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.
Hundreds of surveys were loud and clear: this was making people's lives better, across all demographics.
Over the past decade, OANM events have been run in more than 30 locations worldwide, engaging over 1200 people. 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 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: Kelley Buhles and RSF Social Finance, The New Economy Coalition, The Whole Systems Foundation, Grant Williams, and Barry Thalden.