Well, if you would spend some time by reading my blogs, I bet that in every single one of them you could find phrase “to be honest”. Yes, while I am writing my blogs I always try to express how I feel and always try to show to audience the way I think. Because, in my opinion, it is really important to make your blog interesting for person who reads that. And there is nothing better than just to be honest. You do not have experience about topic that you have to write about? Well, just tell it. “I have to write about it, but I have no clue what is the meaning of it.” Afterwards, you do research and at the end you just have clear vision what you have to talk about. And yes, to be honest, I had it almost every single week. And now it is week 7! Just a different thing from other week’s blogs, that this week we could call ”CONFESSION WEEK”. Groups almost reached their final presentations with their NGO projects. Only few things have to be done until reaching the end of the end.
”Confession week” and why I call it like that? In this week’s blogs we have to honestly admit what we have learned from this course? What we have learned about online communities? Networks? What NGO project gave to us? So tell me now, you would not call it “week of confession”? I bet you will!!
I will start from myself. When we started by writing personal blogs I really did not get the point what it will give for us? Or for me? But week after week blog’s prompts were changing and every week it was more and more challenging. It was not just answering questions or sharing my own experience. It was more like getting knowledge about online communities, Networks and etc. Because every week before I started to write my personal blogs, first thing what I always did was researches about topics that I have to talk about. Moreover, I learned not only by doing researches but also I learned a lot from my classmates as well. Every week I tried to read all group’s blogs and try to collect important information. For example, from my team I learned a lot about Crowdfunding or Crowdsourcing.
With project communities we started easy. I mean we started from sharing our knowledge about our favorite tools and Networks. Then we moved more forward with NGO’s Networks. We continued with Stewardship and Online Social Communities. Teamwork and how to improve it? More forward Crowdfunding Networks. And look now at us, we are in week 7! Time just ran away, it is hard to imagine how much I learned during 7 weeks. For me it looks like that just now tools, Networks opened their doors for me and asked to join the wide online communities.
Talking what I learned from online communities, I could say that I never thought that Online Communities could have such a big influence for creators or designers. For example, our NGO Carl - Peter, I think, is great person and amazing designer/architect full of even more amazing ideas in his head. For example, in our real meeting with him he gave us his passive house project visions, he shared his knowledge about morphological design and even more interesting facts. Besides that, he also talked how important is online communities where he can share his knowledge and thoughts with audience by getting reflected on his thoughts back from his audience. I never imagined that tools or Networks could play such a big role in designers or innovators lifes. Basically, by using online communities designers could find out their target groups, share their ideas and be reflected on them. They can see by using tools or Networks if their idea is working and if it is worth for realization.
Secondly, Teamwork. It was one of important things what I learned during this course. Match days, hours. Share tasks, split roles. Have meetings or hangouts. At first I thought that it will be impossible. We are all totally different with totally different free time and I thought that it will affect our team’s work. By today I am really happy, because every time, every week we found place for our meetings. Task splitting just worked perfectly. In conclusion, I could admit that teamwork’s lesson we learned pretty well.
One of my team mates our NGO project compared with a rollercoaster. That all our trip from beginning till the end was full of ups and downs. I could not agree more than this. We started our NGO project with clear vision what we have to do, even more what Carl - Peter, our NGO expect from us for the results. In a halfway our project have been changed into totally different sphere. At the end all group’s BAM posts were full of shout outs about “sexy insulation” and how we should make it happen.??!! We were confused, stressed and unconfident by what we supposed to do. At the last minute before holidays we had a meeting in which like grown up adults we took ourselves into a hands and came up with solutions and ideas. Hope that from now on we will move forward even faster, final is so close!! That was also one of few examples that teamwork is actually really important if you want to reach your groups goals.
At the end, I would like to say that this course of Project Communities opened my eyes for new possibilities in Online Communities. Opened my mind that tools and Networks is not just all about Facebook and Youtube. I learned that Online communities could play really big role for creators or for us, totally fresh open innovators. I am looking forward to get even more experience and that it will help me to grow together with the world.