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The finale

The end is coming very close and we are working hard on our presentation, which is exciting. We all really took a week off so yesterday we had to dust ourselves off, pick up where we left off and work on it! And I must admit that I very much enjoyed working with the team, so thanks team 4! I probably liked it better because we were more productive than ever before and we really got some work done. So I discovered that time pressure can be a driving factor, pushing us in the right direction.

As we didn’t have a clear plan yet, we started thinking about the storyline of our video. What is important? What is less important but needs to be mentioned? What order to we put things in and how are we going to work on this; together or separately?

We decided to split up the groups and me and Alex where in charge of starting up the Prezi presentation.

We didn’t really have a discussion about the tools that we thought would be best to use, as Prezi is a great tool for making our ideas and vision clear, and I knew a little bit how it works from last year (I did discover a whole lot of new effects and smart ways to get more out of working with this tool so I’m happy about that!).

In the end we will probably combine prezi with imovie, add voice narrations and some soft background music.

We started thinking about how we could make this movie interesting and fun to watch. We want to keep everyone’s attention, and bring across our vision of helping CNCPTMKR with providing its clients with a better and more productive way of mobile collaboration.

 So we divided our team in 3 couples of 2 working on the narratives, the final advice and the prezi, but we were still able to collaborate at the same time. At one point we started the narratives and the prezi, which gave us a lot of insights on how to improve our work. This showed us that a regular check up works very well. A short break in between also helped us to get a fresh sight on everything. It has been a tiring yesterday, I think we are at about half way through with our video. But then again, we shouldn’t underestimate the amount of work there is left in the final touches (knowing from experience…).

source: group 4 :)

In this past 8 weeks I’ve learned some important things about working in groups and my own position in this. I’ve learned that planning is crucial for our group. If we don’t have a clear plan, no work will be done. Clarity is needed to make any kind of progress. As for myself I’ve learned that I work more productively if I can work towards a clear goal. Knowing what we are trying to achieve helps me. At the beginning of project communities it wasn’t very clear on what Maarten wants from us (we still don’t exactly know but we found a way to deal with the unknown) but in this last weeks I’ve experienced how quickly a project can move towards an end. 

I truly hope Maarten and his CNCPTMKR can use our advice and that we somehow made a difference. I have learned from it, and above all, enjoyed working on this project. 

Thanks for reading my blog! 

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Dream on (line)!

Week 07: marketing 

Throughout the past 7 weeks that we have been studying this course we have explored many different themes. These include Technology stewardship, Crowdsourcing and online social structures, Work teams, Crowdfunding networks and this week Marketing. All of these different themes throughout the weeks have all be useful in different ways towards supporting our NGO. However there have been certain themes that have been more useful than others to reaching our goal.

So, what have I learned about these themes?

Nowadays almost everyone has a Smartphone, and everyone is always reachable. You might think we are dependent on our online world, updating your status, liking, tweeting, snapping and so on. I knew facebook and other social media for fun and connections, but for businesses and also for NGO’s, it’s much more important than that.

I’ve learned that some company’s and businesses are really dependent on online social structures, and online social networks can help them with more than just acknowledgement that they exist.

 This is where we started learning about crowdsourcing. When I first heard of this word, I thought of Facebook, how sometimes you see someone starting a Poll and anyone can share their opinion by choosing between a few given options.

This is a crowdsourcing on a low-scale. I found out that this way of gaining knowledge could be something very valuable for designers as well. Especially if you’re designing for the people, why not ask them what they want!?

Yes, It’s that simple, but amazingly effective.

Crowdfunding is a possible way to fund a campaign, project or product of which the ideas are all developed but the money is still missing. Through online structures it is possible to enable its production and anyone can donate money. Sometimes you get the product or some sort of return for your gift.

While doing research about the possible platforms we will advice Maarten to work with, I found out that there are so many ways of communicating these days. Thousands of platforms, all a little bit different from the rest. I’ve learned about this communication platform called Tibbr, which is an amazing enterprise social network and media platform for companies and groups of people working together. It’s linked to facebook, twitter and some other social media which makes it easy to connect not only professionally but also socially. 

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source: http://www.enterpriseirregulars.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/1b4a1f3dccee2022f748d44222e89e62.jpg

Tools like these make the Internet a working environment, where everyone is connected. Producers and consumers, experts, designers, they can come together and make amazing things happen. Everyone is suddenly reachable, no matter who you are or where you’re at, you’re easy to find and it’s also easy to contribute. So I’ve learned that online communities and networks are very valuable for innovative design and designers because they have to design or make something that doesn’t exists yet! It’s a tool to get more ideas, knowledge and feedback from anonymous or known people from all over the world. More and more people start working in online communities for a good reason, as it’s also (mostly) for free.

As for myself as a designer, I would like to learn how to broaden my own network and how to apply everything I’ve learned in project communities so far to my own life. I often don’t know how to express myself, so blogging is something I’m not comfortable doing. The only way to get there is by practice. Besides that, I would like to learn how to find my way around in this gigantic online space. I’m quite chaotic, and if I even think of all the websites and the endless amount of interesting information, my head starts spinning. I have to start somewhere though. I would love to improve my skills with online communities, and the only way to do this is to continue working with online platforms in groups I guess. There is so much more to this online space than I know of, and after I find my way around, I would also like to contribute in some way or another, maybe starting a blog or posting more of my own work.

I think the only way to achieve this goal is to start explore. Read a lot, and then just read some more. And then work it! 

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find and fund!

Week 6 blog: crowdfunding networks         

This week was quiet as for the group work. I believe everyone has been busy doing other things and we haven’t gathered after last Wednesday, so tomorrow we are meeting up again! I hope we don’t lose the feeling of working actively together. Because of the silence, which I of course was a part of, I didn’t have a clear idea on what to expect for this week but that changed after the class. We played a fun game in which we were asked to come up with difficult questions and ask them to our fellow students and also to Nancy. It was fun and interesting to see how much we had learned in a little bit more than an hour. I think we should do these types of activities more often in class!! So the class itself was very cool, the most exciting one so far. We have been learning about and Crowdfunding. Specifically what crowdfunding is, what the strengths and weaknesses are and exploring the potential options for using it with our NGO, CNCPTMKR.

 But what is crowdfunding exactly? In simple terms crowdfunding happens when there is an idea that someone or an organization believes in but doesn’t have the finances to carry the idea through. Therefore they advertise their idea through various sources and hope to gain the support from other people, who then in turn will give a donation to help fund this idea and make it a reality. People sometimes get a return for their donation, like the product they’re supporting, or a special experience like a tour in a museum. There are already endless amounts of successful examples if you only look on kickstarter.com, or startsomegood.com.

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In class we were divided into groups containing only people from other teams. We researched different sources given to us and came back together to talk about the knowledge we just gained. I found out that the concept of crowdfunding is something very powerful for many types of projects or campaigns and it’s getting more common by the day.

After class we’ve gathered to talk about how crowdfunding might help our NGO; CNCPTMKR. This is very hard I think, because our NGO is not a typical NGO… In my opinion, CNCPTMKR works more like a business than a typical NGO (no offense Maarten). But then I kept thinking, there must be ways to apply this type of funding to our specific challenge, which is helping CNCPTMKR creating a more effective way of mobile collaboration.

Maybe start with crowdsourcing, make it clear to people what he does. This makes it easier to find more people who are interested, and more people= more ideas!

CNCPTMKR only has 6 likes on Facebook so I believe it’s crucial to broaden his online network. This is necessary to even make crowdfunding possible. I’m not sure if Maarten needs funds from other sources, but I guess it’s always a good thing. It might support his interaction with international companies or individuals, which makes it possible for his NGO to grow. 

I think there are some important steps to take for us as a group. We have had two interesting weeks before which subject very much apply to our challenge. We have to start thinking about the advice we want to give Maarten for his NGO and how this is going to look. I’m looking forward to working out the ideas together and getting closer to our goal

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Work, team! Today I am quite happy about the class and our progress. Working in teams is a tough…

Work, team!

Today I am quite happy about the class and our progress. Working in teams is a tough thing for everyone I’ve learnt this past week. I’ve been talking to people from other groups and I realized it has been difficult for all the class. This isn’t very strange because working in teams is new to probably most of us. Not just working in teams, but working in teams that include cultural differences. People always have their own values and objectives, so working with students from different countries means dealing with a big variety of values. This, plus our lack of experience, requires patience and hard work. Luckily our teachers know this and take into account the obstacles that come with this.

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12066743.htm

Our job on Wednesday was to think of how we need to divide the work so everyone can contribute effectively. We haven’t been very productive and the most challenging aspect for us is that we still don’t know how to, at the same time, be nice and get everyone involved in the work. Here the ‘me’ and ‘we’ are related. 

For me: How do I work in a team and what way is best to communicate with people who have different values and cultural backgrounds. I have noticed that I tend to communicate more and better with the people whose values I share. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, but I also have to communicate with the rest of the group. This is a challenge for me.

For us: Being together with the entire group is working well for me. I see that things get clearer when we get together and share our insights about the work that we have done. Online workspace is very convenient but meeting up face-to-face is important too.

In the first few weeks our communication wasn’t so great but it has improved a lot. So that is working well now.

There are definitely some more challenges for our group. We can be much more efficient in working together and its necessary to come to class prepared. I must say this isn’t my strongest point either, but we can improve on this together by talking about the homework.

Communication is still one of the most important things I believe and because of the cultural differences we have to be extra clear on what we really mean when we say or try to explain something.

I think it’s a good idea to define our goals and tasks for next week. Make it clear and simple so everyone knows exactly what to do and when to do it. Our Skype meetings with Maarten and Nancy have helped us a lot and I think it’s a good idea to ask them anything we think we need to know to get closer to our goal, which (still) is creating a blueprint for effective mobile collaboration for CNCPTMKR’s clients!

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Me, We, Network!

Week 4 project communities

First of all, I’d like to start with the weekly reflection on our teamwork. We have been working together for 3 weeks now and I’m quite happy about it. I think we can improve our communication but when we are together we are really getting some work done. For example yesterday, we got together for the project community class and at the end of the day we were so much further than before. Skyping with Nancy and twice with Maarten has given us many more insights on what direction is best to go for us as a team. Although it was a long day, I enjoyed the results very much.

 This week we have been introduced to crowdsourcing and online social structures, the famous power of “liking” and sharing. It’s interesting to notice how one piece of information can become knowledge if it evolves in certain levels. But even more interesting is to find out how it works for individuals/organizations, and of course for our NGO.

Every person has his or her own way of gathering knowledge on the Internet. Different types of social media provide different types of information, and everyone is completely free to use it in their own way.

 Me; Personally I spent the most time on Facebook, as most of my friends are on there. I use it to collect information about what they are doing to watch pictures and videos for fun, this gives me the feeling that I am a part of their lives. For more intimate conversations I use closed groups on Facebook or Whatsapp, to still have a platform for interaction but still with a level of confidentiality.  I prefer using facebook and whatsapp because of the privacy possibilites, but also simply because its what everybody uses. I could go on another platform because I think it has some advantages which facebook doesn’t have, but if no one is on there, it’s nothing but useless.

Besides facebook I use instagram, Youtube, skype. I Mostly use it to communicate with friends, for research and also for leisure. I sometimes do have to watch out for distractions on the internet. I need to be careful with how this time actually add to my “knowledge” or is just a waste.

 We’. Refers to bounded groups. These are groups of people who have something in common with you that you communicate with. I would say that the main online spaces I use for this would be Facebook, and now basecamp for our project communities group. These are different online spaces and all have a different function and purpose. I have been using Facebook for over 5 years now and have been in many closed groups. Lately I have been highly active in only a few. These are ‘Open Innovators (IDE)’, ‘IDE Group 4– Project communities’ and one group with some old friends called “wasbo chickies”(haha). They are all full with people that are involved in one way or another in my life, whether that’s a professional or social aspect that we have in common and are easily and quickly available whenever something needs to be discussed or organized.

In group 4 we have been using Facebook and Basecamp, which have their own advantages. I had never used Basecamp before but I do very much enjoy it. As Facebook is more of a social tool, Basecamp provides online project management and is a more professional way to collaborate. We use facebook for simple things like being on time. Basecamp is a perfect tool for sharing documents, notes and pictures of the work we’ve done so far.

 The Network; this to me is The World Wide Web. It’s an endless magical place where interaction with people I might not know is possible. It’s me and we together with millions of other individuals and groups. For example Tinder, an application for your phone on which you can just like or dislike other people. They only see it when you like them and they like you, and then you can start a conversation with that person! That’s just crazy!

Or Twitter, I don’t use it very often and I don’t know how it works exactly but I know you can communicate superficially about anything with people you don’t know.

 Our job now is to find out what our NGO’s needs for online communication and collaboration are. As we have learned from Nancy, we should start with focusing on the activities our Ngo wants to support for its clients, instead of focusing on the tools, so I’m very excited about next weeks challengesJ

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Less confusiastic, more fantastic!

So our second week of Project communities is well underway thankfully after a confusing first week. The path seems to be getting a little clearer and with our first progressive steps we are now more at where I’d like us to be.

I’m slowly learning that reflection is a key to improvement so I think I might be looking at my group and myself very critically these coming weeks!

We have been struggling with the challenge from past week because of some online miscommunication. This is something we hopefully learn from and try to do differently next time by asking things that are unclear to us instead of waiting until the next meeting. Today there were some moments during the group work that reminded me of the problems that every newly formed group probably faces when starting to collaborate. We don’t know each other and sharing opinions is still sometimes uncomfortable. I guess this just takes some time and patience!

 Anyways, our challenge for this collaborative project is now finally familiar to us and we have to: Create a blueprint for effective mobile collaboration: How can people effectively communicate and move their project forward using mobile technology only?image

source:http://www.securedcommerce.com/2010/10/05/network-communications-past-present-and-future/

Before we started this project I had never heard of Tumblr. I only use facebook as a form of online communication and besides that I do almost everything on my Smartphone. So blogging is new to me, and while reading all the info about this week’s assignment I discovered that there is so much more to the internet. There are thousands of platforms to work on and so many ways to communicate and bring different people and groups together, but which one is the most effective way?

For example we have just started to use Basecamp for our group work, an online communication tool that I’ve never heard of before, but it’s so good! Easy to use, applicable for Smartphones and it even looks nice as well!

We will have to find out the best way of mobile collaboration for our NGO CNCPTMKR. So sharing our knowledge with each other is key, I only know Facebook and a little bit about some other platforms, but maybe my group members know other ones. Hopefully that way I can learn more about online platforms and the technology behind it. I am open to new ideas and I hope we can work together for decision making as a group. We made a mindmap to start of our ideas and I found out there are many things to consider when thinking of giving our NGO advice. First of al we have to find out what the exact needs and goals are. Then we have to start looking at existing platforms and their capabilities, such as data storage, online meeting possibilities etcetera. Then we have to match al the needs and try to find the best solutions for CNCPTMKR. This sounds so simple!! but lets wait and see!;) 

Enough for this week folks! 

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Like a small fish in a big blue online sea…

Industrial design engineering 2014, Project communities.

It’s all very Confusiastic, as I’ve heard my classmates repeat today. Mostly I am curious, about what this project will bring this year and what I’m going to learn. How will the group work together? I wonder but I’m also excited to get started. As I’ve got some experience from last year I hoped this would be less confusing, but the chaos is contagious… 

It’s all about online communities. As this years IDE students we form a community but there are also lots of online communities. I hope we will learn more about these and get to be a part of them as well. By blogging and doing online research I hope to get more experienced in the online world. 

I know the group work will be very important. We will work together with and for an NGO somewhere abroad and the way we are working together is crucial for being able to give them some good advice in the end. As for now, I have all the trust in our group and I’m curious about the end result. 

Our NGO is CNCPTMKR which is new to me. They use online marketing & communication tools and skills for the benefit of people, planet and prosperity. I wonder how they do all that, hopefully we’ll find out in the next 9 weeks. 

I’m looking forward to working with our group and make this project a good one.  see ya! 

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