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If it’s ”Hello there!”, why not ”Bye here!”? :)

It’s easy to find your place in the world through communities. I mean, if you are interested in something and people who are usually around you may not care as much as you do about that thing, then online communities can be a way to find people like you. So that can mean that people with same interests can inspire each other, which, if you ask me, it’s the best part. Once a person knows where to look for inspiration the innovative design wouldn’t take so long to come to the white world. And as long as it’s a community, you can still learn from others or help the people who want to develop. Like our community on the www.projectcommunity.info . I’ve learned sooo much, thanks to the new friends I’ve made. We exchange experience and we struggle together, which motivates me (and I hope not only me). 

First of all, I like things and information well put, easy to understand but still as comprehensive as possible! So, in a community everything should be shared and used for the better of everyone.

Decentralization- people in a community should be equal. There shouldn’t be nobody on top of everybody else. It would be too not interesting if people listen to just one person and the sense of creativity would be lost or forgotten.

Tolerance- people should listen to all of the opinions in a community, more points of view- more ideas.

Simplicity- in order to be well understood, a person should always express himself/ herself with simple words or pictures.

Brevity- you can leave a space for the people to consider and wonder, maybe develop the brief idea or content you have shared.

For the next year’s class…

Every beginning is confusing, but here, my friends, we don’t deal with confusion, but with confusiasm (Nancy White). :D If you don’t know the meaning now, you’ll figure it out reeeally fast, in the very beginning. Then the only thing for you to do is take the time for completing the assignments and you can enjoy your brand new community full of new friends and other confusiastics. ;)  

There is not much to say or advice. You should get the best out of the course, which is easily achieved by listening to your tutors and follow their guidance. Everything is well structured and with the right pace you can do no wrong. 

I’ve learned much about internet tools. Everything I’ve been taught will be valuable for my future work. Moreover, if I want to work from home, all kinds of internet tools will be more than helpful.

So I guess that’s all for my first time working-on-a-project-with-a-team. It was great and certainly unforgettable experience for me. I hope no one is disappointed and everybody will have fun at the very end.

Greetings,

Bobby 

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Are we really almost there?

It’s really hard to say only one thing is essential. The themes all together form the important thing. At least that’s what I got from all the work we’ve done. We should be able to put research, information, the team’s efforts all together and I think our group it’s on the right way.

I would say that the beginning is very very VERY important, maybe that’s why it’s the hardest part. We should have had our roles from the very beginning, even though we didn’t know each other much. Yeah, everyone back then said ”I could do this…”, ”I could do that…”, but it wasn’t that clear and maybe that was the reason why we had some other problems. But the communication was pretty good so we managed to clear everything up. And we found out that’s the way to succeed- good communication, so we contacted with our NGO really fast and I think that is a good step to be done in the beginning of every project. 

Actually, communication is an answer to everything for me :D. When there is a good communication there is a reason to be confident that you are doing well. And in every aspect, in every theme there is something to do with communication. Which with today’s technology I don’t think it would be a problem. So my point is probably mostly related to the different types of networks (http://projectcommunity.info/syllabus/week-4/). 

I hope I made myself clear. You might already noticed that I like to put stuff and explain my vision in my own words. And about the solution for our NGO’s unmet need I’m sure we are on the right path. But I don’t get the point why we should tell our group’s solution right before the end… It would be so much fun to watch the video when the time comes. 

In the end I want to say- Enjoy your hard work (once again :D) so that you could enjoy the result in the end (and the whole closing event, of course).

Greetings,
Bobby

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Let’s see if I got it right…

As usual I’ll put it straight- I would probably consider myself to be from those designers that ”go it alone”, because I prefer to do things on my own and not looking for help (unless, of course, I don’t necessarily need it). But I can still see the advantages of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.

So as the first advantage I would put the fact that to crowd fund of crowd source you should be very familiar with the internet tools. Or just google :D and from there on you’ll know what to do, as usual. The good things is also that you are not that limited by the borders of your country. Whoever is interested, no matter where he or she or the company is from, could help with funding. Thanks to technology again! Aren’t we lucky? All a person need is to have something to be passionate about and the more technology you add to your project a the closer to your you are! But back to the point. :D 

By using these two options a designer gets more people involved. And when those people talk to other people the idea or the project gains popularity. Whoever hears something about it and is interested in it… yeah, we all know what happens then. :D 

This Monday was different, in my opinion, from the Mondays before because we got to talk to a lady who is experiencing what we are trying to achieve. Her name is Tessa Wernink and she works for this new Fairphone product (I think it’s really cool :D www.fairphone.com ). So she said that communities are essentials, too. Here is the point where I should say again that I’m a slow person and that could be a big problem sometimes :D. After this conversation I could say ”Ooohh. now I’ve got it!”. For all this time I was convincing myself that I understand everything without doubting and trying to apply this new information from school, but examples are important too. We should be able to see from a side that things actually happen the way we are taught to happen. I don’t want to raise any misunderstandings here so I’ll try to put it in another way. I don’t know if it’s normal or not, but I still get confused at times ”Am I doing this right?”; ”I’m not quite sure about that…”. So I think that’s the reason I’m not giving 100% of me in my work. I’m trying, of course, but I know for myself that I could be more dedicated. And sorry for getting away from the subject, I just wanted to clear this up.

In the end I would say that there is a reason for crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to be widely applied- they work, they are useful. But whoever use the methods should keep in mind that the goals they set have got to be achievable as the introduction video says ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-bTpbkH4Y ). And to me, all this process seems to be not only making business but gathering people in a projects which are, well most of the times, for the well being of the world and for a better future :).

Well, I think that’s it for this week. And, guys and gals, be really careful for your health because this flu-virus-thing is awful. Have a nice and productive week. :)

Bobby 

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Confession time?

Are we really in the 5th week? Time does fly, indeed…

I can honestly say that I feel comfortable in my team. I think we’ve got a lot closer in the past couple of days because we are joking with each other and I can’t feel any awkwardness as it was in the beginning. I think that was the first big challenge and we are over it now. I’m glad to have a couple of guys from my home country so we talk to each other in Bulgarian language sometimes. Which doesn’t mean that I exclude the others from the group, of course. I gladly translate to them that we say ”hi” in our language. What I’m trying to say is that we have no problem with communication, which I personally think it’s a main point in a team. If the group members can communicate freely and are in touch in every hour from the day, that is a sign for good-working team. 

A challenging part for me is that when I’m told that I’m doing everything ok and there is no problem I tend to not believe the person who says it. I think that no matter what I do, there is always a way to do it better. And if someone agrees with me every time then I start to doubt even more than before. But my team is always correcting me. When I don’t talk for a long time during a discussion we have, they ask me if I understood everything and did I get the meaning of the task we are assigned with this week. So as long as I have those people working with me I can overcome the challenges. According to me, the challenge was in the beginning until we got to know each other. That’s why I can say that within our team there is no challenge for me. 

Well, the only comparison I can make is between the team I am now and the teams I was in during The Introduction Week. When I was in a team of two people, me and someone else, it was quite ok but not that fun as with many people. Then with three other people we had much more to talk about, we were discussing more ideas. And with more than five people in a team the ideas are twice as many. So I guess a team of more ,three or four people, could be more productive than just two people. When it comes to culture, I don’t think it’s a big deal. As long as you have set the same goal as the others then I don’t see why the work wouldn’t go smoothly. Even with ”international” team, like ours in the university, it’s possible to achieve many and big things in your life. No task would be hard enough, if there are so many different perspectives, from different cultures, as the members of the team. Our team is quite international so… I don’t worry about achieving our goal. :D 

I still feel kind of lazy, though. I want to do more for the team. I’ve always liked to do researches but this time is different, than what I’ve been doing so far. We still have time, so I know I’ll learn more and interesting things from my colleagues. And in return I’ll do my best to help them too. In the next weeks I’ll be more productive, because so far I feel like the others are doing more difficult tasks than me, so I’ll probably be more initiative as well.

In the end, thanks guys for explaining to me everything I’m asking about, no matter how stupid my question are and I hope you feel satisfied with my work because I appreciate your help. 

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Me and my network

I will be quick this time, I guess… :D

So, my network is nothing special. I created imperceptibly a network when I left home. It consists of my friends, my family and my closest relatives. I spend most of my free time to surfing on the internet mainly to reach my loved once. That’s what I call using internet for good, I like to make sure I’m up-to-date with everything that happens in the life of the people I care about the most. And I do need internet for school and studying, too as every other student, I believe. In the end it turns out, yet again, that it’s all about me. Sorry, if it sounds too selfish, but I like the facts to be clear. 

Even though I created my facebook profile way too late (according to most of my friends) I am a part of a defined group. My previous classmates created a group of our class in facebook. Too bad, though, I joined after graduation :D. Still, we all keep in touch. But sadly, as a whole we don’t interact with or participate in anything, so I guess I am ”me against the world”. I consider myself as a internet-friendly type of person. When I want to gain information I know where to look for it and if I have a problem I know who to ask to help me solve it. That is why I like internet and what I feel comforted with, (and even pampered, sometimes :D ), regarding its purposes .

OK, diving into the unknown again. As it comes to tools I’m open to learning how to use all kinds of tools. In the near future I will be expected to know and even master, some really useful and popular tools. I’m eager to get more familiar to Photoshop and everything related to it. That would be one very very VERY valuable skill.

And just to sum up, I regard myself more as trying to combine Me (individual) with Many (networks). Then, hopefully with the help of the many new people I got to meet the past few weeks, I could include some We (communities) in the picture. :)   

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Ahaaa, ”technology perspective”!

Technology is certainly something a person should not underestimate! I’m saying this because I thought I don’t need it that much and I know people who think the same way. The time for me to realize that there is no ”modern life in the future” because the modern life is now, has come. Technology is actually ”growing up” faster than me (I hope you can understand what I am trying to say here) but there is no way for technology to start using me, so I’ll have to do the job. I will have to catch up with technology while it has to be the other way around, right? To be honest I don’t think I am good with any online tool, but I guess I learn fast. Or at least I should do so. The thing is that new stuff are scary sometimes…but it is totally deprived to say this about technology for it only grows because we want it that way. 

Because of the limitlessness of the internet people have limitless direction using it: gaming, working, researching, searching for all kinds of stuff (I mean literally, no matter what you are looking for, but you already know all about it) even studying, as in my case. So as you have probably figured out already I am more willing to be taught than to teach.

An interesting thing is that if someone wants to help another and is really concerned about a problem the real help has nothing to do with technology! A person has an idea and use technology to make it true, to make it work. As I said in the beginning, there is no way a technological tool to do a person’s main job, it can only help people. That’s why the internet is powerful, it is created to make people reach everything and everyone easily. You can show the world who you are and who you want to be in the future (oh yeah, I’m totally into finding myself now). The ugly truth is that not everyone has pure and good intentions but I’m sure there is a genius somewhere on this planet who can and works on the task of saving us.

So I'm talking about help, which I am very passionate about. I am really proud that I can say that I am working to help a NGO. I'm looking forward to the result of our hard work at the end of the project. This brave people who have started something different for the best of others certainly worth all kinds of effort. 

I will do my best to help both my team and the NGO with whatever I know and whatever I learn, because it’ll be an exciting journey with even more exciting end.

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And here we gooo…

I knew it! Facebook was only the beginning of this ”after-graduation-I’m- a-totally-different-person” new period in my life. But, hey, I was right! Right?

At this point I can only be sure about the goal we individually have which is finding yourself, exploring your own personality…but as a class is much harder for me. I think the goal is somewhere between understanding yourself and understanding the people around you as well. Once you have found your place among the others you can cooperate efficiently with them. So, as a whole, I think we are going for the team work idea with a sense of competition ;) I believe that in no time we will end up as a competent, confident and ready to deal with life’s problems young group of people!

And now I think it’s confession time. I’m not really good at creating and using blogs or accounts in all kinds of different websites but it seems fun. I feel like I was blind for sooo many cool stuff around the Internet that I start to feel sorry for myself (and you must know that I hate people feel sorry for me). Now I know that I can contact not only friends from anywhere around the world but we can create our own communities! And not only that, we can communicate with all kinds of different communities and broaden our mind. Then sooner or later the greatest ideas will come true.

I’m not very good at predicting, but I can still hope about what I want things to be. So, everyone says that winning is not that important as long as you know that you have learnt many things.Yeah, sure, I kind of agree with that. But I will be more than thrilled to know that my fellow team workers (not only from my group) can recognize themselves in the project of their group. Everybody should have put a piece of herself/ himself in the outcome, so everyone personally can say ”Yes, I can help people out for real!”

The thing is that I hate talking about myself but I will do my best. I am a slow person. Things and ideas do come to me, but not as fast as it happens with other people, unfortunately. I need time just to sit around and calm my mind from everything and then I can be useful for whoever needs me for whatever reason.So I guess I could be a little hopeless at times but that is when I have to be left by myself in order to get on the track again.

Thank you about making me think about myself again.I should have gotten used to it already, I guess! It is kind of flattering that I can surprise myself everyday! 

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For those who haven’t been there that’s Amersfoort…



For those who haven’t been there that’s Amersfoort :) Very quiet and not that small town in the Netherlands 

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You & The World

You & The World:

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