Mozilla Festival, beyond being fun, was most important for us because it really pushed us to think about the “how” – how do we build momentum towards our ambitious goal of changing relationships to electronics?
If there is one thing we’ve learned working over ten years in global development, it’s “how matters”.
Ugo and I have ideas that we are very excited about, and it’s natural that we get “attached” – even to the most minute detail.
“Working in the open”, as Mozilla calls it, is to practice a very intentional and mindful “non-attachment” to projects – it means bringing in people who are motivated by the same things but letting your community shape, and sometimes control, outcomes. (Mozilla has developed most of its most famous products together with distributed, online communities. It’s new product Popcorn is a shining example of that.)
We attended Gunner‘s impromptu talk on “working in the open” and it was like drinking two liters of the most amazing coffee (blog notes here). We’ve had a chance to reflect, and here is where we “think ahead and think aloud”.