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 noun ˈker-ˌtā-kər

 : a person who gives physical or emotional care to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)


  Today we saw the video about teamwork. I think we should have seen it on our first lesson, because it was really helpful and gave us clearer idea how to separate tasks. Anyway, our next exercise was to talk with each other within the team and see if we are following the ‘teamwork’ steps. And after we had finished deciding who is going to do what, we discussed it with the whole group. It turned out that our group is not feeling very comfortable as everyone was like: “Yeah, we had 2 meetings with the NGO, 1 meeting with Nancy, did that and that and that…”, and we were like: “We have a…plan?” We are currently trying to fix that, we’ve already divided tasks and put a deadline. We will meet more frequently and build up a friendship environment, and I think at the end we’ll have great results!

  Now…let’s talk about the post title. It’s supposed to be something that expresses me and the content of my post. My title is “caretaker” – a word with different meanings, but as you see I’m focused on one specific. That’s because I really, really want to help our NGO, so in that way they can help the children of Mexico. My group is working on the social media part. They only use Facebook and Twitter. I did some research on Twitter to see if that is their best option, or they need another social platform. They don’t really update their account, and their last post was one month ago:

Going through other NGOs twitter’s accounts, you will see that it’s actually one good social platform for NGOs. Of course if you know some valuable tips how to write posts, what catches people’s eye, how to gain more followers, etc. The same goes for Facebook, too. Basically, when you open Children of Mexico’s Facebook page, you can’t actually understand what it is about right away, and for that it doesn’t really provoke sympathy. Let’s check UNICEF Facebook page:

You are able to understand what they stand for at the very moment, without reading a single word. And now let’s check Children of Mexico’s Facebook page:

It’s not the same, is it?

  I realize that it’s an organization and there are a lot of things to be done. But at the end, I hope we DO help them, not just aim at passing the course.

Best regards,



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Posted in Community, Group 12, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tinsy's Blog


Hello Everyone!

As time is passing everything is becoming clearer and clearer. And our group had their first meeting with the NGO. Our NGO has had no experience with crowdfunding or crowdsourcing so they are happy to get ideas from us which also allows us to come p with any idea. 

The last class was all about networks, our own individual networks and of our NGOs. In the case of the networks I have, i’m more of an individual person I don’t really express myself or reveal my identity easily. I prefer staying ‘in a closed Facebook group’. I also hesitate posting any photos of myself online. I join online fan-based groups on Facebook, Line and whatsapp but i never post because interacting with people i don’t know is not my thing even if I have a lot of similarities with the people in the group. That’s because I believe that a person is not as he or she seems online and when I asked my mother what she thinks about this she said:

"You can’t facially express yourself through chat messages, so don’t trust anyone because people are not how they seem online" By Mom

Do you agree?

*Everyone has different preferences when it comes to interacting with other people*

Furthermore, we discussed in class the Me,We and Many networks. Me networks are basically more related to one’s own individual self, one’s own personal identity. For instance, personal diary or journals. We networks are community bounded networks such as groups on Facebook. On the other hand, the Many networks would be for example Facebook or Twitter. Later we discussed these networks in terms of our NGO and we came up with this:   


This chart shows the Me,We and Many networks of the NGO

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Gabriela told us something very useful, that we have to come up with networks for the NGO that’ll work both online and offline and can be beneficial for them. Create something efficient for them with the resources they have!

Lastly, we are going to meet with our NGO next week where we will offer them with ideas of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. 

An advice for the other teams is that it is the fourth week already we should really get cracking!



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Posted in Community, Group 11, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Check This Out

How we connect

Today everybody it seems is using a form of social networking. How do we use these online spaces and who uses what? Why do we use a particular network? Whichever one we choose, it enables us to connect with people. It may just be family and friends or we may use it to network professionally. I primarily use Google Hangouts to keep in contact with family and close friends. I find it has a user friendly interface, simple to chat and share photos while seemingly always in full control of privacy. I enjoy being part of a closed group who I feel free to share my thoughts with. My other use of social networking is for research purposes. Type in a subject of interest in a search engine, and often you find a link to a blog post with the information required. I take this information and use it. On reflection though, this is quite selfish. I’m forever reading blogs and taking in knowledge but I never give anything back. I’m not entirely sure what I can offer, but I think using a blog can help me interact with a larger open network. I’ve only just created a Tumblr account but already I feel as though I’m part of a larger group of people with similar interests wherever in the world they may be. For me at least, this is fresh and opens up new possibilities. Maybe it could play an important role one day in my profession. As a designer, If I have an idea that is a little rough around the edges, why not put it out to my larger community and share ideas. I’m becoming more comfortable with blogging and learning to stretch out to a larger open network. I think it’s worth mentioning my uncertainty with Facebook. Having various group pages is useful but I find that it’s too entangled with games, endless advertisements, needlessly complex privacy settings and now having to download a separate app just for messaging on Facebook (an app that my phone informs me is the main culprit of battery usage!) There are a lot of social networks to choose from. For personal use I think it would be better to choose no more than 3 or 4 social websites. My main reason for this is that I find it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of updates and messages received. This detracts from the social networking experience. For me, I’ll continue exploring blogging and embracing a wider network. Which is your network of choice?

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Posted in Community, Group 1, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Open Innovator

The man is a social animal

This title is a short answer to the question about my online technology skills. I am not able to use complex technologies or codes to deeply manage my online world. I have never studied Computer Sciences and I grew up in what I call the “Bridge generation”, the generation that saw the rising of Internet but that was not born in an Internet environment. I can notice it with my younger brother: he is able to replicate my moves when using technological objects, I learned to do these “moves” in many years.

However I have different skills, maybe not technical skills but still useful. I have a good knowledge of social networking, I know how to make people read my posts using hashtags and I know how to connect and use different social networks. That could seem actually stupid, I know, but even if anyone can post on Facebook, it’s difficult to make people really read what you posted.

I have to admit that FB is a great communication tool between people you really know but it’s not the best advertising way for NGOs or organisations in general. I definitively prefer Twitter, you can spam your thoughts and everybody can read them, using the right hashtag you will spread your ideas easily. Tumblr is a good mean but with a different purpose, it is perfect if you want to share pictures or complex “orations” or music. Another important tool is Instagram, it is completely useless alone but, if linked with Twitter it will give you the pictures’ strength like Tumblr and the spam rate.

I think that personal preferences are only partially involved in choosing an online tool. Let me make an example, if in my work team someone suggests a different idea we just have to choose the one that is best suitable for the situation and it is very difficult that they can be considered both valuable in the same way. If we are working for a political party and we have to spread their values, well, Twitter! You can also use Facebook and whatever you want but you need to use Twitter as main network. If you have to sponsor an artist you have to use Tumblr! That’s what I think about social networks, actually for me is really difficult to think about other more complex ideas like “create a web platform/hub”, etc.. because I really don’t know how to create or how to manage them.

About the so called Technology Stewardship, well, it is difficult. First, I am not a technology steward, as you can read above I can be a communicator, an “advertising agent” but not a technology stewart, I am not skilled enough. With our NGO this is a problem, we have to try to provide great solutions that we are not able to build like a “web platform” or we just need to use what we know? What is their technological level? These are important questions we will ask them. I don’t really know yet where we should “stop” with technological solutions or where we should explore new ways.

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Posted in Community, Group 1, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: A road to the plain

Social Technographics

Social Technographics:

When I was reading your blogs I started to think that I would like to know how you see yourselves in terms of these types. And of course if you expect anything to change during your first year of studying IDE.

Of course finding this Social Technograohics ladder again took some time, so please excuse me if your grades are late this week…..

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Meggie's Project Communities Blog