Time Pledges

2011-08-27 05:40:35
Next Edge Support Systems for Early Stage Funders
Time Pledges
Proposed name of initiativeNextEdge Volunteer Pool
SubtitlePool "gift certificates" of personal research time for funded projects
Summary DescriptionPledge __ hours of research help to others in the community (on topics of their choosing), if three others pledge to do the same. Build visibility and relationships with other NextEdgers

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Related Exampleshttp://beex.org
http://is.gd/help4nonprofits
When to useWhen we have time and are feeling generous
When not to useWhen our time's too short
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1. ATTRACTOR - what makes this interestingGive a boost to NextEdgers or aligned projects you most admire (with a prospect of reputation-building feedback)
2. CHALLENGE(S) - tensions addressed1) Many nascent NextEdge initiatives need volunteer help

2) NextEdgers now lack a system to offer help – and to receive ratings/references that lift value of their personal currencies
3. OPPORTUNITY - vision of achievable change(as a giver)
- Good feelings from helping out
- Relationship/visibility with other NextEdgers
- Reputation boost for personal currency

(as a receiver)
- Free help for projects you value
4. STRATEGY - proposed steps to make the change1) Evaluate fit of pledge sites (http://beex.org, http://pledgebank.org, etc) for NextEdge love bombs

2) Create simple web site for Next Edgers to create, issue, track redemption of personal "gift certificates of time", and a rating system for recipients to leave feedback on completion of each project

3) Approach Tribesourcing/Crowd Fund subgroup on Next Edge about a joint pilot project

4) Do beta test with one or more admired NextEdgers as initial Love Bomb recipients

5) Improve the system based on the beta test

6) Conduct a full-fledged Next Edge pilot

7) "Productize" the system as an open source app that can be shared with other Next Edge-aligned tribes

5. TEST - what stakeholders think of steps- Do New Currency subgroup members think a pilot is worth doing?
- Are creators of pledge apps (eg Beex) willing to customize their solutions for a subgroup pilot?
- Will participants in the pilot find it useful?
- If they do, will a Kickstarter or similar pledge drive get enough backing to prepare a NextEdge-wide community solution?
6. DECISION – next actionShall we explore NextEdge Love Bombs in the upcoming conference call?
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Pattern initiator (contact)Mark Frazier (Skype: openworld)
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