Twine apps, developed by Power to Change to help support community businesses with their admin, workflows and data collection, are entering their next phase under new ownership.
What does this mean for community businesses?
Twine: the story so far
Community businesses and Power to Change have been on a fascinating learning journey co-developing the Twine portfolio. Starting as an SMS-based survey tool to better understand user experiences, Power to Change then developed the Twine Volunteer and Twine visitor applications to practically help manage essential activity, finally adding Twine Benchmark, a dashboard allowing community businesses to benchmark financial and trading data with sector/geographical peers helping them to get a better understanding about performance and support for business planning.
The case for change
As Power to Change was due to close in 2022, their custodianship of the Twine was only ever temporary, with the organisation eventually needing to find new owners to take on the apps. Over the past couple of years as the organisation adapted to Covid-19 and developed a new strategy, the decision was taken to continue with the transfer of the Twine assets into community hands; owners who could could take the apps and build upon them adding more value through widening the user base, strengthening the user community and further refinement of the services
Power to Change are working alongside Digital Commons Cooperative (a Community Benefit Society) for the transfer of Twine Volunteer and Visitor apps. Digital Commons already host community and co-operative mapping applications, and have aspirations of creating a secure host for many more community focused software and data projects; providing Twine products with a great home.
What happens next