Call for Participants: Offer Need Machine (ONM)

Submission Deadline: Monday, May 30th, 2022


ONM is short for Offer Need Machine – a digital tool to assist creatives in rethinking peer and networked support to increase prosperity. Learn more at our website

We’re looking for artists, designers, crafters and arts-focused professionals to assist us in designing an online mutual aid platform. Your insights will help further our research and prototyping work for ONM. We’ll be holding co-design and user testing sessions in June 2022, and we’re looking for individuals to participate in: 1:1 meetings, an online group session, or an in-person group session (Ottawa area). An honorarium will be paid to all participants.

We are looking for people from across Canada with all levels of experience, from all disciplines, with unique points of view. If you, or others in your network, are interested to participate, please fill out this short form by Monday, May 30, 2022.


The Offer Need Machine (ONM) is a digital platform in-the-making that aims to amplify the culture of generosity that already exists in local, discipline-based communities of creatives.

ONM allows creatives (artists, designers, crafters, arts-focused professionals) to offer their expertise with the intention of supporting another creative through an initial offering of a “one-hour gift”. Once they have gifted an hour of interaction, they can then rely on other creatives in the network to be accountable to their needs. The exchanges are not meant to be transactional, but more fluid and organic according to expectations set together within each encounter. As determined by examples from emergency and ad hoc mentoring systems created in response to COVID-19, a short time frame of mentoring from one expert to another can go a long way to improving their chances of expanding their abilities. What makes ONM distinctive is the care protocols built into its infrastructure, which establishes certain value-based rules of engagement, while creating possibilities for new types of interaction and potential long term networks to emerge.

The vision for ONM is to make space for creatives to advocate for and bolster their value as creative workers. We want to counter big tech monopolization to explore social technologies governed by the people that use and shape the platform. Leveraging solidarity and gift economy principles, we hope to explore how terms of engagement, software, and code can encourage respectful, considerate communication, as well as self and community care through giving. This is an oppositional proposal to the explicit quid pro quo exchanges of marketplace environments.


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