August 17, 2009
This weekend I had the opportunity to give a talk about the Mozilla community to a pretty diverse audience. The focus of the event was on open/participatory models of cooperation, so I tried to tilt the talk in that direction. The response was pretty amazing. Despite having only one or two programmers in the audience, there was a ton of engagement, with lots of questions and discussion. I’d originally slated the talk to last about an hour, but it ended up taking 2 and a half hours with all of the audience participation. A lot was discussed about whether the “Mozilla Model” could be applied to other aspects of society, or whether the forkability and patchability of code (that is to say, the ease of experimenting with mutually exclusive solutions simultaneously) makes software a special case. In the end I think that everybody, including myself, learned a lot.
Note to self – don’t recommend Adblock when there might be web publishers in the audience.
I put together some slides (pdf, keynote) for the occasion that I based on Mike Beltzner‘s 2009 intern brownbag slides (keynote). I was pretty happy with how they came out, and I’d encourage anyone interested in talking about Mozilla (including beltzner!) to make use of them.