2 Bob's Worth
What's this idea about?
In less than 100 words, what is your idea?:
2 Bob’s Worth will be a website where people and community organisations/NGOs can register small needs they have (or big projects that can be broken down into small tasks) and volunteers can then subscribe/search for small tasks near them that they can devote a small amount of time/money to, and still make a real difference.
Two cents’ worth is a colloquial expression for an individual’s opinion, usually in summary form. In Australia/UK, we'd say 2 bob's worth (a bob being colloquial for an old Oz/UK unit of currency - a shilling). It also has connotation's of a small financial contribution.
What’s really new about your idea?:
2 Bob's Worth encourages people and community organisations/NGOs to think about the small ways we can help each other, and provides a mechanism to reach out to each other in our local communities in an organic way.
It will provide resources to people and community organisations/NGOs to help us think about how big projects can be broken down into small tasks that can be accomplished by a crowd willing to do their two bob's worth, as well as those little things that just need doing to help each other succeed day to day.
Corporate donors could agree to give money to worthy causes based on the number of volunteer hours donated to them, or to send people to do tasks that are listed but haven't been volunteered for in a particular period of time (which the organisation might contract to do the task).
Stage of development
What inspired you to come up with your idea in the first place?:
Attending the Parramatta SI Camp, we were challenged to come up with ideas to use technology to fix a social problem. I was wondering what little thing we could do to help people that wouldn't create a huge ongoing commitment on top of my organisation's other work/philanthropic commitments.
I then thought about the fact that other people also would be looking for small ways they can help out and that most people are happy to give their "2 Bob's Worth" (which also has connotations for a $2 tax deductible donation).
From 1-5, what stage of development would you say your idea is in? - Explain further:
3 - After discussing Two Bob's Worth at the SI Camp meetup, we looked at other existing facilities. One example, www.givenow.com.au, provides an ability to donate online to specific organisations and suggests other ways to give, but is not focused on volunteering, or micro-volunteering in particular, in the same way Two Bob's Worth will offer. It also doesn't provide the organic framework to request help.
We then consulted with a wide range of community organisations to determine their support for the platform and received a very supportive response, subject to ensuring that there is a framework for minimising risk for participants.
We have founded Two Bob's Worth Ltd as a non-profit organisation and have submitted a grant application so that the micro-volunteering platform can be supported by appropriate organisational support, community consultation/promotion and that an appropriate trust/security/risk assessment and framework is put in place.
Alastair MacGibbon, Director at Surete Group and former head of Trust & Safety at eBay Australia & New Zealand and the Australian High Tech Crime Commission, has come on board to assist in the development of an appropriate Trust & Safety framework.
We are looking for designers/developers with experience in modern development languages and techniques to work with us on the project.
It is proposed to release the code of the Two Bob's Worth platform for the public benefit under an Open Source licence.
What can we do for you?
Tell us what we can do for you:
The whole concept behind Two Bob's Worth is to harness the energy and enthusiasm of large numbers of people, to do a little to help out. We would like the project itself to develop in the same way - so that members of the community take responsibility for each doing our 2 Bob's Worth to make it happen.
We have some supporters who can provide hosting and some development and administrative resources, but it needs a community of volunteers to realise the vision for 2 Bob's Worth.
Depending on how the grant application goes, we may also be looking for funding.
Select which are the one or two most important things that you need to help the development of your idea:
Developer - to help you create your software
Funder - to give you some initial cash
If Social Innovation Camp is able to help push your idea forward, do you have the time or desire to take ownership of it?:
Anything else you want to tell us?:
I am a lawyer, technologist, husband and father of 2. I believe that the Internet is an amazing enabler and that the digital divide must be broken down so that people can obtain the benefits of self-education opportunities.
The Internet should be used to empower people to be active in their local communities, as well as global ones, creating and sharing their own news rather than become isolated consumers of mass media.
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