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Let out and Let in!


Not knowing much about marketing. Its hard to believe that i actually know things related to this now and also feel kind of interested towards it.

Moving towards what the topic of the last class, online communities, networks and marketing. We watched a video like always, the video didn’t really move me but the second video about 4ps was very interesting and useful. 

Online Communities and Networks in Innovative design:

On what i have researched so far there are a lot platforms and the online community is increasing and increasing. An online community can be based on a specific topic or reason or just something completely vague. Having a bit knowledge about this as I am part of a video game online community. As an innovator designer what i have learnt about online communities and networks that when you are promoting your company or product it is cost-less and also your get exposure to different communities worldwide and hence create more and more networks.

Also I think for our NGO that joining in online communities and building up networks is very important for the NGO to make its voice reach people in every corner of the world. Also talking about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding they need volunteers and also networks.

Principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks:

 According to my experience so far in this course and this project the main principles i think:

  1. Its all about the client!
  2. Marketing approach. Set up target group: what kind of target do you want? Would they be useful?
  3.  User feedback & answer support: Dare to ask people for feedback, learn from other people! Let Our and Let in!
  4. Value proposition (promise efficiency to client/NGO) Formulate the value proposition of your client. How to work for client? What can you learn from the user feedback and customer support? What si what your client wants or what can they handle? What is needed to do all of this?
  5. Its all about researching!

This is all about how to approach client and for me these principles are very essential and also what I have learned so far.


What I want to learn?

Finally something what I want! In relation to this topic I would like to learn more about promoting, advertising. How would you promote yourself or you r project to the world? How would you make yourself known around the world? We have done a bit about this but not too much in depth. The reason why I want to this is because looking at our NGO i have realized the thing they are lacking the most is promotion, they aren’t selling themselves much and learning from that I think it is very essential for me if i ever become and innovative designer or even an entrepreneur. 


"Let people hear you!" Zain Sarfaraz (my brother)


We are towards the end of our course and I hope we succeed with our goal in helping the NGO now that we have had our meeting with Henning again we know more about what are the needs of the NGO what can be done to fulfill the needs.

That’s All Folks!



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

‘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: .

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!

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Posted in Community, Group 7, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Lezeu (Project Community 2014)



Who am I going to be today? This is my question every morning.Since I am here I answered to a lot of questions about me, that now every day is more and more challenging than the one before-hand. I found ways to dig deeper in the questions that suits me. In the last two posts I wrote about me and my perspective. I think is time for a change.So..



How can I understand who are we if I am not completely sure who I am?

Well…Until now I preferred not to make references about the Project community classes, not to write about our team, not binding to that. Why? Because it seems easier to talk about yourself. We are already in Week 4 and right now I’m feeling like I can make a sketch about our work in here. Is incredible to see our progress as a group. In such a short time we are able to recognize that we learned how to be part of a group.

For those who are outsiders, Project Community is a course of our IDE program. My team has to work with PAGE, an NGO, ( and we have to find solutions above rising awareness to their project. We worked really hard on that and even we started three weeks ago my team passed some expected stages. We felt the unconditional commitment and then we realized that we forgot some important things like organizing ourselves. I was really impressed that we were on the same wavelength when it came to create, to come with new ideas. Furthermore, the atmosphere in the group is more comfortable now and I am really happy to see that in my team you can find respect, you can find involvement, you can watch ideas being organized and tasks divided to everybody. 

Our purpose for the PAGE NGO is to improve their social media and network emergence and give them the most accurate data to start the change .We has a meaning and this is sharing the same purpose, the same goal. If so the team evolves by itself.


Network has an abstract significance, but without it, we as a team, and also I as a person will be lost and without the possibility to share ideas. This global community has the gift to form subgroups with the same interests. It is the mechanism for the world nowadays. How can PAGE find donors and volunteers if their purpose as a group can’t be found as an interest in the networks? It is about connections, about creating a bridge between us, between we.


All in all, this are my ideas that I formed after the last class. If I will draw a conclusion, it will be again, a metaphore. Me, we and networks are different steps of a growing plant. Me is the baby plant, and the most developed is the network, but don’t forget that the balance between them is the big WE.

I would like to challenge you about which is the hardest part in this cycle. My answer is ME. When you are just a “baby plant” you have to handle everything alone. As you grow up you find the support easier. If possible, find other answers and let me know about them!

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

My Online World

Being online not only means you have to be in touch with your friends. Being online can be just being by yourself surfing and stumbling upon the web, or it can also mean to be in touch not only with your friends, but with a bunch of people you have common interests within, and not necessarily know all of them, or maybe you don’t know any of them, but still you belong to that online community where you can be an active contributor. This is how the me, we, network works.

Personally, I find myself in an online world where the me, we, network division is not really a division, they are more like interacting together all the time. For example, since I don’t have a phone at the moment, I leave my Facebook open all time so I can contact and be contacted by my friends. On the other hand (while Facebook is still open) I am stumbling upon the web, usually not looking for anything specific, and I tend to come across very interesting websites and online articles about my personal preferences. While all this things are going on, I am also receiving mails from the online communities I belong to (which grows every day more) and reviewing them. So while I am looking at a new post my online community placed recently, I am also chatting with my friends in Mexico and at the same time I am looking for new communities to belong to or just for new things to broad my knowledge about all the stuff I like. All the me, we, network thing happens all day for me while I am in my computer, which is almost 85% of the time I am awake approx. Although, I am not too active on my online communities. I don’t like to comment on posts or to contribute if it’s not something really relevant what I have to say. If I had to resume my time spent on myself online, the time spent chatting with my close friends, and the time spent on broader communities online, it would possibly be something like this.


I had never thought of how much time I spent online till yesterday. As you can see on the diagram above, I spend time on everything, but most of the time I am simultaneously by myself, with my friends and in my online communities. Although, I like much more being by myself surfing the web and taking part of this communities I join everyday. Why? Because I find social interaction in online platforms not as fulfilling as when you talk to someone in person. Sometimes is best to talk to each other that way, but another times you just wish you could speak to them face to face. At least I do.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: A glimpse into Isabella's mind

Shouting as loud as you can

There is not a big difference between the real interactions and those of the web. You can find big similarities in the way you talk with other people in the world and our “Me, We, Networks” model. While in your life you can modulate the tone of your voice in the internet environment you can change network, while you can choose where and in which geographical and social context you can speak in the internet environment you change your community and your tools to define the audience (my loved and passionate relationship with hashtags is an example). Let me explain this better.

We can imagine our web uses and informations sharing as a normal dialogue in real life: we can whisper with one person because we are talking behind someone’s back (do not do the “goody-goody”, I know you did it about that annoying and overwhelming person that continues to bother you each single day in your existence), we can mumble loudly alone and if someone else hears us even better or we can take a soap box and start a tirade on the deviant costumes of our years (that was the favourite way of latin people but, be careful, Cicero was beheaded).

Our model follows this sequence, “me" is when we put online informations  without a direct reader (or listener, it depends on your network) but we know that we can be "read" by someone or we don’t really matter. That can be a good way to reflect, writing let us organise our ideas and let us remember them because they are saved on the web, on the other hand people can anyway help us, answering to our posts even if that is not really needed.

We" is built with all the interactions we make with people we know or that is working with us. It is like speaking with a person we know but nobody else is supposed to hear us. It is about organisation of activities, sharing infos or feelings we don’t want to give to others (or we don’t need to) or building relationships. It is a weird mix of works and feelings but that is probably the weird nature of the “human groups”.

The Network is completely different, it is not about human individual nature like the previous two, it is about the human behavior and how we can as individuals affect it. With networks we share ideas, we share thoughts and we want that everyone knows them, we want that people agree with us or give us suggestions to improve our ideas, to make them stronger. An ideal network would be able to build a common human idea by sharing and modifying a previous one. Obviously that is not possible, the essence of the mankind is the man, the individual, the one and her/his different values, we can link people with same values but we can’t create a unique common values set able to regulate our whole knowledge, we can’t create a unique common consciousness (the ones who tried to actually developed the worst errors in our history).

The tools of me, we and network can be similar, however the use and the usefulness can provide a grade for each tool in each “category" (that’s a good way to define them). Let me make an example, Facebook’s notes are a good way to reflect as "me" but Tumblr will let me store all my thoughts in  one page and people that share my same interests can help me to improve my reflections.

On the other hand Facebook is the best and the fastest mean for the “group” category, I can easily share everything with a limited group of people, or with one people through the chat, I don’t think there is a better way to quickly share our status to our whole friends.

However Facebook is terrible as a network, I can make people know my ideals with FB, the hashtags system is something still unknown even if now I can use them (that is really stupid considered the normal privacy settings we have). Facebook gather too many private informations, they can’t be shared by reasonable people. Twitter, I will repeat it till my death, Twitter is the best way to share infos to a huge audience.

That can be broaden using hashtags (specialists audience uses hashtags to immediately see what they need). I mean, every category can be broaden using hashtags, even the “me” (but not Facebook, I tried to use them, they don’t work, it is just weird!!!). Tumblr can easily switch from “me” to network using these and other systems.

Our NGO in particular should shift from the exclusive use of Facebook to the use of real network’s means: Twitter, Tumblr with pictures and a personal regional website! Participating at events around Florida with flyers for example is a good “real way” to increase awareness! Let’s leave FB for group meetings and internal, private stuff!

Now, I have a lot more to say and to tell but I think my teachers wouldn’t appreciate, probably they are feeling really sleepy at the moment so, it is better to stop here. Stay connected and wait for the next post if this one didn’t bore you to death! Bye!

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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

Uchi and soto

My friends roll their eyes when I take my phone out. “There she goes again”, “Facebook addict”, “Do you EVER put that thing down?” are the most frequent comments I get. And they are right. Without my phone, I am a one-armed giant.

But you know what? These same friends were around me when everyone was looking at this one guy’s little screen. He was boasting his most recent app: you tap the screen and a “hole” appears. Excuse me, but I think that being connected, sharing content, exchanging opinions and yes, even liking a funny video is a more meaningful social network action than that. So I am not afraid of the term “network addict”. 

One of the nicest compliments I ever got was when someone said “I like your Facebook wall”. Indeed, I consider my now “Timeline” a kind of a personal branding surface, and I make an effort to show a faithful and complete picture of myself and my interests. Of course, I actively use privacy settings and lists, so my elementary school teacher will not see my party photos, nor will my Armenian and Chilean friends see when I share a Hungarian news article. I guess my online behaviour has a lot to do with my lifestyle. I share everything I find a good conversation starter and hope someone will take the cue.

I have been living abroad for years, so I often find myself in situations when I don’t know where to find a product or how to get something done. This is when I turn to my networks. If it is a widely known product, I will just google reviews and tests, usually in English. If I find a reasonable huge site saying the phone I am about to buy is 8.9, that’s good enough for me. If, however, I am looking for a car mechanic in Budapest (that is, a service where location and trust are the most important factors) I will post it on a smaller mailing list or Facebook group, which is more personal. Mensa Hungary has about 1000 members, and people on the mailing list are always quick with a reply. They are usually also knowledgeable and trustworthy.

One’s profession is also a powerful determinator of the networks one usually uses. My first career was in translation, and this involves a lot of research, too. Very often I would come across terms that do not have an equivalent in the target language, which is when I go to ProZ, an international translators’ network. On the terminology search site, anyone can search for terms in any language pair, and quite often another translator has come across the same problem before. In order to encourage people to share what they found out and spare others the research work they had to perform, translators earn KudoZ for each term entered. This is a good example of a mutual assistance network. 

Each of these groups (or any network, really) can only be functional if it has some kind of tangible or intangible reward for those sharing their knowledge. On Facebook, “likes” are a source of instant gratification. In groups where people have something in common or even know each other, we help because we will need help the next time. On a vast network like the Internet in general, people share their knowledge either because they get verbal diarrhoea (like I do), or they sense the same team spirit as it is common in smaller groups.

Japanese culture makes a very strong distinction between “uchi” =inside and “soto”=outside. Insiders (of a family, a company etc.) are loyal to each other, while it is socially allowed to be rude to outsiders. I think everyone has a line between “in” and “out”, but in some cases (eg. anyone mollified by Christmas mood) the whole world is “in”. 

As for me, I tend to be very interactive on any platform as long as I feel concerned. That is, if someone asks a question within my field of expertise, I will go out of my way to get my advice across to them. I work on the basis of reciprocity: I do everything I would like others to do for me. However, I have my preferences. I like groups and networks where I can associate the content with at least an online identity. Knowing a person’s short bio or even just seeing their previous answers makes it that much more interesting for me. Quora and Facebook are such examples. ProZ and review websites are examples of a more open network, where I primarily go for information, and pay less attention to the identity of users, because the quantity is sort of a guarantee for quality. 

In friends, though, the same does not hold. Note to self: do not judge them just because they install stupid apps.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Project Adventures by E.Chrobacsinszky