We are requesting the support of LCMS members for a KickStarter project to raise a modest $3,000 to build a build an online, open-access database to process all overtures submitted to the 2015 District Conventions. Subsequently, overtures submitted to the national Convention in 2016 will be subject to the same analysis. It would also be easily repurposed for future conventions.
The Overtures will be categorized, tagged, and classified in order to provide a high level overview of trends within the LCMS as reflected in the aggregated content and outcomes. If we exceed our fund raising goal we will be able to add visualization tools to better interpret the data.
The primary reason for pursuing an independent project is to confirm whether or not the Floor Committees are doing an adequate job reflecting the will of the members of the LCMS.
As part of the project we intend to build a parallel service that examines the relationships and credentials of individuals nominated for offices throughout the Synod.
This will be an independent project without official recognition from, or ties to, the Synod. We believe that it will be the most powerful tool available to members of the LCMS to better assess what is going on in their Districts and Synod. It should also prove valuable for Convention attendees wanting access to Overtures without having to rely on exclusively on Synod publications.
The project will initially rely on crowdsourcing to help input the Overtures.
Fantastic rewards are available for those pledging $25 or more. Your pledge will only be taken up if the full $3,000 goal is met.
Please help by contributing and spreading the link to your social media networks using this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/61646968/the-overture-project