Tell us about your partnerships
I have formed an LLC to do the business of hosting simulations. The software is open source so anyone can use it, but our company generates revenue by charging for services. This business model is similar to Red Hats: What Red Hat is to Linux, Sea Change Simulations is to the USIP OSP.
While we are a 'for profit' company, we are non-profit at heart. We are not in this for the money, but for the good it can provide. Later, if we meet the right people and have the resources to do so, it would be completely in character for us to become a non-profit.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
Ideally two to five more developers, one great graphic artist, one software tester, one person to register new schools and handle other administrative tasks, one marketing person, one community manager and good working relationships with an accounting and legal firms.
If one looks at the Moodle community, one can see that useful open source projects can take off with fewer resources, but to grow quickly and help a larger pool of people benefit as soon as possible, a larger team would be extremely desirable.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We have given a lot of thought to sustainability. The concept of one set of authors creating simulations to pass off to many instructors to guide a multitude of players through a simulation is an example of scalability and sustainability. Closing the loop one has the players who then want to become authors and contribute back. Creating simulations helps people learn even more than playing in them.