There are two dominant patterns these days for e-NABLE volunteers and recipients to find each other. These two patterns — the mostly local and the mostly global patterns — reinforce and (soon, hopefully) complement each other.
The mostly local pattern
- An individual or a chapters develops a reputation
- A recipient contacts them
- The individual or chapter members develop a solution
- The recipient receives the device — and the equally important goodwill
- Chapters and local media celebrate the event, thus spreading the chapter’s reputation (and e-NABLE’s)
The mostly global (and emerging) pattern
- Prospective recipients and volunteers register with e-NABLE Web Central, identifying their needs and offerings
- Recipients use the site to find volunteers eager to help
- Volunteers use the site to to find recipient cases in need of their skills
- A team of volunteers plus recipient coalesces
- They use the site to select, customize, fabricate, and track a device
- They get the job done and (soon, I believe), make pictures and follow-up data visible through the site
The creators of e-NABLE Web Central (long-time e-NABLE volunteer Jeremy Simon and Aleks Jones, partners at 3D Universe) are adding chapter and case-management features to e-NABLE Web Central on a near-weekly basis — so that may be helpful in supporting chapters’ matching ability. And even if chapters do their own matching, it would be great for all of us if they uploaded data about their cases to the e-NABLE Web Central so we can begin assessing impact and improving our devices and services based up on feedback.
——————-This article is an original e-NABLE Newsletter publication——————-