MozFest 2015 & Design Thinking: Maximize Resources in Your Community

At the 2015 Mozfest, my 3rd MozFest, I was part of the Participation Leaders Cohort where I joined an army of other Mozillians who were volunteer contributors just like me, who chose to dedicate their valuable time to the Mozilla mission. I was ecstatic when I learned that I was chosen as part of this cohort because after a few years of being a volunteer contributor, I was growing a bit weary of battling the ongoing challenges of limited resources of a growing community.  Based on the guidance provided by my awesome mentor Emma Irwin, I created this #MyMozFest Experience “Plan”.

At this MozFest, I really wanted to facilitate a session that would benefit people like me – volunteer contributors who are highly motivated with limited resources.  I wanted this to be a session that could inspire all of us to do better in our communities, so I pitched a session on “Design Thinking – Maximizing Resources in Your Community.

Design Thinking Model

Design Thinking Model

In that session, I met fellow aspiring volunteer contributors who wanted to create change in their community.  We identified strengths & weaknesses in our communities, that seem so different, yet the challenges are similar…

Community Strengths & Weaknesses Brainstorming Board

Community Strengths & Weaknesses Brainstorming Board

Then participants were broken up into smaller groups where communities with similar strengths worked together.   Each group were asked to interview each other and identify the issues they’d like to resolve in their community by reframing the problem in a different way…

Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper

Design Thinking Session

Design Thinking Session

We didn’t have time to dive into the Prototype & Test stages, but considering the session was only 1 hour, I think we did a pretty good introduction of the Design Thinking Process.

From this session, it made me think about how different, yet similar our communities are, which is relevant to Mozilla because we need to be familiar with the strengths & weaknesses in our communities in order to achieve success (whatever it may be) in our communities.

For those reading, my call to action is for you to apply the Design Thinking Process in the context of your community:

  • What would you like to achieve in your community? For instance, it could be to achieve a healthy, sustainable & successful Mozillian community. If so, what does it look like for you?
  • Identify the strengths & weaknesses in your community.
  • Reframe the problem – think about what you’re really trying to achieve? Can things be done in a different way in order to achieve the same goal?
  • Be brave. Try it out, prototype & test it. Does it work? Does it totally fail? What happens when you try it?

We would be more than happy to hear your stories. 🙂