Pete and I met several years back - I'd been doing a bit of consulting
for the Green Party of Aotearoa NZ and Pete was working for them at
They were looking towards a system for managing their contact
systems. Nandor had got a toehold for open source representation in
Someone (probably Mark) had asked me for input on the options on the
table, and realising that no-one was batting for a web-based, open
source CRM option, I went to the AGM that year in Nelson to show what
you could do with CiviCRM.
(Until that point, I hadn't heard of CiviCRM, but it seemed like a
better philosophical fit for the org than the options they were
considering - all very windows, not very open in either the web
delivered or open source aspects.)
I demoed CiviCRM, and then skipped the rest of the AGM (introvert!).
Saira and I went over to stay near Farewell Spit, far away from the
meetings and technology and stuff. When we came back the party had
decided that CiviCRM was a good option and could they have one
please. And that was how I ended up doing a lot of work with CiviCRM
over the five years since.