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Community Space Initiative 2014

Below is outline of the community space initiative developed by William Quiviger (CBT) and Rob Middleton (WPR) and currently being implemented in Q2-Q4 of 2014.


Mozilla’s top level goal for 2014 is to increase its active contributor base by 10X. Mozilla’s spaces can play a critical role in supporting this goal.

We need to evolve our informal, organic and ad hoc approach to using our community spaces into a strategic, intentional and scalable approach.


When we create the right space for people passionate about the open web, great outcomes happen and great products are made.

Mozilla volunteer-run spaces around the world can attract talent, strengthen community cohesion, become a major contribution funnels, and ultimately play a critical role in supporting Mozilla’s10x goal.


Launch a Mozilla “Community Space Initiative” to empower communities to run their own physical work spaces where Mozillians and open web aficionados can meet, share, learn, hack and collaborate in person.

What are Community Spaces?

Physical spaces where Mozilla core contributors can meet and work in person, as well as host events to promote Mozilla's products and contribution opportunities.

  • They can vary in size and type depending on the needs of the local community
  • They are financially supported and supervised by Mozilla but are managed by local Mozilla Reps who are responsible for them.

Why Community Spaces ?

  • There is strong desire expressed across all communities to have a space to work together in person
  • Working in person helps strengthen bonds within a community, it encourages sharing and cross-pollination and enables the community to work more effectively
  • Expanding Mozilla’s physical footprint around the world will help us reach more audiences across more countries, especially as we roll out Fx OS, especially in countries (where we have no offices)


  • Hundreds of Mozilla Reps with extensive experience in the project and running events in more than 80 countries are on the ground and can do the legwork to help find/run these spaces
  • Cost of rent and logistics is relatively low in most countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, where our most dynamic communities are located
  • All funding and remote coordination of spaces can be done via the existing Mozilla Reps platform

Types of Community Spaces

  • Shared co-working space: Mozilla volunteers rent out space from an existing co-working space run by a third party
    • Pros: easier to manage, less costly
    • Cons: smaller, not always possible to organize events, periodic access
  • Stand-alone space: Mozilla volunteers rent entire space
    • Pros: space entirely run by local Mozilla community; space can be adapted to community's needs, full autonomy, full access
    • Cons: more complex to manage, volunteer needs to agree to be legally responsible for space

Community Space Pilots

There is an opportunity to leverage existing initiatives led by Mozilla Reps to run experimental pilot projects for both co-working spaces and autonomous spaces.

These projects will enable us to identify challenges and opportunities, as well as gather lessons and best practices with regards to costs and operations

The pilot projects have been selected based on the following criteria:

  • proximity of Mozilla Reps
  • level of activity and organization of local community
  • location in key market for Fx OS rollout

Costs of running a pilot

  • Duration of these pilots : 12 months
  • Budget per pilot: ~$25k
  • Space (ie. rent, furniture, supplies, branding collateral) : ~$12k
  • Audio/Video equipment (ie. audio/video cart): ~$13k

Deliverables and Success Metrics

Each pilot space will commit to the following:

  • nominate a space “stewards” who is responsible for the space (ie. signatory of lease) and act as WPR’s chief liaison
  • nominate a minimum of 5 “key holders” tasked to support the space steward
  • organize a minimum of 10 public events a month
  • recruit 5 new contributors per event (50 new contributors a month)
  • broadcast all events on dedicated Air Mozilla page
  • provide quarterly report on activities and accomplishments

Estimated budget for 2014Q2 - 2015Q3

Location/Space Owner Type Furnished Work Area (sq. ft) Capacity (Working) Capacity (Event) Monthly Cost Yearly cost[1] Start date
Athens Pierros Papadeas independent Yes 1400 15 75 $0.75k $9k 2014Q2
Bogota Gloria Meneses shared Yes 800 5 50 $0.5k &6k 2014Q4
Bangalore Vineel Reddy independent No 3000 20 150 $2k $24k 2014Q3
Madrid Francisco Picolini shared Yes 1000 15 75 $1k $12k 2014Q3
Manila Robert Reyes shared Yes 1000 10 50 $1.2k $14.4k 2014Q2
Nairobi Alex Wafula shared Yes 1000 10 200 $0.5k $6k 2014Q3
Taipei Irvin Chen independent Yes 800 40 100 $1k $12k 2014Q2

* Original image table
[1] does NOT include A/V equipment

Community Space pilots launched so far




(*) Key holders are volunteer Mozillians who have direct access rights and can guide Mozillians to the space

Best Practices

Check out the best practices of running a Community Space from pilots.

Questions, Ideas, Suggestions?

If you have questions, ideas or suggestions, DO NOT HESITATE to get in touch with me by email (william [AT] mozilla [DOT] com) or on irc (williamq).