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To remind us why we are doing this course BP

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdgmomentum.shtml

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations, and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. There are about 500 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. Get involved and join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags: #MDGMomentum | #EndPoverty

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Thinking about Project…



Thinking about Project Communities: http://webjunction.org/news/webjunction/something-for-everyone-how-crowdsourcing-creates-community.html

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The end has come, we’ve found the cache in the Woods and know…



The end has come, we’ve found the cache in the Woods and know now the true meaning of Communities (Well maybe not the TRUE meaning, but SOME meaning in any case). 
We searched to understand the puzzel of teamwork, on- and offline networks, how to go to Market - and to find the cash (here as a cache)…. All could be hidden where we least expect it.
Thanks for joining us during the first steps of our search towards —— and here it comes —— The Curiosity Cultivation Community. 
On to “The Future” 
;-)

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We have arrived in week 9, the refelctions you all did last week…









We have arrived in week 9, the refelctions you all did last week really helped me to see what the changes have helped to achieve… Namely, organisation, 50% less chaos, 200% earlier enthusiasm… Which made reading the blogs a pleasure I enjoyed doing during my days off. While we take the last steps together, be sure not to wait too long to get help If you get stuck. Kick up Some sand with fellow classmates And have fun making Some great advice video’s. All the information is in your heads, but getting it into a 5min film, that we all clearly understand, this is your greatest challenge at the moment. Have your techy questions ready this Wednesday. ;-) Cheers, Laura

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Stopping to smell the roses again and to contemplate on not only…



Stopping to smell the roses again and to contemplate on not only my Techy Stewardship, but also my me, we and network area’s I haven’t mentioned yet.

My technology Stewardship is as follows: I’d like to help, I try to help, I change websites, I add posts, mix things up, fix them, accept comments, trash pics, and help out with Google docs, Hangouts, Prezi’s, and ppts… but when something gets screwed up, I’m usually not the one who can fix it. I’m better fixing a car, for example, or a lawn mower (which was about the same as my first VW bug car)… than I am at fixing techy problems.

For example, I just made the newest Openinnovator2014 Google/YouTube account so we could have seperate playlists for ProjComm, Personal Branding and Cultural Differences… but couldn’t do it without adding my own name… hmmm… I wanted to keep that seperate. Now my name is on the header… how do I remove that to make it an OpenInnovator2014 account just for you guys???

SO, me?, I don’t know it myself, how about YOU, my “We” group??? I could also add a link to my FB page and ask around… which would be a bit larger “we” or I could throw it into Twitter and give it a # to make a list on TweetDeck (oh Ya, I do know how to do that as well…).

Another example is how I found 3 of the NGO’s… I posted a message on my FB page during the summer and Lo and Behold, both Shorty and Carl-peter answered. I was curious as to how we would make them fit the program, but am happy to say that they have shown their eagerness and willingness to work with the students on this community to help build a better one in which they find themselves.
When I asked my fellow tutors, Gabriela jumped up with her contacts withing “Children of Mexico” and we had 3! Nacy found Elizabeth from PAGE and Maarten was our grand NGO from last years project, so we were happy all around.
That’s how I used my network recently…

but in a former life…. I used another number of networks to contact women for my first and second books about women in the building industry (ya know, like architects and urban designers). Via my “Bouwnetwerk.net” network and DWIRE (Dutch Women in Real Estate), I found women I knew, but because I wanted 100 in each book, I also shouted out via twitter and LinkedIn. Via word-of-mouth the word spread and more and more women contacted me themselves to join this (non-profit) expedition on getting more women visable within the building industry.

For those who are unfamiliar with the business, it’s pretty much a man-run place and women are (were) few and far between… I was lucky enough to meet all 200 of these incredible female leaders in building (this is where the name “Building Passion” comes from… get it? See my Blog name if this has slipped by you).
As it turned out, the women were later offered some jobs, not because of the books of course, but partly because of their increased visibility. Two have become school Decan’s for the faculties of Architecture in Delft and Eindhoven while another 2 have recently been on TV (DWDD & P&W for Dutchies)… and have gone into politics…

I will be contacting another “Building Passion woman” soon to try and get a visit to the new Markthal in Rotterdam. This could be interesting for our international students. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Where did your feet take you this summer? Where are they taking…



















Where did your feet take you this summer? Where are they taking you now as you start up in your ProjComm14 groups, meeting your tutor, your NGO and meeting Nancy. We’ll walk the walk and talk the talk while we go through the weeks setting up shop and going online for meetings, perhaps to places you have been to before? Exploring new frontiers like your NGO has been doing? Experimenting with new ways of working, new ways of building, new ways of teaching or helping those less fortunate?
What is your first impression of Project Community and what are you going to give to the project? What do expect to get back?
See you at the Hangout ;-) Laura

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The Final Touches

Post your movie making questions here and I’ll answer them asap.

Good luck everyone!

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Moving Forward

Are you struggling with the freedom to do something… or not,… to be involved… or not,… to take action… or not,… to read the module guide and ask questions ahead of time… or not,…

I was shocked yesterday during the Hangout. There weren’t many questions from the groups. Does that mean everything is crystal clear? I don’t think so.

The day planning was posted on FB, the Hangout was already set to go at 14:45, I checked by the groups to see if they were ready, MeetingWords was set and posted. I’m curious as to find out why the hangout works sometimes, but other times it’s a disaster. It’s not just the WiFi. What is it? 

Help us (me) understand. Please post your remarks and suggestions here.

For example, one of Janneke’s team members made a summary of the days tasks for her group. Great example of a strong community action. It’s always great to see that.

Let’s move forward together :-)

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A Walk on the beach

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Going to the beach always picks up my spirit and gives me energy. It gives me new insights in to our Community Project and gets me ready for the week.

We have formed teams, made lot’s of friends, discovered Google Hangouts, learned about some cool NGO’s and their products & services, and can tell anyone a bit more about Idea Networks, Crouwdsourcing and -Funding, Design Dream Teams and also Marketing. To put all this useful knowledge to use, we need to synthesize and analyze what we have learned and match these ideas to the unmet need and to the solution (which, btw, is something we’ll be doing more of this year of Exploration).

Let’s imagine that the prize is even more than that cool Golden Egg, but it’s actually a real assignment… for CASH! Well folks, that’s what it will add up to if you get that curiosity cultivated enough to keep the engines running into overtime. The goal here is to start the coolest campaign ever… just start it mind you, using your ideas, imagining it as if these were real assignments for real clients…, because – oh yeah – they are!

There is no better school than just using your own determination to get you the knowledge and skills you need, and go for it. Take that “walk on the beach” and get inspired to be great designers, to design great stuff… not just better stuff, but 100% good stuff. Like Neil Gaiman says, “Make Good Art”. We are here to facilitate and help you inspire each other and also to get inspired ourselves.

Interesting video as a matter of fact, “Make Good Art”… also tells us a bit about the teamwork, the individual work, gaining respect from our colleagues, what is acceptable (and what is not) and is inspiring all around. It’s a long video, but well worth it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI&feature=share&list=PLzsSL9O5E1ZgHr1Na-q6VFouE-DXSI-Ue

Enjoy your walk on the beach - get inspired…

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Touching home base

Okay guys…. We’re half way there. I’ve already seen an awesome video that Keisha and Maurice made of their view on the theme for Design Work Teams… (hats off to Keisha’s newly learned skill of movie making). Now THAT’s what I call a cultivation of curiosity!

Time to start thinking about your end product. Any idea’s what you would advise your client right now, if the end of the project was tomorrow? What would you say on the first 2 themes (2nd almost online). How will you tie the themes (remember those hats) together to make the besta dvice for your NGO? Tell me about it.

Who will you ask for what? Who needs help? Where do your resources come from? How many heads are better than 1 here? How much will any of this advice cost to your NGO and where will the cash come from (if needed of course)? What does your NGO think about what you have done so far? Does he or she even know yet? Have you kept in contact with them? Have they with you? How would you do (what) differently next time? Tell us about it. And get cultivating!

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