Mozfest is an annual event organized by the Mozilla Foundation, the people behind the Firefox web browser, that brings together individuals from all over the world who love collaborating on world-changing ideas and technology through workshops, talks, and interactive sessions. This year the festival took place in London and for one week, we gathered together to discuss, debate, create and hack to build a healthier Internet.
The Mozilla Manifesto is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. That means teaching web literacy to more people in more places; which it is exactly one of the objectives of the Data Playbook, presented in one of the sessions.
The Data Playbook Beta project is a prototype of social learning designed on modularized pick-and-choose model for 30 minutes to 1 hour conversations or lunch and learns. Playbooks are designed to be guided by the users and leaders to decide what ‘activity’ or ‘action’ best suits the given need.
The goal with this project is to help increase the data literacy of the more than 11.5 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers all over the world and support the 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to become Data-Driven organizations.
Our session on ‘Co-Creating Participatory Resources’ brought 30 participants together during the festival to learn about the process that the IFRC, under the guidance of Fabriders, followed for over a period of two years to co-create this extensive set of checklists, exercises, slidedecks, and session plans that are currently being piloted in different regions of the world.
At the beginning of the session, participants voiced challenges around:
- Developing resources to build sustainable and resilient communities
- Empowering individual contributors who are unaware of the value of their participation
- Understanding the needs of the communities and networks their resources aimed to serve.
Key lessons learned from our work on the Data Playbook that participants said they hope to incorporate into their own projects:
- ‘Curate not create’ content
- Actively solicit feedback along with providing clear and collaborative feedback loops
- Celebrate and appreciate contributions
We certainly appreciated the opportunity to connect and share with others working on similar resources at MozFest and hope to do more.
The Data Playbook Beta project can be found at www.PrepareCenter.org and is open for feedback and recommendations as we plan for the launch of Version 1.