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 globe living in urban areas has increased from 30% to […]

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 than it earns in taxes and other income. If a […]

Introducing the Internet of Ownership Project Council

The social movements of the last decade demand democracy beyond the ballot box. If we want a more democratic society, we must model transparency, collaboration and collective decision-making in our own organizations, projects and networks. We are chartering the Internet of Ownership Project Council (IOPC) to create a democratic space for people working on concrete […]

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 still the “lingua franca” of the humanitarian aid community, which […]

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 focused on supporting communities that organize themselves to be more […]

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 dial “211” almost anywhere in America, you will be connected […]

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 available in an accessible format to a wide range of […]

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 a fantastic event in which people from over 50 nonprofit, […]

Sandy, Sahana and Sarapis

When “Superstorm Sandy” hit New York City on October 30th, dozens of relief organizations, hundreds of grassroots groups and thousands of people mobilized to provide aids to those most affected. The challenge of coordinating such a relief effort was felt by everyone involved. How do you keep track of who has what resources, who is […]

FLOing the Nonprofit Sector

Information technology is transforming civil society, but into what? There are many people in the nonprofit world who want to see organizations define success metrics and pursue them with the same intensity that corporations pursue profits. This approach is advocated by some of the world’s largest foundations and is being hailed as a major step […]