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

Kirsten Larsen kirsten at eaterprises.com.au
Sun Apr 14 17:57:52 EST 2013


Thanks for your response. While I certainly can't guarantee the
organisation won't have challenges, our biggest problem at the moment is
coordinating all the people who want to help rather than a shortage! The
organisation was founded in October last year so we've actually just
survived our first six months :)

We're putting a lot of effort into getting the foundations right as we're
seriously committed to this. You can find some further information on the
Board we have established here (http://openfoodweb.org/foundation/about-us/).
We have also now been accepted as a registered Australian Tax Concession
Charity, which opens up a range of funding options. We are pursuing a
number of other funding options as well (including crowd-funding and
memberships), but are conscious of really needing a clear online community
to direct interested people to and get them involved. Our strategy is
volunteers and professional / paid development to get established and we
are working on all of this.

Thanks again -

On 11 April 2013 10:18, Nathan Bailey <nathan.bailey at monash.edu> wrote:

> 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,
> Nathan
> 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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