Narrative Futures is a series of different future scenarios created to spark inspiration on how we can shape the digital future in a collaborative, sustainable and equal way. We set out to break with current narratives that are introduced by Big Tech. Our goal is to reclaim digital infrastructure in the public interest – and start a conversation about how get there. Each starts with a potential future (🚀) and the current problem. (📌)
“Groundbreaking approach brings an end to the subscription trap”
Challenges civil society organizations face are:
- A lack of expertise and strategy development when it comes to selecting the right digital tools and infrastructure.
- Deployment and maintenance of self-hosted, open-source infrastructure requires expertise and dedicated staff that organizations lack.
- Open-source infrastructure lacks usability.
- Commercial subscription models lead to dependence and vendor lock-in. While the subscription models are convenient at first, with a growing community and change of subscription modalities the price can suddenly blow the budget.
- To help grantees avoid the subscription trap, funders emphasize the relevance of far-sighted tech infrastructure choices by issuing additional budgets for digital infrastructure and allowing grantees to maintain them beyond the scope of the project itself.
- Funders provide strategic support for digital transformation with a focus on interoperable, open-source infrastructures that foster independence and resilience.
- To improve the usability of open-source tools, funders might support interoperable, open-source infrastructure and add a budget line dedicated to usability tests and security audits.