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Stepping out into the world

As we are approaching the end of the project we are beginning evaluating taken actions and considered strategies. We devoted each week to different aspect of the project involving themes such as team work, crowdsourcing, networks and technology stewardship. All of them contributed to our final work, for example during fourth week we worked on our teamwork, which helped my group to organize and schedule our tasks in more structured and efficient way. Yet so far the most significant theme appeared to be the crowdsourcing and crowd funding.  Project revolves about the Gogorobi foundation and their search for funding and expanding networks.

Learning about gathering funds by exploiting the power of crowd seemed life the best solution as it aims and satisfying both, so far unmet needs of Gogorobi foundation, simultaneously. So far out NGO had quite large problems with marketing. During Monday meeting we learned about examples of successful marketing strategies, so now we try to adapt and implement them to our foundation. One of the two key points of our strategy is improving their digital identity, as nowadays with internet being main source of information the social media it is important to present oneself in a likeable manner. That is why we created an example of web design that attracts attention and is more likely to help promote Gogorobi. With the design we based our ideas on other websites of NGOs having similar goals.

As I mentioned earlier for the main factor playing role in achieving the goal, I’d point out crowdsourcing. Sharing information with many recipients is basic thing that NGO must master. So far Gogorobi foundation had few sponsors that were contacted directly by Sheila Payne, contact person from the foundation, but the NGO did not get involved with many social networks.

Crowd funding allows the NGO obtain money from large group of customers, since it is not outsourcing, thus there is no need to limit oneself in funds processed in order to continue activity. Moreover donors choose the amount of money they are willing to give and also they have the feeling of being a part of something bigger and charity.

Engaging bigger group in a project results in more ideas and thus the cooperation becomes more fruitful. One of the lead objectives of Gogorobi is preservation of Caribbean traditional storytelling and how they can do it better than by informing many communities about it and sharing their commitment for the cause? Creating larger target group would allow Gogorobi to involve themselves into other online platforms. Our strategy includes introducing Gogorobi to Globalgiver, which helps organizations from all over the world.

For our final product we intend to deliver consistent strategy which hopefully will be appealing to the foundation. In my opinion so far this NGO didn’t engage itself into marketing itself enough. I’m not sure about the reason but I find two reasons of such. First is that they simply lacked motivation or the second which I consider far more realistic they were too focused on local promotion and local activities and this project is supposed to push them a bit to step out to the whole world. Either way I think a lot depends on their attitude and motivation. So far we managed to exchange only few emails so I hope that our presentation will be substantial to the organization. Although this project resulted in me learning far more about marketing that I had suspected in the beginning, I’m counting that the work of group Evolve will contribute to the success of Gogorobi.

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Are you sure you want to rely on “the wisdom of the crowd”?

Engaging crowd in order to achieve ones goal is indeed great idea, whether you’re looking of a product, service or funds. You watch other people uniting in order to help you with your purpose. At the same time you are given feedback on your product or idea. That is how small entrepreneurs enter the market. Personally I find this idea very appealing but I cannot resist the impression that it might have many disadvantages.

Biggest benefit of crowdsourcing is the fact that various people bring in their money, knowledge, experience or simply effort. Therefor e different views on the project are brought to attention. Due to development of online network we are able to connect to more and more people, thus creating larger communities.

As for design I’d say that disadvantage of crowdsourcing is the fact that this is a sort of cheap labor, which is more likely to result in less credible product comparing it to the ones offered by hired professionals. On the other hand  crowdsourcing is less expensive than hiring an expensive designer and it allows many new designer to gain recognition on the market and in many cases it offers many people willing to work anytime. My friend is a great fan of graphic design, yet he never expected to do anything more professional about it, but entering the contest for logo he was discovered and in the end he found a job designing posters.

Crowdsourcing does not assure you finding the solution to your problem or the support you’d excepted, moreover you might be criticized, not in a constructive way as you must include the human factor in your project and people are not always as helpful as you’d wish. It is also difficult to engage collaboration between crowd members as they compete with each other in nature. What is important there’s no contract in most crowdsourcing cases, so people are more likely not to treat it with full devotion.

I haven’t had much experience with the crowdsourcing and funding. But  during this project I gained deeper insight in online crowdsourcing pages, such as Kickstarter or the Globalgiving proved to be successful. What is also common for this websites it that you have to share  some percentage of gathered amount, moreover there is often the system called “ all or nothing”, which means that either you raise the amount you planned in given time or you don’t get anything at all. Search for support for your projects online requires much effort and involvement, for example for Globalgiving you have to provide many documents concerning various matters. 

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#5 Teamwork time!

One of the things I hate most is teamwork. I do understand its main assumptions and why it is important, moreover I am willing to admit that the work of many people is far more valuable and simply better than work of one person. But it often happens that making teamwork happen often requires more effort than achieving the purpose individually. It often happens that one person becomes responsible for all the work done, at least in my poor experience with teamwork.  I assumed the key to successful team work is task division and strong leadership of one person, who will motivate and merge the group together. Having no other choice but engage myself in teamwork I guess I have to overcome my reluctance if I want my team to succeed and to be partially responsible for the outcome.

Our team Evolve team consists of 8 people, which is quite a lot. One could expect utter chaos, disorder and no organization, while we experienced something contrary- silence. For many meeting we sat, talking very little, making very little progress. Often some team members skipped meetings,  punctual attendance also wasn’t our strong side. I do not intent to be offensive in any way, I myself had to miss Monday meeting due to health problems. My absence cold cause some difficulties as I had prepared materials for Sheila, our contact person from Gogorobi Foundation and unfortunately I couldn’t post them online that day. But usually our online communication is flawless, we communicate via our Facebook group and we post everything on our shared Google Drive, which has this advantage of providing all team with information about progress and makes everyone part of the work. I don’t think that cultural differences were a great obstacle for us all, we have common goal and that is the thing that we focused on putting the things that vary us aside. Moreover I think that due to those differences we have different skills and perspectives, which with good attitude will be a great addition to our work. Other positives of my group are good research skills, very good organization and involvement: most seems really concerned about the project and we genuinely care about it.

This Monday ( even though I was absent I am aware of our progress due to our great communication!) we divided our team into smaller 2-3 persons units. My is responsible for contact matters with our NGO and fellow groups working on the same project. Now we got clearly divided tasks, each group is defined from A to Z in all dimensions, so each of us had defined duties. That should improve our efficiency, as well as the pressure put on attendance. Now I think we are on the right track and I really expect some results.

 

 

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#5 Teamwork time!

One of the things I hate most is teamwork. I do understand its main assumptions and why it is important, moreover I am willing to admit that the work of many people is far more valuable and simply better than work of one person. But it often happens that making teamwork happen often requires more effort than achieving the purpose individually. It often happens that one person becomes responsible for all the work done, at least in my poor experience with teamwork.  I assumed the key to successful team work is task division and strong leadership of one person, who will motivate and merge the group together. Having no other choice but engage myself in teamwork I guess I have to overcome my reluctance if I want my team to succeed and to be partially responsible for the outcome.

Our team Evolve team consists of 8 people, which is quite a lot. One could expect utter chaos, disorder and no organization, while we experienced something contrary- silence. For many meeting we sat, talking very little, making very little progress. Often some team members skipped meetings,  punctual attendance also wasn’t our strong side. I do not intent to be offensive in any way, I myself had to miss Monday meeting due to health problems. My absence cold cause some difficulties as I had prepared materials for Sheila, our contact person from Gogorobi Foundation and unfortunately I couldn’t post them online that day. But usually our online communication is flawless, we communicate via our Facebook group and we post everything on our shared Google Drive, which has this advantage of providing all team with information about progress and makes everyone part of the work. I don’t think that cultural differences were a great obstacle for us all, we have common goal and that is the thing that we focused on putting the things that vary us aside. Moreover I think that due to those differences we have different skills and perspectives, which with good attitude will be a great addition to our work. Other positives of my group are good research skills, very good organization and involvement: most seems really concerned about the project and we genuinely care about it.

This Monday ( even though I was absent I am aware of our progress due to our great communication!) we divided our team into smaller 2-3 persons units. My is responsible for contact matters with our NGO and fellow groups working on the same project. Now we got clearly divided tasks, each group is defined from A to Z in all dimensions, so each of us had defined duties. That should improve our efficiency, as well as the pressure put on attendance. Now I think we are on the right track and I really expect some results.

 

 

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#4 When you don’t exist on Facebook…..

Heeeeelllooo Internet, 

Growing up in the digital times has impacted my way of thinking about the world and accessibility of information and knowledge. As in my rather early years I have got in touch with internet my use of spaces is rather directed at myself as an individual, yet as time passes I noticed that I keep getting more and more involved in it by belonging to various societies. Instead of playing online games and “googling” various information I began to transfer my life online. In the beginning I focused on myself and my pursue of knowledge which accompanies me to this day. Youtube and Tumblr are probably still most used by me tools, as they combine knowledge and entertainment. Nowadays the pressure to exist online had me engage into more social online activities.

Taking for example the most common network- Facebook. As they say “ If you don’t exist on Facebook, you might as well not exist at all”.  Starting I just thought I’m about to share my items and thought and of course making use of the “like” button, but soon I discovered that it has become primarily a way of communicating and interacting with each other, as I started IB program. On Facebook my classmates reminded each other of deadlines and shared ideas for  assignments in our own group.

By the time I moved o Netherlands I have made an habit of everyday talks with people on Facebook, but now I also became a frequent user of Skype and Google Hangout in order to remain close with my family and friends. Moving to completely different country without knowledge of its primary language is a bit difficult if you don’t know any people from there, as in my case. Soon I discovered plenty of small groups on Facebook, of people who are in the same situation like me and help each other with variety of problems. I have started to interact with others in the whole web, the concept of virtual stranger partially disappeared.  The threats that were represented by him turned into opportunities. We, as IDE students formed a bounded, well defined group interacting with each other online and in real life.

I prefer to interact along in a wider network, as I think it provides more opportunities and information, also larger group of people have no requirements towards engagement and activity of the group, while as I noticed smaller group put pressure on each member to take active part. What I observed about people interacting in larger networks is that one thing, for example one post can often lead to further conversation and it is enough to have one thing in common to really get in touch with someone. I like to join creative groups, that for example keep me informed about the new from designing world.

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#3 Know your digital self

Heeellooooooooo ,

We talked a bit about technology this week. So let me begin with a bit of context to it. As we find ourselves in 21st century, we are constantly facing changing and developing technology. It is unavoidable not to be in touch with it. Internet is nowadays place where life, for many people, happens and is as real as the world outside of the web. We have online documents, blogs, meetings and even friends. Part of our reality shifted to virtual space. We have developed out digital identity in order to equal demands of modern life standard.

Engaging myself in virtual reality required from me opening personalized accounts on many portals, such as Facebook, which not only serves social purposes but helps me to keep up with all school assignments. So far I wasn’t involved in any official activity that promoted me as a public person and thus my online activity is quite limited. I have some experience in using most common programs and tools, which were useful for me in the past, such as Power Point, Excel, Gimp, Prezi, Google Hangout, Skype, Facetime, Picassa, Movie Maker. As the course evolves I realize how much I might need such. For example on Monday, while making the spider-graph ( posted below)  imputing the data to Excel table made our work far more easier and what follows we had more time, which we used for more insightful investigation of tools and their importance on different level of company development. For the development process we divided it into 3 phases: Kick start, Implementation and Feedback. All put together on the same graph illustrated our thoughts far better than hand drawing, which was the alternative.

Creating a tumblr account, fortunately wasn’t a big challenge for me, as I have heard a lot about it and I am already involved in similar community ( soup.io) and use of it is very similar, if not identical. So you can see my engagement is use of online tools so far is quite limited and I doubt if anyone can benefit from me sharing my knowledge. Nevertheless I am very eager to learn about other online tools from others, as I think they are very handy for a designer, particularly if one wants to be recognized.  I am particularly keen on mastering Photoshop.

As for online platforms promoting my NGO, The Gogorobi foundation,  I noticed that their online activity is quite poor when it comes to quality and quantity. Although they have their official web site, yet there’s not much information about them and the layout of the page is rather unfortunate. It is difficult to find desired data. Their Facebook page has 130 followers, which for modern standard is very little, it is not regularly updated and the post definitely do not engage the viewer, who is  constantly surrounded by excess of information in the internet. Also they did not decide to participate with any program organized online helping NGOs to market themselves in order to get donors. In my opinionthese are some of  the sources of problems with founding. If my diagnosis is correct Gogorobi Foundation is an example of an organization who is left behind due to inactive virtual advertisement. 

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3 phases of development for Gogorobi foundation

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Starting the Community Project I think we’ll face many issues and problems as we leave the zone of abstract and start interact with world. To begin with, we, as students are to become aware of functions of NGOs and their actions. Indirectly we are getting involved with most crucial issues of modern world, by finding out about Millennium Development Goals. Also we investigate the role of modern media in gaining cultural awareness and how they help gain recognition organizations that help to achieve MDG. Our tasks will embroil us into the relationship between the online community and a distanced receiver.

I would like to learn during this project how to efficiently and successfully use networks and online communities for my own purposes and also how to fruitfully share and fulfill ideas. I think it is very significant to a designer as it brings him into the real world and makes him face actual problems and obstacles.  

I  want this project to result in me getting deeper insight into the crowdsourcing mechanisms, but I also hope that it will teach me efficient team work. The final outcome of this project will be hopefully well-defined strategy of fund raising for Gogorobi foundation presented in a coherent, well-thought video that will be significant to the NGO.  I’m not sure about my “special quality” that I might bring, but I surely expect to discover it soon. 

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