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Wed 6 Sep 2017

An experimental mini-grant program.

JS
Jon Schull Public Seen by 537

Overview

39 people participated in our previous experimental non-binding poll on how to allocate the google funds

There were 2 big winners:
* Support EnablingTheFuture (111 points)
* Establish a mini-grant Fund (80 points)

Because the mini-grant fund could Support EnablingTheFuture (among other things) I'm creating this thread to propose and hopefully implement a first mini-grant program.

Please consider the Minigrant Program Proposal first.

There are currently two Proposals. If you think they're ready for Funding by Trustees, vote Agree!
* Ready for Funding? Enable Alliance - ADOPT A SCHOOL Program
* Ready For Funding?: Enable Alliance Citizen Scientist Research and Service Project

Have an idea for another proposal? Go for it!

JS

Jon Schull started a proposal Thu 7 Sep 2017

A proposal for a first attempt at a minigrant program. Closed Wed 13 Sep 2017

Introduction

Google.org has donated $50,000 in support of the e-NABLE community.

I propose that we invest $2500 in an experiment to develop a process for funding e-NABLE-Appropriate projects:

"accountable projects that can advance a global network of volunteers developing open source assistive devices for underserved populations"

The experiment is a first attempt at defining a process that is "EFTA"

  • Exemplary: a potentially sustainable model for future endeavors
  • Fair: collaboratively determined funding of, by, and for the e-NABLE community
  • Transparent: processes are openly observable.
  • Accountable: accountable projects have clearly defined goals, deliverables, timelines, and "Doers"

Basic proposal

As a first experiment, I propose that Approximately Fifty Trustees be given control of $50 apiece.
* All Community Members can propose projects and  comment on proposals.
* Some community members are designated Trustees. They control $50 apiece.
* When the community judges a proposal to be "Accountable," it becomes a fundable "bucket".
* Then, Trustees fund proposals by putting the funds they control into the "buckets" they like.

Who can be a Trustee?

For this first experiment, I propose that
* Anyone can be a Trustee who either
* Voted in the initial non-binding poll
* Or is voted into the Trustee pool by a plurality of existing Trustees
* Or donates $50 to the fund
* and agrees
* To only fund e-NABLE-Appropriate projects
* To not fund projects that will put the money they control into their own pockets.

Implementation

  • Proposals are developed in Loomio. After a week of community review and comment, they become fundable if a majority of at least 10 community members votes the proposal "Accountable"
  • Accountable Proposals become fundable "buckets" in co-Budget, where Trustees put their money in the buckets they like.
  • Funded doers request real money via OpenCollective:

    • They submit receipts, evidence of deliverables, etc.
    • A small committee of Trustees reviews and approves the submission
  • Use it or lose it clause:

    • Trustees lose control of funds they don't allocate within 6 weeks. (Let's learn quickly!)
    • Because some Trustees may not have time to review proposals responsibly, they can delegate control to other Trustees.

Please vote, comment, and suggest revisions.

If you haven't already, please join this e-NABLio Loomio group to participate.

Agree - 9
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
9 people have voted (42%)
JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Thu 7 Sep 2017

I think this is worth a try. I'm sure you can improve it.

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Thu 7 Sep 2017

AT

Ashley Turner Thu 7 Sep 2017

I like the way this is put together.

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Thu 7 Sep 2017

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Fri 8 Sep 2017

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Fri 8 Sep 2017

JS

Jon Schull Fri 8 Sep 2017

While I'm enthusiastic about this proposal, I do have some concerns. (We don't necessarily have to address them in the first go-round.)

  • I'm concerned about "monetizing" and "dis-spiriting" the spirit of freely-given goodwill that is such an important part of e-NABLE.
  • We want to encourage people to define programs that the community needs
  • We want to encourage people to donate real money to sustain the fund, but I don't want to give people with discretionary money excessive influence.

These concerns might be addressed by encouraging, recognizing and honoring in-kind donations.

  • Proposers would put reasonable price tags on projects they are willing to volunteer for, while pledging to donate that price to the fund. Assuming the proposal is funded by Trustees and the deliverables delivered, the Doer becomes Trustee for that amount of money
JS

Jon Schull started a proposal Fri 8 Sep 2017

Ready For Funding?: Enable Alliance Citizen Scientist Research and Service Project Closed Sun 22 Oct 2017

Outcome
by Jon Schull Mon 23 Oct 2017

I'm happy to report that Jen's proposal for Enable Alliance Citizen Scientist Research and Service Project was approved with 17 Agrees, 0 abstentions, disagreements, or blocks.

https://www.loomio.org/p/Kemwfc9Y?set_outcome=true&utm_campaign=poll_mailer&utm_medium=email&utm_source=poll_expired_author

This is the first successful award using the new minigrant program!

New proposals are welcome!

Submitted by Jen Owen

If you think this proposal should be eligible for funding under the proposed first-attempt mini-grant program, click Agree!

Jen Owen (the designated doer) will...

Create a research project for schools, volunteers, and FIRST Robotics teams to participate in that will allow them to help grow real data about the current e-NABLE Designs and provide valuable feedback on their durability, strength and more.

This project will involve volunteers and students, doing scientific research, testing the effects of tempuratures, weight and other variables on the current and most used e-NABLE designs that will allow the global community to learn more about these devices and what they can and can't do.

To see the complete proposal - please visit:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J_UQcf2fQwuA6yeOqsT5f-19sRORF8p3ApuFVMNf2HU/edit?usp=sharing

Estimated Time to complete this project. 1-2 months.

Funds needed to support creation of this project: $2000-$2500.

Agree - 16
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
16 people have voted (47%)
JS

Jon Schull started a proposal Fri 8 Sep 2017

Ready for Funding? Enable Alliance - ADOPT A SCHOOL Program Closed Fri 15 Sep 2017

Submitted by Jen Owen

This program would connect underserved schools who do not have 3D printers of their own, with schools, volunteers and FIRST Robotics teams who do and allow those schools to be "Adopted" by the sponsors who will then create a variety of hands, tools and more to ship directly to the school in need.

This will create an opportunity for mentorships, collaborations, global innovation and provide a way for volunteers that are waiting for recipients, to participate in e-NABLE in a way they may not have thought of previously, but that is just as valuable and rewarding as being matched to an individual recipient.

For more information on this proposal - please go here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ftZNlRktiKECW44r7JuMEWcmAFYH76AOEqoMMe4adnA/edit?usp=sharing

Doer: - Jen Owen

Estimated Time to complete this project. 1-2 months.

Funds needed to support creation of this project: $2000-$2500.

Agree - 7
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
7 people have voted (33%)
JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Fri 8 Sep 2017

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Fri 8 Sep 2017

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Sat 9 Sep 2017

JO

Jen Owen
Agree
Sat 9 Sep 2017

MH

Michael Howland
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

MH

Michael Howland
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

I was going to experiment with some of this on my own. Then share the data by creating test pieces & fixtures to test layer strength, joint strength, different materials, etc. By printing and deliberately breaking them in a controlled environment.

MH

Michael Howland
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

MH

Michael Howland
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

Deliverable 5 - We have medical volunteers in Brazil that can help giving input about the data they need about the devices.

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Sun 10 Sep 2017

Deliverable 6 - To help the volunteers get scholarships a lot of aspects like the guidelines for writing a research paper need to be taken into consideration. Will be a lot of work, but it will generate really valuable badges for sure.

E

ebubar
Agree
Mon 11 Sep 2017

Might have missed this, but inclusion of testing protocols for enable devices would be cool to see as well (grip strength, heat testing, etc).

E

ebubar
Agree
Mon 11 Sep 2017

Looks like this is basically my previous comment on the adopt a school idea! You're so far ahead of me :)

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Tue 12 Sep 2017

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Tue 12 Sep 2017

I love this idea!

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Tue 12 Sep 2017

Item 5 of e-NABLE STEM KIT- “What is eNABLE?” pamphlet/magazine - This is what we need to reach some specific groups. There's a lot of "offline people" on the medical community here in Brazil.

EL

Everton Lins started a proposal Tue 12 Sep 2017

e-NABLE PMO Team for e-NABLE Mini-grant Program Closed Tue 19 Sep 2017

The proposal is to create an e-NABLE PMO structure to help plan, control, and deploy the projects approved by e-NABLE Mini-grant Program. The team will provide project guidelines and basic helpful project management structure to help the teams in charge of managing e-NABLE projects **archive their goals inside planned schedule and budget. **

Working with*e-NABLE Mini-grant Program* we will create a Proof of Concept and based on the results will be possible to define if this can become a fixed structure to support future e-NABLE projects.

**Macro Business case on http://bit.ly/2wZ4C13 **

Agree - 3
Abstain - 2
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
5 people have voted (23%)
EL

Everton Lins
Abstain
Tue 12 Sep 2017

As I am proposing I will abstain.
**Macro Business case on* http://bit.ly/2wZ4C13

JS

Jon Schull
Abstain
Wed 13 Sep 2017

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Wed 13 Sep 2017

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Wed 13 Sep 2017

It sounds like a smart idea, but I have no commercial project management expertise.

EL

Everton Lins Wed 13 Sep 2017

I agree with @jonschull. The idea is to mold the proposals in the voting time to archive the best outcomes. You should send an updated proposal @theo27.

EL

Everton Lins Wed 13 Sep 2017

Hey @ashleyturner , that's where the PMO Team can help your projects! Thanks for your vote.

JS

Jack Sutcliffe
Agree
Wed 13 Sep 2017

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Thu 14 Sep 2017

E

ebubar
Agree
Thu 14 Sep 2017

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Tue 19 Sep 2017

Granting of funds needs governance that is fair to the community and to the recipient of the funds with a minimum of bureaucracy and red tape imposed on the people involved. This proposal sounds like a good way to start.

AT

Angela Tsuda
Agree
Sat 7 Oct 2017

The data will be very helpful when approaching other volunteers in the academic area

RS

Renato Spencer
Agree
Sun 15 Oct 2017

ELD

Ellen Landau Druda
Agree
Sun 15 Oct 2017

AJ

Asad Jabbar
Agree
Mon 16 Oct 2017

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Mon 16 Oct 2017

JS

Jack Sutcliffe
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

EM

emanuelcruz07@gmail.com
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

LB

Luis Bermudez
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Thu 19 Oct 2017

JS

Jordan Sayegh
Agree
Fri 20 Oct 2017

DM

Drew Murray started a proposal Mon 23 Oct 2017

Reward Hard Work / Great Developments to incentivise real R&D progress Closed Thu 26 Oct 2017

Outcome
by Jon Schull Fri 3 Nov 2017

This proposal closed without reaching critical mass. I suspect it would (and should!) pass if (a) the process were better defined (b) someone accepted responsiblity for the process (c) it were marketed.

This grant would be to identify AND reward for devices / designs that have significantly progressed or created an impact in the world of e-nable.

The idea here is simple, to reward people who have already given to the community / the world and provide REAL incentive for others to develop AND release documented works for the benefit of ALL.

"Prize" to be $1000 but divided into reward criteria.

1st thing is to identify significant milestones over e-nable's history and their creators.

2nd thing is to "mark" their success against "criteria" - should any item be missing then this element of the "Prize" should be withheld until such time it is completed; or maybe paid to a different community member if they pick up the challange and do that element.

Has the innovation been widely adopted / is used widely and is their evidence of this - suggest minimum number of builds is required to show REAL, GLOBAL impact ? 25%

Are the files readily available ? 25%

Is documentation provided to make use of the files easily ? 25%

Does the author actively progress / develop / support ? 25%

For this to work several grants to be awarded and they should always be an open grant for people to aim for !

To answer Jon's questions :-

1 - The amount should be $1000 as it needs to be enough to make people to want to work for it !

2 - Submissions should be maybe done monthly and the winner announced following a community vote / shortlist for the following month.

Agree - 5
Abstain - 4
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
9 people have voted (26%)
DM

Drew Murray
Agree
Mon 23 Oct 2017

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Tue 24 Oct 2017

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Tue 24 Oct 2017

JS

Jon Schull
Abstain
Tue 24 Oct 2017

I like this idea in principle. In execution, I have some questions.
1) are all innovations worth $1000 or should the recognition be scaled
2) who should decide on each case, and how?

ELD

Ellen Landau Druda
Agree
Tue 24 Oct 2017

EL

Everton Lins
Abstain
Wed 25 Oct 2017

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Wed 25 Oct 2017

SM

Skip Meetze
Abstain
Wed 25 Oct 2017

MH

Michael Howland
Abstain
Thu 26 Oct 2017

JS

Jon Schull started a proposal Mon 30 Oct 2017

Establish Re-NABLE as custodian for the $50,000 from Google and as executor of the Mini-Grant program. Closed Mon 6 Nov 2017

Outcome
by Jon Schull Mon 6 Nov 2017

Pleased, proud, and grateful for the participation and support. We are proceeding!

We have an opportunity __and an immediate need-- to take possession of the $50k donated by Google.org to e-NABLE via Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). OHSU has not been able to adapt their big-hospital financial procedures to our needs, and so EnablingTheFuture has not received payment for the two projects we have now approved. We need to move fast, both to alleviate EnablingTheFuture's financial stress, and to begin using the money to support other community-approved projects.

Therefore, after discussion with the e-NABLE Strategic Planning Committee, the recently-formed Board of Rochester e-NABLE (a NY State non-profit) proposes to administer the $50K on behalf of the e-NABLE movement.

To be explicit, the money would go into a separate bank account, and we would pledge that every dollar in and out would be (a) transparently documented in OpenCollective or equivalent and (b) decision making about funds would be similarly transparent and rule-based along the lines of what we are doing in Loomio (or equivalent). The Re-NABLE Lab bank account would be distinct, and any funding of Re-NABLE from NEWFUND would be governed by the Loomio-based approval process (no self-dealing)

With approval we will proceed along the following lines:
* establish a bank account specifically for the mini-grant program
* set up an openCollective website to document and facilitate all deposits to, and payments from ,this account see opencollective.com/re-nable
* help OHSU transfer funds to that account
* transfer funds to EnablingTheFuture as per the two proposals already proposed
* use funds from a 7% Fiscal Sponsorship fee ($3500)
to engage an accounting firm to pursue 501(c)3 status
and conduct the necessary tax filing and reporting operations
* use remaining funds for projects approved by the mini-grant program.

Because time is of the essence, this proposal will close in one week (on November 6) and will be approved if the usual conditions are met at least 15 votes with at least 80% of the votes in support.

Please vote and comment!

Agree - 21
Abstain - 2
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
23 people have voted (51%)
AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

JS

Jeremy Simon
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

DM

Drew Murray
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

ELD

Ellen Landau Druda
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

E

ebubar
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

SM

Skip Meetze
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Mon 30 Oct 2017

MH

Michael Howland
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

TO

Thierry Oquidam
Abstain
Tue 31 Oct 2017

RB

Rich B
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

PS

Phil Slusser
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

Funds would be transparent.

DU

[deactivated account]
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

MP

Martin Presberg
Agree
Tue 31 Oct 2017

RH

Richard Hodgdon
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

JS

Jack Sutcliffe
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

KB

Ken Bice
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

AT

Angela Tsuda
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

EM

emanuelcruz07@gmail.com
Agree
Wed 1 Nov 2017

KS

Kerry Smith
Abstain
Thu 2 Nov 2017

CC

Cole Carter
Agree
Thu 2 Nov 2017

PG

Patrick Geary
Agree
Mon 6 Nov 2017

J

Jen started a proposal Sat 18 Nov 2017

Research Approval Closed Tue 5 Dec 2017

Outcome
by Jon Schull Wed 6 Dec 2017

TaDaaah! The new e-NABLE Research Era begins!

E-Nable has started to receive proposals for research on Loomio. We need to define a process that we'd be willing to execute on and post it on Loomio for approval. We'd then need to apply this process each time a proposal comes in. My suggestion is the following process:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SClcxQl4IE6ycb2FXvYz6oalHsayDLRR_l1W90Jq-8c/edit#slide=id.g287460d41b_2_1

Agree - 17
Abstain - 0
Disagree - 0
Block - 0
17 people have voted (27%)
J

Jen
Agree
Sat 18 Nov 2017

ELD

Ellen Landau Druda
Agree
Sat 18 Nov 2017

DD

Doc Davies
Agree
Sat 18 Nov 2017

ESL

Enable Sierra Leone
Agree
Sat 18 Nov 2017

Good stuff. All the best! I hope this will help to move the community forward, help us to learn from each other and avoid common mistakes.

IA

ishmael afful
Agree
Sun 19 Nov 2017

CC

Cole Carter
Agree
Sun 19 Nov 2017

EL

Everton Lins
Agree
Mon 20 Nov 2017

JS

Jack Sutcliffe
Agree
Mon 20 Nov 2017

PB

Peter Binkley
Agree
Tue 21 Nov 2017

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Tue 21 Nov 2017

I agree that voting shouldn't be tied to funds available. If an idea has the merit, even at a price beyond what can be allocated, I think there is value in recognizing it. We could "rack and stack" them by priority separately.

PS

Phil Slusser
Agree
Tue 21 Nov 2017

RB

Rich B
Agree
Wed 22 Nov 2017

SS

Saiph Savage
Agree
Thu 23 Nov 2017

JS

Jon Schull
Agree
Tue 28 Nov 2017

RK

Richard Kim
Agree
Mon 4 Dec 2017

Great write up!

AT

Angela Tsuda
Agree
Tue 5 Dec 2017

CC

Chad Coarsey
Agree
Tue 5 Dec 2017