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The “People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange” (PRSE) Portal Against the COVID-19 Pandemic

Deploy low-cost micro-procurement platform exchange for PPE to help every individual frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency workers

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“People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange” (PRSE) Executive Summary Convening, Launching, Deploying, Scaling & Self-Governing the Digital  People’s Sunshine Exchange (PSE), An Off-the Shelf (OTS), Low-Cost, Universal Access, Micro-Procurement Platform Exchange Portal for Emergency PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in the Time of Coronavirus, Benefitting every individual frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response worker, So that Individual DIY Self-Reliance Meets Community Collaboration.

  • Our aligned nursing union leaders report that, “At present and because local, regional, national and global supply chains are so muddy, there are all kinds of fraudulent companies promising masks and taking advantage of hospitals and other purchasers.  Any improvement solution should address the need for a clear supply chain to avoid all corporate fraud to include acknowledging and countering the “disinformation”  Also, when surveying our allied healthcare workforce here (USA West Coast), the top PPE needs are: N95 masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.”
  • There is a global race to make, locate and distribute more PPE (masks and ventilators).
  • Starting with N-95 masks, there should also be an equal, sustaining effort to source and deliver directly to frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers at risk as quickly as possible, on a micro-procurement basis nationwide.  
  • Existing data flows such as self-identified but collectively-verified frontline healthcare workers, breached hospital and clinic capacities, local and regional manufacturing capabilities, and reported pandemic cases by county can be equitably and fair trade-matched with domestic & globally sourced, properly-verified vendors able to deliver locally, quickly and safely through a digital micro-procurement and delivery platform operated and government by its users and beneficiaries: the “People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange (PRSE)”.
  • Every day, each and every news cycle brings higher death and contagion ratios, not only to the United States but to all corners of the world, exposing how with COVID-19, like previous AIDS, SARS and other pandemics, “infection traces the routes of inequality”, starting with frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers ordered and motivated to save others without being equipped to save themselves.  Individual epicenter states, cities and counties are overwhelmed by not getting desperately needed PPE support to their frontline populations.  
    • Transparency, micro purchases and other equally important shared qualities & values are instilled into PRSE to help flatten the COVID-19 curve.  More than everyone convening to act, we have to convene to interact so that the “pandemic as portal” becomes a “pandemic portal antidote” of hope driving results.  
    • What is the People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange (PRSE)? …A Pandemic Portal Antidote…
    • PRSE  is a shared-purpose, values-driven, results-focused, individual user’s micro-exchange response.  The People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange (PRSE) identifies, verifies, harmonizes equal standards and access, distributes and democratically orchestrates the supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Frontline Healthcare, Homecare & Emergency Response workers, starting with masks.  An off-the shelf (OTS) micro-exchange marked by easy to deploy, low-cost, proven technology platforms, and universal access focusing on initial greatest need target users.  An online Procurement Platform Exchange where individual DIY self-reliance meets community solidarity across boundaries, markets and silos.
    • PRSE is the antithesis of price gouging or hording: our idea has been to set price parameters and to limit numbers of items by category being purchased on a weekly basis to give every frontline worker in need an equal chance for the exchange to serve its purpose.
      • Frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers
      • Values-driven potential platform providers for supply chain manufacturing& distribution, verification, product guarantees, process feedback and messaging
      • In addition to frontline individuals, procurement-challenged local governments will be direct beneficiaries.
      • As a guidepost to need: “SEIU-UHW did a survey of our members across 28 hospitals and we found that only 7 out of 10 healthcare workers felt that safety standards, including provision of appropriate PPE, were adequate. Or in other words, 3 out of 10 healthcare workers are looking for PPE because their employers are not providing an adequate amount.  It’s hard to aggregate a number of masks needed per day from this since each job classification requires a different number of masks per shift (for instance, a respiratory therapist likely needs 5 masks for an 8 hour shift if working on a COVID floor whereas a Medical Assistant working on a non-COVID floor may only need 1 per shift). The survey results could definitely be influenced by demographics. Even hospital to hospital, within certain geographies, healthcare workers are experiencing very different realities re: access to PPE depending on what supply amounts their employers are able to leverage.”
      • Core PRSE team (ten volunteers so far): Catholic Charities USA – Brian Corbin, Evan Gill and Steven Bogus; ASBC – David Levine; Regionerate LLC – Linda Fowler, also a 1worker1vote advisory board member; Ra Criscitiello, Deputy Director, SEIU-UHW Research Department; Bob Bland, Masks Across America; Katy Stanton, Urban Manufacturing Alliance; Angele Doyne, One Brooklyn healthcare ecosystem; 1worker1vote – Michael A. Peck.
      • Initiator: The New York-incorporated, non-profit (501C3) 1worker1vote (www.1worker1vote) movement fields regional hybrid model, shared ownership ecosystems based in Cincinnati (www.coopcincy.org)  and Dayton (www.coopdayton.org), Ohio, and Central Brooklyn.  1worker1vote builds inclusive, self-reliant, entrepreneurial and democratic culture in frontline precariat communities uplifted by for-profit, hybrid model enterprises and ecosystems that are worker owned and managed.  
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      • The expanding PRSE core team is reaching out to nationwide frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers (SEIU –UHW, SEIU-1199); values-driven PPE manufacturing & supply chains (e.g. UMA, Masks Across America, ASBC, others); distribution partners (e.g. UPS);  scalable exchange platforms where we have existing relationships (e.g. E-Bay, ETSY, Michigan Minority Supplier Portal); and healthcare ecosystem partners (e.g. One Brooklyn Health System that includes Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale university Hospital Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and Maimonides Medical Center).  Again, a principle PRSE differential is to purposefully and intentionally serve the frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response worker community.
        • PRSE  is a shared-purpose, values-driven, results-focused, individual user’s micro-exchange response.  The People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange (PRSE) identifies, verifies, harmonizes equal standards and access, distributes and democratically orchestrates the supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Frontline Healthcare, Homecare & Emergency Response workers, starting with masks.  An off-the shelf (OTS) micro-exchange marked by easy to deploy, low-cost, proven technology platforms, and universal access focusing on initial greatest need target users.  An online Procurement Platform Exchange where individual DIY self-reliance meets community solidarity across boundaries, markets and silos.
        • PRSE is the antithesis of price gouging or hording: our idea has been to set price parameters and to limit numbers of items by category being purchased on a weekly basis to give every frontline worker in need an equal chance for the exchange to serve its purpose.
        • As a counterforce, Individually and collectively, Americans from all economic and demographic ranks, races, religions and regions are responding to the nationwide mask shortage through manufacturing conversions and start-up production networks.  “The pandemic as portal” demands at least an equal, responsibly guided, portal antidote “of, by and for the people”, a micro-purchase focused, democratically erected and governed solutions-commons functioning as a universally equal access and response platform.
        • PRSE will provide a transparent ratings profile to keep all provider, user, governance and beneficiary operations transparent.
        • Fraud is PRSE’s next concern after directly and expeditiously assisting frontline healthcare/homecare/emergency response workers because it impedes everything if unchecked/stopped.
        • Guarantees of standards and product quality for “third party” transactions will be based on verifiable product certifications that accompany each operation..
        • PRSE believes that deliberately limiting this to micro purchases, perhaps ten per individual per week, with instant feedback on response and deliver quality, plus certificates shown to everyone on the exchange, will flush out corruption by operating with a built-in checks and balances against fraud and greed.  
          • PRSE will align with worker and employee-owned nationwide distribution industries such as UPS and with regional delivery social enterprises
            • PRSE will align with the nation’s largest nurse’s union (SEIU 1199 operating in the nation’s COVID -19 pandemic epicenter and SEIU-UHW on the West Coast), healthcare trade associations and advocacy groups, as well as local, municipal and county governments to help verify hospitals, healthcare clinics, and all other frontline medical units in a respectful but thorough effort to validate PRSE users.  Will add more qualified mission sector validators  as the exchange builds.
            • True to its charter, ASBC will convene the nation’s leading sustainable products industries, develop and issue a quality control certificate for PPE starting with masks (using the N-95 mask as reference) to facilitate and standardize the (thankfully) growing supply diversity due to national shortages for PRSE user frontline populations.
            • State/County Health Departments  (as suggested by Catholic Charites USA)
            • Statistics of U.S. confirmed cases, deaths, and completed tests, along with more recently hospitalization data found at New York Times, Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 Tracker, this hospitalization tracker, and elsewhere.
            • “So far, there is no detailed government database on where the thousands of coronavirus cases have been reported. To remedy this, a team of New York Times journalists is attempting to track every case and is “Sharing Coronavirus Case Data for Every U.S. County… The goal of the tracking (is) to compile a historical record, with as much detail about individual patients as can be obtained, of the largest public health crisis in modern American history. By collecting the data continuously, and from multiple levels of government, The Times  (is) able to map the spread of the virus, with updated information published several times a day.” - https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-county-data-us.html?smid=em-share 
              • “Life-Saving Grace” for America’s most vulnerable and those professionally in harm’s way, at high risk
              • Focal toolkit for the Emergency Response, Stakeholder-Solidarity Economy
              • PRSE will be Local everywhere but can be “GLOCAL” instantly to connect supply chains & consumers
              • Seamlessly connect local and global supply chains
              • Convenes those collecting and aggregating used N-95 masks in order to reuse through disinfecting with a proven Lysol spray solution, until new production can meet pandemic demand.  
              • It’s also possible to disinfect masks with UV light and some hospitals are doing so. UV light has been used in hospitals previously to decontaminate rooms after patients with contagious diseases e.g. Ebola were discharged.  UV light avoids the trace irritants that chemical sprays can leave. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/health/coronavirus-masks-reuse.html
              • China is using this to disinfect bank notes, buses etc. https://www.france24.com/en/20200313-on-mission-to-eradicate-virus-germs-china-firms-see-the-uv-light
              • Will utilize existing platform, requiring minor software modifications 
              • Transparent, easy to use, equal & inclusive platform
              • Immediate exchange between need and supply
              • Limited to top three most needed basic healthcare survival items to combat COVID-19 starting with N-95 masks, used and reusable, with more items added based on platform effectiveness
              • Providers present certifications and price
              • Requestors provide payment capacity and guarantee recipients
              • Participating PRSE Support Teams provide shipping and delivery access, publicity
              • Crowdsourcing & Crowd-funding functions to be added once initial, go-to platform is launched
              • Platform will be non-profit and at no cost for usage during emergencies; as its capacity builds, there could be a small fee to maintain functionality, but this would have to be transparent, reasonable and consensus driven.
              • A software coding community coalition will be formed/convened to get this launched within the shortest possible timeframe, similar to a political campaign

                The expanding PSE core team already includes 1worker1vote, American Sustainable Business Council, Catholic Charities USA, Urban Manufacturers Association; One Brooklyn Health System (OBHS)  that includes Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale university Hospital Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and Maimonides Medical Center; MMDSC in Western Michigan for local supply chains; Thrive Global which has a donation site up for this purpose”; nurses unions (SEIU –UHW, SEIU-1199); Masks Across America,  and others.  Again, a principle PRSE differential is to purposefully and intentionally serve the frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response worker community, to be followed by food service and immigrant communities.

What is the need are you focusing on?

To flatten the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply/demand COVID-19 curve, the “People’s Rising Sunshine Exchange (PRSE)envisions an off-the shelf, easy to deploy, low-cost, accessible, micro-procurement platform exchange portal for medical gloves, gowns and masks to help individual frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response worker save themselves while saving others. PRSEsets price parameters and limits numbers of items by category purchased on a weekly basis per user to give every frontline worker in need an equal chance. The  PRSE initiative sprang from our volunteer  field experiences trying to get desperately needed PPE medical supplies to frontline healthcare workers on a micro purchase, fair cost, guaranteed product quality basis. Our platform will be a portal for vendors especially local small manufacturers, women and minority owned enterprises, as well as a platform enabling access for frontline workers.  

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

PRSE is a shared-purpose, values-driven, results-focused, individual user’s micro-exchange response. Initial beneficiaries include frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers. “The pandemic as portal” demands at least a responsibly guided procurement portal antidote; a micro-purchasing, democratically structured, emergency response commons functioning as a universally equal access platform. PRSE will provide a transparent ratings profile to keep all provider, user, governance and beneficiary operations transparent. Guarantees of standards and product quality for “third party” transactions will be based on verifiable product certifications per operation. Deliberately limiting transactions to micro purchases, perhaps ten per individual per week, with instant feedback on response and deliver quality, plus certificates shown to everyone on the exchange, will flush out corruption by operating with built-in checks and balances against fraud and greed.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

In countries such as the USA, Italy, Spain and others governments are failing their frontline people. Initial PRSE beneficiaries include frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers and emergency procurement-challenged local governments. PRSE will align with the nation’s largest nurse’s unions (SEIU 1199 operating in the nation’s COVID -19 pandemic epicenter and SEIU-UHW on the West Coast), healthcare trade associations and advocacy groups, as well as local, municipal and county governments to help verify hospitals, healthcare clinics, and all other frontline medical units to validate PRSE users. An SEIU-UHW member survey across 28 hospitals found that only 7 out of 10 healthcare workers felt that safety standards, including provision of appropriate PPE, were adequate. COViD-19 has already sickened 9000 U.S. healthcare workers. The PRSE Pandemic-Antidote Portal will integrate with multiple exchange platforms ensuring widest possible exposure and usage within six m

What is the name of your business or organization?

American Sustainable Business Council with 1worker1vote and other collaborators

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

ASBC is a coalition of business organizations and companies advancing market solutions and policies for a just and sustainable economy. ASBC informs and engages business leaders, while educating decision makers and the media about opportunities and policies at the national, local and state levels. The organizations in this partnership represent over 200,000 predominately small and medium enterprises and represent microenterprise, social enterprise, minority, cooperatives, local and community-rooted business, women, and economic development organizations. We are partnered with 1worker1vote which builds inclusive, self-reliant, entrepreneurial and democratic in frontline precariate communities uplifted by that are worker owned enterprises

What is your profession?

Business education and engagement organization

Where are you located (country)?

United Sates of America

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business Association for transformation

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • 5-10 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Our project has assembled many of the stakeholder/partners that we will need to implement – the missing element is the funding to implement, so connecting to grants /funding would be the needed element

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

-The access to funding to build out the portal / platform as well as to staff up to implement and oversee the ongoing work. - The disparate efforts and competitive nature that has swept across the country even as so many are trying to do good, means we need to additionally help to create a culture shift - The competitive nature and short-term profit at all cost economic paradigm based on shareholder returns have dominated our economic system Hearing directly from frontline workers, better systems need to better systems need to be created for immediate as well as future health crisis.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Every day, each and every news cycle brings higher death and contagion ratios, not only to the United States but to all corners of the world, exposing how with COVID-19, like previous AIDS, SARS and other pandemics, “infection traces the routes of inequality”, starting with frontline healthcare, homecare and emergency response workers ordered and motivated to save others without being equipped to save themselves. Individual epicenter states, cities and counties are overwhelmed by not getting desperately needed PPE support to their frontline populations. The PRSE portal storytelling page will showcase regional and even sub-regional demographic disparities due to structural inequalities that the pandemic puts (literally) “on visual steroids”. PRSE can translate these articulated disparities into supply/demand opportunities for participating vendor networks.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

There are pieces of the solution that have emerged in supply networks but there is no meta portal that brings together supply and demand user networks under a shared values frame – the key to our work is that we are bringing together the pieces to get to a state greater than the sum of the parts. Our collaborators representing 15 organizations and growing are each bring components of the solutions

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www.asbcouncil.org www.1worker1vote

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