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Zbigniew Braniecki – the power of communities; how to create communities, what does it mean to have a community and what does it mean to participate to communities.
Why people do things
The do it because they want a reward in some way. There are different types of rewards:
- external motivations (good grade, money, airline miles)
Volutneering – highest level onÂ Maslow’sÂ hiarachy of motivation.Â
Mozilla communites are organic. They are organic and part of Mozilla project from the day 0. They contribute to each and every element of the system. Create new elements and serve as whistle-blowers. Contribute their unique skills and knowledge and are united by the goals of manifesto.
Crop circle community project – as an example
It’s a firefox logo in a field of corn. It’s the same technique that aliens use 😉
The other example is Firefox Flicks, it’s a community made of clips that are promoting Firefox.
Example video clip:
With time, the development of Firefox/Mozilla code-base split 60% – of payed people vs. 40% of contributed code. Mozilla started hiring people, but the natural source of community, were former community members who just contributed to the level that made the project recognizable. Then they got hired to be able to spend even more time and effort in the project. This also means that Mozilla is representing American dream, if you enjoy what you do it is possible to get help to spend all of your time on the project you like and enjoy.
Mozilla is also doing Internships that are focused on “you” creating what you want, and focusing on things that you want to work on. It also means that organization is not employing people who are doing it just for money, but canÂ attractÂ great and passionate people. It also means that it can do more with a smaller team, and everyone is a community.
Mozilla is not only about Firefox, it’s something much bigger. A lot of great other things are being developed, after getting Firefox 3 out of door, the idea is to work on Thunderbird, more localization.
The idea for next major version of Thunderbird, by Mozilla Messaging, connect social network, online identities and such.
Working on new ways to interact with mobiles, how to use internet and new interaction paradigms.
ExcerptÂ from the Manifesto:
- The Internet is an integral part of modern lifeâ€“a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.
- The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
- The Internet should enrich the lives of individual human beings.
- Individuals’ security on the Internet is fundamental and cannot be treated as optional.
- Individuals must have the ability to shape their own experiences on the Internet.
- The effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.
- Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.
- Transparent community-based processes promote participation, accountability, and trust.
- Commercial involvement in the development of the Internet brings many benefits; a balance between commercial goals and public benefit is critical.
- Magnifying the public benefit aspects of the Internet is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.
Firefox 3 has been released
1.5 million people in the beta testing community program.
Turn your energy on
We can all help with:
- hunt bugs
- improve quality
- write extensions
- develop code
- promote web standards
- improve documentation
- share ideas
- create themes
- build communities
- help others
- spread the word
- and lots of other ways..
A set of tools, guidelines and documentations that help new volunteers to form new communities. Help explain to people how and why communities work and what they can do about this.