Learn About the OANM
The OANM and Its Impact
In this video we share with you how the OANM works where you’ll get to see some groups experiencing it and the impact of the many events we’ve been running and surveying.
After participating in an Offers and Needs Market, participants say that they:
Feel more confident expressing what they need and can offer their community
Met a possible collaborator
Plan to source more of their goods locally
The OANM Story
The Offers and Needs Market (OANM) was developed by Donnie Maclurcan in 2011 in response to the isolation he was seeing emerge in his Australian community. Following early iterations, he brought the OANM to his work at the Post Growth Institute (PGI).
In 2017, Crystal Arnold began working with the PGI, and experienced her first OANM at the Social Artistry Odyssey in Ashland, Oregon. She felt people come alive, bubbling with generosity and curiosity during the event, and knew that this could benefit many people. She was hired to facilitate the market at several women's leadership conferences and events throughout Oregon. More people reached out wanting to run these events, virtually and in-person. In 2018 Crystal began teaching this process to individuals and organizations.
In 2020, we launched the virtual OANM Basic and Advanced Facilitator Trainings, and since then, we have brought 160 people from 16 countries through these programs. The community of practice that has developed continues to deepen, with regular opportunities to receive advice, find a co-facilitator, and share resources.
Hundreds of our event surveys were loud and clear: this was making people's lives better, across all demographics.
Over the past decade, in-person OANM events have been run in more than 30 countries worldwide, engaging over 4000 people, and virtual events continue to happen across online communities everywhere. This method has connected individuals and organizations in neighborhoods and across oceans, including people in Australia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Italy, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S.
Having extensively refined the process and proven the impact of the OANM, we are now sharing it with community leaders around the world.
Thank you to our early supporters, including: Tannur Ali, K. Stellar Dutcher, Marga Laube, Cindy Bauman, Amanda Denbeck, Matt Scandale, Lynne Twist, Riane Eisler, Jodie Evans, Nancy Ashmead, Beth Blissman, Dee Brooks, Brandon Burton, Norma Burton, Anna Cassilly, Howard Chesshire, Loxley Clovis, Elaine Cornick, Carley Corrado, Felix Dube, Sharon Ede, Acacia Land, Heather Lee, Kristina Lefever, Grace Leotta, Laura Loescher, Annette Loudon, Tadzie Madzima, Uri Meir, Theo Kitchener, Louise Pare, Rebecca Rhapsody, Dirk van Roest, Taya Seidler, Darren Sharp, Mike Strode, Eve Smyth, Paola Sofia, Jacki Strenio, Tom Tilton, Lauren Trantham, Stephanie Weisman, Jaime Powell, Tirrania Suhood, Julie O'Dwyer, Ehab Elia, Pete Dowson, Ashley Strine, Gwendolyn Terra, adrienne maree brown, Jess and Jon Watkins, and Will Wilkinson.
Thank you to our funders, including: RSF Social Finance, The New Economy Coalition, The Whole Systems Foundation, Royal Society of the Arts, Grant Williams, and Barry Thalden.
Dani is a facilitator, youth mentor, writer & musician, passionate about community building and the role of art & music in healing & justice work. Dani got connected with the PGI through the Offers and Needs Market and now works as part of the OANM team. Dani is a youth mentor, facilitating circles with Rogue Valley Mentoring. Dani was born and raised in Ashland Oregon & loves to snowboard in winter, plant seeds in spring, explore rivers in summer, jump in leaf piles in fall & admire the color purple all year round.
Anto is a life explorer in constant movement. She is passionate about designing and facilitating creative, humane and genuine collective experiences and discovering the patterns that enable us to be our most authentic version. She is an architect with knowledge in systemic thinking and has worked with NGOs, companies and governments accompanying communities, mentoring entrepreneurs and leading environmental management and education processes and triple impact projects.
Management and Innovation
Björn is a life coach and facilitator, who believes that fulfillment and contentment make people peaceful and generous. He is passionate about creating safe spaces for sharing vulnerability. As a mentor, Björn enables people to feel comfortable and serves them to achieve a sustainable life transformation. Originally from Germany, he moved with his wife and daughter to the UK in 2015. Björn aims to make people happier and more confident. He also writes about personal development on his blog. He is an advocate for empathic communication with his podcast Eine Dosis Empathie (A Dose of Empathy) and the Empathy Lounge he founded in 2020.
OANM General Manager/Lead Trainer
Crystal Arnold is the founder of Money-Morphosis and two online webinar courses. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2007 with a degree in international economics, she has designed and facilitated workshops, community events, and discussion panels about money. She has inspired hundreds of people to have a healthier relationship with money. Her courses serve to illuminate the individual’s relationship with money and value. As a financial coach, she encourages people to live their potential. Her written work has appeared in journals, magazines, and in the book called Reinhabiting the Village. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.
OANM Creator/Lead Trainer
Donnie Maclurcan is passionate about all things not-for-profit. Originally from Australia, he moved to the U.S. in 2013, from where he leads the Post Growth Institute, exploring how we accelerate the transition to a society that thrives within ecological limits. Donnie sees purpose-driven business as central to this shift, drawing from his work as a consultant to more than 400 not-for-profit projects. An Affiliate Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Donnie holds a Ph.D. in social science, with his research having explored nanotechnology’s implications for global inequality and sustainability. He is currently working on his third book: How on Earth: Our future is not for profit.
Innovation and Survey Analysis
Research and impact analysis
Emily Malkin is a Master’s student of International Development writing her thesis on the Offers and Needs Markets process. Emily is interested in ideas around degrowth and post growth, circular economy, participatory governance, consumption reduction, redistribution, sociocracy, veganism, ethical travel and volunteering. Emily is also a keen videographer. She has made films for activist movements and grassroots initiatives.
Gabriela is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sustainability with a minor in Marketing at Oregon State University. She is passionate about regenerative economies, social justice, and using grief as a tool for connection and transformation. She found out about the PGI through an internship with SOCAN, where she created the Businesses Taking Action Survey to measure the social and environmental impacts of local businesses. She wants to help shape a world where economies work for nature, not against it. She was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon, and enjoys reading, writing, dancing, rock climbing, and traveling to new places.
Angus Finn MacLeod
Angus is an independent filmmaker and multimedia artist, currently studying for a BA in Electronic Media and the Arts at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Alongside helping produce various independent films, Angus also works as a Media Intern with the National Park Service in collaboration with Housatonic Heritage, creating AR displays and short documentaries to preserve and digitize notable cultural heritage sites. He desires to help people and the world, to move past an increasingly toxic world to one where a meaningful, free life can truly be lived. Angus is an avid drummer, artist, and writer, in the form of both creative fiction and journalism, and takes part in political and ecological activism.
Kristel is a freelance graphic designer, Art of Hosting practitioner, and graphic facilitator who is passionate about creating spaces of honesty and transformation. She developed an interest in the post-growth worldview through courses in ecovillage design and the Youth Initiative Program, a year-long experience with activists from all over the planet on alternative solutions to global challenges. Kristel is currently studying for an undergraduate art degree while opening a fresh pasta business. Born in Bogotá, raised in Germany, and based in Edinburgh, Kristel speaks fluent Spanish, German, and English. She is completely obsessed with craft materials, chocolate, and dogs.
Strategy and Innovation
Olga graduated with a master degree in Business Law, and a postgraduate in entrepreneurship from the United Spaces and Germany. Olga has spent a large part of her life abroad. She has worked with European institutions, law firms, and NGOs and is the founder of a tech start-up called BumbleBee Space.
Through his work within the Klamath Falls community and abroad, Tyler focuses on making a positive impact through the empowerment of community programs and collaborative development. Tyler graduated from Oregon Tech a Bachelor of Science in Population Health Management with a minor in Applied Statistics. His education, coupled with a long history of event planning and team coordination, provided the foundation to assuage his desire to promote the prosperity of his neighbors.
Vanessa is passionate about systemic sustainable living and business, and believes that a prosperous future within planetary boundaries lies beyond overconsumption and the growth dogma. Originally an experienced packaging engineer, she discovered her purpose for helping people to help the planet and became a Global Learning professional. Vanessa is also a director of NOW (No Other Way) . As ‘The Vintage Environmentalist’ she publishes articles, delivers talks, and provides coaching to help people live a conscious and ecological life. Originally from Germany and based in the UK, Vanessa loves to leave-no-trace wild camp and wild swim with her husband and daughter.
Priyanka is a fellow of iHeartRadio’s NextUP Initiative, and is creating a podcast that takes a deep dive into the ethical implications of information sharing and its bostering of the surveillance state. She was invited into the PGI’s Offers and Needs Market Circle after completing the Facilitation Training as part of the Kola Nut Collaborative. A passionate community organizer, Priyanka has a background in the international nonprofit space. She is based in Chicago, having immigrated from northeast India as a child. In her rest time, she likes to vibe on the couch, go on adventures with her dog, catch up with friends and family, find inspiration, read, write, travel, and connect with others.