POTLUCK Use Cases
Use Case #1: Organizing Elections and Food
Deidre is a 34 year-old social worker running for city council in her hometown. She understands that the kids in her schools are hungry, they’re eager for change, and it’s important to get relief for them now, not later.
She calls a community meeting with youth, parents and neighbors. Those attending expressed interest in getting Deidre elected, and establishing an urban agriculture operation. The problem is, nobody in the group have experience in running political campaigns or growing food. To get things organized, they vote to form the Citizen Action Network (CAN) with the mission of electing grassroots candidates and feeding families after school.
A few days later, Deidre and a few of her youth sit down in front of Potluck. As a default, Potluck has a Virtual Campaign Manager that customizes a campaign based on the group’s needs. They answer questions about the political goals of the group, how many volunteers and supporters they have, and budget. Potluck automatically calculates a set of workflows that should be manageable for a group of their size and experience.
One of Deidre's strategies is to use the door to door canvassing to support the urban agriculture operation. When one of her volunteers knocks on a door, they’re asked if they are willing to volunteer a section of their backyard for youth to grow their own food. Some homeowners/renters not only say yes, but donate tools and volunteer some hours. Potluck routes this information to the urban agriculture workflows.
Dismissal bell rings at Hometown High School, Alejandro and his friends are interested in working a shift with CAN. They don’t know anything about planting, so they log onto Potluck with their smartphones and watch the YouTube trainings CAN has posted on their workflow. Alejandro earns a Planting Certificate, and Potluck directs him and his friends to a plot near by where others are working that day. While working people are already talking about Deidre’s campaign and share ideas on how to further improve their communities. After working for 2 hours, Alejandro and each of his friends earn a box of fresh vegetables worth $30 at market. It’s a good lesson on how political and economic action can work together.
One goal of Potluck is to make it easy for people to organize instant not-for-profit, sharing-based economies. As people complete servings, their reputation on the platform grows.
But not everyone is volunteering or getting paid in food, right? Some tasks in CAN are paid in cash to a part time staff person:
<Table, some servings marked STAFF>
Like any other non-profit or business, Potluck has a financial system enabled to accept donations, manage a budget, and pay employees. At tax time, CAN spends part of it’s budget paying a tax preparer to file for them. Some tax professionals have setup shop on Potluck!
With effective social and economic organizing, Diedre’s campaign grows quickly. She now has 400 supporters volunteering for her campaign, a new local record! They’re working a diversity of teams and projects from house parties to canvassing and public art:
<House party workflow, canvassing flow, mural work flow, Election Day preparation>
Use Case #2: Subsistence Farming in Ghana
Let’s make it possible for a teenager in Ghana to build a cashew growing operation. Her name is Ajoba, she boots up Potluck on her smartphone and creates a Yard.
Operation Cashew is a Ghana-based non-profit established to help young Ghanaians like Ajoba grow cashew crops. On Potluck’s Marketplace of Ideas, Operation Cashew has posted a series of workflows that teach farmers how to grow cashews and manage their operations. Because they are available for free, Ajoba downloads Operation Cashew’s workflows into her personal Yard:
<Yard with some example tables/servings>
Now Ajoba can begin The Path to Cashew Growing! Each step in these workflows have corresponding video and articles that show Ajoba how to grow cashews, step by step. As she completes these trainings and passes micro examinations, she earns mico certifications from Operation Cashew. If Ajoba decides to seek work on someone else’s cashew farm, she can show certificates of completion for a variety of specific tasks related to her industry, and get to work doing those things.
Trained up, Ajoba gets to preparing the land and planting the crop. Her brothers and sisters sign up to help, so she keeps a ledger of how much work, and as such what share of the harvest everyone earns.
<Ledger/finances. Days worked between brothers and sisters, harvest division.>
The harvest is coming up. Ajoba has diligently followed the workflows on maintaining the crop in terms of weeding, watering, fertilization and side projects she could do to prepare for next season.
Use Case #3: Motorcycle Maintenance
Sam is a retired motorcycle mechanic from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He teaches a couple of mechanics courses at the community college to pass the time. His fiddling on Potluck turned into developing 14 Tables with all the steps you need to complete his 101 mechanics course!
While Ajoba is in the field, her brother Addae, who has learned English, uses the phone to open his own Yard and downloaded Sam’s courses. With this new knowledge, Addae goes right to fixing the two broken motos in his village and earns $50. He used the money to help Ajoba, and pay for bus rides into the nearby market town where he now works as apprentice to a mechanic’s shop there.
Addae is on a good path. Now he has the resources to complete more mechanical and engineering courses and become the most knowledgeable and reliable fixer-upper in town. Soon he plans on using a different set of workflows to run his own small business. Now some of his competitors are logging onto Potluck!
Use Case #4: Block Partyyyy!
Sonia is a community college student with some restless friends. They want to setup the block party to end all block parties, and Potluck helps them get everything organized, quick: