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ConceptDescriptionFunding ModelOrg CapacityFunding LevelFunding Timeline
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Enterprise-level employee trainingIf P2PU is able to make a move into employee training or establishes relationships with companies that want to provide learning/connection opportunities for customers (like hotels), developing a commercial/enterprise version of their complementary products could be a worthwhile project. Commercial LicensingPrepared$60,000/yr (4 employers at $15,000/yr)Within 1 year
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Community engagement training & toolsLibraries are struggling to transition to a new model which requires them to make people more aware of what they do and what resources they offer. Rather than doing traditional "marketing," P2PU can show them how to authentically engage with their community.ConsultingInitialTBD (potentially high)Within 6 months
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Community college partnershipInvestigate US Dept of Ed funding for non-accredited partners of community colleges; in this sense we could bestow credit through formally partnering with a higher ed institution who wants to lessen load on teachers/offer courses they aren't qualified to teach etc.Dislocated revenueUnpreparedHighAfter 1 year
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Sell P2PU gearP2PU has an opportunity to sell complementary items, like branded clothing and gear, to facilitators that are proud to be a part of the P2PU community. In the future, when more learners are aware of the P2PU brand, they could become a much bigger market for these items.Shifted revenueDefinedLow (Higher with greater awareness from entire ecosystem)Within 3 months
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Sell physical facilitator kits, while sharing template openlyP2PU could emulate Cards Against Humanity and provide complementary tools for free online, but charge for professionally-produced versions.Shifted revenuePrepared10-15% marginWithin 6 months
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Facilitator Onboarding/TrainingP2PU can offere a more tiered network of training sessions for facilitators (face to face, asynch, etc) to get them prepared for the facilitator-participant dynamicSupportInitial$5000/customerWithin 3 months
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CiaB Graduate School Projects1-1, or cohort based, ending up with a series of new open courses. Charge universities for our support.ConsultingPreparedTBDAfter 1 year
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Guide to co-constructed evaluation and impact assessmentAn advanced version of facilitator training that would help facilitators to learn how to develop co-constructed approaches to evaluation with their learners.ConsultingPreparedTBD (lower end)Within 6 months
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Report generation/learning expertiseOne way that may make sense is offering organizations a report package - maybe based on both quantative data and qualitative dataConsultingInitialMediumAfter 1 year
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Direct support from employersRun learning circles in topics that local employers are demanding in exchange for financial support for the learning circleDislocated revenuePrepared$25000+Within 1 year
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Web tool cost recoveryP2PU could implement a web tool cost recovery scheme. To guarantee access to organizations without means to pay, they could create an option for organizations to apply for exemption.Paid features/freemiumPreparedLowWithin 3 months
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"Donate" button at the end of the email when creating a learning circleP2PU already makes it easy for both organizations and individuals to support them by providing a donation page on their website. Highlighting it more frequently with a "pay-what-you-can" ask to members of the ecosystem might bear some fruit, though if the average size of the donation is too small, it may be more trouble than it's worth.ReciprocityInitialLow (Higher with greater awareness from entire ecosystem)Immediate
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Ambassador ProgramP2PU can create a more explicit "ladder of engagement" and offer incentives to people that reach the highest level to act as ambassadors that embed and spread learning circles in their community. Orgs pay to support an ambassadorThird-party fundingInitialWithin 1 year
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Develop custom/integrated landing pages websitesP2PU could create customer landing pages for customers that want their own online spaces for their learners, to show their robust learning circle programs.White-labelingPrepared$2000/customerWithin 6 months
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CiaB Consulting w/ companies, schools (sponsored OER)1-1, or cohort based, ending up with a series of new open courses. Charge consulting rate like Pittsburgh. P2PU could sell sponsorships of its open materials, allowing organizations to reach its community. P2PU could license the materials in such a way that sponsorships must be removed for altered versions.ConsultingPreparedTBDAfter 1 year
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CiaB Research Dissemination1-1, or cohort based, ending up with a series of new open courses. Advocate for IMLS, NSF, etc to recommend us as a dissemination strategy in grants and then have people allocate grant funds to us.ConsultingPreparedTBDAfter 1 year
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CBO MembershipsP2PU could create a membership option for community-based organizations that want to get more out of Learning Circles and contribute to their continued development. Benefits could include network facilitation, optimization tips, etc.SupportPrepared$5000/year/CBOWithin 6 months
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Integrate API into MOOC platforms/other org websitesCharging MOOC platforms to integrate the P2PU API into their websites to allow people to self-organize learning circles around their contentCommercial LicensingInitialTBD (potentially substantial at low cost to P2PU)Within 1 year
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Participatory learning community trainingExpand facilitator training workshop to reflect wider goal of participatory learning/alternative educationConsultingInitialLowWithin 3 months
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Improved Dashboard "Adopt a Feature"P2PU can conduct human-centered design research to determine what features would make the dashboard indispensible to organizers and facilitators and then charge for certain featuresPaid features/freemiumInitialWithin 6 months
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Local Learning Goals ReportProvide a library or CBO a detailed list of the topics or learning goals of most interest in a designated local area. This could be organized through partnership with large local businesses (grocery store clerks posting q method bullitin or asking every customer what they would want to learn), and through detailed analyse of books checked-out, content accessed, searched terms. Pair learning goals with freely available learning content or proposal to develop localized contentShifted revenuePrepared$4000/reportWithin 1 year
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Local Development Leaders/ PD for facilitator communitiesWork with a network of volunteers, americorps members, or senior citizens, service learning students, veterans. These networks could be a new group of facilitators, or work with the libraries to embed more deeply within the communitySupportPreparedMain benefit in lead generationWithin 1 year
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Course adaptationMany online courses are simply the content from university-style courses posted on the internet. P2PU doesn't believe in this model of learning and it often doesn't fit with learning circle practices, so CBOs need help adapting the content to run the course as a learning circle.SupportInitialWithin 6 months
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Paid FacilitatorLocal municipalities or foundations who fund local libraries already choose to pay facilitators a nominal fee to run learning circle with a minimum of 5 individuals. P2PU receive small percent of each fee for hosting online registration system, facilitator ranking system, and facilitator support, and also manages the transaction between p2pu and facilitatorBrokerageUnprepared$500-5,000/yrAfter 1 year
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Learning circle promotion templates and toolsA productized version of the Course Promotion training and tools, including templates, guides, and more.Paid features/freemiumUnprepared$1000/customer?After 1 year
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Specific project-based advocacy workUse P2PU as format to pass participatory budget, make local decisions, inform electorate, propose change to government etcConsultingPreparedLowWithin 1 year
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Peer Learning Physical Space DesignLibraries are looking to move towards a larger community connected and peer learning model of learning. As they adapt their programs to meet this interest, libraries who are renovating or building new libraries are interested to speak with experts who could lead the design of physical space like no other that are most ideal for peer learning activities. P2PU could work with design experts to design the space, and/or coordinate community consultation phase to aid the architects with their designConsultingUnprepared$2000/project?Within 1 year
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Annual crowdfunding campaignAs P2PU builds awareness among both facilitators and learners, they could launch an annual crowdfunding campaign to cover resources devoted to maintaining free and open materials and the community.ReciprocityPreparedLow (Higher with greater awareness from entire ecosystem)Within 1 year
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Guided course selection and planningGiven how many courses are available online now, discovery and evaluation is a real challenge for facilitators and organizers. The core team currently does some of this, and the community also shares courses that have worked well on an ad hoc basis. To assist in the development of specific learning circle programs, the team could help select and plan the course schedule.SupportInitial$2000/CBOWithin 3 months
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Library transformation consultingIn the digital age, libraries are transitioning from their traditional roles to a new kind of community meeting and making space. They are also taking a more active role in education than ever before, but many don't know how to manage this change. P2PU can provide consulting services to libraries that have decided to embrace the change that is facing them.ConsultingInitialTBD (potentially high)Within 6 months
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Subscription for early access to new materials To balance its commitment to open and free information with the need to support the development of that information, P2PU could offer subscriber early access to new materials before they are released to the public for free.ReciprocityPrepared$50-100 per institution per monthWithin 3 months
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