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Snowball: Getting Community Initiatives in Free Software Rolling

with People Who Give a Damn, Inc
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Snowball: Getting Community Initiatives in Free Software Rolling
Benjamin Melançon started the campaign

Follow the progress of the Snowball project: http://groups.drupal.org/node/190094 

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There is huge unrealized potential within Drupal and other Free Software communities of desired functionality, specific fixes, and myriad other broadly beneficial projects that individually people and organizations do not have the capability or resources to make happen— but collectively we would.

For example, if a non-profit wants a better donation process built for their web site and can offer their office space, three developers can offer their time, and five interested individuals can fund transportation for the developers -- then Drupal gains this feature and everyone benefits, whereas without this coordination it might not have happened at all or been done as a custom code hack that others wouldn't have been able to use.

Snowball seeks to help people find one other and to reduce coordination friction and transaction costs and risks. Similarly, Snowball could help four Drupal shops put in together to contract one developer for a two-month module-building project, or twenty end-users or site owners could pool resources to hire one Drupal shop to improve user experience in a given area-- however it happens, the results are forever free and shared with everyone. If we reach the level of consciousness as a community in our stake in this software that is of, by, and for all of us, we may even be able to put funding behind major core initiatives.

Part of this vision is driven by the idea of the power of everyone being in one network and so able to find one another based on interest and rely on one another based on skill and availability. And while we may not be able to do it in the first iteration, structured data and smart machines can make targeted and large-scale coordination possible without centralized control.

These same tools that Drupal needs to reach its potential can then be used for coordinating projects entirely outside of Drupal-- bettering people's lives through horizontal communication and organization. That would be a pretty nice gift to the world.

This funding is a first step, but should get us to a prototype. Fund us before DrupalCon!


Some logistical detail:

Myself and several other developers have already and will continue to donate work time, this money will be used to hire another great community-contributor, equally committed, but without other sources of income (e.g. isn't a full-time freelancer or with a shop)-- the multitalented Drupal contributor Cameron Eagans (cweagans) has stepped up to help make this happen. \Someday this will be the ultimate collaboration tool, the community kitchen table for coming together around and figuring out how to get great things done. But to start just a way to hammer out the features some piece of software (or fix) ought to have, to figure out the skills resources needed to get there, and to run a public no-risk campaign to close the gap between the two!

Donations are tax deductible and this is the very last campaign on CrowdTilt.com to have 100% of your donations go to the cause-- they are even covering credit card processing fees, i got in at the very last minute (ok, last second) of their beta testing. And $999 has to be raised in one week or no funds are transferred at all and Snowball cools its heels 'till another day. Please donate and let me know how the crowdfunding experience works for you!

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Ivan
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Stephen Cataldo
Stephen
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Evelyn
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Campaign Description:

Follow the progress of the Snowball project: http://groups.drupal.org/node/190094 

***

There is huge unrealized potential within Drupal and other Free Software communities of desired functionality, specific fixes, and myriad other broadly beneficial projects that individually people and organizations do not have the capability or resources to make happen— but collectively we would.

For example, if a non-profit wants a better donation process built for their web site and can offer their office space, three developers can offer their time, and five interested individuals can fund transportation for the developers -- then Drupal gains this feature and everyone benefits, whereas without this coordination it might not have happened at all or been done as a custom code hack that others wouldn't have been able to use.

Snowball seeks to help people find one other and to reduce coordination friction and transaction costs and risks. Similarly, Snowball could help four Drupal shops put in together to contract one developer for a two-month module-building project, or twenty end-users or site owners could pool resources to hire one Drupal shop to improve user experience in a given area-- however it happens, the results are forever free and shared with everyone. If we reach the level of consciousness as a community in our stake in this software that is of, by, and for all of us, we may even be able to put funding behind major core initiatives.

Part of this vision is driven by the idea of the power of everyone being in one network and so able to find one another based on interest and rely on one another based on skill and availability. And while we may not be able to do it in the first iteration, structured data and smart machines can make targeted and large-scale coordination possible without centralized control.

These same tools that Drupal needs to reach its potential can then be used for coordinating projects entirely outside of Drupal-- bettering people's lives through horizontal communication and organization. That would be a pretty nice gift to the world.

This funding is a first step, but should get us to a prototype. Fund us before DrupalCon!


Some logistical detail:

Myself and several other developers have already and will continue to donate work time, this money will be used to hire another great community-contributor, equally committed, but without other sources of income (e.g. isn't a full-time freelancer or with a shop)-- the multitalented Drupal contributor Cameron Eagans (cweagans) has stepped up to help make this happen. \Someday this will be the ultimate collaboration tool, the community kitchen table for coming together around and figuring out how to get great things done. But to start just a way to hammer out the features some piece of software (or fix) ought to have, to figure out the skills resources needed to get there, and to run a public no-risk campaign to close the gap between the two!

Donations are tax deductible and this is the very last campaign on CrowdTilt.com to have 100% of your donations go to the cause-- they are even covering credit card processing fees, i got in at the very last minute (ok, last second) of their beta testing. And $999 has to be raised in one week or no funds are transferred at all and Snowball cools its heels 'till another day. Please donate and let me know how the crowdfunding experience works for you!

 
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