[Linux-aus] Grant Inquiry: Open Food Web Foundation

Nathan Bailey nathan.bailey at monash.edu
Thu Apr 11 10:18:50 EST 2013

An interesting proposal, and "open food" (! :-) seems to translate nicely
into LinuxAU's broader "open" philosophy/mission.

My major question relates to the organisation's sustainability, ie. being a
new organisation, how can we be sure that this essentially "up front"
investment will translate into meaningful outcomes?

As a contrast, investing in an organisation or activity that has a track
record is a far easier decision, eg. BarCamp has run successfully a number
of times, supporting them for their next event is very likely to translate
into similar benefits as previous events.

With a new social enterprise, a significant amount of the future of the
organisation is based on goodwill and interest from volunteers. It's
possible that LinuxAU could do its bit, but that the organisation itself
could flounder after 6 months?

kind regards,

On 8 April 2013 21:52, Kirsten Larsen <kirsten at eaterprises.com.au> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> As a new member of Linux Australia, I firstly say hello :)
> Secondly, please find attached some information about our new organisation
> (the Open Food Web Foundation) and a request for some support to get
> established.
> More information is in the attached document, but in summary we are an
> Australian non-profit, established in October 2012 with the express aim to
> develop, accumulate and protect open source knowledge, code, applications
> and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems.
> We are requesting assistance from Linux Australia, in the form of:
>    - Infrastructure - potential VPS hosting of the OFW Foundation
>    collaborative community, as well as production and development applications
>    of Open Food Network software and sys admin support if possible /
>    appropriate; and
>    - $2,000 for developer time to translate and set-up the CollabCo
>    system for our organisation. We will then have a collaborative online space
>    from which to build the Open Food Web Foundation community and projects
>    (see attached explanation).
> We anticipate that the second item would be completed and launched within
> two months. We will prominently acknowledge Linux Australia as a partner on
> the website and provide the link to the Linux user group.
> Thanks to those who have provided guidance and support so far, and we look
> forward to comments and suggestions from others
> Regards,
> Kirsten
> Director, Open Food Web Foundation
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