Examples of Stories as Data

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog | No Comments

The Mozilla StoryEngine I’ve been working with Mozilla to develop a process to systematically capture, analyze, and use stories emerging from the Mozilla Leadership Network — an initiative to cultivate a global network of leaders with the capacity to build and protect our newest public resource: the open internet. Last month Matt Thompson, Chris Lawrence, […]

Leveraging Chaos, Cultivating Spontaneity: The Mozilla Leadership Network

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Every once in a while it’s time to look back, take stock, and reset. To make sure you’re on the right track. Mozilla recently did this, and realized that it needs to hone in on two really important things to ensure that the web remains an accessible public resource: fight and inspire. To build a […]

Enter the Mozillarian: Weaving the Mozilla and Library Communities

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

More and more librarians and library-lovers are realizing that they have a lot in common Mozilla. While some people think Mozilla is just a tech company that makes Firefox, these savvy “Mozillarians” know that they’re more than that: Mozilla is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet. In this session we’ll highlight some Mozilla Webmaker tools and resources, showcase some emerging Mozillarians, and give you some easy ways to get started by throwing a Webmaker Party.

On the appointment of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

I woke up this morning to an email from Åke, with whom I’ve been working to bridge the Mozilla, library, and international development communities. The subject line: “Uh Oh…” The reason: Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and a co-founder of Mozilla — but also a supporter of efforts to pass Proposition 8, the California ballot […]

Commonspace, resilence, innovation, libraries

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Neil Gaiman believes that our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming. Many Occupy sites included libraries to serve community needs. Folks in New Cross, London, inspired by the occupy concept, decided to occupy their shut-down library. In post-earthquake Chile and in post-Sandy New Jersey, libraries provided essential post-crisis services. Co-working spaces, hackerspaces, makerspaces, hubs, […]

Mozilla Open Badges for international development practitioners

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Here are some resources to accompany an Introduction to Open Badges presentation that I created (remixed!) with Ariam Mogos. Badges are really important for development practitioners because we do a lot of training and workshops and events — and the skills and learning that come from those are invisible and disconnected. Enter Mozilla Open Badges! […]

We need more Mozilla in international development

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog | 3 Comments

This week I’m in London to attend MozFest. I learned about Mozilla because a good friend of mine started working there. Before, like many of you, I thought of them only as the-people-who-make-Firefox. But they’re way more than that. They’re a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to […]

EU citizens: Stand up for your libraries!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Send a clear message that libraries provide vital services and opportunities WRITTEN DECLARATION 0016/2013 “on the impact of public libraries in European communities” will raise awareness among Parliamentarians and European Commission officials that public libraries represent a 65,000 strong pan-European network of community-based institutions offering vital services which fuel aspiration, opportunity, and socio-economic development — especially […]

Communities need both spaces and services

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog | One Comment

Libraries have always promoted aspiration, learning, and development. That’s why communities want them, and that’s why they’ve invested in them throughout human history. Public libraries are safe spaces — and making all people welcome has always been part of their mandate. (If you live in DC get yourself over to the MLK library downtown and […]

Libraries and development 101

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Beyond Access is a movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive development. We have member teams around the world — check it out: The spark behind this initiative is a coalition of  11 organizations — Facilitating Change being one of them… #YAY — supported by the Bill […]