to fix it and continue.

7. Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

Re-commitment: With this project we will map the main interests of Reps and where they want to focus in the future. There are two main paths: Reps that want to be mobilizers (thus building local communities) and Reps that want to be functional doers.

If those 2 main path are clear and we all know what are the most energetic and strongest point of ours (if we have more communitie builders or coders) we would know how to use the energies wisely and put all the efforts to grow and work where our weekness points are and also work to make the strongest one remain so.

8. Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best?

Coaching/Leadership

Tasks that the Coaching/leadership specialist will need to lead

Shape the coaching program


(Mayur patil) #13

What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

Communication plan
We host number of reps call, we send out emails, also post things on our telegram channels. Still some of the reps are ignorant or under informed. This means we should find alternative effective way to reach out to our audience and I feel the Facebook experiment might bridge that gap :slight_smile:

Encouragement for experiments
Lot of our volunteers are experimenting with lot of activities. But after a while they lose motivation when they get less support or feel ignored. A small appreciation or proper support can boost the momentum.

Bonding with grassroot volunteers
Every community is different, every community face different issues. So it is important that all the inputs from these grassroot volunteers should reach the council. As our communication chain is long, the council might miss some important feedback or messages. Thus providing solution on time is not possible. This communication is very important for the future decision making.

What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

Strength:
Passion
Many volunteers are emotionally attached to Mozilla and its mission. Which is our core strength. No matter what volunteers are always trying to help mozilla in any way possible.

Community that never sleeps xD
We are always active. Our community has global presence, we are present in almost all the time zones. In short Reps Program is audible to the world 24*7 . This has helped us in our past online campaigns like Net Neutrality, Encryption.

Good networks in different communities
We are connected with lot of other open source communities. It’s good to see these groups working - collaborating together for same/similar mission like ours.

Weakness:
Communication gap
There is communication gap between all the entities in the program (Council, Mentor and mentees). This is affecting the coordination between the three groups.

Our efforts weren’t enough for retention of members
In recent times lot of good reps have left the program. I feel our efforts were not enough to retain them back. Experienced and skilled member leaving is a loss to our program.

Less orientation to the new/upcoming reps
New and upcoming Reps will be the building blocks for our program. They are ones who will be leading things in the future. Proper orientation and training to them is a must. Strong foundation will lead in strong nurturing of the reps. The existing reps should pass on the knowledge and experience to the new generation. As mozilla has a complex ecosystem it will take time for any newcomer to get familiar with the system.

Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

Need to make most active
Mozilla Reps community is said to be one of the largest community in terms of its members. But unfortunately not everyone is active. Future activities will be hampered based upon this participation.

Recognition
The council can work upon few new recognitions. We have the “Reps Of The Month” but it is only awarded to a super active rockstar mozillian and others may or may not be nominated for it. Personal contributions are rarely noticeable so the council could work upon a new models where each and every rep can be appreciated for their contributions.

Collaboration with other mozilla projects
Mozilla reps have the ability and expertise in executing any project. But only few projects are pushed by the Reps program. Collaboration with other mozilla projects can help all the projects grow together.

What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

Being a part of net neutrality campaign in India as a Rep
Lot of reps actively participated in this campaign. This was a successful campaign because we were able to make our voices reach out to the Government. Eventually they took strong actions by blocking Net neutrality violating service like zero-rating.

Privacy Month Campaign
This campaign was totally a community led initiative. Many global communities participated in it. One of the best example of good coordination and communication between different communities.

Reps volunteering for MozFest
This was the first time where mozilla reps where volunteering for each space at mozfest. Each space wrangler was assigned with few reps, these reps helped them manage the space activities.

What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

Marketing
I was part of the engagement team for more than 3 years. We have worked upon many marketing strategies for FSA program, Firefox, Firefox OS, Firefox for Android, Firefox for IOS etc. I have also led few advocacy campaigns for Mozilla. Managed social media account for mozilla. Now I am also volunteering for the facebook experiment team. Program Influence can be increased by redesigning few marketing strategies.

Mobilizing
When we had the FSA program mobilising them was one of the important task. Setting up campus program, motivating them to carry out activities. Guide them through various set of activities, training them. When you are dealing with large number of volunteers you come across different mindsets, different ideas, different demands. And this experience has helped me to deal with any situation related to volunteers. Thus handling people, motivating them to carry some activity is easily done.The Mobilizing was then continued in the Firefox OS promotional activities, Campus club, etc.

Experience in handling community
Handling community is not as easy as the it seems. Listening to community members for their thoughts and grievances, making them feel comfortable with the workflow and saying ‘Thankyou’ or ‘you did a great job’ is something I have close experience in. Being the FSA E-Baord I have had my fair chances of improving my skills at this.

As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive Mozillians to be active again?

Not all reps are inactive because they got busy. Most of them are inactive because they were disappointed or demotivated by some circumstances. So I feel before encouraging any inactive rep, we should find answers to the following questions.

  • Find out the reasons for them going inactive
  • Find out the reasons for their disappointment
  • Make them aware of how mozilla and its mission needs them. How each mozillian counts.
  • Are they inactive because the project they were contributing to was shut down?
  • Do they still have some trust issue ? (After Firefox OS and Connected Devices many volunteers were demotivated. And they stopped contributing)
  • Are they unsatisfied with the recognition. Were their efforts not noticed?

Unless and until we don’t address the above questions we won’t be able to find any solution for bringing them back.

Encouragement can be in the form:

  • Motivational push
  • Communicating and regain trust
  • Recognition
  • New and challenging initiatives that keep the reps involved

Which of the three priority projects do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

I think all the 3 are very important. Because all the 3 are interrelated to each other.

Comms: Only few set of Reps are active. New communication strategies might reactivate them. Other communication strategies can help us onboard new reps. Also bringing every rep on the same platform (which is very much needed) can be very well done by a good Comms strategy.

Re-commitment: After reactivating or onboarding new mozillians we can mobilize them to the right projects they want to contribute to. Misplaced talent is a waste of talent. A little help can place a right volunteer to a right task.

Coaching/Leadership: Coaching can help volunteers get aligned with the program goals and effective leadership can help volunteer reach out to those goals. Good coaching can lead to quality contribution and Good leadership can lead to quality community.

Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

Specialist on communication has always been my contribution area. But I would love to establish connection with the inactive reps and mozillians. Listen to their thoughts and try to understand the reasons. Even if we are able to get some % of the reps back and re-commit them. We are successful in our priority project.

Sorry for the long text. I got excited :smiley:


(Amine Zaafouri) #14

1 - What are the top three issues that you would want the Council to address were you to join the Council?

  • Knowledge Transfer : I think that Mozilla is investing a lot of money, time and energy in training mozillians, through several ways, like attending AllHands gatherings, meetings and working closely with experienced Mozillians or employees. All of thèse efforts are wasted when some leaves the community. That is why we need to make sure to recycle this experience in a convenient ecosystem based on sharing. Because Sharing is Carying !

  • Learning : I believe that the Council should focus on the Learning part through the Mozilla journey for a mozillian. The organization is not asking contributors to do work for free. No ! Mozilla is choosing openness to offer an opportunity to everyone to learn and grow while doing a positive impact and making the world ( our world is internet ) a better place. It would be great if we offer to the community members a usefull training about working their e-reputation for themselves and for their community. Also, developing their ability to write great articles can be not only helpful for them, but also for the community, because these members will report their actions in a better and a modern way.

  • Growing the community : According to me, when members decide to leave the community, it is a common issue because it’s their choice. That’s the life cycle ! However we need to make sure that community is always growing. In other words, the number of those who are joining should exceed the number of those who are leaving ! without forgetting to take care of their diversity and their inclusion in the community.

2 - What is in your view the Mozilla Reps program’s biggest strength and weakness?

  • Strength : representing Mozilla in his country/region ! This is a huge responsibility for the member and a great added value for the rep.

  • Weakness : Personally, I think that the reps program needs more milestones in which we do the review and follow-up, It would be appreciated if we think about renewing the engagement with the reps program yearly .

3 - Identify something that is currently not working well in the Mozilla Reps program and which you think could be easy to fix?

  • Reporting : Our reps portal offers the possibility to add your reports and activities. It seems to me that it is better to upgrade this reporting system into articles or we can work also on linking the reporting of activities to the recognition system. I know that Reps of The Month is a great recognition but I think that we can create better rewarding system including everyone not only the mentors.

4 - What past achievement as a Rep or Mentor are you most proud of?

  • Firefox OS Africa : I was part of the Tunisian Launch team for the firefox OS, during this experience I worked closely with the Firefox OS Marketing Team and we facilitâtes many other launches in Africa and the Arab world ! It was an enriching experience especially that we were dealing with an international agency based in the UK called RE-UP !

  • Mozilla Tunisia Leader : That was last year and I want to share with you an article written by Med Mack that summarize our acheivements —> https://medium.com/@medmack/mozilla-tunisia-2016-in-numbers-d81d336b9ec4

5 - What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?

  • Task Delegation : The council members are a few number of people and they have a lot of work to do, that is why I think that it is best to delegate the right task to the right person and that will be the key word for success.

  • Leadership : I took many leadership positions in many volunteering responsibilities, for example in my university I was the president of Esprit Libre Club, in AIESEC I as an Organizing Committee president, and in Mozilla I was Regional Coach and Mentor. I’ve learned a lot troughout these opportunities and I guess that it will help me for sure.

  • Technical Competency : I’d like to point out that I’m a computer science engineer specialized in finance ( Financial IT Engineering )

  • Eager and willing to learn more and more : This is the reason why it kept me holding on to Mozilla for 7 years now and ambitious for more.

6 - As a Rep, what do you do to try to encourage inactive mozillians to be active again?

  • Communication : We need to talk with them, and keep in mind that in many cases mozillians move on to something else because of work, studies or even for lack of interest in Mozilla or its projects. We need to talk with them, show them MozLove for the awesome work that they have done, thank them for their effort and time ! And of course admit that they still forever Mozillans ( Mozillian one day, Mozillian forever )

7 - Which of the three priority projects9 do you consider the most important? Please motivate your answer.

  • Comms : My impression is that communication is the main path towards an efficient collaboration and it is the perfect way to get a coherent and a successful result! It should be in the Council group, in each community and particularly between the corporation and the foundation.

8 - Which of the two big roles (specific skills based on the 3 priority projects9) do you consider to describe you best? Please motivate your answer.

  • Coordinate with the volunteers that are providing feedback : From my perspective, feedback is essential especially now when Mozilla is having a lot of changes and improvements. Any kind of feedback is acceptable but we privilege the positive feedback based on the Sandwich technique.

(Hossain Al Ikram) #15

Alignment in the Reps Program:
Each module in the Reps program is important for Mozilla. Aligning Reps with Mentors and Council with the help of Reps Regional Coach to ensure more engagement to bring community contributors, Reps, Council and coach all together and closer to have a proper aligned scalable outcome in and around Mozilla.

Empowering Reps with Support & Training:
I want to empower reps with more support/ training to help with their projects and initiatives or activities which will not only limited to general budget review process but making their initiative more impactful and more aligned that will benefit the regional community and also strengthen mozilla presence.

Improving the reporting and recognition system
To get more output from an activity, I will try to improve the reporting system with the help of council by implementing post review process by giving feedback what went well, what not and what could be more better so that reps have an better idea about
the initiatives and with this scalable reporting and improved way of activity, a Reps can focus more on better event planning resulting better initiatives and in the meantime, there should be an process to train him more and more so his skills grow up and we can motivate him in a way to recognize him in a more better way.

Biggest strength: The biggest strength of Reps program is each and everyone- the people. In Spite of Being from around the corners and cultivating different cultures, everyone believes in same mission and together unitedly we create an environment that makes the Reps program.

Biggest weakness: The biggest weakness of Reps program is communication gap between Reps and Mentor. And Lacking of a proper followup/ guideline/support many
Reps becomes inactive which harms the program.

There are many reps who are inactive because most of the cases they are not being followed up by their mentor/Coaches. This could be easily fix by following up with mentees every week and help them by mentoring. This could bring back a long number of inactive Reps.

I am proud of many things as an Reps. Such as

Being Reps of the Month in September, 2015
Getting Shout out many times from Participation Team for my QA initiative.
Helped to organize Mozilla Bangladesh Meetup
Organized the First ever QA Hackathon in Bangladesh
Organized many QA Hackathon, Bug Marathon to do QA things.
Recruited around 100+ contributor in QA Domain for Mozilla.
Mobilized many mozillians to do End year campaign for Mozilla
Was part of Singapore Leadership summit Cohort
Was invited to join London All Hands
was invited to join Hawaii All Hands
was invited to join San Francisco All Hands

Activity as Reps in 2015 - http://www.iamikram.com/2015-my-year/
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What are the specific qualities and skills that you have that you think will help you be an effective Council member?
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Community building and community engagement.
Conflict Resolution
Mentoring and supporting Contributors ( which I am proud of )

Followup with them by setting up 1:1 call to know their issues, obstacles, and what steps can be taken to help them get started.
Fixing a plan to collaborate with some community work where they can be invited to have a role. I guess, Participation is the best part of being active. and again, follow up is the best policy which I always shall prefer.

Coaching/Leadership:
Coaching or Leadership is one of the priority for communities. I would pick this than others, as this motivates me more than anything. Leadership is impactful in any case, so prioritizing this with communities, will help many to help their communities.

Coaching/Leadership:
What I know about myself, I believe I should choose this. This role always excites me.

Thanks for reading. Hope, you will consider my previous activities while voting!


(Chiorean Ioana) #16

The Q&A was closed today at 9 AM UTC.

At the moment we encounter some issues with the reps portal ( not related to the elections) so we delayed a bit the start of the voting. Sorry for the spam mails from the RemoBot. I will create a new thread and post both here and on Telegram and on the Mailing list when we will be able to start the voting. The lost time will be added to the voting period.

Thanks for your understanding!


(Chiorean Ioana) #17

Hi all,
We are back on track!

Please go here and cast your vote:
https://reps.mozilla.org/v/reps-council-elections-spring-2017-5-spots/

We had 2 nominees that drop out from the election process. For all the others please see answers to Q&A and their videos here:


We apologize again for the delay and the mails. We thank you for your understanding!

Happy voting!
Ioana


(Chiorean Ioana) #18

Aloha Reps,
As the closed the last round of elections and onboarding - I would love to hear your opinion about how this process feels to you.

We have created this form to see if u have concerns, things you think we can improve and also suggestions!

Thanks in advance for taking the time!