“At Mozilla, with over 400 staff in community-facing roles, and thousands of volunteer contributors across multiple projects: we believe that everyone deserves the right to work, contribute and convene with knowledge that their safety and well-being are at the forefront of how we operate and communicate as an organization.”

Please follow this link to the official Mozilla blog, to learn how we’ve built a cross-organizational program for enforcement and what open resources are available for your project/org.


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I’ve recently given a couple of presentations for Open Source Program Offices, interested in better understanding and applying metrics for inclusion. During one of these presentations, which included a high level summary of CHAOSS project, someone asked: ‘but how do you actually apply those metrics in practice?’.

A great question, which I think is essentially asking:

“How do we take these long, overwhelming lists of attributes for evaluating something like governance, leadership, events or project ‘places’ and apply them in a way that feels empowering (not overwhelming), achievable(time-bound), meaningful (not random) and impactful for both people and project?

The first…


Men, despite being the most prominent demographic in open source, are still underrepresented (and often missing) in D&I sessions. Those most impacted when inclusion fails, are continuing to carry the burden of the solution. This is unacceptable.

From our Diversity & Inclusion in Open Communities Call, two themes around this problem emerged:

  1. There are a large number of potential allies (who also happen to be men) with sincere motivations, hovering on the edges unsure how to ‘jump in’. Groups like ours, and other open projects with diversity working groups, are perceived as expert and (yes, ironically) feel inaccessible.
  2. Despite…


Open Source has a diversity problem…yeah we know. That’s not news anymore.

What’s newsworthy for 2018, is that through a collaboration of open source projects, institutions and initiatives we have, for the first time ever, created real and sustainable momentum to evaluate, understand and address issues of diversity and inclusion in open source.

Is this you?

“ I care a lot about diversity in open source, but I don’t know what to do, or if I am the right person, or if I have time, or if my motivations will be questioned” —majority of people I talk to

Good news! Caring is the…


TK Labels

Through initiatives like CHAOSS we’re starting to answer the question: ‘how might we understand the experiences of underrepresented people in our projects and communities? How do we know if we are being successful in our interventions on behalf of inclusion ?’

But, what’s still to be clearly articulated, is how to ensure people and groups we’re working to include, are active participants in decision making about how their demographic data is collected, used, visualized and shared. I believe Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels can inspire and direct ways to address these and may other issues of respect for people, and their stories.

Please join us on November 9th, at 9 AM PST for a presentation by Jane Anderson, Associate Professor at New York University, and Kim Christen Director of Digital Initiatives, Washington State . Call details here.


We Can Code It — CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Charis Tsevis

I am looking to interview technical women who are anticipating, or have in the past, had to take time away from their career to care for themselves, or family members. This might include:

  • Parental/Maternity leave
  • Elder care
  • Childcare
  • Care for critically, or terminally ill family member
  • Self-care/Transitions

The topic “How might lending technical skills to open source projects act as a career bridge during life transitions”. What we learn from these interviews will inform the design of a project to empower and connect women facing similar career challenge.

The interviews will be conducted by me (Emma Irwin), I took a…


Public Domain “Bad Bug” by ericlemerdy

One of the things I’m researching is how to be more deliberate about connecting already technical people to open source contribution as a career bridge. I’ve already spoken with a number of contributors who leveled-up their skills for better jobs during maternity leave, or who changed careers altogether with skills learned while contributing.

“ At my age, getting an internship at a tech company, is as likely as a Rhinoceros flying across the Atlantic — former teacher turned professional web developer thanks to open source contribution.

While I have some emerging standards for project self-evaluation, I’ve never tried a user-testing


open source stars — opensource.com CC BY-SA 2.0

In the last few months, Mozilla has invested in collaboration with other open source project leaders and academics who care about improving diversity & inclusion in Open Source through the CHAOSS D&I working group. Contributors so far include:

Alexander Serebrenik (Eindhoven University of Technology) , Akshita Gupta (Outreachy), Amy Marrich (OpenStack), Anita Sarma (Oregon State University), Bhagashree Uday (Fedora), Daniel Izquierdo (Bitergia), Emma Irwin (Mozilla), Georg Link (University of Nebraska at Omaha), Gina Helfrich (NumFOCUS), Nicole Huesman (Intel) and Sean Goggins ((University of Missouri).

Our goals are to first establish a set of peer-validated goal-metrics, for understanding diversity & inclusion…


CC BY-SA 2.0 opensourceway

Our next Diversity & Inclusion in Open Source Call, will be held on June 6th at 9 AM PDT. You can find connection details here, as well as a full list of past and future calls here.

Our featured speaker will be Jill Binder , with a talk on ‘Improving Speaker Diversity’.

“When more people from underrepresented groups start speaking at open source tech events, everybody benefits. At WordCamp Vancouver for WordPress, we started by focusing on women. In 2013, not many had applied. The following year, three times as many women applied and fully half of selected speakers were…


Colored Pencils CC BY-SA 2.0 by Katy Warner

Is tomorrow April 4th ! 9 AM PDT (link to your time)

Learn about the Coral Project, Blind Reviews and more! Ask for help, offer help and share your work building inclusive communities for feedback and sharing.

Ways to join:

Join the discussion and stay in touch by joining our D&I Discussion Group. If you would like to present on future calls please reach out to me directly!

Emma Irwin

Open Source Programs Office, Microsoft. Previously @Mozilla, @Benetech

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