Mozilla Drumbeat is…

… hard to describe.

I’m trying to capture the essence of the open web movement so that it’s accessible to non-web people. I think, with the help of @msurman, @moltke, Geoffrey Macdougall, @herhighnessness, @openmatt, @alina_mierlus,@gameguy43 and many others, I’ve gotten pretty close.

What follows is a snapshot of the current Mozilla Drumbeat description on the site. I didn’t describe it *too much* in my intro because I’d like to see if my description works. Would love your feedback and thoughts.

Mozilla Drumbeat is keeping the web open.

We want to spark a movement. We want to keep the web open for the next 100 years. The first step: inviting you to do and make things that help the web. That’s what Drumbeat is — practical projects and local events that gather smart, creative people around big ideas, solving problems and building the open web.

We all benefit from the open web.

The open web is the most powerful communication tool in the history of humanity. It’s the nervous system of trade, education, governance, activism and play. It allows a single idea to achieve global impact. At its core the open web is participatory, transparent, decentralized and generative. Existing content and software can easily be spun into something new. All without needing to ask for someone else’s approval or permission.

But we can’t take the freedom of the web for granted.

There are many who would neuter or control the web we have built. Imagine an internet filled with devices you can’t tinker with and walled gardens. What’s at risk? Access. Privacy. The freedom to create and innovate.

We need to protect it. Improve it. Grow it.

Mozilla’s mission is to guard the open nature of the internet. 20,000 of us did this when we built Firefox. We took back the web. We’ve been continuing this work ever since. And it’s exactly why we’re starting Drumbeat.

Drumbeat is your chance to keep the web open and free.

Drumbeat is for anyone who wants to lend their skills and creativity to the cause of keeping the internet open. It’s a chance to for everyone — not just software developers and testers — to get involved in keeping the web open. Who? Teachers. Lawyers. Artists. Accountants. Plumbers. Web Developers. Anyone who uses and cares about the internet.

You can get involved online or face-to-face.

With Drumbeat, we’ve planted a flag. A place to gather. A place for you to find collaborators. You can start a project, or join one that’s already rolling. If your project gets traction, we’ll shout from the top of the mountain so everyone knows about it. And we’ll even fund a handful of the very best projects. You can also attend — or start — an event in your city. Events offer a place to work on projects with neighbors, and a chance to paint a picture of what you want the open web to look like in 100 years. Check out featured projects and upcoming events. Get involved now!

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