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Bullet through playdough
At the beginning the idea of making a video for the project seemed easy, but as we started working we found out that it was actually challenging. At first we thought of doing it with Final Cut (Click for free trial) and After Effects (Free trial), but we decided to change it because we didn’t have that much time to work on it. We ended up using Prezi, but since it was our first time using it, the process was kind of hard.
To make the video easier to understand we needed to select and write the appropriate information and then find a way of making it look attractive, and when you don’t understand a software completely that truly becomes a challenge. Even though we managed to handle it, making the video was really frustrating and we spent hours sitting at the university just working on it.
When we were writing the information we also faced another problem that was that if you’re planning to use a voiceover you must make sure that the written information corresponds to what you’re saying while remaining clear, short and understandable. It is also hard to make the sound and the video match all the time and if this is not well done the quality immediately decreases, which I can’t stand at all. I think that choosing the right colours and displays to make the video eye-catching but still appropriate for the organisation is really important, and mixing this with clear content is hard as well because it is common to try to add a lot of information, which would make the whole thing messy and confusing for our audience.
I feel that even though the process of making the video was challenging (and incredibly tiring), it was also interesting and useful in a way, because now I know how to use Prezi, which will be handy for other projects in the future!
Crowdsourcing is the online gathering of a group of people to share knowledge and wisdom to build a better product.
Same as crowdsourcing, only that the community involvement moved into the financial arena.
I think most of the work is done when the project or cause is fixed and the branding (or whatever they called branding) has been done. If you have a relevant cause combined with a nice, clear way of explaining to people why is this important for them, and for you, you’ll certainly have you project/cause funded within no time.
When it comes to design, I think crowdsourcing is a very good way to have feedback on your product/project and to make it better from that feedback. A lot of good things can develop from crowdsourcing as a designer, like having a previous backup before you launch your product, people will want it before it actually exists; improve your product based on users critics; gain awareness for your product; and helps shaping the way this product is going to be born in the outer world. On the other hand, there are also bad things that can happen when crowdsourcing, like having your work stolen and made by someone else that saw your idea, and had the means to do it right away, and since you have no rights on the idea because it’s barely complete, then you will have to let a maybe great idea go away.
I am personally selfish with my ideas, and I don’t tell a lot of people about them, because I am really afraid that someone will steal them. Maybe my ideas aren’t that great and maybe I really don’t have to worry about them getting stolen, because they are like an ugly child no one wants to kidnap, but still I have lived it before, and from that moment on, I decided that won’t happen to me again ever, so that has shaped me as a reserved person. I don’t have boundaries when creating, but I do have boundaries when sharing the ideas (where am I sharing them and with whom).
Apart from my personal experience, I say thumbs up for crowdsourcing and their money equivalent, crowdfunding. Why? Because this kind of platforms are the ones that make great things possible.
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On my personal opinion, the size of the groups depend on where this groups belong. My (small) group and I were discussing this during todays class at Project Communities and we noticed there are some cases, like inside a dance class, where the bigger the group the better; but for working/studying environments, small groups will always work better.
I find my (small) group as a completely functional environment where every time we set a meeting we know we are going to work in that meeting, and not to chit chat around and waste the time. I find everyone in this group useful and necessary to achieve our goals. Of course, that can only be in a small group, because in a big group there will always be persons that can be substituted and others that will not work at all.
Another important thing when making groups is the culture of each member of the team. Culture can play a very important part when it comes to choice making and with the process of thinking and brainstorming. In our group, for example, we have Paul who is from USA, just as our NGO, PAGE, so he can give us a more objective view about the solutions, because he knows the current situation in USA, and how do most people react towards our NGO’s situation.
Sometimes, being assigned to a certain group is difficult, and even more difficult is having an assigned group with a fixed cause/task/goal. When you have to work together with some other people to achieve something at the end, and not all the members of the group are fully committed to the goals that had been defined, working harmoniously and smooth will definitely be a problem. Maybe this doesn’t applies entirely to our group, but I can speak for myself when saying I would have never worked on this if I hadn’t been assigned to it. In this case I am good with it because I am still a bachelor, but if I hit into this same bump in my professional life I will be very pissed off. In my opinion, when working in a profesional environment, if you obligate someone to join your group and your cause, without this person sharing your ideals and goals, this would be the most useless person in the history of useless persons. Forced tasks and groups should be kept hidden on the abysm pits from where they come from.
So far, my group has functioned very well, we are all committed to the cause, despite if we share it or not, and we are all busting our brains to really make something different. I think we may achieve that goal at the end of the first term, when we need to handle in our video. We still have a lot of work to do, but the progress is palpable.
Being online not only means you have to be in touch with your friends. Being online can be just being by yourself surfing and stumbling upon the web, or it can also mean to be in touch not only with your friends, but with a bunch of people you have common interests within, and not necessarily know all of them, or maybe you don’t know any of them, but still you belong to that online community where you can be an active contributor. This is how the me, we, network works.
Personally, I find myself in an online world where the me, we, network division is not really a division, they are more like interacting together all the time. For example, since I don’t have a phone at the moment, I leave my Facebook open all time so I can contact and be contacted by my friends. On the other hand (while Facebook is still open) I am stumbling upon the web, usually not looking for anything specific, and I tend to come across very interesting websites and online articles about my personal preferences. While all this things are going on, I am also receiving mails from the online communities I belong to (which grows every day more) and reviewing them. So while I am looking at a new post my online community placed recently, I am also chatting with my friends in Mexico and at the same time I am looking for new communities to belong to or just for new things to broad my knowledge about all the stuff I like. All the me, we, network thing happens all day for me while I am in my computer, which is almost 85% of the time I am awake approx. Although, I am not too active on my online communities. I don’t like to comment on posts or to contribute if it’s not something really relevant what I have to say. If I had to resume my time spent on myself online, the time spent chatting with my close friends, and the time spent on broader communities online, it would possibly be something like this.
I had never thought of how much time I spent online till yesterday. As you can see on the diagram above, I spend time on everything, but most of the time I am simultaneously by myself, with my friends and in my online communities. Although, I like much more being by myself surfing the web and taking part of this communities I join everyday. Why? Because I find social interaction in online platforms not as fulfilling as when you talk to someone in person. Sometimes is best to talk to each other that way, but another times you just wish you could speak to them face to face. At least I do.
So far we have thought of a lot of ideas to apply to our NGO’s current situation in order to make it better. Some ideas remained and some were thrown away. Now it’s up to us to test the testable ideas, and see if they actually work or not. Of course, this is optional, but I totally think we should test them to propose to PAGE solutions we are confident that will work, and not just ideas that she will invert time and effort to see they just don’t give the desired results, or they weren’t what she expected.