It turned out that ReMo;
aims to empower and support volunteer Mozillians who want to become official representatives of Mozilla in their region/locale and wherever they goaims to empower and support volunteer Mozillians who want to become official representatives of Mozilla in their region/locale and wherever they go.
Which seemed pretty interesting to me. I spent a bit of time reading the info and despite getting the impression I’d be about 15 years older than most of the volunteers I was sufficiently impressed with the concept to decide to apply and see what happened.
The time I spent back at JISC from late ’09 til October 2010 where I worked on both ‘open education’ and ‘open content’ projects with partners like Creative Commons reignited my interest in the ‘open web’ and my involvement with the first Mozilla Drumbeat Festival just seemed to fan the flames. My recent involvement with Wikimedia UK has given me an insight into another aspect of the ‘open’ world but since I left JISC I have struggled a bit to find a place where someone with my particular (non-coder) skillset could contribute.
ReMo seemed to offer that opportunity so after a slightly odd application process via Bugzilla and a request to create an IRC account (something I haven’t used in many, many years) I pressed send and crossed my fingers.
This morning I was very pleased to receive confirmation that I had been accepted by the Mozilla volunteer ‘powers that be’ to join the program and had been assigned a mentor (Majken) who will help me find a way to best contribute. I assume that one or more of the Mozillians I have met in person or via Twitter put a good word in for me so I might owe a couple of pints at the Festival in November!
Hopefully I’ll be able to help out with Drumbeat some more and the general work of the Foundation is something I find very interesting. Also the Mozilla WebFWD sounds intriguing and probably of interest to some of the folk I have met over the years with a more entrepreneurial take on the ‘open web’.
One of the first things I’d like to do is run an ‘open’ edition of Bathcamp – maybe get a couple of people from Mozilla (maybe talking about something like Hackasaurus?) alongside someone from Wikimedia UK and then look to identify opportunities to do similar things elsewhere (away from London which seems well served already!).
[btw if you didn’t get the movie reference in the title – shame on you! It is a classic…ish]