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#projcomm14, die, 22.10.2014

3 great possibilities!

This is probably going to be my last blog post in project communities! I learned many things during the last 6 weeks and a I had a lot of fun with my team members, but also with my NGO :)!

I would like to reflect about the key role considering online platforms for my NGO during this blog post!

Which of the themes were the most useful topics to help our NGO? Why where they the most useful topics? What should be the solution for our NGO?

So our challenge for CNCPTMKR was: “How can CNCPTMKR collaborate with specialists in the world” :)?

I personally believe that the 3 most important roles for CNCPTMKR are: Crowdsourcing, Work Team and Marketing.

I think crowdsourcing could help Maarten (CNCTPMKR) effectively. He is running his own company alone at that point of time. Therefore it might not really be possible for him to create and to develop new Ideas – to get new views. Getting very active in Crowdsourcing would be great! He could gather a lot of new ideas, getting inspired by other people and he would be able to run his business next to it during this time :)!

Nether the less maybe a good Work Team would be also a great idea! A Work Team makes sense, because Teamwork supports a more empowered way of working and removes constraints which may prevent someone doing their job properly. Furthermore does Teamwork foster flexibility and responsiveness, especially the ability to respond to change! And to achieve a goal with a partner is also a lot of fun!!

Marketing is another very important point :). We learned that a good marketing strategy is the key to success during the last week! The reason that marketing is so important to businesses is that it is how you get customers. Clearly nobody is going to walk into your office and ask for whatever it is that you are selling unless they know that you are there and what you are selling. The way that you make sure that they do know is through marketing. It seemed to me that all companies understand the need for marketing but most of them do not really implement it!

CNCPTMKR already knows that marketing is important, because Maarten is represented on almost every social network (e.g. facebook, twitter, LinkIn). But during our Online Survey/University Survey/Street Survey we figured out that only a few know CNCPTMKR ..

Therefore I believe that it would be very good to work on these points:

  1. People are getting know CNCPTMKR
  2. Building up a stronger “marketing” network

Share your thoughts with me!  Do you have any other ideas: “How CNCPTMKR could collaborate in a better way with specialists” :)?

Thank you for reading, Ronja :).

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#projcomm14, ide, 15.10.2014

Creating an own community?

We are starting into week 6! Today I would like to reflect about what I learned by using online communities and networks in innovative design.

I learned that online communities and networks in innovative design are very useful! Innovative design means that innovators have to create something unknown. New concepts are disruptive but this doesn’t means that it is impossible. So why not making it possible with the help of a community through crowdfunding or crowdsourcing? You are easily getting a huge variety of ideas and you can already use your community as a possible target group.

I personally believe that knowing why your customer (community) cares about you is the main design principle in creating online communities. You need to create a platform which only exists ones in the world. A platform/community were only your customer cares about! A platform were one common point is shared by the whole community!  Because there are plenty of other communities in the world.  I learned this point during week 3, when we were comparing different websites (e.g. FarmHack, Innocentive) for CNCPTMKR. There are already a lot of communities about sustainable agriculture. But why is CNCPTMKR so unique? We figured out that CNCPTMKR is so unique, cause of the fact that Maarten believes in empowering his customers to do a better job in ‘moving social innovation forward’! No other website had that point!

What happens if you do not know the answer to the question: “Why are they caring about me”? Just go out and ask your costumers: Why do they care about you? What do they love about your product/service? I’m sure that they will be happy to give you an answer about that :).

What about fostering an online community? I personally made the experience that fostering the online community is an important factor! If you do not care about your customers, business partners or your community – who else will do it for you? Probably no one and that means that you are losing from time to time customers/users. You need to be active in your own community, in other communities, on social networks (e.g. facebook, twitter) or in “real life”. That all costs a lot of time! Therefore you need to be willing to spend all that time. But in the end it will be definitely worth it!

During the next weeks I wold like to learn how and when the best time would be to create a platform for companies? Would it be useful to create a platform if I’ve got 100 customers or would it be better if I’ve 1000 customers? Or are 1000 customers still not enough to create an own platform.

What are you guys thinking about opening an own community/platform? When would be the best time? Or is it all about a good marketing strategic?

Thanks for reading and till next week, cheers,

Roni :).

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#ProjComm14, 08.10.2014

Where is the time?!

Time goes by so fast! I’m already here for over 1 month!! In the project community course we are starting into week 6 now :).

During the last week we were talking about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. Therefore I would like to make clear what crowdsourcing and crowdfunding means.

Crowdsourcing is the process of getting work or funding, usually online, from a crowd of people. The idea is to take work and outsource it to a crowd of workers.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Crowdfunding “Organisations” are using the internet to talk to thousands – if not millions – of potential funders.

It is easy to see the appeal of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. You can achieve a lot of things during a short period of time (whether project or raising money), because millions of different people (culture, occupation, etc.) are working together on one aim. You can share the work and you still will be a part of the end result!

But what about crowdsourcing in design? What are the pros and the cons of using crowdsourcing?

I personally believe that if you want to have a good result with crowdsourcing you need to be a person who loves teamwork! You need to be willing to share your ideas, your creativity and your time. Because talking/discussing with such a large group of people can cost you a lot of time.  But if you want to make it easier, you can also decide to divide your team in different group sizes. You could use groups out of 7 members, 13 members, 50 members, 90 members or 150 members.

All of the sizes do have their advantages and disadvantages. When you are member of a small group you are faster in making decisions that in a big group, but in a big group you do have more ideas/opinions rather than in a small group. (If you want to know more about group sizes see: Life with Alacrity, Community by the numbers!)

But what is if you want to “go it alone”, especially as a designer? And not to seek the input of other designers, but still want to make kind of use from crowdsourcing? I would like to make the point, how you could use crowdsourcing in a good way, clear with an example: If you are still looking for a logo design, but you are not in the mood to create one at the moment, you could tell a crowd of designers what you want, how much you will pay, and your deadline. All interested designers will create a finished design specifically for you, and you can keep whichever design you like the best.

Therefore there is no need to invest you own ideas or your own time, but you still need to consider that by doing design this way crowdsourcing actually increases the quality and decreases the price, compared to online freelancing.

I love that idea of working alone as a designer but still make use of the crowd (explanation above)!

What are you guys thinking about crowdsourcing in design?

Thank you for reading, cheers, Ronja :).

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#projcomm14, ide, 29.09.2014

Yeah, group work :D?!

We are starting now to get into week five. Therefore my refection is about week four.

Today I would like to write something about my/our group work. What is challenging for me? What is one thing I might want to do differently in the coming weeks to improve my experience and the group work?

To structure it a little bit I would like to talk about my group in general first: My group consist out of 6 members: Peter from Germany, Tomas from the Netherlands, Nguyen from Vietnam, Sebastian from Germany and Larissa from Brazil. We are working since the 08.09.2014 together and we are having regularly group meetings each Tuesday and Friday (next to the classes on Wednesday).

I enjoy joining those group meetings, because I have the feeling of “today we managed a lot” afterwards. During the group meetings we are trying to split the tasks evenly, so that everyone can do something for the group, but also for him/herself. I also like the way we are talking with each other about each opinions of a special topic – respectful.

Nether the less hearing each opinions is always a challenge for me. I’m not used to work in teams and considering each’s opinion in the end result. Furthermore it is hard for me not to lose my concentration when someone is explaining their thoughts or points to me, because each explanation takes quite a long time, cause of the language barrier.

Actually those situations do not really happen that often, because I’ve got the feeling, that rarely someone is sharing their opinion. I’ve got more or less the feeling that Tomas or I talk most of the time. I’m always trying to improve it by involve the others through asking: What do you think about it? What is your point of view?

Another point what we need to do different in the coming weeks is our Basecamp activity! I would be very grateful if we could use Basecamp in a different way! We all had the Basecamp Tour and figured out some pretty cool tools on Wednesday! It seemed to me that our group is not really into that program last week, but maybe it is changing this week? I would be happy :)!

When I’m rereading my reflection I think I mentioned a lot of negative points, but all in all we are a good group, I’m happy with my group and we are doing a great job!

A question for my team members: Could you give me an insight of what you are thinking about the part: hearing other opinions or not sharing your opinion. Are you guys used to consider other opinions in the end result? What can I do different?

Thanks for reading, cheers, Ronja :).

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– our spidergram for CNCPTMKR, Den Haag –

- our spidergram for CNCPTMKR, Den Haag -

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#projcomm14, ide, 24.09.2014

Week four is going to start tomorrow and I would like to summarize the last week. During week 3 we needed to think about: What does our NGO needs? What is their purpose and what are their design needs? What would be the best technology strategic?

We decided to make a Spidergram as an technology strategic for our NGO CNCPTMKR. But first we needed to figure out: What is a Spidergram? A Spidergram is a graph with a “Spider body”. In the centre you will find the main idea: Building a platform, where CNCPTMR can interact with specialist around the globe. Then every “Spider leg” becomes a label/point what we think is important to consider, when thinking of our main idea.

But what kinds of points are important to consider?  We had two possibilities to find that out:

  1. We compare different websites with each other to figure out, what kind of information/tools they are providing. And what we think is necessarily. So for example did we compare Enviu and Innocentive. We came to the conclusion that: Projects, Connectivity, Profiles, The development of the community, Access to expertise, Database, Communication Tools, Open ended conversations and Context relevance, are the most relevant points to consider.
  2. Thinking about our own online spaces/ networks. What do I personally think or like about my platforms? I manly use online spaces /networks/ platforms to harvest information. For me it is very important to get a view from different people about a special topic. Interacting with people is therefore also very important! Maybe I didn’t consider everything in my view – or other people do not see my points as important as I do.  But to keep those connections active I also like/need to share my knowledge or my point of view :). The most valuable point for me at an online platform/space is that you get in contact with a lot of different groups. And building up contacts is so easy!!

Because of this I believe that it is also important for CNCPTMKR to have as many different views as possible at one topic! Therefore a wide community with different cultures is necessary. Maybe it is possible to connect that point with “Profiles” and “Development of community” (see 1.).

After finding out the important points, we didn’t know the view of Maarten. That’s the reason why we decided to have another GoToMeeting with Maarten on Tuesday. Excited about what he would say, we called him. During the talk he said that he really likes our points, but also mentioned that we need to figure out clear definitions about the points, so that it is easier for him to understand what we are meaning under e.g. Projects or Connectivity?

Therefore we made a kind of a summery for each point to understand for ourselves what we are meaning. That was really helpful! Thank you again for the tip :)!

And please let me know if you’ve got other suggestions about our Spidergram!

Thank you very much for ready and for your comments, Ronja :).

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#projcomm14, ide, 16.09.14

It is now already the end of week two and we as a group managed a lot of things during this week. I’m very happy about the result, cheers guys for the great team work :).

We received our task from Janneke via basecamp last week. Building a network of specialist: How can CNCPTMKR effectively collaborate with specialist form around the globe? My first thought was“Wow that’s a huge question”. But after some brainstorming with the team, we easily figured out what the question was about. CNCPTMKR needs a platform where specialist can collaborate with each other. Sounds so easy …  but what kind of platform? Who are the specialists? What about meeting up personally? How do we contact these specialists?

We all had a lot of questions in our heads. But who could answer only a few of them? Nancy was our first thought! So we asked her for a Skype/Google Hangout meeting and happily she said yes. During the meeting she introduced us to a lot of different platforms, from which we have never heard – e.g. collaborating minds, UN Volunteers and so on. Or would it be better to open a completely new platform only for CNCPTMKR? But then, how do we make people (specialists) care to take a look on that new website, when other websites with the same topic already exist?

Mhm ..  so many new questions about our task. If we would talk to Maarten, would there be no questions about our task anymore? Well, we will see.

We had a GoToMeeting with Maarten yesterday in the morning. Starting point: a lot of questions.

Ending point: a lot of new questions.

Sounds a little bit disappointing? Not at all! We figured a lot of things with Maarten out. We do know now, what he is expecting from us, who are the specialists (e.g. designers, entrepreneurs), which kind of platforms he prefers (e.g., what his job at Solidaridad is and so on :). Thank you again for your time and the advice: “Think “small” - what kind of platform would you need as a group?”,  Maarten :).

So now we are working on the part: How do we get as many information’s as possible about building up a Platform for CNCPTMKR? How can we do an online and offline platform? What about (online) investors? Which tools could we use? Or should we go back and thinking about joining an online platform? Any ideas? Or any other aspects that we need to consider?

 Please share them with me :)!

Thanks for reading and hopefully till next week, namaste, Roni :).

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#projcomm14, ide, 11.09.2014

Well I already did a lot of blogging over the last year, but I never had a blog were I wrote down my own thoughts, about me, about other students, about an NGO, or about any kind of project. I’m sure that I will love it, because I love pretty much everything what I’m doing. So why not looking ahead without any fear, about that project? Yes I should do that, cause that’s me. So here we go!!

Our first lesson of project community was held on the 11.09.2014. In total we were 14 students, divided into 3 groups. My group consist out of 5 students: Nguyen, Tomas, Sebastian, Peter and me. I already knew Nguyen, Tomas, Sebastian and Peter, cause we were in a group last week.

I do really like these guys :). It is so easy to get along with them, but mostly it is just fun! Nguyen is from Vietnam, Tomas from the Netherlands, Sebastian, Peter and me are from Germany. So we are not really mixed, but do still have different opinions about some basic topics. Last but not least: Everyone of us can fulfil their own personality and in the end everything worked out as a team :).

Now to the “#projcomm14”.

What I really learned over the last week/today is that it is very important to use online networks as a student or as a designer. I deleted my Facebook account probably 1 month ago, because I was just fed up with that kind of “social network pressure”. But now I learned that I can also use it in a good way (e.g. student groups) and reopened it again. I also opened an account on Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube (?!?).  So during the next weeks I would like to learn how I can use the applications of online communities and networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) in a useful and good way. Especially regarding to our NGO, Maarten van Leeuwen founder of CNCPTMKR. How is it possible that I/we can help him with our online applications when he is already doing online strategies or social media management? I’m definitely looking forward to it :D!

Thanks for reading all my thoughts, looking forward to your comments, cheers, Roni :).

I forgot to tell my specialty quality which I can offer. Well my qualities are: I’m happy, I do have a good organisation and I always try to find a solution where everyone agrees, cheers  :).

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