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Fri 13 Dec 2019

Proposal: e-NABLE Medellín product development, education program, and operational efficiency

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Adam Armfield Public Seen by 210

Hi all, we at e-NABLE Medellín have had a wonderfully productive year! With the steady growth of our operations, we can confidently say that we are no longer a start-up initiative, but a fast-growing organisation with great potential to contribute to our local and global community. 

2020 is looking bright with 7 products in development, 3 community education and engagement programs, and 4 operational process improvements.

Please review and support our proposal and request for funding!

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Adam Armfield started a proposal Fri 13 Dec 2019

e-NABLE Medellín product development, education program, and operational efficiency Closed Fri 17 Jan 2020

Hi all, we at e-NABLE Medellín have had a wonderfully productive year! With the steady growth of our operations, we can confidently say that we are no longer a start-up initiative, but a fast-growing organisation with great potential to contribute to our local and global community. 

The key to our continued success is the contribution of Esteban Rojas Muñoz, our only engineer on a paid contract. Esteban is responsible for all the daily operations, as well as current and upcoming projects.

We kindly ask the e-NABLE community to support us and fund US$9585.64 for us to keep Esteban within our organisation and to stay on track to achieve our 2020 goals.

2020 is looking bright with 7 products in development, 3 community education and engagement programs, and 4 operational process improvements. We have the following activities that benefit the global e-NABLE community in the pipeline:

  • Product development

    • Robotic arm V2

    • Ultrasonic arm with sensor for those with limited vision V2

    • Leg device below the knee

    • Shoulder / above elbow

    • Accessories

    • Covers for IV drips in hospitals

    • Mobile intake application for collecting data from recipients

  • Community training

    • Youth social leadership program for digital fabrication

    • Upskilling of local university students - we currently have 4 confirmed annual projects with local universities and 2 practicantes/final year students working with us 25 hours a week as part of the practical components of their bioengineering degrees.

    • Upskilling of additional e-NABLE chapters (we recently trained 2 people who traveled from Panama to learn from us and establish their own chapter)

  • Operations efficiency

    • Deliver 60 devices to local recipients

    • Engineering department review

    • Volunteer management model

    • Stakeholder mapping and patient journey tool kit

    Click read our application in full here - https://docs.google.com/document/d/18ib6IipjGneEZ7kuQGxycJaEykYeOv4d_b4OK437djE/edit?usp=sharing

Agree - 2
Abstain - 1
Disagree - 5
Block - 0
8 people have voted (4%)
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Adam Armfield
Agree
Fri 13 Dec 2019

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Bob Rieger
Disagree
Sun 15 Dec 2019

You and your team have done wonderful work, and you are a great credit to e-NABLE! However, I have to disagree with your proposal on fundamental grounds. The awarding of mini-grants from the Enable Fund via Loomio is intended for specific projects that are of benefit to the entire community. They are not intended as general support of staff for any specific chapter to work on a variety of projects. You can imagine many chapters would like support from the fund.

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Leland Green
Disagree
Tue 17 Dec 2019

I'm sorry, I have to agree with @Bob Rieger on this one. As he explained, basically it's "the rules" here.😞 (He put it much better than I could... but I do remember reading that when I signed up on Loomio for this....)

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Daniel U
Disagree
Tue 17 Dec 2019

I unfortunately have to agree with the below. I don't believe that this program is designed to pay salary for people within a chapter. You guys are doing fantastic work and that shouldn't be deducted from, but I don't believe that falls under the scope of the grants for this one.

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Sandra Dermisek
Disagree
Sat 21 Dec 2019

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Patrick
Abstain
Tue 24 Dec 2019

What if you break the proposal into multiple smaller ones?

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Quinn Morley
Disagree
Fri 17 Jan 2020

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Chang Liu
Agree
Fri 17 Jan 2020

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Adam Armfield Mon 16 Dec 2019

Hi Bob, the proposal contains several projects which benefit the entire community ranging from new product developments to toolkits and apps which will be public to all the enable community in 2 languages. Considering several of the last approved grants were for product development (nate munro proposal), web/app development (Simón) anf and all Paid tríp to África with a 3 month wage included i would say our proposal is at least as strong and carries many benefits for the wider community at a cheaper annual cost than previous proposals. Please have a good look at the table in the full proposal to see that these are not medellin chapter specific projects.

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Bob Rieger Tue 17 Dec 2019

Hi Adam, Indeed, your table contains many good initiatives that are of interest to the general community. My concern was, and is, about setting future precedent. The proposal is written to support a staff member who will work on projects, but also in other more general areas like Operations Efficiency. Would you consider modifying your proposal to select a few of the more specific projects like the Robotic arm, Leg Prosthetic and Ultrasonic arm, and request funding for those with specific amounts and timetables? I am only a single vote, but for me that would remove the precedent concern by keeping it project-focused. Please understand that I also am a volunteer who spends time in the US fund-raising for the Enable Fund, and I find explaining projects a much easier sell to prospective donors.

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Adam Armfield Tue 17 Dec 2019

Thanks for the feedback bob. We will seek further feedback on how we can reframe the proposal. Much appreciated.

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Jacquin Buchanan Tue 17 Dec 2019

This group has done several great designs. And produced extensive reports on the usage and results of those designs. I think this is great work for our community.

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Adam Armfield Tue 17 Dec 2019

Thanks Jacquin. Green thumbs up or some feedback on how we can reframe our proposal?

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Daniel U Tue 17 Dec 2019

I'd like to add constructively that yes others such as Nate, Simon, Ben, have all received grants recently through this program. However the big difference between theres and yours were as stated above, they stated a particular project or two, timelines, and deadlines with results attached.

If I remember correctly, alot of those proposals were structured with cutoff deadlines as well. "We will meet this goal by this time, and if we do, we request X amount more money to continue with the next stage." This is incredibly important as it provides structure and reasoning with goals and deadlines to offer accountability for everyone. Without those goals, as mentioned above, your just asking us to pay for a salary with nothing tangible other than he is working on those things. Now I'm not by any means deducting what he's doing, but there's no assurance or additional accountability other than your track record.

I think what you guys have done is great and you are likely to get the support of the mass, but not how its currently structured. I'd really like to see a timeline structured out, we will be working on this project, we'll reach this goal by this time, it will cost this amount. If we complete that goal, we go to stage two, where we will work on this project, reach this goal by this time, and it will cost this amount etc.. That would provide a lot more piece of mind and assurance than just cutting a $10,000 salary check.

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Adam Armfield Tue 17 Dec 2019

Thanks Daniel. This is valuable feedback. We have included time lines, strategy and deliverables in the table. Perhaps we need to provide more details on each aspect of the program and deliverables?

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Adam Armfield Tue 17 Dec 2019

Hey all. Please keep the specific feedback coming. This is all very valuable. I am currently taking some much needed time with family over christmas however the team and I are watching this space closely to see how we can learn to improve our proposal so we can continúe to deliver to our community and on our promises in 2020. Merry Xmas to all and keep this feedback coming. Un abrazo enorme from Colombia AND Australia.