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How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don’t Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don’t Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

Today, when people call something “bureaucratic,” they usually mean that in a negative sense, but bureaucracy didn’t always have this negative connotation. About 100 years ago when many professional bureaucracies were being built, they were seen as a means of bringing quality control, predictability, and integrity to…

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What is “Municipalism”?

What is “Municipalism”?

The definition of “municipalism” is still up for grabs. If you Google the word you’ll be given a snippet from Wikipedia about “libertarian municipalism”,  a compelling but very specific utopian political philosophy of Murray Bookchin. Surely “municipalism” can and should mean something more. Over the last fifty years, the percentage of people around the…

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Cryptocurrency Can Shift the Balance of Power Between Cities, States and Nations

Cryptocurrency Can Shift the Balance of Power Between Cities, States and Nations

One of the most powerful tools of a modern nation is its central bank’s ability to create money “out of thin air.” Nations can use this new money to purchase their own nation’s debt in the form of treasury bills, bonds and notes, allowing it to spend more…

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Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services

Immediately after a disaster, information managers collect information about who is doing what, where, and turn it into “3W Reports.” While some groups have custom software for collecting this information, the most popular software tool for this work is the spreadsheet. Indeed, the spreadsheet is…

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Open Data for the Collaborative Economy

Open Data for the Collaborative Economy

The collaborative sector is growing in New York City and around the world. More support, including funds from the New York City Council to promote cooperative development, means new opportunities for entrants into the new economy — an economy that promotes social justice, workplace democracy,…

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Sarapis Supports the NYCLTRC

Sarapis Supports the NYCLTRC

All five of the borough-based Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) that emerged in response to Superstorm Sandy (2012) have come together to form the New York City Long Term Recovery Coalition.  We’ve brought a global team of FLO software developers to together to support them. Check out NYC:Prepared. We’re…

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NYC:Prepared’s Human Services Data Initiative

NYC:Prepared’s Human Services Data Initiative

This post originally appeared on the NYC:Prepared blog New York City has over 8 million residents and over ten thousands 501(c)(3) nonprofits providing a vast variety of services to the public. After Sandy, the need for these “human services” has expanded dramatically. Problem If you…

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What is “Data Preparedness”?

What is “Data Preparedness”?

This post originally appeared on the NYC:Prepared blog. One of the main goals of disaster preparedness work is to simplify and support decision-making processes before, during and after an emergency situation. One way to do this is to make sure high quality, up-to-date information is…

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Solutions for VOADs

Solutions for VOADs

This post is an updated version of the previous post entitled FLO Disaster Relief Software – Recommendations for NVOAD.  It was originally posted on the NYC:Prepared website. Nine months ago, I attended the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters Convening in Elizabeth, NJ. It was…

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FLO Disaster Relief Software – Recommendations for NVOAD

FLO Disaster Relief Software – Recommendations for NVOAD

Three and a half months ago, I attended the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) Convening in Elizabeth, NJ. It was a fantastic event in which people from over 50 nonprofit, mostly religious, organizations came together to network, troubleshoot the ways they were providing…

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