I was lucky enough to get accepted to join the 3rd cohort of the Mozilla Open Leadership Training. I used it to focus time on developing the DIY Science Network – a project for all the hackers, artists, weird scientists, activists, organisers, enthusiasts, concerned citizens, patients, and their communities, who are getting to grips with science despite not being part of a research institution – a peer network to share experience, learn from, and support each other.
Being part of the training scheme was really great for the project. I learned github skills and a lot of new best practice methods for community building and collaborative working from Mozilla Science Lab’s experts, met some fantastic people, got mentored for a whole 10 weeks by the amazing Bastian Greshake, could really dedicate time to the project, took part in the 2017 Mozilla Global Sprint, and brought our cause to a big new audience.
In early 2018 I joined the 5th cohort of Mozilla Open Leaders as a mentor to two projects:
- Alecia Kuhl and Christine Prefontaine with the project to open StoryEngine, a narrative-based methodology qualitative research methodology that organisations can use to understand their communities and evaluate their programmes.
- Virginia Brussa with the project M4Labs, an open project to study methodologies used in labs and innovation spaces.
In late 2018 I stayed in the loop for the 6th cohort of Mozilla Open Leaders as an expert, offering advice and brainstorming around community-building and event design for several different projects.