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Week 2: Your NGO & You

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Nicola Romagna:

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Nicola Romagna:

During this course you will explore different themes around the use of online communities and networks in innovative design. As action learning, you will apply them to your Team Project and your NGO’s strategic opportunities in using online communities and networks.

This week you will set up and do your first Blog post and learn our basic school technology (Blackboard, internet). You will do your initial research into your NGO and their potential strategic use of communities and networks in their design work. Get your side of the discussion started by starting a personal blog (individual grade) and explore the different themes which help your project on its way. Reflect on week 1 as an example of community building.

Purpose: Establish a way to think about “purpose” and develop project purpose statements from among this variety of functions. Instead of starting with a conceptual framework, let’s think about real life.

For example, think about someone who wants to design a new innovative urban gardening system, or a safer child-toting bicycle. What do they need to succeed and how can other people in online environments help them succeed? What happens early on? What happens once an idea starts to take form? Let’s imagine we have an idea. Where do we start? Where would YOU start? What do you think are important project aspects regarding to our weekly themes during the course?

Teamwork Activity (Due before the next workshop):

  • Begin to get to know your team – who they are, their interests, and networks. How can each person be an asset in this project? What is each team member especially good at?
  • Review your NGO’s area of responsibility and prepare a draft of what you think defines the value and purpose of your NGO. Which Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) is their work supporting? What questions do you have?
  • Set up NGO Hangout/call/visit with your NGO and draft potential purposes/value propositions. Learn basic technology used for school projects: internet, blackboard, Course Guide, weekly guide & the Grading Form

Personal Blog Reflection Prompt: Developing your/our learning agendas

  • Start your personal blog: Each week you will be given a writing prompt for you to respond to in your blog. On the first day you will be asked to make a blog.
  • Your blog post will be reviewed as part of your final grade, looking for clarity of thought and expression and how well you back up your ideas with evidence (citations, etc.) You will also be asked to visit the blog of at least one other classmate, ½ of the time within your team and ½ of the time outside your team – vary these week by week. Explore the value of communities and networks for NGO design. What will you write about? Your first reflective blog post prompt: How communities and networks can support your work as a student and a designer: What do you need & want to learn as you/we explore the different themes from application of online communities and networks to open innovation design? What would you like the outcome of your team’s project to look like? What “specialty quality” will you bring and contribute?


Can Design Save the World? (Collective Intelligence and Design) See also background Interview with Emily Pilloton of Project H Design and the TEDtalk Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

Reddit 101: Co-Founders Explain the Community (Mashable)

Examples Blogs UMW Domains and Calendar (University of Mary Washington Domain of One’s Own)

Learning objective:

The students will understand what tasks/accomplishments are expected at the end of the course and be able to predict and show how they will get there. Students should have an understanding about NGO’s, the Millennium Development Goals, and how internet and (f.g.) Blackboard works as well as other tech tools like Youtube, FB, blogging etc. and be able to illustrate this in their blog and during group work.

Screening Room

Final Projects

Course Videos

  • Paul { Love it!! Maybe you should design a folding business card too! } – Oct 31, 11:20 AM
  • Tomas { Hey Ronja, I think you did a great job on the important roles! something we should definitly use in our final advice! Great job 🙂 } – Oct 31, 11:13 AM
  • Laura { I especially like the reflection on the teamwork! } – Oct 31, 9:55 AM
  • Laura { Love your reflection on the video making! Hey, I just bought that same tea! You won't die.... glad to see you lov'in it 🙂 } – Oct 31, 9:45 AM
  • Milena { aahhh we all really feel like this I think 😀 ... maybe the teams for tiny houses can establish our own Project Communities Village above... } – Oct 30, 11:24 PM
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