[CBT] Radical Participation Idea: Slow Down

Larissa Shapiro lshapiro at mozilla.com
Tue Nov 25 10:45:41 PST 2014

Thanks for this, Benny.

I want to extend your thought on recognition, which I 100% agree with, 
we need a comprehensive and trackable way to build recognition and make 
it equitable. I agree with you in the potential impacts as well, and 
would love to discuss this with you further as to what your ideas are 
for such a system.

I feel that the current systems can also fall down when it comes to how 
we build leadership and cultivate new leaders within communities 
(regional, product, functional, you name the communities, we struggle 
with this) - we need to be clear on how people become leaders and how we 
develop leadership skills in more community members, so that we have 
depth and breadth and strength of leadership all over the project. This 
is also something that requires slowing down, seeing people's leadership 
qualities, and building specific ways to support them.

Slowing down allows us to see and know more about who we are as a 
community, and build on the strength we have as well as grow it.

  On 11/25/14, 05:46, Benny Chandra wrote:
> I like the idea "slow down now to go faster later".
> I think, before go faster by offer radical participation opportunity,  
> we should reflect and evaluate the current volunteers participation 
> system in Mozilla so far.
> IMHO, there are some things that need to evaluate and fix at this 
> time. For example, the connection between contribution and recognition.
> If we have a good, clear, and fair recognition system, we can easier 
> encourage people become volunteers right now and in the future. I 
> believe the current volunteers also will become more active and engaged.
> In the other side, a bad and unfair recognition system can demotivate 
> the current active volunteers. It will become worse if there are some 
> stewards or staff play favorites to volunteers. We should avoid it and 
> give more attention before we go faster later.
> On Nov 25, 2014 2:36 AM, "David Boswell" <dboswell at mozilla.com 
> <mailto:dboswell at mozilla.com>> wrote:
>     With a week to go before the Portland work week, I wanted to get
>     everyone thinking about what radical participation ideas we could
>     talk about and refine while we're together.
>     I just blogged another idea about how we could enable more
>     participation by slowing down.  Mozilla is not a small start-up
>     where everyone is physically together in the same space and
>     information doesn't spread quickly.  In this setting, if things
>     are moving too fast then no one is on the same page and
>     coordinating becomes very difficult.
>     My post also links to a Harvard Business Review article called
>     'Need Speed? Slow Down' that talks about the difference between
>     operational speed and strategic speed.  If we focus on strategic
>     speed instead of operational speed we should be optimizing for
>     alignment and open discussions and this will make us more
>     effective long-term.
>     http://davidwboswell.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/radical-participation-idea-slow-down/
>     Feel free to comment on the post or on this thread with any
>     feedback on the idea of slowing down.  Also share any other
>     radical participation ideas you have and bring your ideas to the
>     Participation days on Thursday and Friday next week.  More details
>     for the Participation days are on the schedule at:
>     https://wiki.mozilla.org/Contribute/Meetup/Portland_Dec_2014/Schedule
>     Thanks,
>     David
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