It has come to the point where we really finished our video. But looking back it feels like a lot more than just providing our NGO a short film.
It’s our way to actualy do what we can do in order to help people on the other side of the world that have their dream of a nice and working community. Even though the time passed by so fast I think we managed to offer them a great video (Thanks to you Giulio for the editing!!) and therefore a chance to spread a visualisation of their dreams.
Although I also have to say that our aims were not clear during the whole project. Sometimes (for me) it felt like we’re not moving forward even though the motivation was there. But as time, researching and checking out all different kinds of methods to help Shorty (like crowdfunding, -sourcing and networks) passed by, we knew how to deliver them an awesome, eye-opening product, our Video.
I am just curious about the other presentations and especially about the second tiny house groups. I really enjoyed our team and the whole project itself.
Let’s hope we changed something,
Sry for beeing late but i was just hapy with my upgraded blogs from week 5 and 6. So I had the feeling of kinda having completed it for a while. Nevertheless I hope I can still add my blog for week 7.
We talked about marketing approaches, user feedbacks and measurement.
The final video will hopefully be a big part of our marketing. Because this is what the tiny house community could show to potential “newbies” and convince them of the advantages of the tiny house way of life.
Of course you have to enlarge the online communities coeval to create a bigger base and so on more public awareness. What I mean is that the video is kind of useless if you can only show it to 3 people.
My idea for exploiting the users opinion is to make a blog like this where evreybody can give his feedback and share his ideas. In order to keep the people interested you have to blog frequently and respond to the posts, of course.
The measurement is more than just boring numburs. It’s actually very important to a community like they are. By the time they have their own website, they could for example measure how the hits increased after publishing our video. There are easy tools which count the IP-Addresses.
Since we started this project I realized that online communities, no matter which, can be a blessing and a course.
In bigger groups of people, it’s most of the time just genious how easy it is to communicate to each other and spread ideas. But for the individual person it can easily become a curse by making you the opposite of a social person and only living in the cyberworld instead of taking place in actual life.
So after a few hangouts with our NGO Shorty the assignments for our group got way clearer. When we were starting it was very confusing for me to have an overview of how we can help the tiny house community because in a group of 7 everybody has his own illusion. But now we have a more specified aim (giving tips and solutions for a functioning community). That’s our current situation.
We showed our final ideas (things we can’t really influence from here) to Shorty this Tuesday and got a great feedback once again. The last and most important part for us is to make a great video. This is our task for the next 2 weeks… We should not (only) think of it as a thing we have to hand in to get the best grade but as the biggest chance to help the people struggling to fullfil their dream of the tiny house villages. They should be able to use our little movie as a kind of advertisement to enlarge their audience.
So with this task we have to split up and make use of everybodys talents. As we want to put a introducing illustration in the video me and Femi Visual Communicators) are heading towards a difficult assignment. It has to be appealing AND easy to follow at the same time. But if we can manage to realize our thoughts and ideas it’s gonna be great. Even if we have to spend parts of our vacation time on it.
I cannot say much about the result but I’m pretty optimistic that our group can offer a great video in the end. It would be so great if this and the website the other group is working on would actually bring this sweet community a big step forward. It really has the potential and until the 3rd of November we are going to have long days to make it happen.
Maybe we had some start up problems because the tasks have been confusing. But after all of that gou more clear I just have to say that it’s always fun to meet you guys and as long as we keep the friendly but work-orientated climate in our group we can definately change a lot.
If you first think of the current situation of our NGO Shorty, crowdfunding seems like a perfect way of solving their money problems. But this is only the simple and naiv way to think about it.
The good sides of crowdfunding are pretty clear:
You can raise a lot of money out of a donating crowd without harming the single parties and this can give you a kickstart for starting of your project.
But this is exactly where the problems are hidden. In my opinion there’s a lot of pressure that comes with , because the people you got the money from do really have trust and interest in your project. That means they also want to see results as quick as possible. And if you can’t present these, the crowd can easily get upset. That’s what you have to avoid in any case.
So if you still want to use crowdfunding, it should really be the last part of your planing so you know your not going to end up struggling to show your donators results.
Crowdsourcing is way different. You don’t take anything but ideas and feedbacks from the people. I think it’s a very useful, if not necessary part of creating a functioning, well constructed community. It’s also part of the second groups work, because on the website they are going to offer Shorty, it’s pretty much about collecting the thoughts of the crowd.
if we want to help the tiny house community raise money we need to collect more specific ideas of what this community is all about in order to reach our target group. But also the crowdfunding website itself is important. In my last weeks research I came across the web page crowdlanding.com
They compare different crowdfunding websites and seem to be pretty trustful. I will also send it to shorty.
I’m not sure about the crowdsourcing process particulary in design projects, because I think it’s very hard to find conclusions everybody is happy with.
But in our situation, crowdsourcing is a really good oportunity, because by the internet we can connect so many people with the same interests and organize them so they work together. This will definetely get the project running faster.
CU in class,
So after we had a few hangouts with Shorty R. and Nancy our current situation is that we have to kind of develop a stratagy and approaches for our tiny house communitiy. Though we are all having our own function in the group our tasks, actions and results are different. Here’s about mine (and Femis): The situation got everybody thinking of solutions and usually we are writing all of them down on a big paper so we won’t forget something in the end. After a while this gets really confusing. That’s what my task was about last week. Try to visualize the thoughts on a new paper so the good ideas stick out. Our action included a meeting on a sunny afternoon where we had a lot of fun designing the sheet for our group.
I just don’t have a picture or the paper here at home so I can’t add it in this blog.
All in all I am really happy with our team. It’s a nice cooperation where everybody found his role.
Week 4: How I use social networks
Now that I desicribed the specific networks I used before, here is what I am using for my own, in smaller and in bigger groups:
I’m nearly only using these social networks to communicate and share things to friends, … Individually I’m only using Google+ for some research sometimes. I think nearly all of the others are meant to use them in bigger groups.
In general I can say:
If I want to contact 1 to 10 persons, these are the networks I prefer: WhatsApp (because mobile and quick), Google+
Bigger groups like our Open Innovator Group: Facebook, because everyone All in all I prefer WhatsApp for small group stuff and Google for Video- and Mailconversations.
Blog Week 3: (additional)
Personally I haven’t tried a lot of different social network platforms. I’m mainly using Facebook, Google+ and WhatsApp.
But what I experienced is:
Facebook is pretty good for sharing pictures, because it doesn’t change their size (e.g. WhatsApp does).
Google for me is more for serious (business) stuff and mailing and also keeping your things together. (e.g. the cloud)
WhatsApp is especially good for small groups to send their ideas and thoughts and get a quick response, because it’s easy to use and only for mobile phones.
For the last three weeks we used Tumblr more and more and I think it is very good for discussions that take a little longer to response, …
These are my previous expieriences,
Hey guys.. =)
so after 1 week of research and talking to my group members everything is getting more clear.
For example the main problems the tiny house communities are confronted with:
1. If you look for social media groups in this context you can find a lot of them.
But: We somehow have to connect them and so build a larger community, because like this it’s really hard to help them find solutions for their problems, interests and expectations.
2. Publicity: By connecting them and arrange some meetings and public projects we can help them to get attention and more members (maybe some donations).
The recent problem of our group is the missing conversation between us and the NGO, so if somebody gets to know where they respond faster than by mail, would be very useful to know.
I wrote Shorty Robbins but she also didn’t answer by now.
Looking forward to really get this started.