FWD Message from Chris Beard & Mitchell Baker:
About 18 months ago Chris and Mark and Mitchell brought together separate community related groups and created the Participation team. We did so because of our belief that enabling participation is a key part of what makes us Mozilla, a key part of our success and a key part of our legacy. Mark and Mitchell took on the guidance role for the Participation team and Mitchell took on the manager role. This is unusual, and the cadence of operational management is a bit at odds with the rest of Mitchell’s work. We took this path to get the new team launched and productive
and to make sure Participation remains front-and-center at Mozilla. A few months later George Roter joined us to strengthen our capabilities.
Then in 2016 Katharina joined us, the Open Innovation group was created. We have found that the Participation team’s work is quite closely related to that of the Open Innovation group. Participation
focuses on enabling new ways for people to join us and contribute, and then building these at scale. Open Innovation focuses on enabling new and innovation practices across Mozilla. In addition, the teams have already been finding benefits in close collaboration.
As a result, we have all agreed that the best long term organizational and operational home for Participation is within the Open Innovation group. So effective immediately, George will report to Katharina. Katharina will take on responsibility for the operations of the Participation team, replacing Mitchell in this role. Mitchell will shift focus to how Mozilla values such as community and participation are reflected across both Mozilla Foundation and Corporation, working hand in hand with the new team, and with Mark and the Foundation team.
Chris and Mitchell
We’re very excited about this new structure and the way in which it brings us closer to the Innovation Team. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, concerns or thoughts below!