On Sunday morning — they have a 6 in the morning now, which is an innovation that I’m sure benefits someone — I left for the airport to embark on a 16-day, 6-city, 41-flight-hour, 30,000-kilometre world tour. What got me out of bed that early in the morning? The same thing that gets me out of bed most mornings these days: helping people understand, contribute to, and benefit from the incredible power of the open web.
So I’ll be literally travelling around the world, meeting with partners and co-conspirators, talking to the press and developers, telling people what the open web is all about, learning how to tell that story in a compelling and energizing way, and trying to remember to stretch every few hours. Along the way I hope to hear a lot of other stories about the open web: its successes, its challenges, its surprising consequences, its possible futures. The open web is bigger than Mozilla, and the challenge ahead of us is to frame the discussion in a way that is inclusive of other perspectives, while staying true to the strengths and values which make the web such an amazing thing. And, more specifically, ahead of me. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet with some of the people who help make Mozilla a force for good in the world of technology, and I’m going to try to share the experience through my blog.
I’m boarding for Vancouver now to meet with ActiveState — who have been members of the Greater Mozilla Community for many years — coming from a brief visit in Boston featuring, among others, Nicholas Reveille of the Miro project (né Democracy). Already I’m seeing new challenges and opportunities for the web in areas of participatory video and media, and I’ve barely started on my trip. I’ll be in Tokyo and Paris at the developer days, in Munich and London to meet with press and other interested folk, and stopping in Denver and Frankfurt only briefly to sample their airport amenities. If you’re in one of those places and are willing to try to juggle with my full and fluid schedule, let me know and I’ll do what I can to meet up. I’m always excited to meet more Mozilla and web folks, and I’m usually a soft touch for a drink or two.
As my wife knows only too well, I can talk about Mozilla and the web all day, every day, and never get tired of it. I’m emotionally invested in the web, I take threats to its integrity personally and seriously, and I think there’s a fight brewing over the future of how people use technology to communicate, collaborate, do business, and share experiences. I hope to infect some people with my passion on this trip, and come back with a more comprehensive sense of what makes the web special to everyone else.