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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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

CrowdFundamentals on GlobalGiving – Introduction

CrowdFundamentals on GlobalGiving - Introduction
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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Nancy's Project Community Reflection

Thinking about Project…

Thinking about Project Communities:

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

Reflecting on Our Team Hangouts and Skype Calls: What has changed in week 5?

I can’t tell you how much fun the ProjectCommunity team calls have been for me this year. I hope they are somehow useful and enjoyable to you, the learners. So hold that thought because I’m going to ask you about that at the end of these quick reflections.

Here are the insights I think many teams are developing:

  • When you have many ideas, you have to prioritise and focus. I’ve starting asking teams about the criteria they are using to select their actual task for their client. We have been doing a lot of probing about value proposition — and for WHOM. Who is the target group of people? What do they want and need? How does that relate to the needs of their NGO clients?  IMG_7967
  • When you have a great idea, how and when do you know if it needs to be “let go?” On this morning’s call, that was a great insight from one team. They had a really terrific idea, but it might not yet be the right time to execute that idea. So they may have to defer it or even let it go. Hard, hard, hard!
  • For almost all of the projects, there is a need to address at least three areas (see picture to the right): The content involved, the social architecture, and the . KEY HINT TO GROUPS who share a client: these things need to work BETWEEN your offerings to your client, not in competition with each team!
  • The essence of Project Community is not how good one idea can be, but how the amplifying power of communities and networks can make that idea, that seed, grow into something bigger and valuable to the NGO client. The teams are just now starting to connect those dots. What is the network implication of their ideas? How can they grow and scale?
  • The challenge of bringing ideas to a client also requires looking at the resources, time, inclination of the client to execute those ideas. I think we need to consider or talk about how we evaluate the feasibility of an idea. Not just how clever it is. What are the cost/benefit implications for the client?
  • Finally, I have been asking most of the groups to stop, reflect  and capture what they are learning. What are you learning? What are the implications for you? For your client? Why? Why? If we wait and try and capture all of these at the end, very often we can’t pull them out. These reflections, however, are an important way to see if value has been created. Value for each learner. Value for the client. Capturing these things in some way now can also make them available later when the teams have to make their final video/product presentation. (Yes, make a short reflective video each week. Ask your clients if you can record a quick reflection of their insights each week. Use snippets in your final product? Drawings? Great, take a picture now. White board doodle? Capture it. A lot will be left “on the cutting room floor” but trying to remember and recreate these things at the end of the course? Awfully hard!

Ok, I promised a question back to all of you at the end. I actually have two and I would LOVE your answers in the comments.

  • What is working in our team meetings together? What can be improved?
  • What is the most interesting or useful insight YOU have had so far?

I look forward to your answers.

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Honest reflection

Sometimes the difficult thing of being a teacher is that you don’t have all the answers, but you feel you are supposed to. Fortunately in IDE we have a different appraoch. But still there is always enough space for self-doubt when you are trying to do things right. I’ve been planned in for more tha 110% and to avoid the brink of burn-out that I was on last year, I am not doing as much of my tasks a would normally do. So in theory it sounds OK, I’ve agreed with my manager that I can’t do everything to my normal quality standards and in that way stay sane at work. But then there is still stuff niggling me, about not deliverign my usual quality. I can really see that in my blog comments. I’ve been writing them one after the other and they are full of typos. (When I get tired I alsways make loads more typos) I can’t spend even more time on giving comments. But then I would comment of students if they have lots of typos in their posts because it is sloppy and looks as if they don’t really care about their blogds. But I am all about walking the talk, practicing what you preach. Sometimes it’s just not that easy. Well anyway, it teaches me empathy with the students and their stress. There is always somethign to learn!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Meggie's Project Communities Blog

What does “real” mean?

I’m enjoying reading everyone’s blog posts this week, but one thing has me puzzled. People seem to categorize F2F interaction as ‘real.” Does that mean online interactions are “fake,” “unreal,” or what? I’m confused!

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓:

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓:

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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 “” 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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

Insight from a Past Project Community Person

BartI was tweeting with @BartHoekstra and lo and behold, he was willing to share some of his insights with the #projcomm14 team. So here it is, with a big thank to Bart!

Two years ago now, I was, just like you, taking part in Project Communities (#projcomm12 back then). Since then, I’ve quit the course and started studying Future Planet Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I found out I’m more of an academic interested in the systemic future challenges of our society than a designer trying to tackle specific issues through the power of designed interventions. Nevertheless, being a long-time Twitter ‘friend’ (we’re mutual followers) of Maarten I saw him favorite a tweet in which Nancy (whom I still follow as well) asked her followers to comment on your blog posts. Since I’m still interested in what Industrial Design Engineering students are doing, I decided to take a look.

Looking back at my Project Communities experience, I remember it being a very interesting project. I’m an avid user (and critic) of online communication and collaboration platforms, which is why you can literally find me everywhere online. Yet the project still made me think of new ways of using the kind of tools/platforms I used so often. I’m not entirely sure anymore of what exactly my project was about, but I remember working on something combining the principles/features of Ushahidi and OpenIdeo for charity:water.

Nancy linked to the ‘Pure Awesomeness in Dannyland’ blog page. One of the writer’s blogs mentions the importance of hearing and seeing people’s needs. Now that I’m not part of the project anymore, it becomes clear how hard it is for an outsider to have any idea of what it is exactly that you’re doing. (Heck, it’s quite possible that you don’t even know yourself.) I mentioned that to Nancy and she asked me to write a guest blog about that. As an outsider, I clearly have different needs that need to be fulfilled in order for me to respond. So here are my 2 cents (2 tips)

1. Ask specific questions

I think the internet is a great place for public discussion and collaboration. Although many comment sections are best left ignored (especially on bigger (news-related) websites or Youtube), personal and small-scale blogs are still great discussion platforms.

Depending on the goal of your blog post, you might want to receive feedback from others on what you have written. In my experience it’s very important that a blog therefore either addresses or poses a specific question or sparks a discussion through a bit of controversy. If that’s missing it becomes really hard for an outsider to comment on what you’ve written.

So I’d totally recommend to ask specific questions that you would like to discuss in the comment section of your blog posts. Doing so would make it much easier for others to participate. Especially to strangers that lowers the threshold to comment significantly. It’s remarkable how willing people are to help and voice their opinions about things when asked. A good example of that might be a question I posed during my Society and You project on Quora. It’s amazing to see how such a, perhaps seemingly trivial, question about food preparation can spark such elaborate replies.

2. Provide a clear and interesting title

When scanning the list of blog posts you’ve written, it occurred to me that many titles either are kind-of creative-y and hard to comprehend or — quite frankly — a little boring. Although to some it might sound either sophisticated or very interesting, I think it does not encourage a visitor to actually take a look, especially when that visitor is a stranger to you.

Again, it depends on the goal of your blog post, but I can imagine that you’d like as many people as possible to actually see and read what you’ve written. In my opinion good titles for blogs strike a balance between being overly clear and perhaps somewhat click-baity. In other words: somewhere in between what you’d read on the BBC website and Upworthy’s Facebook post. The first could be ‘Client reception of proposal’, the latter ‘These students spoke with their client and you’d never imagine their response’. Somewhere in a balanced middle would be ideal, I think.

So, my recommendation would be to find out what kind of a title works for you and the audience you (want to) write for. What would you click on yourself? Which posts seem to resonate the most with your audience and how could it be the title affects that?

Now, as a matter of good practice I have a question for you: What triggers you to comment on an article or blog you read? In case you never comment anywhere, why is that and what could change that?

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