Mozilla Open Leaders

Mozilla Open Leaders

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Our sixth cohort of Mozilla Open Leaders starts in September 2018! We’re looking for Open Leaders to fuel the Internet Health movement by designing and building projects that empower others to collaborate within inclusive communities.

Applications Open Mid-June

Applications close August 5th 2018, 11:59pm ET

A Mozilla Open Leader is someone running or starting an open project that supports a healthy Internet. Over the course of the program, they will:

  • receive ongoing 1:1 project help from Mozilla staff and mentors
  • have access to a community of mentors, technologists and more
  • complete modules and provide feedback on Open Leadership Training exploring best practices for project setup and communication, tools for collaboration, community building, and running events
  • get practical experience empowering others to collaborate on their project.
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Who is this for?

If you (or your team) are running or starting an open project and want to grow as an open leader this is for you! Your open project doesn’t have to be technical — it can be curriculum (open educational resource), an open data project or report, an open source software project, or anything else that:

  • has something to work on (a feature, module, or minimum viable product) during the program,
  • allows and welcomes contributions by others, and
  • supports the open web and a healthy Internet

Open leadership is a movement where folks from all disciplines, languages and skill set levels have a space to collaborate and work together to create positive change for our planet

Mary Grueser, co-lead

New This Round

Culture track

This round, we’re piloting a new “culture track” to improve how we serve participants who work on openness outside of traditional projects and test ways to integrate the Open Leadership Framework with our Open Leaders program.

This track will focus on applying the principles, practices, and skills of the Open Leadership Framework to your own leadership practice. It might be especially useful to you if you:

  • Manage people more than projects.
  • Serve as a director, executive, or manager responsible for organizational culture.
  • Serve as a community manager or in a specific outreach role.

More information about this track will follow, so stay tuned or drop us an email

Theme: Data and You

“Exploring the data we create, the platforms and devices that collect it, ways to secure it and the laws that protect it.”

Between GDPR and Cambridge Analytica we’ve seen a rise in awareness around the use and collection of personal data in 2018. That’s why, along with other projects related in Internet health, we’re looking to highlight work related to the theme “Data and You”.

If you’re creating tools or raising awareness about personal data, please apply! We want to explore ways to connect our personal feelings, observations and motivations with the topic of personal data.

Open leadership is more than just sharing work openly. It is sharing governance of a project and building in feedback loops for participants.

Verletta Kern, project manager

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Passionate and ready to learn and apply open practices to your project or community, supporting the Internet Health movement
  2. Must propose a session to MozFest 2018
  3. Available to commit at least 3h/week for 14 weeks for attending weekly online meetings and completing open leadership assignments. Additionally, participants must attend either MozFest (2 days, Oct 26-28), Hacktoberfest (remote, month of October) or present a case study (pilot culture track)


14 weeks (September—December 2018, see the full schedule)

Applications Open Mid-June

Applications close August 5th 2018, 11:59pm ET

This is part of a broader movement for a healthy internet. See more.