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Sun 29 Oct 2023 5:02PM

Renew our contract with Adam Jennings and Jason Thenuissen (Wildemont)

JS Jon Schull Public Seen by 127

Proposal for Wildemont Contract Renewal

Introduction

Dear e-NABLE Community,

Three months ago, e-NABLE entered into a strategic partnership with Wildemont, LLC. Proposed engagement with Wildemont (Change Management Partners) | $ (1980 per month with a 6-month renewable contract duration, paid at the start of each quarter.)

Our shared vision was to identify opportunities for

  • More focused community engagement,

  • Additional funding sources in the form of grants and donors, and 

  • Partnerships with like-minded organizations to amplify e-NABLE's global impact. 

The initial phase has ended, and we are preparing to request community approval for a renewal.   Here is a backgrounder, prior to putting the approval up for a vote.    After a one week comments and question period, the community will be invited to vote. 

So now is the time for comments and questions!

Sincerely

Jon Schull and Jeremy Simon, on behalf of the e-NABLE Community Coordination Council.

Review of Original Goals

Our initial engagement with e-NABLE was anchored on three primary objectives:

  • Basecamp Assessment: Goal: Understand e-NABLE's current state, challenges, and opportunities through the Wildemont Basecamp initiative. This involved member interviews, digital platform analysis, and financial reviews.

Outcome: Wildemont successfully completed a baseline assessment of the e-NABLE community, gathering invaluable insights that informed our subsequent interventions. A chapter audit that accurately defines e-NABLE's current landscape and identified opportunities to capitalize on our strengths is underway. 

  • Community Engagement and Partnerships: 

Goal:  Revitalize e-NABLE's community, optimize operational processes, and secure long-term financial sustainability. To this end, Wildemont zeroed in on member engagement, outside partnerships, and fundraising as pivotal avenues for growth and for success even after the Wildemont engagement ends.

Outcome:  Wildemont has identified and recruited community members to lead efforts across a number  initiatives. For example, Occupational Therapist Tainara Bina is now leading monthly meeting.  Wildemont has  also established connections with organizations like US State Assistive Technology programs and other networks internationally that share e-NABLE’s mission:

Makers Making Change: Our alliance is opening doors to diversify our 3D print capabilities and extend our demographic outreach.

Legs4Africa: A forthcoming partnership with the potential to augment our impact through established nonprofit channels in Africa.

Ugani-Prothea: This for-profit collaboration promises to offer an existing infrastructure that could dramatically expand e-NABLE's reach. 

Fundraising Strategy: Jason Theunissen has led our efforts to develop a more robust and sustainable fundraising approach. In the past three months, Wildemont reactivated a dormant four-year grant from the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, and is pursuing additional funding avenues such as the DDORA foundation funding renewal and larger grant opportunities. The Milstein effort secured an annual $5,000 for the next two years and covered the cost of Wildemont’s consulting services for this cycle.  Wildemont is engaged in ongoing outreach and exploration of additional grant and funding opportunities.

The Path Forward: October – December 2023

  • Deepening Stakeholder Engagement: Wildemont plans  to further increase stakeholder (i.e., hub member) engagement through establishment of State “Champions” for Assistive Technology programs, eliciting community talent to assist with the website redesign, and international engagements such as the Ugani partnership. 

  • Expanding Fundraising Efforts: Jason Theunissen will continue to spearhead our fundraising and grant writing campaigns, targeting both US domestic and global opportunities. Current targets include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and rolling grant opportunities through the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

  • Strategic Partnerships: Wildemont will continue to seek partnerships with rehabilitation centers, for-profit tech companies, and nonprofit organizations globally to 1) provide more opportunity for e-NABLE members to work with wider recipient pools, and 2) elevate e-NABLE’s profile as a “network for good”.

  • Project Continuation: Wildemont will continue to support ongoing projects such as  website redesign, testing assistive technology (AT) kits with our state partners, and collecting and sharing storytelling materials with the broader community.

Wildemont’s partnership with e-NABLE over the past three months has been rewarding and impactful. We are confident in the progress we've made and excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. 

We recommend that the e-NABLE approve the renewal of our contract with Wildemont.

SD

Sandra Dermisek Mon 30 Oct 2023 6:48AM

I think it is important that they can go on working. I think they already achieved very nice things and I am looking forward to see what is coming. e-NABLE really needs this in my opinion.

E

ebubar Mon 30 Oct 2023 10:21AM

This all sounds like great work to me. Lots of value for the investment. I need to read the hub closer to see these results!

JS

Poll Created Mon 6 Nov 2023 5:04PM

Renew our contract with Adam Jennings and Jason Thenuissen (Wildemont) Closed Fri 17 Nov 2023 2:45PM

Outcome
by Jon Schull Fri 17 Nov 2023 2:46PM

The motion passes with 22 votes, all in favor!

What are you asking people to do?

VOTE! (except Adam and Jason, who should not vote)

To review, here's how the process works:

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Each proposal should have a voting period of 10 calendar days, with no extensions (unless admins determine that it's appropriate)

There should be no changes to proposals within 48 hours of the closing deadline. That way, If changes are made that people have time to vote, or change their votes if they choose.

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(1) Joined the e-NABLE Hub, and

(2) Introduced self in the e-NABLE Hub

Each of the above activities results in a digital badge being awarded. e-NABLE admins will check to see that these two badges have been obtained at least 10 days before the new membership requests to Loomio are approved.

Calculations for a passing vote

To be approved, each project proposal must receive at least 20 total votes, with at least 80% of the total votes in support of the project. 10% or more Disagree votes would require discussion in a Town Hall meeting.

If you Disagree, say why and what needs to change for you to Agree.

Results

Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 22 JS E JS AT SM RV SD ZK AN ED E WH GR MGM BS DR MB MS JT IR
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 185 EL AB JO S J W ME RB JL AC PB JS AD JP LB TO JS DD T GD

22 of 207 people have participated (10%)

DR

Daniel Robinson
Agree
Mon 6 Nov 2023 5:04PM

I think this arrangement has gotten off to a good start and would like to see how it fairs over a longer period.

TS

Teri Sanor Mon 6 Nov 2023 7:04PM

Hi Jon,

Please remove me from this list since I have not kept up with eNable although continue I do admire your and the group's work.

Best wishes,
Teri

AT

Ashley Turner
Agree
Mon 6 Nov 2023 5:04PM

It sounds like positive progress.

BH

Brent Hollers
Agree
Fri 17 Nov 2023 1:54AM

Sounds like a good idea.

IR

Ian Roy
Agree
Fri 17 Nov 2023 1:54AM

I think the partnerships are an excellent addition to extend the reach of e-nable.

BT

Ben Thacker Fri 17 Nov 2023 12:27AM

Would like to 'Agree' but I'm still getting "You have not been invited to vote in this proposal".