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Is crowdfunding & crowdsourcing useful or not?

In week 6 we learned about crowdsourcing/founding.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sounds like a new way to raise money for any projects, and it is so it is just not new. The precursor of crowdfunding was founded in between the 17th and 18th century and it was called Subscription business model the term crowdfunding became known in the year 2006.

I think crowdfunding is great because there are so many people outside who have great ideas to improve our world, they just don´t have the financial power to support their own idea.

But there are also risks!

For example when you start up a crowdfunding project at first you have to publish a lot of intern information like a business model, ideas or funding which you make accessible for a mostly unknown crowed.

How can you protect your project when you are publishing it on a crowdfunding website, so that nobody can copy it?

Crowdsourcing

 

One person can´t know everything, that’s why crowdsourcing.

If you launch an undetermined project as a designer and get stuck in a point where you can´t come further and you are looking for some help from people who believe in that what you believe or just see the potential of your plan, than you should use crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing is awesome like crowdfunding it allows you to use the knowledge of interested people around the world with different cultural background who have different sights on your project.

Crowdsourcing is based on volunteer workers who just want to help to create a great future, but some crowdsourcing platforms (innocentive.com) offers a reward for the best idea which helps to bring the project further.

But also crowdsourcing has a dark side.

And it is hard to work with so many people together, who have different opinions an ideas so crowdsourcing has a high dispute potential.

Or if a project is finished some people may feel a bit disadvantaged because not everybody can get a price for the project they worked together for a long time.

What to do against crowd resistance?

And

Whose intellectual property is the idea in the end?   

But these negative points is in my opinion something small if you see on the other hand what crowdsourcing and crowdfunding can produce.

Thanks for reading

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Unbetitelt

Getting the best out of web

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing! Ways to use the web as a useful tool for designers, not only professionals, but everyone who has an idea and wants to make it come true.

Long story short,

Crowdsourcing is based on sharing an idea and have many other people working on it and developing until it turns into a final product/idea, ready to be produced/performed.

Crowdfunding is for products/ideas already planned and developed, but still need raising funds to enable its production/ to put into practice.

These tools make the web a working environment, connecting professionals such as experts, designers, investors, users, even uninitiated in design. Everyone working together on a joint project, contributing with skills, opinions, encouragement, support and funds in order to enable it.

The web makes it easier to reach different people and places, and each person can choose when to work on it, how much time and efforts to dedicate. Investors have a wider range of projects available and can make better decisions on where to invest their money.

When sharing your ideas, it is important to be as clear and specific as possible in these network platforms. First, you have to decide who you want to read it, who would get interested in it, what kind of help you need, what is your target group. Then, you have to define goals for the project and develop a good definition on what you are working on and where you want to go with it. A common mistake is to believe that, the longer your project is online, the more help it will get. It is known that the start and end are more intense periods of backers activity in successful projects.

“People like deadlines.” So, keep it in mind.

Studying about these platforms, at least for my group, is very useful. Our main goal is to develop an online network to share projects on Sustainable Agriculture, so more people get to know about it and can help enabling it.

We did a wide research on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, as I have mentioned in my previous blog posts. Both kind of platforms are interesting for our NGO`s needs and we are convinced on how it is an efficient way to use all potential online platforms can provide to professionals interested in supporting new ideas.

There are already more than 500 crowdfunding platforms - that`s what we found for now, and we`re still counting…

Thanks for reading!

Larissa

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Larissa's ProjComm14

Surprised with the support from the crowd.

Hi everyone, it’s me :).

In this blog I want to talk about crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, these are new concepts for me. Whenever I hear the word crowndfunding I immediately think of money, money, money. It is the good way to have an amount of money in a certain time without any special commitment. If I have an idea or I want to produce a product in large number, crowdfunding will be one of the best options that I can choose. However, using crowdfunding easily to make many designers have the inclination to “go it alone” and not seek the input of other designers or end users. Why is that? In my opinion, once the designers have their ideas, their plans and everything which is necessary to make those come to life except the money they will think of monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. They just need the money to improve, develop and produce their products by themselves. The products can be considered as the designers’ children, no parents want to share their children with other people although the others may take better care of for the children.

It does not happen in crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an community. The most advantage of using crowdsoursing is bringing in mass intelligence to solve all kind of problems with affordable price or without any price. Let’s take Wikipedia as an example. Wikipedia allows a group of people to enter and communally edit bits of text. These bits of text can be viewed and edited by anyone who visits the Wikipedia. That means even I or you can come to the Wikipedia page to read what Wikipedia’s community has written. By clicking an “edit” button on an article, you are able to edit the article’s text. You can add or change anything you like in the article you are reading. Thank for that we have the biggest encyclopedia than ever before which from that we can gain a rich source of information especially the definition of anything exiting in the world. In the design field, it is no doubt that crowdsourcing is the most concerned option when you want to design something that may be simple like a logo for your class uniform or more complicated like a web page for your business but you don’t have much money to hire a professional one, don’t have time to do or don’t have any ideas . By using crowdsourcing a lot of people will work for you at anytime so you can have the best final result without taking so much time or money.

However, any coin has two sides. The disadvantages of crowdsourcing come from its advantages. The contributions of any kind of people may lead to the less credible product. Take Wikipedia as an example again. As any people can edit the text at anytime so I think that the information in Wikipedia may be flawed and its not 100% reliable.

My reflection is crowdsourcing in design should be use in the final stage of a project when designers already have the products and they use crowsourcing to get some feedback on those so that they can have more inspiration to improve and develop their products. It should not be use to generate ideas in design because if a designer has already had his/her own ideas but he/she want to use the crowdsourcing to develop that ideas it will take a lot of time for him/her to select among many different kinds of opinion also bring confusing vision of the ideas. It is an interesting idea if a designer or any person can combine using crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to build and develop a project. It will multiple the benefits because they can both use the power of the crowd in the way of gathering information and money as the same time. The important thing is when use what, I mean if we can use these options in the right way, at the right time, the vision of success is not so hard to see.

This is my blog for this week. Thank you for reading!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Nguyen Ho's ProjectCommunity2014

Crowdfunding: Useful or useless?

Welcome back!

This week we touched upon a very interesting topic: Crowd funding. What is it actually? Its a systems where people get together and help either individuals or organizations by funding them. Each person will donate a certain amount of money, this is up to the person who is funding the money. One person wont have a very large effect, however if a community gets together and decides to help this certain individual with their project, there is a large impact to be seen on these crowd sourcing platforms like Kick-starter or Start Some Good. 

There are cases where people have raised up to a million dollars because they just had the right idea at the right time. But I ask myself, does everybody have that much success? Of course not, there are many projects submitted by people who haven’t raised a single dollar. So how useful is crowd funding for them? I would say it doesn’t help them develop their project in any kind of way. So these are the two extreme cases where either a lot of money is being funded towards a project or absolutely none. 

There are still some designers out there and probably a lot of other people who have great ideas but have decided against crowd funding? But why is that? Why would someone decline funding for a project? I think the answer to that is that when people create or invent something worthwhile they want to be acknowledged for that. So I guess when you ask people to help you with the financial aspect it becomes more a project of the community. I think today is a world where ideas can be stolen very easily and when you make your project public somebody might stumble across it and might just think that he/she can use that themselves so what I am trying to say is that people want to protect themselves, and if you upload your project some people might think that their idea is going to get stolen. However this is how I see the situation. I can’t prove that ideas on crowd-funding are being stolen but there is a large possibility that people who decided against crowd-funding might have come across that particular thought. 

On the other hand if people start refusing to share their ideas nobody will get anywhere. There are probably thousands of project that have come to completion just because people just took a leap of faith and decided to ask for help. So in the end you wont know if crowd-funding is a bad idea if you don’t try it out. There isn’t much to lose in just giving it a shot and see what comes out. Right?

Until next week!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Sebastian's first ProjCom

The Source Code

This weeks’ blogpost will be on crowdsourcing and how the “me, we and network” can make use of this tool. First I had to look up some extra information on google for I have no experience working with crowdsourcing. First I had to look up some extra information on google for I have no experience working with crowdsourcing. What I found was very interesting, since one of the oldest forms of crowdsourcing originated from the mid-19 century. It was the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) that used crowdsourcing to identify and exemplify English words.

I can imagine that in the mid-19 century it would take many years to build up a network with so many people. Nowadays, with the presence of the internet, its way more easy to reach out to the network and get help, answers or solutions to your problems. Personally I think this is a positive development, since there are many experts from varying cultures, backgrounds and studies. Since these people will only give advice, solutions or tips, eventually it’s up to you to decide what to do with these reactions.

I looked up some different crowdsourcing sites and came to the conclusion that there are various ways of crowdsourcing:

  1. Internet forums.     I think it’s one of the most common applications around the World Wide Web and can vary from chatrooms to simple an answer and question application. Most forums have different kind of threads or topics, where it’s often possible to register and ask/reply to questions.
  2. Crowdfunding.         Crowdfunding is a well-known internet application that allows people that need fundraising to get money from the masses. There are many different websites with varying fundraise topics; on social or cultural ideas, on sustainable innovations and so on.
  3. Idea generation.     I had more trouble finding another that was different from the top two, but another way to generate ideas is to pay the crowd to come up with solutions. There was one site that caught my eye and it was called Innocentive. There are varying subjects to which people can respond and sent in ideas.

After some research I liked number 3 best, since it uses the crowd to generate ideas, I think it’s a great way to develop projects to the next level. Both experts and non-experts are reacting to your challenge, these different points of view lead to many different kinds of answers. Which eventually might show you the problem was more easy, or hard than you thought beforehand.

There are probably way more ways to source a crowd, but these were the ones I could find after the first research. I hope that you find my post useful and see you next week J

Tomas

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: It's fab to be 5

#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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Ronja's Project Community IDE Reflection

Wuggeli Wuggeli

Wuggeli Wuggeli

Last Friday we divided Basecamp tasks (To do list, events, documentary etcetera) to all group members, so that we can use all functions of this platform so that everybody take care of his own work field additionally we took part at an Basecamp online seminar which showed us some more functions we did not know before.

I just can recommend this online seminar, it takes not much time, easy to sign in and helpful.

We are “NOT SURE“, that is how we named our group while our introduction week and “wuggeli wuggeli“ is our recognition sign, but we are everything else than “wuggeli wuggeli” or “NOT SURE”.

I do not know why we called us like this, maybe because we had kind of an uncertain feeling in the beginning, lots of new people , living in a new town or maybe just because it sounds joyful.

(Ok, to be honest we are a bit wuggeli.)

Whatever in the last four weeks our group became more and more to a TEAM and friends, but we take our group meetings still seriously even if we have some funny moments (for example when I try to explain something but do not get the right words and just start in the middle of the sentence talking German), that is one reason why the work in this group is so laid-back, we found a good work-free time balance.

But sometimes I have the feeling that my opinion is not taken seriously, maybe it is because I am not such a dominant speaker, or maybe because our group is too big so that some parts of conversations just get lost.

That is like that what Chris Corrigan in the video said which we watched last Wednesday in Project communities.

And I think we should try to split up our group of six to smaller groups for generating idea, and stick back together again for stabilizing these ideas and moving forward in the whole project.

What do ou think guys? 

Does anybody else have that problem?

How are you going to solve it? Or how did you solve it?

But all in all I am happy and lucky that i can work together in such a great group !!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes, Peter

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Unbetitelt

Let’s go team!

So, we’re already at week 5!
This week, we’re supposed to talk about team work and, coincidentally, we’ve been discussing it before this week’s prompt. At wednesday’s class, we saw a video about working in groups, which helped a lot in understanding this process.
At my previous university, I always worked in groups and it was always a good experience for me, but I never really stopped to think about it. What’s the best composition for a group? What makes it succesful or not?
Our team is formed by six people (me, Nguyen, Sebastian, Tomas, Peter and Ronja) gathering different genders and nationalities. We’re a big group and, according to the video we saw, it’s not the best way to work, especially when dealing with creative process.
It’s interesting, but I don’t believe it applies for us.
From the first week, we’ve been constantly busy with this project. We have regular meetings ( twice a week) and we keep on working through other communication tools such as the Basecamp and Whatsapp.
I think we have efficient meetings, as everyone deal with it in a responsible way. The discussions we have help us understand each other opinions, think about it and find a meeting point for solving problems. It’s important to keep in mind that each culture has a different way to behave in social situations and it’s normal that some people talk more, others listen and think more before getting in the discussions, which doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other.
The people in our group have a good relationship, not only as classmates, but also as friends. We listen to each other and try to make things work so everyone can understand and participate. The fast development we’ve been achieving is due to the tasks division. As we are many people, everyone has different roles, equally important, what makes us work constantly.
The only problem we’ve been dealing with is about one of our communication tools, the Basecamp. We are not using its full potential, all the possibilities it offers (documents, events, comments, to-do lists). After talking about it, we see that’s a point to work on and improve for the next weeks.

Let’s go team! ;)

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Larissa's ProjComm14

Working Together

Last week was interesting. We actually focused on how do groups work the best. That’s something i have honestly never really thought about because when I do group work, I get put in a group and hopefully it goes well or in some cases it doesn’t. So I never really gave it much thought until last week. 

In Project Community class we did this activity where we compared different situations in the past where either a group worked well or didn’t. That’s where I realized I had absolutely no idea the last time I worked in a group, well except from the last couple of weeks. In this case our group runs very smoothly. We watched this video from Chris Corrigan on Group size and how it affects efficiency of the work. 

I am currently in a group with 5 other people. In my own opinion this group is too large because the more people there are in a group the focus and order reduces. On the other hand when you work with, for example with 2 other people, the work can be distributed more easily. However as I said before our group is an exception and most likely not the only one that works well with more than 3 people ;). 

What we noticed while thinking about how our group operates we came to the realization that we actually do break up our group in partners of 2 depending on the work. We do this because it seems more efficient when everybody does some other work and then at the end discuss it with the whole group. Gets more work done in less time. 

Till next time. :)

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Sebastian's first ProjCom

#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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Ronja's Project Community IDE Reflection