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Finish Line/”Opposites attract”

 biSince the start of this course I militate for this idea that the force for an NGO is given by the connection with big business; and a sustainable relationship can be with a company. I had this idea for the last blog post and I did some research to find out the pro’s and con’s. A very good explanation was on the IISD’s website, where I found also the title for this post (I find it very inspirational). Check the website here: https://www.iisd.org/business/ngo/opposites.aspx

I agree with the fact that social networks helps an NGO evolving, but its not a reliable and safe source. On the internet a subject can receive major interest today and tomorrow everybody will forgot. Social networks are like a circle made by information which orbits always. Think about the IceBucketCheallenge which was a huge campaign on the internet one month ago and now almost everybody forgot it. This applies for PAGE too. My opinion is that the more people involved the better. I am not saying that they should neglect this aspect at all, but it’ll be prolific for them if they will try to establish connections with business and companies with the same core values as them.

An NGO and a company can help each other. The company can be a donor or a source of human resources but maybe you think “How the NGO can help a company?”. For example, my beliefs for PAGE are that they can be a source of advice and guidance. The cause for this NGO is not a world wide issue so they have to act on the local region. I did some research and in less than five minutes I found 9 big companies in the Asheville region. So there are possibilities to ask for help. 

It is not necessary to give money to the NGO, they can give them products or helping them in another ways, which will be also helpful. One of my idea busted when I found a stationery factory, close to their region. PAGE can create a brand which can be sold and part of the amount can go to the NGO and the other to the factory. Many factories practices that. In this way the factory will ear the trust of the customers. 

Another idea can be based on a change. Because everywhere is a leak of workforce and also people hardly find a job, the companies can help the girls to develop strong knowledge and then help them and give them a job. This will be helpful for the girls to create a future and also for the corporation because they will have well-prepared people.

Is still hard to say what will help PAGE , but I am sure that a real contract between them and a company/ factory will be a major aid in their development. it is a marketing relationship in the end.

With the team we tried to cover all the possibilities and give PAGE a large view of what they can do. I am happy that I worked with a really great team and we completed each other and the result will be useful for PAGE.

imageTo show you one example, this is one of the branding thing that I thought and created for PAGE and also a sneak-peak for what will be in the final video. 

Bye, guysss!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Lezeu (Project Community 2014)

Organize the chaos

This world is crowded, full of information, full of expectations and desires. How can we filter all of them? How can we organize them? How can we relate with them? Those are the questions that pop up in my mind. Connection. This is all about. Have you seen Avatar? Do you remember the way Neytiri made the connection with other avatars and with nature? Science fiction we said, but think that we already have this path between human beings. Social networks, platforms, websites. Life is a congregation of feelings and ideas and we have the power to “read” them. I heard many guys talking against social communities and then I realized: “Hey, they don’t know what we know”.

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Source:http://justaspoonfulofsass.blogspot.nl/2013/03/where-one-life-ends-another-begins.html

What we know is what we learned in this 7 weeks. Social networks are there to help you. It is like an entertaining encyclopedia. My advice: learn everything you can, focus on your interests. This is what I did so far. Is interesting that we have the ability to create a mind map unconsciously but it will be easier to explain this to you with an example:

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Source:http://tatehandheldconference.pbworks.com/w/page/19520900/Mind%20Map%20Working%20Cross-platform

We started as individualists, sharing with others who, what we are and what we can do as persons. Then the process started. We kept continue uniting step by step.

  • First as a team, then with the class, with the teachers. All this connections were fortunately face to face.

  • Secondly, we as a group initiated an uprising progress establishing connections with the NGO, and then with people from all over the world. This was one of the most important step, when we realized we have to make research if we want to find out the channels to communicate with others. As I write in another post, you need a purpose to be totally involved in the procedure. Our purpose is the girls from the Appalachian mountains, so we looked for channels we had to take in consideration the location, the region, the people which can be involved in this NGO, even if they are donors, volunteers or just participants.

What I found also during this course is the force of some goals, how they can transform you. Have you ever thought about how you can ask a question yourself? I didn’t till now. I learned how to be reflective , how to ask myself questions to obtain a good result. Is harder than it seems. Is hard because it is not about you, it is about other persons and you don’t want them to be collateral damages.

For this week I have a conclusion: Connections can be dangerous, unsafe this is why we have to pay attention to every aspect and to keep searching and searching for ways to evolve not do devolve. Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangout, Skype, Kickstarter, Crowdfunder, Catapult, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Linkedin etc. etc. are all source of inspiration, ways to obtain new ideas and a step forward to design interpersonal connections.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Lezeu (Project Community 2014)

‘Architecture’ is challenging

Preparing for the statistics that we decided to do for our NGO , I started to work on the survey. I didn’t expected to be that hard to concentrate on how people will give their answers. For the last hours I felt like I had to put myself in different personalities and to catch in just a few questions, our main goal, our one and only purpose. We are on the verge of giving to the people a chance to join the same purpose as us and to get involved.

Fortunately, internet is one of the best source of getting information, so I found how to avoid the most common mistakes in a survey. I will share the link with you and you that at some point it will be useful for you: http://www.qualtrics.com/blog/writing-survey-questions/ .

Actually people’s kindness is limited and we have to think really deep on ways to make them believe that our objective matters. We are talking about a point on the world map, where some people developed a better living for girls, taking in consideration that now their horizons are restricted. These girls are exactly like us, and their burning desire to have access to knowledge is the reason who has to motivate us, as a community. So how can we convince people that is a good cause, not to fight for, but to help our society.

I had a view of this situation that totally changed the way I was thinking about PAGE. These girls managed to make us a group, to give me a reason to fight for, to create connections between us as people. It is the most beautiful think about this world, the paths intersections are randomly made around the world, without any pattern. So, we have the delegation to raise up a building, as big as possible. How can we convince people that our building is better and safer than others?

What we need is to ask PAGE for the permission to start sharing the survey. As soon as possible I will share with you in here and I am waiting for you to fill it.  

P.S This video really made my day :) It explain everything about this week and also a part of what I wanted to transmit in this post. Enjoy! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WzRtWb70Qs

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