How United Nations Can Adapt From Mozilla

Tanay Pant

Tanay Pant is an author, whitehat and a tech enthusiast having a passion for web development. He is the chief architect of Stock Wolf , a global virtual stock trading platform which aims at imparting practical education about stocks and markets. He is also a representative of Mozilla and you can find his name listed in the about:credits of the Firefox web browser. You can find articles written by him on web development at SitePoint and TutsPlus. He also acts as a security consultant and enjoys helping corporations fix vulnerabilities in their products.

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3 Responses

  1. Rami says:

    Hi Tanay,
    I found your article is very interesting, I have completely the opposite opinion about yours maybe because I am in both side (Mozilla and UN). I always thought of how Mozilla can learn from UN experience in volunteering. I’ve been working with different UN agencies for almost 10 years and I’ve been volunteer with Mozilla for almost 12 years now. I did few online volunteers with UN. UN volunteer system is divided into two types online (https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/index.html) and in the field (http://www.unv.org/). The main difference between both of them, is the on site volunteer is paid by the UN to cover your expenses and daily needs while the online there is nothing paid to you. I am impressed with the online volunteer platform and I had a chance to talk with the person responsible on it and I saw how it well organized and how the platform connect the agencies with volunteers, credit the volunteers for their work and give both the agency and the volunteer a chance to make reviews and express their opinion about that. They are able to measure the impact or these volunteering hours and how they can improve their system. I really wish if Mozilla has such things, we are struggling to measure these things at Mozilla and how we can make an impact, we ask people to volunteer but they are left alone (unless there is another volunteer help them) and we are losing lots of volunteer because of that. Your comments regarding the age, you know you can’t do work as a minor and the on site volunteering required certain age and fitness based on the area where they are going to send you too.. I think the description and the documentation about how to volunteer or the tasks available for volunteering is way clearer than we have in Mozilla (at least for online volunteer where you can find full description of the duties and expectations). I know to fill your profile, required lots of work and it is a lengthily process but that’s necessarily, when you want to send someone to a conflict zone or to disaster you need to know all details on their qualifications. In addition, UN assume that you are good at what you are going to offer as a volunteer and you don’t need a training on that. They only provide you training such as security and surviving one. It is a lengthy talk I tried to summarized it quickly here. and I really hope Mozilla learn something from UNV structure at least from measurement and crediting.

    • Tanay Pant says:

      Thanks for the note, Rami! Well, of course I agree every organisation has scope to improve its infrastructure and working to make the proceedings more open and transparent. Maybe, yes Mozilla can learn about measurement and crediting from UNV and certainly UNV can adapt many things from Mozilla as well. When we are addressing grave issues like world peace and software freedom, I believe , the organisations must strive to improve themselves. After all, true nobility lies in being superior to one’s former self :)

      Thanks for the interesting and resourceful information, Rami!

  2. In this great pattern of things you’ll receive an A just for effort. Exactly where you lost us was first on your facts. As people say, the devil is in the details… And it couldn’t be more correct right here. Having said that, allow me say to you what did do the job. The writing is rather powerful and that is most likely the reason why I am making an effort in order to comment. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. 2nd, even though I can certainly notice the leaps in reasoning you come up with, I am definitely not sure of how you seem to connect your points that help to make the final result. For right now I will yield to your position however trust in the foreseeable future you actually link your dots better.

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