What is different about Linseed?

Personal

Experience has taught us that ongoing training and access to friendly, responsive, support staff are the most important ingredients in an organization's satisfaction with their software systems. We insist upon face-to-face relationships and quarterly or annual site visits to make sure that you are using these tools to their full capacity.

Holistic

Mother enrolls son for the academic year. Father registers daughter for summer camp program. Children spend time at both mother's household and father's household. Mother is an alumnus of the program from 20 years ago, and stepmother is also a parent within the community. Grandmother has been a loyal and generous annual appeal donor, while grandfather pays tuition for grandson. Father is a skilled carpenter who volunteers each year for the fundraising fair. Mother's best friend is a program officer with the Smith Foundation, which makes grants to local progressive educational initiatives. Step-sister has a severe peanut allergy, and cousin from the next town is considering enrolling next year.
The real world is infinitely complex and interconnected. Linseed is built to be flexible and comprehensive enough to map this web of relationships so that we can see (and help foster) the many ways people participate within a community.

Rigorous

Linseed supports systematic to your entire organization. Assessing the effectiveness of programs and courses, and evaluating student performance is a daunting task. Linseed supports holistic yet rigorous evaluation of all program activities. Read more here.

Handmade

Linseed is being built by the people who actually use it every day. Not by a corporation of software developers, but by real teachers, administrators, and bookkeepers. Our goal is to collaborate to create the best possible tools for our work, and share our innovations with other organizations who do similar work. Computer systems can be capable of extraordinary power and convenience, or of frustration, stupid repetitive tasks, and dehumanizing mechanical ugliness. We won't be satisfied until our workflow on the computer is as fast and friendly as possible, and the presentation of information is beautiful, simple, and transparently clear. Then our attention can be spent on what we value most: creativity, teaching, program development, and personal relationships.

Affordable

By sharing our investment in these systems, we can collaborate to make software solutions possible that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Our principles:
  • Three basic pricing tiers based upon the size and complexity of your organization.
  • Small installation fee based on the number and configuration of your workstations.
  • Monthly membership fee to support ongoing development and collaboration
  • NO limits or extra charges for how much data (MB or records) you choose to store.
  • NO limits or extra charges for adding users to the system,
  • NO limits or extra charges for the features or modules you want to use.

Appropriate

The gifts of technology come with hidden costs: the casual consumption of energy and natural resources, an atrophying of the human capacity and intelligence, an acceleration of expectations and the pace of work, and a growing disconnection from one another and from the natural world. Linseed attempts to mitigate those consequences by facilitating (rather than replacing) human to human interactions.