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That`s All Folks!

As you already know, our NGO for this Project Community module is CNCPTMKR, founded and managed by Marteen van Leeuwen. Our challenge: create a specialists (online/offline) network on Sustainable Agriculture and Social Innovation.

 While researching how to achieve our goals, we had many online meetings with Marteen and Nancy, who helped a lot. The classes also approached interesting topics, such as Work teams, Marketing, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding, Technology.

Our starting point to help Marteen, CROWDSOURSING!

He needs help, that`s clear!
Although he has great ideas, it is not possible to make it all happen by himself. That`s something we can even see in a simple Project Community challenge, everything works better if you have a good team to support you. Marteen is overwhelmed right now and it`s so true that he is not even answering our emails anymore. He needs to manage better his online tools (Professional website, LinkedIn profile, Facebook profile…) and MARKETING!

Marketing?

Yes!

From our surveys, we realized that many people don`t know about Sustainable Agriculture, neither about CNCPTMKR. And as we explain people what is it about, many of them think it is a good concept, so … let`s make it known!

Marteen needs to create a strong brand, with a good approach and clear purposes to make it credible. Then, it has to go online through Crowdsourcing platforms, that`s how he will start to create a network around his brand.

With a strong brand and people to help him, the next step: HIS OWN PLATFORM!

An online platform based on Sustainable Agriculture, with many specialists and people interested in helping, everyone making the projects into reality. That`s the dream and we do believe it is possible to make it happen.

Now, what I consider a little gift from our group to Marteen – the logo for his brand.

 

Finally, I`d like to thank everyone from my group for all the meetings, help, `happy beers` and the great job we did together. It was great working with you!

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Getting the best out of web

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing! Ways to use the web as a useful tool for designers, not only professionals, but everyone who has an idea and wants to make it come true.

Long story short,

Crowdsourcing is based on sharing an idea and have many other people working on it and developing until it turns into a final product/idea, ready to be produced/performed.

Crowdfunding is for products/ideas already planned and developed, but still need raising funds to enable its production/ to put into practice.

These tools make the web a working environment, connecting professionals such as experts, designers, investors, users, even uninitiated in design. Everyone working together on a joint project, contributing with skills, opinions, encouragement, support and funds in order to enable it.

The web makes it easier to reach different people and places, and each person can choose when to work on it, how much time and efforts to dedicate. Investors have a wider range of projects available and can make better decisions on where to invest their money.

When sharing your ideas, it is important to be as clear and specific as possible in these network platforms. First, you have to decide who you want to read it, who would get interested in it, what kind of help you need, what is your target group. Then, you have to define goals for the project and develop a good definition on what you are working on and where you want to go with it. A common mistake is to believe that, the longer your project is online, the more help it will get. It is known that the start and end are more intense periods of backers activity in successful projects.

“People like deadlines.” So, keep it in mind.

Studying about these platforms, at least for my group, is very useful. Our main goal is to develop an online network to share projects on Sustainable Agriculture, so more people get to know about it and can help enabling it.

We did a wide research on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, as I have mentioned in my previous blog posts. Both kind of platforms are interesting for our NGO`s needs and we are convinced on how it is an efficient way to use all potential online platforms can provide to professionals interested in supporting new ideas.

There are already more than 500 crowdfunding platforms - that`s what we found for now, and we`re still counting…

Thanks for reading!

Larissa

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Let’s go team!

So, we’re already at week 5!
This week, we’re supposed to talk about team work and, coincidentally, we’ve been discussing it before this week’s prompt. At wednesday’s class, we saw a video about working in groups, which helped a lot in understanding this process.
At my previous university, I always worked in groups and it was always a good experience for me, but I never really stopped to think about it. What’s the best composition for a group? What makes it succesful or not?
Our team is formed by six people (me, Nguyen, Sebastian, Tomas, Peter and Ronja) gathering different genders and nationalities. We’re a big group and, according to the video we saw, it’s not the best way to work, especially when dealing with creative process.
It’s interesting, but I don’t believe it applies for us.
From the first week, we’ve been constantly busy with this project. We have regular meetings ( twice a week) and we keep on working through other communication tools such as the Basecamp and Whatsapp.
I think we have efficient meetings, as everyone deal with it in a responsible way. The discussions we have help us understand each other opinions, think about it and find a meeting point for solving problems. It’s important to keep in mind that each culture has a different way to behave in social situations and it’s normal that some people talk more, others listen and think more before getting in the discussions, which doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other.
The people in our group have a good relationship, not only as classmates, but also as friends. We listen to each other and try to make things work so everyone can understand and participate. The fast development we’ve been achieving is due to the tasks division. As we are many people, everyone has different roles, equally important, what makes us work constantly.
The only problem we’ve been dealing with is about one of our communication tools, the Basecamp. We are not using its full potential, all the possibilities it offers (documents, events, comments, to-do lists). After talking about it, we see that’s a point to work on and improve for the next weeks.

Let’s go team! ;)

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Spidergram!

For this week, our group started a deeper research on our NGO needs, not only the ones he already has, but also the ones he doesn`t even realize yet that are important for his work as a concept maker.

We`ve been working on a Spidergram for two weeks now, which we believe it`s an important tool to help us visualize different concepts to build an efficient social network. A spidergram is built from different concepts forming a diagram and each website will be graded on a 1-10 scale based on this concepts. The final diagram should help us, and Marteen, understand what is essential when analyzing each website and what we can improve for a new social network.

After our meeting with Marteen this week, he made some changes on our first spidergram model and asked for a better definition of each concept. After discussing a lot, that`s our new concepts and its definitions:

•        Projects

If it`s easy to find, gives enough information about its purpose and its relevance to the community.

•        Connectivity

How the connections happen between the users, if it`s possible to follow friends and if it gives access to private information.

•        Profiles

If it`s easy to create them, to connect it with other existing social networks, the information available and the possibility for private information.   

•        The development of the community

How the community is developing, if it`s raising the amount of Projects, Users, Expertise, Database.

•        Access to expertise

Their presence in the community and their availability for consultation (different cultures?).

•        Database

If it`s easy to access its previous content

•        Communication tools

Different ways to contact other users by: Voice, Text, Videos, etc.

•       Open-ended conversations

The participation of the users, if people stay with the topic

•        Context relevance

The importance of the project to the community purpose; how is the control of the projects on its contents.

After clearing the concepts on the spidergram, we analised four websites: Innocentive, Collaborating Minds, Enviu and Farmhack. Now we`ll send it to Marteen and wait for his feedback on our next meeting. Our main task now remains on either we should make a new social network specific for our NGO`s needs, either we combine existing ones to fulfill his needs.

As my personal experience, this project is giving me another perspective of how to use social networks. For now, I`ve been using Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. All of them, I understand as tools just to contact me with friends and family, so I`m not always posting my interests and experiences for everyone to see. That`s the way I use my social profiles and how it differs from what we`re doing for our NGO.
I find it hard to follow all the information people are always sharing on the net, as now anyone can post about anything and, most of the times, it`s just useless information. Now, I can see a different way to deal with social networks, as it can be used to share interesting projects, make it public and help to enable these projects.

Actually that`s a better way to use the web and make my spare time more productive. Don`t you think?

Thanks for reading!

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ProjComm – Week 2!

This week we made a lot of progress on our challenge for this Project. 

First, using the Google Hangouts tool we talked to Nancy, who helped us a lot to understand better our challenge, what makes people want to share their ideas, what kind of tools we should use or how to stimulate the investors’ interest in the projects posted.  

After that, we talked to Maarten, using the GoToMeeting tool, which also worked really well for this purpose. Maarten talked about his work on CNCPTMKR, his previous experiences and what gave him the need for improving the world for the next generations by helping the institutions he works with. He also answered our questions and talked more about his wishes and expectations, not only for now, but also long-term. Maarten wants to create an online/offline network to connect different specialists as designers, investors and all kind of professionals who can bring his projects to life. This platform must work as a collaboration tool, improving the communication between all the people involved in the projects, also sharing with others who might be interested in joining the network.

From that, we started a research on existing networks, which might help Maarten in his work. The websites we analyzed have many interesting tools and different kind of possible solutions for our challenge. We can also create a new platform for that purpose, but we need more research on that.

For now, I think we had a great development this week! It`s important to keep the hard work and maintain the communication with Maarten, so we can make our best to get the best solution for his issues.

Thanks for reading!

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Project Community 2014

My name is Larissa, I`m 23 and I`m from Brazil. I just moved to The Netherlands for a year studying Industrial Design Engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Since it`s my first time out of Brazil, it`s really interesting to get to know people from other cultures, not just from Holland, but from all over the world. This kind of interaction helps understand better who we are, where we came from and what can I learn from others experiences and life styles.

For the Project Community class, we`ll work with a NGO partner, which is one of the best things about studying in a University of Applied Sciences, as you`ll have real experiences on real designing projects, with real partners and clients.

Another interesting thing is how the online space can be used as a working tool. The Facebook, the tumblr, also video conferences can improve our communication, not only as a group, but with our teachers and the working partners. Social media may work in a way to form networks and guarantee a faster design process.

I am really excited about this project!
Thanks for reading!

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