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A story has no beginning or end

Hello everyone!

It is the end of the module which means the end of projectcommunity :,( but i shouldn’t start saying farewell already as me and our group are leaving a ‘never forgetting solution’. 

Our group’s theme was both crowdfunding ad crowdsourcing but at the end we decided taking into account CoM’s needs that crowdsourcing will be most ideal for them however we still have some solution in terms of crowdfunding for them. 

The main issue

The main issue our NGO had was the amount of volunteers or the board members as there were only 5 people. The problem is that none of them do their jobs seriously, theirs only one person who almost does everything because the other people aren’t serious. After a lot of hangouts the solution we came up with was that they need a lot of volunteers so they need to have as many volunteers they can for various things such as updating their website, organizing events, helping in any other way. Also taking into account that these volunteers also includes students from universities and schools.

But first they need to advertise them not only through social media but also differently. And also they first need to target people in Holland to join the NGO.                                                                                          

As a solution our group found an ideal website for solving this problem, we contacted these people and got all the information and it is a very good way of promoting as a NGO in Holland and also getting volunteers.As to get the best volunteers you need to advertise you NGO in a way that even students would want to volunteers. Also this website has a time period for how long one can volunteer for a particular event which is also very essential.

Corwdfunding

The other issue that the NGO has is they aren’t getting enough funds. So after a lot research we found a website where again the NGO can promote and advertise themselves by putting up a video which can be done after they have enough volunteers so it can be seen as a ‘after result’ of crowdsourcing.

Final Video

Our video is actually structured as metaphor of a growing tree and it is divided as the ‘Me,We and Many’ network which is done in the presentation software Prezi. So the video starts with the roots which is where the NGO is with its problems and it moves up to the stems to the solution and then at the end towards the leaves and the fruits to the after effects or what happens next. 

The End

This experience has been amazing because I remember i started off with knowing nothing i had a slight idea of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing but now i actually learned a lot of things and to be honest I felt like everything was going to fast but I learned a lot of things not only about NGOs and how to approach them but also how to write blogs and how to make people actually read your stuff. How to say promote yourself and the things you want the other person to see.

Also most important group work, decision making, listening to others, tolerating each other, coming up with different ideas and putting it up together and meeting up even during holidays yes that was a big challenge for me but you have to play your part as well because everyone is doing it!

WISH US LUCK!

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Peace!

Sunbel 

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Last post about the project.

Hello my potential readers!

The module is about to end. So this is the high time to deliver our presentations with problem solutions. 

Since last two weeks I am really into the topic of reciting audiovisual expressions. Also for my other – Personal Branding I need to make a movie. For me this is just the beginning of the journey.

The most challenging part about audiovisual presentations is a fact that we are designer and we always have to go one step ahead, we have to constantly challenge ourselves. The presentations is just not simply a content.

So, what has to be there in a good presentation?

  1. Explain your content in easy to understand way
  2. Take care of a nice look
  3. Make it interesting. Use examples!
  4. For designers: Make it special!

No, designer doesn’t have such an easy life. So, I will try to practice it by making my day and people in my surroundings a bit more special every day. 

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We are done with the project now, the presentation is ready and solution described. I hope the it would useful for CoM. 

I want to also add that I learnt a lot during these two months. I learned not only about social networks and NGOs, but also about myself, my skills and how to work in a group. I understood that a crowd can be a really powrfull tool if you want to achieve your goal. The methods such as crowdfunding and crowdsoarcing show that ou jsut need to have a good idea and desribe it well, and then easily you will find your supporters. It is not only beneficial for orgnaisations, but also for designers and promotion of their prodcuts or ideas.

At the ned, I want also to thank my team for working well together. I think that everybody tried to contribute it and share skills and knowledge they have. Thank you, guys! We made it till the end.

Cheers, K.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Karolina's thoughts on Project Community 2014.

Week 8 – Looking back

It is week 8, and we’ve had our last class of project communities. Time to look back at what we’ve done.

Out of all the topics we dealt with during the course, crowdsourcing is the topic that my group most used for advise to help Children of Mexico. Of course this is because we were assigned to focus on crowdsourcing and –funding. But still, I personally think it is very important for CoM to make use of the possibilities of crowdsourcing.
As the organization consists of only five board members who work on CoM in their free time, both their manpower and time resources are very limited.  By crowdsourcing, they could transfer tasks they can’t take care of enough themselves to volunteers. They can help with updating the website and social media, help advertising or with crowdfunding campaigns.
For example, as we explain in our video, a campaign video really influences the success of a crowdfunding campaign. Henning told us about his idea to produce video documentations about children’s life in Mexico. CoM would need volunteers who have knowledge in video editing or media representation to realize that idea. If they also produce a campaign video, the use of crowdsourcing could increase the success of crowdfunding.
Also, the NGO’s network would be increased. So far, CoM’s network consist mainly of people they know personally: friends, parents of their children’s friends etc. If they employed volunteers, those volunteers would be included into the network. As they will most likely talk about their work to others, more people will become aware about the NGO. And of course, the online network can be increased if CoM and their volunteers work together effectively.
Another positive effect can be that the higher number of people involved in the project can lead to more new ideas.
So overall, I think that effective crowdsourcing can be the key to success for organizations like CoM.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Project communities 2014

Last week and what really should matter for our NGO

The last week of this project has come and time went by more than the word quickly could ever describe.  The topics we have learnt over the last few weeks have been divers but I’d like to point out one of them.

CROWDSOURCING.

Why? Ok let’s start at the beginning. The unmet need of our NGO is basically that they would like to make more money to work with than they have done so far. But what does that mean simply asking people to give them more money. Nope that won’t work or at least it wouldn’t be so sustainable.

The biggest issue of our NGO is the lack of man power  they have no one to take really care of essential things as the online appearance or such things as promotion and advertisement.  

Advantages of crowdsourcing?

  1. Possibilities to outsource essential work
  2. Extending your network of people outside the exciting structures
  3. Increasing awareness level

In my opinion it will be essential for them to sort out there basic structures so far. The five board members which are pretty much the NGO have to either take their roles serious or they should use such described resources the outsource these tasks. Another positive effect would be that the chance is pretty high that these people would automatically start talking about their new roles which not only mean that they start to identify with the project they might also promote and advertise it for you. On top of this, new people always create new ideas or at least bring some fresh air into such projects. It seems to me that the work which is happening around the NGO is pretty lethargic and events to raise money are quite repetitive. It doesn’t really appeal to people if you keep on doing the same.

Overall, building up structures without crowdsourcing seems to be impossible for our NGO right now. The amount of work which needs to be done to reactivate the project is too much for five maybe even less people.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Open thoughts - Michael

Week 8

The end is near

This is the week when we are actually starting to put together all of our findings and starting to produce the final 5 minute video. This is slightly more stressful for me than other members in my group because I am the one who actually has to write the script and edit the video. This job was appointed to me in the beginning of this project and I am starting to feel the pressure. 

As our group is concentrating on finding crowdfunding and crowdsourcing strategies that would help our NGO, I have found the weeks where we discussed crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, the most useful weeks out of all of the 8 weeks in this project. I also think that week 7 was also really useful, because we had the introduction to video making from Shahab. This is obviously helpful for me, because I am the one who is producing the video for our group. So taking everything into consideration, I think that we have a pretty decent plan on what we are doing in the video. We agreed early on that we were going to record a presentation style video, which I think is good for this purpose, because presentations tend to be very informative, and this will ultimately help our NGO the most. Despite this, I agree with Gabriela, that this type of video is quite boring and not visually appealing, but I still think that a presentation would be the best way of communicating our thoughts to the NGO. In this case, I am also taking into consideration the lack of video editing skills that our group has. Because of this, I think that it is better to play it safe and not try to overreach. Actually because of the feedback from Gabriela, we have agreed with Michael, that we will try and record some video clips that we will try and add to the video within the slides. I think we are going to try and make it more humorous, to bring some balance into the video; so the voiceover will be serious and then the visuals will be more light-hearted. Coming back to the unmet needs of our NGO, I do think that the work that our group are doing would potentially help the NGO the most, because it would help them to get donations more effectively and it will also extend their network. I’m not trying to undermine the work that the other two groups are doing, but I think that crowdfunding and crowdsourcing could potentially have the biggest impact in our NGO’s success. However, I also think that the NGO needs to work on their social media appearance and their website before hand, so this ties in with the work that the other groups are doing.

So yeah I think that we are tackling good issues that are really holding our NGO back, and hopefully our videos will be informative enough to help the NGO overcome these things. Speaking of which, I need to start writing the script for the video now…. so bye! 

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Project Communities - Jonatan S

Week 7 – Connect to the world

In this course, I have learned a lot about online communities and networks. They are not only a way to stay in touch with friends - what I mainly use them for. Online networks and the way you use them can be an important factor to one’s success.
I’ve mainly learned that through our work with Children of Mexico. They use their offline networks as much as they can by involving friends or parents from their children’s school. Of course this is not enough for a NGO to collect a considerable amount of money and to really change something. But just setting up a website, facebook and twitter page doesn’t change the situation significantly.
It’s not about whether you use online communities, but about how you use them. 
The content you post, how frequently you post something, if you interact with your followers or clients - those are the essential factors. And those points need to be adapted to your goals and target group. 

Online networks can connect you to the world - if you use them the right way (Source: https://www.tcd.ie/wiser/build-profile/tools/networking/iStock_000009588509XSmall.jpg)

So my design principles for using online networks are:

  • Define your goal - What do you use online networks for? Promotion, sharing information, staying in touch? 
  • Define your target group - Who should your website attract? Which kind of people would be interested in your cause, who could help you gettin further?
  • Reseach on platforms - How can you reach your target group best and how can you achieve your goals? Not every platform is suitable to your needs!
  • Stay active - Regularily post content, interact with people: No one will be interested in an inactive and (seemingly?) unlovingly treated site.
  • Reflect - Which approaches were successful? How did people react? Even negative user feedback is helpful if you approach it the right way.

You see, there are a lot of things to consider if you want to use online networks. Although seeting up a facebook page or signing up at a crowdfunding site may not seem difficult or like something you can just do in your 5 minute break, you shouldn’t treat it lightly. In order to successfully use your online networks you have to dedicate a lot of time to it and thoroughly plan and reflect on your actions.

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Let out and Let in!

Hello!

Not knowing much about marketing. Its hard to believe that i actually know things related to this now and also feel kind of interested towards it.

Moving towards what the topic of the last class, online communities, networks and marketing. We watched a video like always, the video didn’t really move me but the second video about 4ps was very interesting and useful. 

Online Communities and Networks in Innovative design:

On what i have researched so far there are a lot platforms and the online community is increasing and increasing. An online community can be based on a specific topic or reason or just something completely vague. Having a bit knowledge about this as I am part of a video game online community. As an innovator designer what i have learnt about online communities and networks that when you are promoting your company or product it is cost-less and also your get exposure to different communities worldwide and hence create more and more networks.

Also I think for our NGO that joining in online communities and building up networks is very important for the NGO to make its voice reach people in every corner of the world. Also talking about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding they need volunteers and also networks.

Principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks:

 According to my experience so far in this course and this project the main principles i think:

  1. Its all about the client!
  2. Marketing approach. Set up target group: what kind of target do you want? Would they be useful?
  3.  User feedback & answer support: Dare to ask people for feedback, learn from other people! Let Our and Let in!
  4. Value proposition (promise efficiency to client/NGO) Formulate the value proposition of your client. How to work for client? What can you learn from the user feedback and customer support? What si what your client wants or what can they handle? What is needed to do all of this?
  5. Its all about researching!

This is all about how to approach client and for me these principles are very essential and also what I have learned so far.

 

What I want to learn?

Finally something what I want! In relation to this topic I would like to learn more about promoting, advertising. How would you promote yourself or you r project to the world? How would you make yourself known around the world? We have done a bit about this but not too much in depth. The reason why I want to this is because looking at our NGO i have realized the thing they are lacking the most is promotion, they aren’t selling themselves much and learning from that I think it is very essential for me if i ever become and innovative designer or even an entrepreneur. 

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"Let people hear you!" Zain Sarfaraz (my brother)

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We are towards the end of our course and I hope we succeed with our goal in helping the NGO now that we have had our meeting with Henning again we know more about what are the needs of the NGO what can be done to fulfill the needs.

That’s All Folks!

Peace! 

Sunbel

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Show me your website, and I will tell you who you are.

Hello my potential readers!

WELCOME TO THE ONLINE WORLD        

Welcome to the Online World, my friend. Internet has changed the world. Thanks to it we can, in a very fast way, reach people and data from all over the globe. Online communities and networks become more and more important. It gives a lot of new possibilities for innovative designers. Some of the products exist only online.

The Online World became a place to be for innovative designers. If you don’t exist in google, it is very likely that you don’t exist at all. Thanks to Internet the world became much smaller. Designers can reach their customers without any go-between. The Online World give them also bigger freedom to create for any target group they like. They are not limited by preferences of their compatriots.

I have learnt a lot about the importance of online communities and networks during my work on the project for NGO. These communities are extremely significant in everyday life of such organization. The engaged facebook page or twitter profile can be crucial for NGO’s popularity. This how you present yourself online, is a visit card for many potential donators or customers.

FUTURE

As a future designer, it is really good for me to know how online communities and networks work. I was always unhappy about this that now everything is happening online. We waste so much time just scrolling facebook. But thanks to this course I have understood that it can be a great of importance for my future career.

Internet is a great place to start with. At very this moment I can do something to interest somebody with my work. Although I don’t have a specific plan ready. But what I can do is to collect my works and start from a portfolio. And maybe somebody would feel interested in my works.

COCA COLA

One more thing which I have learnt during this week, came from the TED talk video of Melinda Gates. Gates gives an example of Coca Cola company and how well their marketing strategies work like. NGOs, individual designers and even government should learn from this company. If Coca Cola can reach everybody, why condoms or toilets can’t follow this success?

Myself I am interested in social design and this quite new approach for developing ideas. We have to realize that world is so beautiful, because it is so different. We can’t apply the same thing for everybody on the globe. First we should understand people and region where they live, and then we can design. First we should know for whom we design. 

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What I’ve learned and why is that so complicated?

Even though it says in the prompt that this week questions are easy those parts are for me the most difficult one. What have you actually learned? It’s one of those questions where you can write everything and nothing, but summarized it’s meaningless. Therefore, I’ll did a little “reflectional brainstorm”

Results:

  1. There are far too many platforms where people are networking and sharing their knowledge to know and work with all of them.
  2. So research about your research is important. You have to figure out; what do I want to know? Which community is the right one for my purpose and why? Do I like to have a broad or a more specific opinion? In which area do I have to look (social, technology, education, sport etc.) to find the right answer?
  3. Choose and build your network as well as your community wisely. Therefore think about all this questions before you start working with them. It’ll help you to stay on track.
  4. Create specific questions to receive a good result.
  5.  The last one… Don’t be afraid to ask for help and opinions if you get stuck or if you are unsure about whatever you are working on. Online communities and your network can only help. Even though if you sometimes don’t get the answer you wanted to hear, at least it might give you some new insights and/or directions.

Those results are also some kind of my principles, especially the last point. Because what I’ve seen throughout the course is that it doesn’t work or let’s say it’s more efficient to use other experience to increase your experience. I’d call it the” teach=learn principle”.

The next thing what I’d like to learn is how effective can I learn actual skills for instance programming or working with Photoshop. If I reconstruct the course and with which purpose we used online communities it’s been more about insights, ideas, knowledge. Hence, where people more or less give you their opinion and hints what to focus on but what if I ask them for actual instructions to do something specific.  I’d like to experience this because whenever I’ve learn something new like the skills I mentioned it was more in a face to face situation. So in a natural environment, but how would it work with this kind of things. Is it still efficient? It’ll be probably harder to create specific questions for a certain problem.  My action plan right now would start with research about the issue I have, I’d start with 1. What are currently the most used platforms for the general topic 2.Which is the best one for my purpose? 3. What did other people with the same issue do and learn from their experience. And the last and final step 4. Start doing it!!!! Be a doer, be a MAKER….

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Week 7

This week we looked at marketing and seeing which kind of marketing choices our NGO’s should make in order to promote themselves and their projects. We started with watching a video by Maggie, which explained the basics of marketing. I personally didn’t find this too useful, because we had already thought about most of the things that came up in this video. I think most groups had already thought about how the NGO’s need to market themselves to gather more support. However, the second video on the weekly guide, I found quite useful. This video was about the 4 P’s of marketing; Product, Place, Price and Promotion. This video was also about the basics of marketing, but it made me really focus on what target group we are trying to reach out to in this project. These ideas were sparked mainly when the video was discussing the place and promotion aspects. As our group is trying to give useful advice to the NGO on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, the clear defining of our target group is very important. Thanks to our meeting with Henning, it is quite clear that our target group for the crowdsourcing part would be University students, who are capable of creating a more-or-less professional video. The idea here is that the NGO would provide the students with footage and then the students would help the NGO with creating a documentary on what the NGO has been doing in Mexico. This, in turn, could be used by the NGO for promotion later on. I believe that this could be a great way for the NGO to crowdsource, because the students would also be able to get experience, get a good reference and also add to their portfolio; all of these things would be beneficial to a university student who is studying film making. OK, so that takes care of crowdsourcing, but defining our target group for crowdfunding is much more difficult. I guess it could be anyone with some spare cash and who has an internet connection, but this is much too broad and would not help our NGO at all. So thinking about this a little bit, it would make sense that our target group for crowdfunding are people who are socially responsible and are willing to donate in order to help the lives of less-fortunate people. I think this group is pretty good for our NGO’s crowdfunding strategy, because it is hard to focus this group further, due to the fact that all kinds of people may stumble upon the crowdfunding project and so it makes sense to rather have a broader target group, than a smaller one. So basically, that takes care of the work for this week, in terms of crowdfuding and crowdsourcing. 

Moving on, the prompt for our blog this week interested me and got me thinking about how my perception of designing and sharing design has changed during my time in this course. I have really taken an interest in 3D design and printing, thanks to the courses like personal branding, because it made me research on what I would actually like to do and achieve. Considering 3d designing and printing, a very popular website, where people all share their designs and help others get into the 3d printing business - Thingiverse. This is a really cool website, that has thousands of different 3d models and the really nice part about it is, that they are all free and available to the public. So basically anyone with a 3d printer can download models from thingiverse and print them as many times as they wish. I find this really amazing, because people are actually willing to give away their own original design work and thanks to this, the 3d printing industry is growing extremely fast. Sites like thingiverse, also spark ideas in people to make their own 3d design models, including me. I have tried out a few online 3d programs and I find this whole 3d modelling thing really fascinating. And it isn’t actually as hard as it might seem, either. So yeah, I think that this 3d printing phenomenon is a really great way of showing how networks are really helping to develop certain types of designing techniques and it is also really awesome that this is all going on without anyone actually getting paid for it. People are willingly giving away their designs. I still can’t get over this. I’m going to add a cool 3d printed object at the end of this just because…

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That’s it for this week, cheers!

Jonatan

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