OSI as a foundation serving underserved
Purpose: OSI to serve as a conduit in making Open Space Technology expertise more easily accessible to underserved people in US and abroad.
Here's how it might work: OSI would be the conduit between these parties: 1) OS practitioner who has identified a group that desires practitioner's services 2) The underserved group desiring training or assistance in using Open Space Technology 3) Individuals, a foundation or some other funder that prefers to work with a nonprofit 501c3 organization.
OSI could be contacted by any one of the three different parties mentioned above to initiate a partnership or activity.
OSI's would refrain from initiating any partnerships. OSI would simply invite people from the three different groups above, using various means such as list serves, explanation on the website, simple brochure? to contact us should our services as a conduit be helpful.
Services OSI provides would be outlined in a letter of agreement signed by the three parties.
imagining several levels of funding support passthrough possible
some distinctions that seem helpful...
i think the first three are much more easily supported because there is no direct compensation involved to the practitioner. only covering of direct expenses. i think number 4 is most complicated because of the way it straddles the payment fence. 5 and 6 seem easier to justify, but because of the compensation part, it would require relatively more scrutiny for conflicts of interest and overpayments. cases 4, 5 and 6 probably work best if the money/grant would be made to the local host organization and let them pay the practitioner for fees/expenses as they choose. optoins 1,2 aND 3 seem simple enough to pay the practitioner directly, as there is already a market price set for direct expenses.
for reference, i think david smith's project was probably a 2. what i'm proposing in nepal is most likely a 1. my guess is that the "peace corp" or what i might start calling "space corps" would be operating various projects in the 1, 2, and 3 levels.