Self-determination about your own data gives you more! Change will come.

We have to admit, our workfield is very divers, while we have one project running in Vientiane – Laos, our other project had a kick-off in Bogota Colombia. At the same time.

Nevertheless we had some time to have some great chats via our Nextcloud integrated chatapp Talk to talk about our projects and to support our clients based in the Netherlands. Our devop guy in Atlanta worked well and had probably the hardest task to deal with GMT -6 vs. GMT + 7 etc.

We came, one in Laos, one in Colombia and our 3d partner in Haarlem, working on the different projects, to a powerful conclusion, when organisations have the ability to work with their own data it gives them so much more power in their mission. Luckily society driven programs like CiviCRM and Consul, where we work with in all our projects, do give these enhancements in optimum.

What has to change for mission driven organisations? Like political parties and charity organisations?

We presented via our Twitter channel already a very interesting interview with Professor Shoshana Zuboff concerning the rise of the new digital powers, and in many topics related to our work-field she is so right! Why should you give your OWN data into the hands of NOT YOURSELF? When you have the chance to read the latest from Shoshana Zuboff, please do, it is mind-blowing.

And with not yourself you can imagine in whom would love to have your data. Even very much respectable human rights organisations are using Google while at the same time protesting against it. Is this the famous catch 22? Or is it morely a lack of trust in your own people, or what they are able to work on, besides managing contracts?

Surely you can use the products of the big corporations, even to outsource your own mission. But does it comply with your own mission ethically? And… are costs a driver for your organisation? Please be aware that Open Source is not only ch aper at the beginning, because the software is so-called free, but at the end you and your organisations are better off, independent without a vendor lockin and much more in line with your own organisation or business management

In the meantime we will continue our work with independent Open Source software like CiviCRM and Consul, and we strongly belief, change will come!


Free but a hassle

Recently we facilitated a workshop at CiviCamp Brussels and, we received a lot of feedback on CiviCRM!

A reoccurring complaint was that CiviCRM didn't work properly, and after questioning, we found out that people struggled with keeping their system and procedures up to date. We encounter these types of problems more with open source software implementations.

On the system level: because Civi is FOSS user often just got the software installed by an administrator and started working with it. This is good, a quick-start and learn, but not without risks. Often, the organisation applying for Civi didn't calculated in maintenance cost and or appointed a person responsible to keep the system fresh.

On procedure level: because the cost of running an open source CRM system is relatively low, the decision of implementation is quickly done and not guided by an expert on the process level. How do you keep your data input clean? How do you divide your different constituents in user types? How do you prevent duplicates and generate full record?

At we can help you not only with system and procedural levels but also with hosting.

The benefit of open source with the comfort of a service


The strength of Open Source Technology in Elections

International IDEA published a very useful raport The Use of Open Source Technology in Elections highlighting the benefits of using open source technologie. The nature of open source could contribute to increased transparency in the electoral process and consequently greater trust in the election process and its results.

Open Source = Trust


Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse Online

It is wonderful to read in our favorite magazine Wired how the sub-reddit ChangeMyView showcases as an example as Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse Online. Especially because ChangeMyView founder Kal Turnbull was one of our selected speaker at the 2017 session of Innovating Democracy

We love experimenting

Welcome to our new site it is not quite finished yet but it is never to early to start. For the nerds: this website started as a experiment our front-end (theme) is based on Foxhound.

The React-based theme is the first to use the REST API endpoints included in WordPress 4.7. So a java script front-end with a WordPress .php back-end that will say quicker load with less bloat. Normally with a php theme all the front-end page loading will be done on the site server. With a java script front-end all the front-end page loading will be done on your machine side, which results in a quicker page load.