Michelle Thorne is Mozilla’s global event strategist, aiming to grow communities around open web projects through live events. She helps local organizers host anything from small meet-ups to larger design jams and hackathons, which bring together web makers of various stripes to build, make, and learn from each other. She chaordinates Mozilla’s annual festival, in 2011 about Media, Freedom and the Web. Previously, Michelle worked as Creative Commons’ International Project Manager and is a trustee of the Awesome Foundation Berlin, a lightweight association to fund small projects. Contact her at michelle at mozillafoundation dot org and as @thornet almost everywhere.