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Crowdsourcing and Online Social Structures

According to what our NGO needs I believe that what was approached on Theme 1 - Crowdsourcing and Online Social Structures is a way to solve the unmet need of the Tiny Houses Enthusiasts. That’s basically part of what my group is purposing on the final solution.

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. So by using the right online social structures, crowdsourcing can be really efficient in order that technology has fundamentally changed what means connections. And it goes that people working together with same cause and interests can reach followers to raise the project. Because you are able to talk to people from different zones and you can have access to this huge world of diversity. Which means our group focused on tasks working to learn the community needs and trying to be practical using the networks that is the door to make the world know about their purposes.

So I think a simpler and also effective solution for our NGO would be using the online social structures (because there’s a world of these networks in the web) to help to build the people community, make people aware and fundraising. Because of the network environment enable people to:

  • Express their identity by posting things about their community
  • Participate of networks communities in all over the world and get to know people
  • Discover and appropriate useful technologies that can connect them to other communities

Networks are for everyone and are really easy to learn to use and manage. But it requires dedication.

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Supporting Online Communities and Networks

Using online communities and networks in an innovative design are really useful. These things help to reach people with the same interests as yours so they can help and support your project! For example in this course apart from the common networks like FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.. I’ve learned about really effective networks to help  projects to raise like:

Kiva Zip is a micro-lending website. Kiva became famous for enabling anyone with an internet connection to lend as little as $5 to alleviate poverty. Kiva Zip takes this model even further by making it possible for lenders to send funds directly to the entrepreneurs they support.

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s like a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people.

Applied to the right online networks it’s important to have some principles to make it even more effective like: 

  •  Good and clear visual communication (Facilitate communication!)

A good and clear communication will facilitate the communication with the members and possible new members to the community. It can also call attention and make a good impression.

  • Encourage Repeated Exposure (Boost it!)

Make the community and its activities repeatedly visible to members so the member identification with the community will increase.

  • Provide Objective Information (Be authentic!)

Group identity can be enhanced online by giving people lots of information about target facts like ‘what’s the community?’, ‘how do they work?’, ‘where do they are located?’, ‘what do they want to achieve?’…

  • Apply Marketing Strategy

Like learned on week 7 it’s important to choose a marketing principle to guide help on the way you interact with each other and how to make the most of that.

A good an interesting point still unclear (for me) is how to use online multi-media presentations to improve all the principles said before. And that’s what I’m up to on next weeks lesson!

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Crowdsourcing/Crowdfunding use it or not?

Well, basically crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are about connecting people at a local level to create businesses that will benefit communities. While crowdsourcing is the online gathering of a group of people to share knowledge and wisdom to build a better product, crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.

It seems really nice to have this kind of support when you have a new project but many designers have the inclination to “go it alone” and not seek the input of other designers or end users. Probably the reason why designers do not use crowdsourcing or crowdfunding is because it is a process that is gonna require more time. For crowdfunding for example if you wanna be successful it requires:

  • firstly preparation to have a good marketing message to start it and also be awareness about who is your audience
  • secondly you have to build your tribe which means find people with the same interests than you so getting backers and not getting money
  • thirdly have authenticity (always) let people know exactly about your project and do not hide anything so that way they will know your cause and it would be easier to make them believe in it.

It is also important to remember to do not ask for money or say things like “we need money” it would be seem that you are begging for it and that is not nice.

Even though crowdfunding/crowdsourcing seems a way more interesting to start up with your project, designers usually try to find support on companies for the convenience and the faster process. It is really effective when a company likes your project because they can put money on it and it is gonna start growing a way faster than trying to raise money from crowdfunding/crowdsourcing. But it is important to remember that once you build your tribe with people that follows you in this common case you will aways have this support for next projects.

With our NGO (Tiny Houses Community) we’re advising them to create a start up. With the purpose of people are gonna be able to experience their projects closer. Like providing companies and people with social spaces. So that way they are going to start getting backers and those backers are gonna share their projects and it continues to grow… And at the end if they start crowdfunding they are gonna have a large group of people interested in them and it will be easier to raise the money.

This is all about having people believing in your cause with the same interests as you. Let’s find them! :D

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The Nostalgia Machine

The Nostalgia Machine:

This is something I really like to share! I’m not sure if you already know this but I found it amazing! I simply love music and it defines phases of my life, bring good and bad memories and it’s basically part of my life! So this Nostalgia Machine is kind of a ‘going back in time’ by listing to the most popular musics of the following years. You only have to pick a year and see an easy-to-digest list of pop music videos that might just remind you those memories from past. Fantastic!!

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Networks and I!!

I’m proud to say that I’m a network faithful user! I spend a lot of time in front of my laptop searching for things that I like. I’m not a really fan of social media networks like FaceBook, Tumblr, Instagram. I do participate of these social networks because as I’m living far away from my family and friends, those are good “places” to share information so they all can see it and check how my life is going here in Netherlands. As I have lived in many places (inside and outside Brazil) I like the fact that in these social media networks I can still keep in touch with friends I’ve made in other places.

Although I participate of these social networks I always keep it in privacy (only my friends can see my posts) because I really don’t feel comfortable sharing my personal information with people that I don’t know. I usually use skype as well so I can “get closer” to my family and closest friends.

What I really love about networks are the ones that you can listen to music like Spotify (I simply loooove it) or watch movies and TV series like Netflix and YouTube. This year I found out about a really useful network that you can rent places in other cities and countries - Airbnb! After I used it one time when I went to NYC in March of this year I couldn’t stop using it anymore. It’s an amazing to get to know people from other countries and save money by staying at their places!

I also enjoy networks about random things like StumbleUpon! It’s really useful for me because I can have access to information about things that I’m interested in. It’s super niceee!

Another way I use networks is to check out my favorite magazine’s websites (most of them I can not buy either here in Netherlands or in Brazil) so that another positive point about networks that I love.

But at the end for the good and bad times there’s always our “dear” Google! That we can always use search for many things. I think networks are like a universe of information and if you use it in the right way you will only get good things to your life. It’s comfortable, you can collect information you want about things you like from all over the world. So why don’t use it?

PS: This picture it’s only to illustrate how my social media networks are! But instead of this boy I don’t care! :) I just found this image funny though.

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Expectations…

After writing about my “brand new REstart” it’s obvious that my expectations about this course are the best. I have left everything for this so I will always give my best.

According to the dictionary Project means: “piece of planned work or activity that is completed over aperiod of time and intended to achieve a particular aim” and Community mens: “all the people who live in a particular area, or a group of peoplewho are considered as a unit because of their shared interests or background”. And that’s all about this course is gonna request us to do. A project to help a NGO “Tiny Houses Enthusiasts”.

So as a student I wanna improve my experience in contacting clients. I want to keep on “feeding” my curiosity about everything so it would be applicable in our NGO, Tiny House Enthusiasts to know as many things as I can from them and after that give them the best solution to solve their problems. I’m also wanna get better at working in group (a multicultural one) and of course I wanna learn as much as I can from my colleagues and from my tutor in this course Laura Stevens!

#projcomm14

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Brand new REstart…

The title of this post means exactly how I am right now. Before coming to The Hague I was in my 4th year of Design in The University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Everything was going okay in my life but I knew I needed something more than finish college, getting a job in a company in Brazil and make plans for the future. The fact is that I’m not good at planning or (sincerely) I hate making plans. So when I had the opportunity to come to The Hague and study at THUAS I simply left everything I had (family, boyfriend, dog, friends, car,…) to REstart. And guess what… I’m pretty sure I’ve made the best decision in my life.

Probably that’s one of those moments in life that you know nothing about the future and what comes is uncertainty amazing. And that’s what I want to do from now have more and more brand new REstarts in life.

Hope you enjoy to hear my ideas and thoughts about my experience through this course: Project Community.

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I’m here…

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo

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The first day

There was some confusedness in the air today  but I also experienced a few moments of clarification during the afternoon. I’m still a bit confused and unaware what our NGO is exactly doing and how are we going to contact them, but I understand the content of the course a bit better now.It was really useful that the link to Project Communities website was posted on Facebook before the course started. Reading some information and watching a few videos in advance made this day a bit less confusing. I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed so it’s better to prepare :D.

It’s important part of the course that we are helping our NGO to find more efficient ways to function and help them to find solutions for their problems but above of all the course is for us to learn how to use online communities and other networks during the design project and become aware of their potential.

Writing a blog is completely a new experience for me and it’s a bit scary to write and share my thoughts in public :D. I’ve never considered my self as a good writer especially when it’s about putting your thoughts on “paper”. To be honest doing it in English is a bit of a challenge as well but I’m enthusiastic of this opportunity to improve my self and learn from others.

Looking forward to know more about our NGO which is Children of Mexico, what kind of solutions our group will find for them and how our cooperation works out with the organization and in the group. I’m curious to know more about online meetings and actually participating in them.   

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