Volition - Empowering Everyday Decision-Makers

By Erika Butters

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Volition - Empowering Everyday Decision-Makers

Project 2024-04-11 09:59:27 +1200

What’s the problem? Why is this important?

Making your own decisions - sometimes called self-determination - is a universal human right. This means it’s a power or privilege that is equally held by all people. 

But not all Kiwis get to enjoy this right. 5% of our population have cognitive impairments, neurodiversity, or affected decision making capacity. Many more have physical disabilities. Every day they may have decisions made for them instead of by them. They're often  put in the passenger seat of their own lives. 

When they do get to make their own decisions, disabled people often need to repeat themselves to their supporters over and over again.

It isn’t easy being a supporter either. One in ten Kiwis is an unpaid carer, and they collectively provide millions of hours of care each week. They have a lifetime of knowledge and insight about their loved one stuck in their heads. Many supporters are exhausted  and can become locked into a caring dependency, because no one else knows how to support their loved one. 

Our support workforce that is paid has a 36% turnover rate - that’s more than double the general average. This means that support workers often step into sensitive and critical support arrangements they are uninformed about and unprepared for.

If you're part of our community - you'll know these frustrations first hand. 

If you're new to this conversation - consider this is a quick introduction into just how disabling societal attitudes and systems can be. 

 

Our solution - Volition

We've built an accessible app that's a digital preference bank and a personal database in your pocket. Volition gives Decision Makers and their Supporters a smart and simple tool to collaborate in decision making and care, with confidence. 

Users can take notes, pictures, videos, or record audio of what they like and how they want to receive support. Then they can choose what information they share and who they share it with. One parent we talked to said “I couldn’t count the number of times I said or thought ‘I should be recording this.’" Using Volition, now they can.

Now, Decision Makers can have self-determination and dignity, and they don’t need to repeat themselves over and over again. 

Agencies, and the support staff they employ, can learn about the people they support before they meet them and receive valuable feedback directly. One COO of a NZ disability service provider told us “any Provider would be crazy to say no to a succinct way of tracking…the user’s voice.” We agree.

Parents and unpaid carers can get peace of mind and have a rest, because now others can step in and care. 

 

Do you need to pay to use Volition?

It's important to us that every Decision Maker can use Volition. That's why our starter plan is 100% free to use. On the starter plan Decision Makers can choose one Supporter to collaborate with, and get started recording what's important to them. To unlock unlimited Supporters and a lot more storage for your preferences, you can upgrade to premium for just $10 a month. The income we get from premium subscriptions is what will power our Social Enterprise, and help us keep our starter plan free to use. Check out the discounted premium subscriptions on offer in our rewards.


How we’ll use the PledgeMe money

We need $40,000 to help us launch Volition across Aotearoa.

We’ve been prototyping, testing and building this app for the last eighteen months. So far we’ve used our own money and time, and we’ve gratefully received a $30,000 grant from the JR McKenzie Trust because they think what we are doing is pretty cool. But we’re not quite finished yet, and we need more funding. 

We'll use the money from this PledgeMe campaign to pay for smart software developers to finish building the app. Your pledges will help to make sure that the app is accessible, secure, and easy to use.

Stretch goals (because we like to think big!)

We have some stretch goals too. If we pass our PledgeMe target, we’ll be able to build even more features into the app. 

If we pass $55,000: 

We’ll build an additional module for non-verbal expressions of preference. This module will capture, catalogue and analyse behaviours. Supporters can use this feature to build a body of evidence about what the Decision Maker they support is communicating.

If we pass $70,000:

We will partner with Understandable to build a module for digital Advanced Care Planning.

If we pass $90,000:

We’ll build a smart record comparable to a digital Health Passport. No more crumpled pieces of paper in wallets or, worse, left at home instead of in your pocket when they are actually needed.


The rewards on offer

We’ve got lots of ways to thank and reward you for your pledge, no matter what your budget is. Here are some details about them:

Premium App Access

  • Early Bird - 50% off a 1 year Premium Volition subscription
  • Discount- 30% off a 1 year Premium Volition subscription
  • A lifetime subscription to Volition Premium for the price of 5 years


Merchandise and cool stuff - cost includes postage where relevant

  • Decision Maker badges
  • A voucher for $25 towards your next purchase from our friends at Change Maker
  • Decision Maker T-shirts, as featured in our campaign video
  • A custom ‘Volition style’ illustration of you by our artist Emily Reiri. You upload a photo and we’ll turn it into art!
  • Tickets to our launch party in Wellington (make your own way there)


Kudos and Partnerships

  • Your name featured on Volition.org.nz as a backer
  • Community Partnerships - placement of your logo on our website and in our social media, quarterly impact reporting, and a badge for your website too. Ask us for our Partnerships Prospectus.
  • Champion Partnerships - everything that a Community Partner has, but more. Ask us for our Partnerships Prospectus.


Education

  • A two hour virtual workshop facilitated by Volition Founder Erika on the what and how of Supported Decision Making and Volition for your team (up to 50 participants)
  • A half-day workshop facilitated by Volition Founder Erika at your place on the what and how of Supported Decision Making and Volition for your team (up to 40 participants)

 

How we will get you your rewards?

When you make a pledge, PledgeMe will collect the information about how to contact you and what type of reward you want. 

When our campaign finishes and we reach our target, we’ll be in touch to confirm the final details for your reward. This may be details about what size or colour T-shirt you want, or which photo you want turned into art, or something else. After we have all the details, we'll send you the goods! This is our fulfillment timeline:

  • Premium App Access - you’ll be the first to know when we launch later this year. We're aiming to launch in the spring (by the end of September). 
  • Merchandise - received by you no later than Monday 12th August (but we think it will be a lot sooner).
  • Kudos and Partnerships - we’ll get started on this straight away, with backers and Partner agreements in place within July 2024.
  • Education - we’ll schedule these workshops over the next 12 months. We can host up to four virtual workshops and one on-site workshop per month. This will be on a first come, first served basis through a booking link distributed after the campaign closes.
  • Experiences - our launch party will happen when the app is ready. We're aiming to launch by the end of September.


Who are we?

We’re a lean but growing team. 

Volition was founded by Erika Butters. Before this Erika worked as the Director of The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust - a disability rights and advocacy NGO. Erika’s a subject matter expert and educator on Supported Decision Making.

Neville Pugh is the Chief Advisor of Volition. Neville is a serial Entrepreneur (you may have even seen him and Change Maker here on PledgeMe before!). He’s a member of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association and People First. 

Fun fact: Erika and Neville went to Kapiti College together.

On the left Erika and Neville smile at a school dance in 2002. On the right Erika and Neville smile for the camera in 2023.

The shoutout list for our team continues to grow. A massive thank you to Better Day Productions for our awesome video, I.Lead for some of our video talent, and to the team of passionate volunteers that have come together to make this project happen - check them all out on our website. 

 

Thanks for reading this far! We are energised by the wonderful feedback we have already received from the disability community in Aotearoa. But our networks alone are not enough to reach our goals. 


PledgeMe is an all-or-nothing platform. If we don’t reach our target, we won’t receive any funds. So, after you donate, please share the campaign far and wide with your friends and colleagues. Also, be sure to follow and like our social media pages. Together, we can create a new and empowering future for all disabled Kiwis.

Comments

Updates 3

Less than 2 weeks to go!

18/06/2024 at 2:00 PM

We are so enthusiastic about the support we have already recieved for this campaign. Recently the number of pledges each day has been increasing! That is really encouraging. We are optimistic that we can make this happen.

Recently we have had some conversations with a few larger organisations that are interested in possibly partnering with us, and that is really exciting! Hopefully the support we are recieving in person will continue to translate into pledges. 

This little video is a demonstration of our plans for the Volition app. This is just a prototype, but it gives you an idea of how the profiles and preference selection will likely work. Although this project is about an app, ultimately it is about people. It is about preserving dignity and self determination. It is about accessible communication and seemless coordination. Thank you for your part in helping to break down barriers.

 

A side note about overseas pledges: If you would like one of our rewards, such as a t-shirt, and the required address format doesn't work for your country, just do the best you can. We will be sure to contact you and confirm any shipping information before sending anything, so don't stress. We have to be fully funded to send out rewards though, so be sure to share with your friends. We want to get you that shirt! 

And we're past 10%!

10/06/2024 at 4:18 PM

Thanks to you, we've made it past 10%!!!

 

Carlton from Fresh Prince dancing on screen that says "Woohoo, thank you!!"

We're looking forward to doing a whole lot more happy dancing as we reach our next targets.

If you have any questions - just flick us an email or call us. We always love conecting with people who share our vision.

And of course, please continue to share the campaign far and wide.

We're 5% there!

03/06/2024 at 7:54 PM

We launched on a Saturday of a long weekend...

...and we still managed to get 5% of our target pledged within the first 12 hours!

A gif of Simon Cowell saying "A brilliant Start"

Thanks so much to everyone for helping us start strong - you put the crowd in crowdfunding :)

But we still have a long way ahead of us. Please continue to share far and wide with your networks, and let's smash out the next couple of weeks.

    Pledgers 79

    Loren Savage
    20/06/2024 at 7:30am
    Claire Heffernan
    19/06/2024 at 3:18pm
    Claire Heffernan
    19/06/2024 at 12:24pm
    Brittany Bennenbroek
    19/06/2024 at 12:18pm

    "What an excellent concept - I'm so excited to see this succeed."

    Roberta Francis
    18/06/2024 at 8:26pm
    Kevin Derwin
    18/06/2024 at 2:42pm
    Sue Hobbs
    18/06/2024 at 1:09pm
    esther
    18/06/2024 at 12:27pm

    "Really excited for your launch!"

    Anonymous pledger
    17/06/2024 at 6:10pm
    Camille Hunt
    17/06/2024 at 3:47pm

    "Go Volition!"

    Karleigh-Jayne Jones
    17/06/2024 at 3:28pm

    "Awesome. "

    Anonymous pledger
    17/06/2024 at 3:27pm

    "Best of luck, a great idea"

    Rochelle
    17/06/2024 at 10:23am
    Anonymous pledger
    15/06/2024 at 1:52pm

    "T shirt size xl"

    Anonymous pledger
    15/06/2024 at 1:25pm

    "On behalf of Karen Halversen"

    benita douglas
    14/06/2024 at 7:29pm

    "Heard of your fab work on manawanui live "

    Geof Shirtcliffe
    14/06/2024 at 4:07pm

    "Great initiative. Kia kaha!"

    Erin Thomas
    14/06/2024 at 1:22pm
    Puanani Strother
    14/06/2024 at 10:34am

    "I hope that the campaign goes well. All the best everyone."

    Melanie McGrath
    14/06/2024 at 10:01am
    Anonymous pledger
    13/06/2024 at 9:15pm
    Julian Hennel
    13/06/2024 at 4:06pm
    Carika
    13/06/2024 at 9:20am

    "Loved your presentation at Manawanui’s conference. Really hope you reach your pledge goal! Keep up the good work! "

    Nicole Retter
    12/06/2024 at 11:18pm

    "You’ve got this Erika!!!!"

    Sara Hillier-jones
    12/06/2024 at 12:11pm

    "Great idea, it deserves to suceed. Good luck!"

    Anonymous pledger
    12/06/2024 at 1:16am
    Anonymous pledger
    12/06/2024 at 1:14am
    Anonymous pledger
    12/06/2024 at 1:13am
    Kath Parrish
    11/06/2024 at 7:59pm

    "Great idea - giving everyone more choice and control! "

    Michelle Isaac
    11/06/2024 at 1:20pm

    Followers

    Followers of Volition - Empowering Everyday Decision-Makers

    Volition - Empowering Everyday Decision-Makers

    Project 2024-04-11 09:59:27 +1200

    What’s the problem? Why is this important?

    Making your own decisions - sometimes called self-determination - is a universal human right. This means it’s a power or privilege that is equally held by all people. 

    But not all Kiwis get to enjoy this right. 5% of our population have cognitive impairments, neurodiversity, or affected decision making capacity. Many more have physical disabilities. Every day they may have decisions made for them instead of by them. They're often  put in the passenger seat of their own lives. 

    When they do get to make their own decisions, disabled people often need to repeat themselves to their supporters over and over again.

    It isn’t easy being a supporter either. One in ten Kiwis is an unpaid carer, and they collectively provide millions of hours of care each week. They have a lifetime of knowledge and insight about their loved one stuck in their heads. Many supporters are exhausted  and can become locked into a caring dependency, because no one else knows how to support their loved one. 

    Our support workforce that is paid has a 36% turnover rate - that’s more than double the general average. This means that support workers often step into sensitive and critical support arrangements they are uninformed about and unprepared for.

    If you're part of our community - you'll know these frustrations first hand. 

    If you're new to this conversation - consider this is a quick introduction into just how disabling societal attitudes and systems can be. 

     

    Our solution - Volition

    We've built an accessible app that's a digital preference bank and a personal database in your pocket. Volition gives Decision Makers and their Supporters a smart and simple tool to collaborate in decision making and care, with confidence. 

    Users can take notes, pictures, videos, or record audio of what they like and how they want to receive support. Then they can choose what information they share and who they share it with. One parent we talked to said “I couldn’t count the number of times I said or thought ‘I should be recording this.’" Using Volition, now they can.

    Now, Decision Makers can have self-determination and dignity, and they don’t need to repeat themselves over and over again. 

    Agencies, and the support staff they employ, can learn about the people they support before they meet them and receive valuable feedback directly. One COO of a NZ disability service provider told us “any Provider would be crazy to say no to a succinct way of tracking…the user’s voice.” We agree.

    Parents and unpaid carers can get peace of mind and have a rest, because now others can step in and care. 

     

    Do you need to pay to use Volition?

    It's important to us that every Decision Maker can use Volition. That's why our starter plan is 100% free to use. On the starter plan Decision Makers can choose one Supporter to collaborate with, and get started recording what's important to them. To unlock unlimited Supporters and a lot more storage for your preferences, you can upgrade to premium for just $10 a month. The income we get from premium subscriptions is what will power our Social Enterprise, and help us keep our starter plan free to use. Check out the discounted premium subscriptions on offer in our rewards.


    How we’ll use the PledgeMe money

    We need $40,000 to help us launch Volition across Aotearoa.

    We’ve been prototyping, testing and building this app for the last eighteen months. So far we’ve used our own money and time, and we’ve gratefully received a $30,000 grant from the JR McKenzie Trust because they think what we are doing is pretty cool. But we’re not quite finished yet, and we need more funding. 

    We'll use the money from this PledgeMe campaign to pay for smart software developers to finish building the app. Your pledges will help to make sure that the app is accessible, secure, and easy to use.

    Stretch goals (because we like to think big!)

    We have some stretch goals too. If we pass our PledgeMe target, we’ll be able to build even more features into the app. 

    If we pass $55,000: 

    We’ll build an additional module for non-verbal expressions of preference. This module will capture, catalogue and analyse behaviours. Supporters can use this feature to build a body of evidence about what the Decision Maker they support is communicating.

    If we pass $70,000:

    We will partner with Understandable to build a module for digital Advanced Care Planning.

    If we pass $90,000:

    We’ll build a smart record comparable to a digital Health Passport. No more crumpled pieces of paper in wallets or, worse, left at home instead of in your pocket when they are actually needed.


    The rewards on offer

    We’ve got lots of ways to thank and reward you for your pledge, no matter what your budget is. Here are some details about them:

    Premium App Access

    • Early Bird - 50% off a 1 year Premium Volition subscription
    • Discount- 30% off a 1 year Premium Volition subscription
    • A lifetime subscription to Volition Premium for the price of 5 years


    Merchandise and cool stuff - cost includes postage where relevant

    • Decision Maker badges
    • A voucher for $25 towards your next purchase from our friends at Change Maker
    • Decision Maker T-shirts, as featured in our campaign video
    • A custom ‘Volition style’ illustration of you by our artist Emily Reiri. You upload a photo and we’ll turn it into art!
    • Tickets to our launch party in Wellington (make your own way there)


    Kudos and Partnerships

    • Your name featured on Volition.org.nz as a backer
    • Community Partnerships - placement of your logo on our website and in our social media, quarterly impact reporting, and a badge for your website too. Ask us for our Partnerships Prospectus.
    • Champion Partnerships - everything that a Community Partner has, but more. Ask us for our Partnerships Prospectus.


    Education

    • A two hour virtual workshop facilitated by Volition Founder Erika on the what and how of Supported Decision Making and Volition for your team (up to 50 participants)
    • A half-day workshop facilitated by Volition Founder Erika at your place on the what and how of Supported Decision Making and Volition for your team (up to 40 participants)

     

    How we will get you your rewards?

    When you make a pledge, PledgeMe will collect the information about how to contact you and what type of reward you want. 

    When our campaign finishes and we reach our target, we’ll be in touch to confirm the final details for your reward. This may be details about what size or colour T-shirt you want, or which photo you want turned into art, or something else. After we have all the details, we'll send you the goods! This is our fulfillment timeline:

    • Premium App Access - you’ll be the first to know when we launch later this year. We're aiming to launch in the spring (by the end of September). 
    • Merchandise - received by you no later than Monday 12th August (but we think it will be a lot sooner).
    • Kudos and Partnerships - we’ll get started on this straight away, with backers and Partner agreements in place within July 2024.
    • Education - we’ll schedule these workshops over the next 12 months. We can host up to four virtual workshops and one on-site workshop per month. This will be on a first come, first served basis through a booking link distributed after the campaign closes.
    • Experiences - our launch party will happen when the app is ready. We're aiming to launch by the end of September.


    Who are we?

    We’re a lean but growing team. 

    Volition was founded by Erika Butters. Before this Erika worked as the Director of The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust - a disability rights and advocacy NGO. Erika’s a subject matter expert and educator on Supported Decision Making.

    Neville Pugh is the Chief Advisor of Volition. Neville is a serial Entrepreneur (you may have even seen him and Change Maker here on PledgeMe before!). He’s a member of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association and People First. 

    Fun fact: Erika and Neville went to Kapiti College together.

    On the left Erika and Neville smile at a school dance in 2002. On the right Erika and Neville smile for the camera in 2023.

    The shoutout list for our team continues to grow. A massive thank you to Better Day Productions for our awesome video, I.Lead for some of our video talent, and to the team of passionate volunteers that have come together to make this project happen - check them all out on our website. 

     

    Thanks for reading this far! We are energised by the wonderful feedback we have already received from the disability community in Aotearoa. But our networks alone are not enough to reach our goals. 


    PledgeMe is an all-or-nothing platform. If we don’t reach our target, we won’t receive any funds. So, after you donate, please share the campaign far and wide with your friends and colleagues. Also, be sure to follow and like our social media pages. Together, we can create a new and empowering future for all disabled Kiwis.

    Comments

    Less than 2 weeks to go!

    18/06/2024 at 2:00 PM

    We are so enthusiastic about the support we have already recieved for this campaign. Recently the number of pledges each day has been increasing! That is really encouraging. We are optimistic that we can make this happen.

    Recently we have had some conversations with a few larger organisations that are interested in possibly partnering with us, and that is really exciting! Hopefully the support we are recieving in person will continue to translate into pledges. 

    This little video is a demonstration of our plans for the Volition app. This is just a prototype, but it gives you an idea of how the profiles and preference selection will likely work. Although this project is about an app, ultimately it is about people. It is about preserving dignity and self determination. It is about accessible communication and seemless coordination. Thank you for your part in helping to break down barriers.

     

    A side note about overseas pledges: If you would like one of our rewards, such as a t-shirt, and the required address format doesn't work for your country, just do the best you can. We will be sure to contact you and confirm any shipping information before sending anything, so don't stress. We have to be fully funded to send out rewards though, so be sure to share with your friends. We want to get you that shirt! 

    And we're past 10%!

    10/06/2024 at 4:18 PM

    Thanks to you, we've made it past 10%!!!

     

    Carlton from Fresh Prince dancing on screen that says "Woohoo, thank you!!"

    We're looking forward to doing a whole lot more happy dancing as we reach our next targets.

    If you have any questions - just flick us an email or call us. We always love conecting with people who share our vision.

    And of course, please continue to share the campaign far and wide.

    We're 5% there!

    03/06/2024 at 7:54 PM

    We launched on a Saturday of a long weekend...

    ...and we still managed to get 5% of our target pledged within the first 12 hours!

    A gif of Simon Cowell saying "A brilliant Start"

    Thanks so much to everyone for helping us start strong - you put the crowd in crowdfunding :)

    But we still have a long way ahead of us. Please continue to share far and wide with your networks, and let's smash out the next couple of weeks.

      Loren Savage
      20/06/2024 at 7:30am
      Claire Heffernan
      19/06/2024 at 3:18pm
      Claire Heffernan
      19/06/2024 at 12:24pm
      Brittany Bennenbroek
      19/06/2024 at 12:18pm

      "What an excellent concept - I'm so excited to see this succeed."

      Roberta Francis
      18/06/2024 at 8:26pm
      Kevin Derwin
      18/06/2024 at 2:42pm
      Sue Hobbs
      18/06/2024 at 1:09pm
      esther
      18/06/2024 at 12:27pm

      "Really excited for your launch!"

      Anonymous pledger
      17/06/2024 at 6:10pm
      Camille Hunt
      17/06/2024 at 3:47pm

      "Go Volition!"

      Karleigh-Jayne Jones
      17/06/2024 at 3:28pm

      "Awesome. "

      Anonymous pledger
      17/06/2024 at 3:27pm

      "Best of luck, a great idea"

      Rochelle
      17/06/2024 at 10:23am
      Anonymous pledger
      15/06/2024 at 1:52pm

      "T shirt size xl"

      Anonymous pledger
      15/06/2024 at 1:25pm

      "On behalf of Karen Halversen"

      benita douglas
      14/06/2024 at 7:29pm

      "Heard of your fab work on manawanui live "

      Geof Shirtcliffe
      14/06/2024 at 4:07pm

      "Great initiative. Kia kaha!"

      Erin Thomas
      14/06/2024 at 1:22pm
      Puanani Strother
      14/06/2024 at 10:34am

      "I hope that the campaign goes well. All the best everyone."

      Melanie McGrath
      14/06/2024 at 10:01am
      Anonymous pledger
      13/06/2024 at 9:15pm
      Julian Hennel
      13/06/2024 at 4:06pm
      Carika
      13/06/2024 at 9:20am

      "Loved your presentation at Manawanui’s conference. Really hope you reach your pledge goal! Keep up the good work! "

      Nicole Retter
      12/06/2024 at 11:18pm

      "You’ve got this Erika!!!!"

      Sara Hillier-jones
      12/06/2024 at 12:11pm

      "Great idea, it deserves to suceed. Good luck!"

      Anonymous pledger
      12/06/2024 at 1:16am
      Anonymous pledger
      12/06/2024 at 1:14am
      Anonymous pledger
      12/06/2024 at 1:13am
      Kath Parrish
      11/06/2024 at 7:59pm

      "Great idea - giving everyone more choice and control! "

      Michelle Isaac
      11/06/2024 at 1:20pm

      Followers of Volition - Empowering Everyday Decision-Makers

      Select a Reward below

      Click on a reward box below, and you will be taken through the pledge confirmation process.

      Volition Badge Set
      $25 Voucher Redeemable At Change Maker
      Volition Style Portrait
      T-Shirt
      Early Bird-- 50% Off
      30% Off
      Launch Party Tickets
      Lifetime Access
      Two Hour Virtual Workshop On Supported Decision Making
      In-Person Workshop For Up To 40
      Community Partner
      Champion Partner