[CBT] Draft Conflict Resolution Guidelines

Lyre Calliope lyre.calliope at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 14:57:57 PST 2014

I'm not sure if this is out of scope for this discussion, but in the past
year I've had a number of conversations with current and former Mozilla
staff about power disparities within MoCo that to me speak to a lack of
conflict resolution and support systems within the org. I wonder if this
discussion is leading somewhere that could also help resolve internal
tensions within MoCo. Would love to hear some thoughts from staff members.
(And feel free to reach out to me off list if you're uncomfortable talking
about this here, or if you think I'm taking this thread off-topic.)

Lyre Calliope


On Tue Nov 11 2014 at 7:41:39 PM Majken Connor <majken at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think with regards to allowing people to contact someone directly or
> using a ticket system, it won't hurt to consider using both. These will not
> be professional conflict negotiators handling these requests. You should
> design the system with the assumption that someone at some point is going
> to totally get it wrong. There should be some oversight to allow people to
> complain about their request being handled poorly, either because of the
> amount of time between responses or because of the quality of responses. We
> would also want to be careful that the oversight group doesn't tend towards
> defending their team.  We wouldn't want someone who feels alienated to get
> back "so and so is doing their best, I don't think they did anything
> wrong," we'd want them to get "while so and so is doing their best, I can
> see why you were upset with this or that part of the response."
> I do think some sort of tracking would be very important, we'd want to
> know if we're getting a lot of issues around a specific team or a specific
> region. We'd also want to know if we're getting a lot of issues around a
> certain type of discrimination.
> I wonder if there is a system out there that would allow the person asking
> for help to remain anonymous, so someone can use the system to reply, but
> the person helping them won't know who is asking for the help unless they
> volunteer it.
> On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 3:11 PM, Lawrence Kisuuki <
> lawrence at mozilla-uganda.org> wrote:
>> Hello David,
>> Hadn't seen that page, yes that works. Thanks.
>> *Regards,*
>> *Lawrence*
>> *Community Manager*
>> *Mozilla Uganda | GenOpen*
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>> Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:04:25 -0800 (PST)
>> From: David  Boswell <dboswell at mozilla.com>
>> To: For discussions about how to grow Mozilla and bring in new
>>         contributors    <community-building at mozilla.org>
>> Subject: Re: [CBT] Draft Conflict Resolution Guidelines
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>> > Again no one answered the question about the report email. For instance
>> > council already has reps-council at mozilla.com
>> For the question about having an email for people to use to report
>> incidents, I suggest coordinating with the contact information that's being
>> provided on the Community Participation Guidelines at:
>> https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/governance/policies/participation/
>> Dino and also the Conductors are both listed on that page as places for
>> people to reach out to when a participation issue, such as conflict, arises.
>> Instead of setting up another point of contact, we could coordinate with
>> Dino about having a common communication method.  Maybe he'd be open to
>> creating an alias and we could use it there and can share out in other
>> places as well?
>> Thanks,
>> David
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