no, I don’t mean the “show me the federal budget” type of tools. Let’s start with something simple, like the local condo association. Or a small club/charity. A small organization of this sort might have a budget, some sort of operation plans, collections of receipts obtained from carrying out these operations and so on. Well, people more competent than me in such matters can elaborate and fight my ignorance along the way.
Well, so the question is, suppose the non-selectmen, non-accountants, and non-managers, i.e. just the plain old club members from whom that budget is presumably collected, would like to keep better track of what the hell is happening with the operations, the money, the universe and everything. They don’t want to get a degree in accounting, hire an auditor or rely excessively on explanations from Mr. Office Holder (as long as there is no real way for them to verify any such claims by evaluating the documents in a reasonable amount of time, any such claim is clearly suspect).
In short, I will sum up my hypothesis here as “it would be really cool if there were a reasonably simple technology-assisted way to keep track of operations and finances of small organizations for a person of sufficient intelligence without experience in organizational management”.
Well, are there in fact systems of this nature? Or are there simple ways to achieve similar results using existing technology and ways of handling the documentation, such as by having the club vote on the “instant rectification of all wrongs and the establishment of total clarity” edict? Or am I incorrect in assuming that the way small organizations document their activities nowadays are sufficiently hard to understand (or even access) for the uninitiated as to warrant reform?