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Last but not least week 8

Hey guys,

Our project, to connect specialist around the world who are interested and curious in topics like sustainable agriculture and social innovation is coming to the end.
We became specialists in topics like technology and stewardship, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, work teams and online multimedia presentations. But for Maartens and our goal the most important are: crowdsourcing, marketing and technology. In the following post I am going to focus on the marketing part.
Marketing, is what made small companies big, if you take a look on the marketing giants like Red Bull, Coca Cola or Apple they all of them had great ideas but who cares about their ideas if nobody have ever heard of them, right nobody. Because the people are stuck in their consumption and living habits in their work or whatever so it is on you to remind the people that there is something new, interesting or cool thing what makes the world to a better, more relaxed or more efficient place.
The same counts for Maarten and CNCPTMKR with his new idea to connect people all around the world, which is awesome, because the people are interested in making the world to a better place, in sustainable agriculture and social innovation. The problem is CNCPTMKR is unknown as Frank Welker.
That’s why I think the solution for our project should be that Maarten join an already existing collaborating platform where he can find some well-known organizations and followers who share the common interests to expand his network till he have enough time and a big crowd to launch his own collaborating platform.

Thanks for reading


Peter

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My progress in online communities

Before I started project communities in this module I didn´t have any knowledge about online communities, and I wasn´t really interested in.

But now I found out in the last weeks that online communities are more than chatting with friends & family, especially for a person who wants to create something like a designer. You are for example able to join a collaborating platform, where are more people with the same interests like you who want to bring something in this world forward, they can help you with finding a solution for your project where you got stuck or help to find an investor for your great idea.

But there are so many online communities outside in the internet that it is hard to find a good one which suits to your field of interests. My group and me, we did some research for our NGO CNCPTMKR and checked out some collaboration platforms and online communities. The problem is, that a lot of this platforms boast them self with the high number of members which live around the world and that looks for you as a user on the first view awesome, but there are just a few members regularly active. So you need to some research before you can taste the sweet side of online communities. In my opinion you have on the one hand little work and on the other hand huge benefits which help you to create something big.

My Design principles

My priority is to safe the time of the users.

To attract the people with the same interests, an online community and collaborating platform should have an easy interface and at their welcome page and short, informative and recognizable slogan. This help the future members to know if this is the right platform for them or nor, and to save their time which is a decisive aspect for working people.

I think in a lot online communities the people get to easy access to the platforms they just create an account for take a short look in this community and they are not really interested in what is going on there so the numbers of members is fake, and this irritates the interested one who are looking for a platform with a large audience.

I have three solutions for this problem:

  1. The people who wants to join have to answer a questionnaire (people who are not really interested are too lazy to fill in that).
  2. The people who wants to join have to apply for a membership.
  3. Or to add a counter on the website which shows how many people are regularly online.

These points can save interested user from wasting their time (on a long term view) and losing their motivation while using online communities with inactive members.

I would like to know: “how to keep the members interested and active?”

Because that is what a successful website distinguish from a less successful one!

So if anybody have an idea for answering my question, feel free to let a comment here.

Thanks for reading

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Is crowdfunding & crowdsourcing useful or not?

In week 6 we learned about crowdsourcing/founding.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sounds like a new way to raise money for any projects, and it is so it is just not new. The precursor of crowdfunding was founded in between the 17th and 18th century and it was called Subscription business model the term crowdfunding became known in the year 2006.

I think crowdfunding is great because there are so many people outside who have great ideas to improve our world, they just don´t have the financial power to support their own idea.

But there are also risks!

For example when you start up a crowdfunding project at first you have to publish a lot of intern information like a business model, ideas or funding which you make accessible for a mostly unknown crowed.

How can you protect your project when you are publishing it on a crowdfunding website, so that nobody can copy it?

Crowdsourcing

 

One person can´t know everything, that’s why crowdsourcing.

If you launch an undetermined project as a designer and get stuck in a point where you can´t come further and you are looking for some help from people who believe in that what you believe or just see the potential of your plan, than you should use crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing is awesome like crowdfunding it allows you to use the knowledge of interested people around the world with different cultural background who have different sights on your project.

Crowdsourcing is based on volunteer workers who just want to help to create a great future, but some crowdsourcing platforms (innocentive.com) offers a reward for the best idea which helps to bring the project further.

But also crowdsourcing has a dark side.

And it is hard to work with so many people together, who have different opinions an ideas so crowdsourcing has a high dispute potential.

Or if a project is finished some people may feel a bit disadvantaged because not everybody can get a price for the project they worked together for a long time.

What to do against crowd resistance?

And

Whose intellectual property is the idea in the end?   

But these negative points is in my opinion something small if you see on the other hand what crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can produce.

Thanks for reading

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Wuggeli Wuggeli

Wuggeli Wuggeli

Last Friday we divided Basecamp tasks (To do list, events, documentary etcetera) to all group members, so that we can use all functions of this platform so that everybody take care of his own work field additionally we took part at an Basecamp online seminar which showed us some more functions we did not know before.

I just can recommend this online seminar, it takes not much time, easy to sign in and helpful.

We are “NOT SURE“, that is how we named our group while our introduction week and “wuggeli wuggeli“ is our recognition sign, but we are everything else than “wuggeli wuggeli” or “NOT SURE”.

I do not know why we called us like this, maybe because we had kind of an uncertain feeling in the beginning, lots of new people , living in a new town or maybe just because it sounds joyful.

(Ok, to be honest we are a bit wuggeli.)

Whatever in the last four weeks our group became more and more to a TEAM and friends, but we take our group meetings still seriously even if we have some funny moments (for example when I try to explain something but do not get the right words and just start in the middle of the sentence talking German), that is one reason why the work in this group is so laid-back, we found a good work-free time balance.

But sometimes I have the feeling that my opinion is not taken seriously, maybe it is because I am not such a dominant speaker, or maybe because our group is too big so that some parts of conversations just get lost.

That is like that what Chris Corrigan in the video said which we watched last Wednesday in Project communities.

And I think we should try to split up our group of six to smaller groups for generating idea, and stick back together again for stabilizing these ideas and moving forward in the whole project.

What do ou think guys? 

Does anybody else have that problem?

How are you going to solve it? Or how did you solve it?

But all in all I am happy and lucky that i can work together in such a great group !!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes, Peter

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The technology and me!

Hi all!

This week we started to create a spider gram it was quite difficult to figure out what could be important for Maarten so we just created a spider gram prototype with our suggestions what could be important for him.
At Tuesday we had a call with Maarten and we discussed our points, after that we continued our group meeting and changed several points which are important to him, these relevant points which are now in our spider gram are Projects, Connectivity, Profiles, The development of the community, Access to expertise, Database, Communication Tools, Open ended conversations and Context.

On Wednesday in Project Communities we analyzed several collaboration platforms and reviewed the websites according to our criteria, and drew it as a raw model on A3.

Me personally had to struggle this week with the program we have to create a diagram.
It was my task to understand how it works, but it was a confusing interface in that program
Normaly I can read in several online blogs how to help myself if I don`t get anything I want to do, but about that program I couldn`t find anything and I had to dig myself into it wich took a few hours, but finally I know how to add lines and circles to the spider web to let the chart looks clear understandable and so we can complete tomorrow the spider gram and send it to Maarten.

Thanks for reading!

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It goes forward!!!

Hey all! It has been an interesting week in project communities so far. Last week when we started the project we even didn’t had an idea how and what we had to do, but this week we figured out what our NGO was expecting from us.

This week was all about our NGO and us we had an online meeting with Maarten and Nancy, to get some answers on the questions we had

Now we know what the goals are of the NGO we are connected to: give advise for creating an online platform and offline meetings (drinks), where various specialist ( bussines people, investors, designers, freelancer handymans who are interrested in improofing the world) from all over the world can get in contact and help each other with diverse projects but Maarten has still not an idea yet if it´s better to create a new platform or even just join an already existing platform. So we all read in different collaboration websites like: https://www.kickstarter.com/ or http://www.innocentive.com/  and collect various interresting information out of it.

Our next step is finding out the needs of our NGO CNCPTMKR and set up some ideas.

Thanks for reading my post

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tumblr. newcomer

HI everybody,

I never bloged bevore so i just start with something easy

my name is Peter Häussermann i am 22 years old and I am comming from Stuttgart, Germany.

In project communitys last wednesday we found out with which NGO company we will work together for the next 8 weeks, and we called with a charming woman named Nancy she is comming from the cool Washington she said. 

Our group can work together with the NGO cncptmkr, which is founded by Maarten van Leeuwen, they offer training, workshops & business advisory services to social entrepreneurs and others who work in the interest of people, planet and prosperity,

but for me is there still the question with what can we help him ? and how should it looks like? so if anybody has any suggestions fell free to let a comment here.

How i feel after project communitys

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