Roll your own Service Week

August 24, 2009 § 10 Comments

I really want to help .orgs tap the power of the open web during Mozilla Service Week. The challenge: finding a fun and helpful task I can take on in just a few hours that also fits my skill set. I didn’t find a perfect match in the Idealist volunteer database, so I’ve decided to roll my own Service Week activity: a 2 hour Creative Commons licensing clinic, plus a screening of RIP: A Remix Manifesto.

My thinking process was simple: I asked ‘what have my .org friends asked me to help w/ in the past year?’ and ‘what questions have been most fun to answer?’. I quickly zoomed into the topic of open content, licensing and business models. Many non-profits want to get their content out there in the open, but they just don’t know how. I figured I could make the world — and the web — better by volunteering to help with this for a few hours.

The specific plan is to offer open content advice and inspiration to the 150 .orgs and social entrepreneurs at Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation. I will start with a lunch time screening of RIP: A Remix Manifesto (the inspiration part). Then I will run a Lucy-Van-Pelt-esque Creative Commons info booth in the lunch area for a couple of hours (the advice part). Four hours of my time. Simple to organize. Likely very fun.

A challenge to other Mozillians (and everyone else): if you can’t find a Service Week opportunity that compels, roll your own. In particular, I’d encourage:

  • … my MozYYZ colleagues to join at the Centre for Social Innovation to offer advice on the topic of their choice. Imagine an ad hoc open web advice fair!
  • … my compadres at Creative Commons to set up their own open content coaching sessions during service week (the open web isn’t just about tech, eh).
  • … Mozillians everywhere to leverage non-profit coworking spaces as a way to help many non-profits at once (I can suggest contacts in cities like Paris and Sao Paulo).

If you want to pitch in with the Toronto clinic or plan to take up my challenge, please post a comment below. And, of course, also sign up on the Mozilla Service Week site. Fun. A better world. And a better web. That’s what’s ahead for Service Week!

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