We are very pleased to announce that Sandra Velthuis of Whitebarn Consulting has become the first Global Value Exchange user to accumulate over 500 points. Since the Points & Prizes initiative was launched in March 2014, Sandra has made 23 comments, rated 23 entries, and added 7 outcomes, 9 indicators and 10 valuations.
Sandra was able to add her entries to the GVE on the back of her recent work with Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups in Dublin, Ireland. She produced a SROI report that was assured this Spring. The report is referenced in all of her entries and you can read it in full by following this link: http://www.whitebarn.info/u/cms/CCVG_SROI_report_fv_120214.pdf
Ben Carpenter, who manages the GVE, was full of praise for Sandra: “We are really pleased with all of Sandra’s contributions. The entries she uploaded are a great addition and we hope other users will benefit from them in the future. Just as useful to us were the comments Sandra made. These provide excellent feedback which enables us to develop and continuously improve the resource.”
Sandra was able to upload all of her data quickly and easily by contacting us for a Bulk Data Upload Sheet. Sandra will be given a free year’s membership to the SROI Network as a reward for scoring over 500 points. Other prizes for users are half-rate membership and extra discount on SROI training courses.
Sandra was thrilled to be informed of the free membership and said: “I had been a bit frustrated trying to use WikiVOIS, which was the precursor to GVE, and was pleased to find out that it was being improved. I am a great believer in sharing. The issues that we are all working on are too important and too complex for resources to be wasted and for potential solutions to be concealed. I therefore felt that uploading my data to the GVE was the right and proper thing to do. I also liked the gamification approach that was being used (‘points make prizes’). The site is still developing, but Ben’s passion about making it work and his helpful manner in resolving teething problems greatly eased the task.”
We encourage anyone with useful data languishing on computers and in filing cabinets to have a go at uploading these on the GVE (and collect points along the way!). Remember: the GVE is a collaborative process and we want users to take ownership of the site and make it their own.