Proclaim: Integrate!

My colleagues and I from ONE/Northwest recently signed onto the Integration Proclamation, a first step towards encouraging funders, software developers and those of us who work with them to invest resources in making tools that play together better.

If you agree that social change activists need tools that assume they’re part of a larger picture, not a world unto themselves, then take 30 seconds and sign

It’s a first step, not a solution.  But solutions start with attention.

2 thoughts on “Proclaim: Integrate!”

  1. “If you agree that social change activists need tools that assume they’re part of a larger picture, not a world unto themselves…”

    The more I learn about what you folks do, the more parallels I see within the library world. As a former software developer, I’m still surprised at how much the library world has cut itself off from the larger software world. Yes libraries are special but their problems are not 100% unique and certainly the solutions are not… but you wouldn’t know it to look at the state of most “library software”.

  2. Ah, you’ve picked up one of my favorite rants!

    Nonprofits, libraries (or really any niche community) all want to think that we’re totally special and that nobody could possibly understand us or adapt generic tools to us, but the reality is that our needs are so much more the same than different.

    That last 10% of difference is really important, and in the 80s and 90s, software wasn’t good enough to accomodate that difference. But now, we have platforms like Plone, Salesforce and others that are getting good enough to cover much wider swaths of the landscape, because they can be radically customized, and make a core assumption that they are part of larger ecosystems.

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