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Week 8

During the Project Community course we have learned a lot. We have studied the topics like Technology Stewardship, Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding, Marketing and finally this week we were learning how our presentation should look like and the requirements of it.

It is hard to exclude only one thing which seems to me the most important from what I have learned. The final result of the strategy depends on many factors. It is like a puzzle. If you are missing one detail, you will not see the best result. However, I can mention some things that seems to me very important.

In this course I have learned a lot about online communities and networks. Now I see that this knowledge is essential for innovative design. All the ‘confusiasm’ that was at the beginning of the course has gone. During the course I have learned that digital technologies are very powerful. We even have online and offline lives, we create our digital identities. Finally, more and more time we spend online. As a result, communities and NGO’s should focus more on the online sources which are very valuable. So, the main thing I have learned is that online tools are changing all the design process very intensely. Design process involves more online tools like crowdsourcing and crowdfunding that gives new opportunities for designers. Furthermore, online communities give us a good chance to spread the ideas. Using knowledge of many we get more feedback and we can improve our works. Finally, crowdfunding can help make the ideas real and find out if the idea is promising and gets enough support.

Moreover, classes with Nancy White have proved that the distance is no longer a problem to communicate and we should use this advantage for design process. Also, I have learned that we can contact with our client using online tools, so, we can easily work globally. Another very important thing is teamwork. I realized that it is hard to make a good team. We have been leaning how to be productive. I have learned that there has to be the balance between the team members and we have to know our roles otherwise the work is not going further. Also, we don’t have to be afraid of fails because that’s the way how we are learning. As an American writer on business management practices has said ‘Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast.’

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Photograph taken by me.

So, what are the basics of successfully creating online communities?

For my design principles as an example I use our client Gogorobi foundation.

Understandable- the target group of Gogorobi foundation is very wide. It involves children their parents and the possible donators. So, the information for publishing should be wisely chosen. It has to be suitable both for kids and their parents. As Albert Einstein has said “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” 

Transparency- our NGO is seeking for funding, so, it is natural that it has to be transparent. Possible donators want to see the activity of the NGO. Website and the information online should answer to the question why people should donate them and for what purposes the money are or will be spent.

Internationality- in order to expand the networks it is very important to be easily accessible. So, like translating the website in more languages, in this case English, the Gogorobi foundation would reach more people. Also, by becoming a member of World Association of NGO’s they would expand their networks and would become more international.

Accessibility- information about Gogorobi foundation has to be accessible. They have to spread the idea about their organization widely.

Maintainability- Our group suggests many online tools for expanding the networks. However, after trying it out those tools I think the best course of action would to choose several social platforms and to keep it constantly updated. Quality is better than quantity.

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Week 7

Now it is week 7 and we are near the finish. So, it is time to look back and make the conclusions of all our work process. Since the beginning of the Project Community classes we have studied various themes like Technology Stewardship, Crowdsocing, Crowdfunding, Teams and others, which all helped to create the final strategy for Gogorobi foundation. However, some of the themes are more important than others.

To my mind, the most important theme for our NGO is crowdfunding as it is the main unmet need. Gogorobi foundation is non-governmental organization, so, without funding it is hard for them to move on and make new projects, events and workshops. Funding is essential in order to survive as oganisation.

Regular ways of funding are already known for this foundation because they have sponsors. However, they need to be active and find new ways of funding and focus more on online tools. As a solution our group suggests crowdfunding, which is very effective way to raise money. These days there are many platforms where organisations can publish projects and seek for funding.

Our recommended platform is Globalgiving.org, which should be the key tool in finding donators and getting projects funded. The main reason why we chose this platform is that it focuses on ngo’s projects related to culture and other themes. Also, it has a trusted reputation globally, which is important in order to keep transparent. Finally, there is no fee for joining.

So what are the reasons to use crowdfunding? Firstly, crowdfunding is very effective. Every year huge amounts of money are donated for various organizations using crowdfunding platforms. Moreover, projects are funded by many unique donators, who, also, spread the word about the project and follow its’ development and implementation. As a result, the crowdfunding platforms may help to increase the popularity of Gogorobi foundation. Secondly, it may help to expand the networks with other NGOs as they may find other partner organizations. Thirdly, crowdfunding platforms can give other benefits like training sessions, or can help to find volunteers. Finally, while using crowdfunding strategy Gogorobi foundation won’t get entangled in debt for the banks, which is very important for new organization. To conclude, crowdfunding platforms are the main tool in order to find donators online.   

The key role towards success during the process will be played by our NGO. It depends on their further actions. If they follow our strategy I believe that there will be good outcomes. The main thing what they need to do is to keep all the information on their online base up-to-date. They need to be active in order to reach the aims. Furthermore, our NGO has to be transparent to build the trust by sponsors. This may be done by posting all the latest news, events and other information on their website, facebook, twitter, youtube and other platforms. Gogorobi foundation has to expand the variety of online tools they use now, so that more people would reach them. The solution to reach the goals (funding and network expansion) is a clear strategy of action. Our strategy contains the package of ideas, suggestions related to network expansion and funding.

To sum up, after we create the strategy the further actions depends on our client in this case Gogorobi foundation. And of course our responsibility is to help them to reach their goals, if something is not clear or needs to be improved.

 

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Week 6 Crowdfunding

The theme of this week is crowdfunding. Before Project Community classes I didn’t know much about Crowdfunding. Now I understand that it is a very powerful tool. It can help to make the ideas real. I really like the principal how it works. That anyone who has a good idea, but doesn’t have enough money, can publish the project, and people can donate the money to realize it. So, crowdfunding is one of the best ways to make projects in order not to get entangled in debt for the banks.

Furthermore, in this way donators become like a part of the project and they even can buy the first products. It, also, helps to sort out which ideas are worth to become real and which are not. Moreover, crowdfunding may help to promote the organization. For instance, Kckstarter is visited by more than 9 million people per month. So, at the same time it is a powerful platform in order to spread the word about organization.

According to the article written by Ryan Caldbec (forbes.com) already there are more than 500 active crowdfunding platforms. So, we meet the problem which one to choose. Kickstarter is one of the best-known platforms. However, that makes even harder to get financial support because of large competition. So, our team mostly focused on Globalgiving.org platform, which is more oriented on social problems, cultural life and other aspects of it. Moreover, this platform has a good reputation and emphasizes on transparency. These are some of the reasons why we chose this platform. However, after talking with Nancy White we got a very useful advice that we should not stop after choosing only one platform. So, the best way would be to select several crowdunding websites and compare pros and cons of all platforms.

Also, on Monday we had a Google Hangout with the officer from the Fairphone Company. That was really exciting. It was a real life example, how using crowdfunding platforms they managed to realize their ideas and start a company. Also, it was interesting to hear how important the community in building the company is. Furthermore, to make the project successful it is very important to prepare good campaign material like video and the all story of idea. For donators it has to be clear what the values of the project are and why should they donate.  

Another theme is crowdsourcing. It is an effective way to get the best results. For example, if I need a logotype, I can start a contest on the platform like freelancer.com. After I get many submissions, I can choose the one which suits me the best. That’s how it works. Also, there are other ways how crowdsourcing works.  For example, involving customers and getting feedback is a good way to improve services.

The main advantage is that you can use the mass intelligence, because it can bring a bigger variety of suggestions and ideas. Moreover, by sharing tasks to the mass, works might be done in a shorter time. Also, in websites like freelancer.com people can get services for a lower price than hiring a professional designer. However, you can’t be sure about quality you get. That’s the main disadvantage.

In conclusion, using crowdsourcing and crowdfunding we can make our ideas real and visible. All the success stories based on crowdfunding platforms can just prove it. 

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Teamwork

The theme of this week is group size. At first it may seem that the more we are, the more ideas we generate, so, the better team we are. However, the practice shows that work in a smaller team is much more effective. According to British author Antony Jay, there are centuries of evidence to support the idea that small groups are the most efficient.

Our team consists of 8 members, so, it is quite a big team. At first we had difficulties in organizing our work. We have tried various methods. As the main we chose to split our team in to sub- teams of 2-3 people and to share the tasks. Moreover, we have made an agreement between our team members to feel the responsibility that we all have to attend team meetings and classes on Monday.

Also, we realized that sometimes we have to look back to the assignment to remember what specifically it asks. It is very important to understand the task.

To me working in the groups is itself challenging. I am a real individualist. Also, education system in my home country mostly focuses on individual work. So, at the beginning of Project community classes I found it really hard to work in a group. And now I understand that working in a team is not so easy and organization of work is very important. It is very hard to keep the balance that all team members would be equally involved in the team work. So, we are still searching for ways to keep that balance.

Furthermore, what’s interesting about all the teams is that we are all very different. Variety of nationalities and different culture backgrounds makes the work even harder. Sometimes it is hard to understand each other.  At the same time it is, also, an advantage that we have more diverse ideas and we are learning from each other.

What we need in our team I think is passion and organization. Our team has many good ideas, however, we still have some chaotic days when the work is not flowing and we are just struggling with the tasks. The main problem may be lack of experience and organization. During the Google Hangout I understood that most of the teams have quite similar problems. However, we are trying to improve the quality of our team work. We listen to advises we get from our tutor and Nancy and we try using it in practice.

Also, what we found new yesterday it was STARR method, which we used for reflections. In my opinion, this method will help us to improve our work. Also, summarizing the ideas and making it clear should help us in organizing better. Otherwise we may get lost in all our ideas. Check- in could, also, be a good way to structure our work.

So, what we are doing now is a great chance to learn how the teams work. That is a valuable experience that will be useful for the further projects.

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Group Evolve Post

Today we’ve split Evolve in smaller groups. We listed what we’ve been doing so far and what we think we should come up with and then gave 2 of this tasks to a group of 2 or 3 people.

We’ve structured our team like this:


Organization of the Information: Fernanda, Weronika, Vladimir

1 - Contact with Sheyla

2 - Storing information

The green team is responsible for the contact with Sheyla. It means this group gathers all the information the other teams have found in their researches and write the identified questions, suggestions, etc. This team will then also send the e-mails, as well as getting its answers and making the information clear and available to everyone. Based on this information the green team makes available, the other teams continue their researches. All the researches made by the other teams are also gonna be centralized and organized by this team.


Final results: Mikey, Viktorija, Michelle

3 - Research: Gogorobí, Curaçao [Context]

4 - Research: Solutions - Networks, Products, Events, Website

The purple team is supposed to learn all about Gogorobí’s context: its place, people, and other important aspects that could influence our research. The Curaçao storytelling tradition is pretty new for everyone in the team so we should learn what it is about and why it is important. As the purple team is gathering the information about the foundation environment, it is also proper that this team suggests effective solutions that would work on it. Are we gonna suggest them to create more social network profiles, products, or what kind of solution? What kind of events or improvements to their events we could suggest? What needs to change in their website? (as well as how and why)


What are our final results based on: Lucie, Kiki

5 - Research: Crowdsourcing & Network

6 - Research: Fund raising

The red team researches about our main topic. What is crowdsourcing, what are good examples? Which kind of networks could work for Gogorobí’s network expansion? How is the actual fundraising of the organization working, what are the weaknesses and strengths and what are possible plans for them?


 

Team Reflection:

- Subject 1: 1st information & ideas Gathering

S - Group receives a briefing and comes up with ideas and an initial research.

T - Store this information and organize it as well as the team intern and extern communication.

A - Google Drive. Group Gmail Account.

R - The group knows where to find all the information and it’s well organized.

R - The found solutions work for the team communication but maybe a solution for work management would be a good idea.


- Subject 2: Team organization

S - A big team with talented people but the work wasn’t flowing and organized. Not everybody was involved in the working process.

T - Manage our work to use all of our potential.

A - Split the team into smaller groups and divide tasks. Create an agreement of team member’s responsibilties and attendance.

R - Work is becoming more clear and organized and therefore easier. The team relationship got better.

R - It started when everyone admitted the team wasn’t being really productive. Then one person tries to come up with an idea for a solution and explains the team. Everyone gives their personal opinions and we come up with a real plan to organize the work. It makes the team more excited and comfortable with the work.

Like every Monday today we had a Google Hangout with Nancy White. This week it was much better organized than last week. We had roles in the team that made our work more efficient.

We agreed with the idea that check in about what we have done at the beginning and at the end of the meetings could help us to organize our work better. Furthermore, we realized that all teams were having organization problems. So, the theme of this week is very relevant. Finally, our group understood that it is very important to clarify assumptions so as not to get lost in all the ideas we have.

To sum up, after working today we got a better understanding what changes we should make in organizing our team.  

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Week 4 Crowdsourcing and Online Social Structures

This weeks’ theme is crowdsourcing and online social structures. Crowdsourcing process is very important to our NGO because it can make a big impact for the further development.

To get a better understanding of crowdsourcing I tried search for some daily life examples. One of examples I found is Wikipedia. It is a free encyclopedia built collaboratively. Anyone can add and edit information in this website. As a result, the content is always up to date and that would be hardly possible on traditional encyclopedia.

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What is my place in online communities? Mostly I use online space as an individual. I am interested in what’s happening nowadays like inventions, daily news, exhibitions, events and so on. So, I read the articles, watch videos, and use Google to find all the information. Usually if I find something interesting, I share it with my friend, for example, I send the website link or I just tell them what I have found out.

Furthermore, to collect my findings on the internet I use dragdis.com.  I find this programme very useful because of its simplicity. All you need to do is just to drag the information to the toolbar and it is being saved. After I found this programme I don’t need to press copy/paste, save images as… etc. as often as I used to do. Now it’s much easier to save all the information that seems valuable to me. It can be text, quotation, website, picture or video. I strongly recommend to try this programme.

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I, also, have some personal experience of online communities. I am a member of Coursera.org. It is massive open online course website, where you can enroll to a course and study online. Also, it can be called as an online learning community. There are discussion forums for each course, where you can get to know other students and to feel like in a real class. Moreover, I experienced how effectively we can solve the problems, discuss about relevant issues in discussion forums. Another good point of this website is that it connects people with similar interests.

Moreover, I use online spaces like facebook, where I am a member of several groups, for example New Open Innovators group or Waldorpstraat (for students living in student dormitory) and tumbrl for Project Community classes.  Facebook groups help to solve the problems very effectively.  While being a member of New Open Innovators group I can find out information related to our course like websites, articles, video. We can share opinions, write comments. I could call it as a part of our Project Community class , because in New Open Innovators group we learn to be members of online community. 

To sum up, online communities make processes more interactive and involving. Long distances are not a problem anymore. Picture below reflects how online communities like Tumbrl may affect communication.

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Week 3 Technology Stewardship

  These days technologies are essential to successfully create and develop online communities and networks. This Monday during Project Community classes we practised how it works. We had a second Google Hangout with Nancy White and Alan Levine talking about technology stewardship and digital identity. It was very interesting to hear their opinions about these themes. I have learned many things that will be useful in contacting with communities. For example, that we should be ready for things not working.  As a result, we may use meetingwords.com or facebook. Moreover, practice sessions might be very helpful in order to start the meeting on time. Doing all these steps we should have a successful meeting, which is very important in order to reach the best result.

 All of us we are somehow involved in technologies. I can use Microsoft Office programs like Excel or PowerPoint, moreover, I have some skills of using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Iliustrator. However, I want to develop my skills more deeply.

 Since the beginning of this course I became more familiar with websites like meetingwords.com, Google Drive or tumbrl, which I had never used before. Also, I am using facebook which plays a very important role in creating digital identity of people. We are like having two lifes one- online on the social media networks and another- offline in real life. This idea is perfectly reflected in video We, Our Digital Selves, and Us by Alan Levine, where he shares his minds. 

All of us we are creating our own digital identity. However, it is up to us if we want to keep our personal data private or public. For those who are tired of social networks there was created a programme called Web 2.0 Suicide Machine which deletes your personal data from the networks you select. The idea is to encourage people think about these networks in a different way. Maybe if we stopped using the social networks, we could spend more time with family members and we would get back to our real life.

I, also, should mention that later the programme was banned. You can find out more about the concept in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPfT5mPSPfU&noredirect=1

 Furthermore, yesterday we created a spidergram. This type of graph was new to me. Our group tried to simulate the project for our community from the beginning until its’ peak. We divided the period into three phases (Kick start, implementation and feedback) in order to investigate which tools would suit each period the best. As a result, we found out that the importance of most tools is increasing steadily until it reaches its peak in the feedback period. You can find the final graph in the post below.

 Back to technologies I would like to share a video about how technologies could look in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yWzKvQXsYM&noredirect=1

 In conclusion, technologies are becoming a part of our life.  It changes the way we live and communicate. It makes easier to keep in touch with other communities. So, because of these reasons technology stewardship is essential to reach the best results.

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Spidergram. 3 phases of development for Gogorobi foundation

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Kick Start Phase

  • Projects - Projects are already an important aspect of the Gogorobí Foundation. To get an idea of how it is like working to reach defined goals, a team needs to focus on the outcomes or products they expect to have. This practice consists of structuring and running projects. If the organization needs to conserve and spread their traditions of storytelling, having a time delimited for a group of tasks related to this subject is the best opportunity to learn. It is clear that for Gogorobí the first projects need to enclose communication and advertising in order to refine those practices. Working out their own projects, with a personal and effective approach, may bring audience and recognition for Gogorobí. It is also important to realize, as a start, how the management of the projects can work.

  • Meetings - Working individually can bring good results and insights but especially in the start it’s necessary to share ideas and gather group conclusions. Gogorobí could try to work with both synchronous or asynchronous meetings, as long as it clarifies the team purposes and needs to everyone: how to work, what to do, who is good at what. For the synchronous meetings it is better to meet offline, face to face and without any time pressure. The result will be a better  working team. As for the asynchronous meetings, the team needs to experiment with a variety of tools and find out what works best for them.

  • Access to expertise - As a start, the organization already has a defined purpose and knows their environment, traditions and other important aspects. It is the moment to work with outside ideas and trying to find a solution, but not acquire expertise on these things yet.

  • Relationships - Relationships are fundamental for the first part. To create a good working team its participants should be able to know each other’s strength and weaknesses. Group forming meetings or activities together can be helpful for that.

  • Context - In the first phase it’s important to create a structure within the foundation. Later in the implementation phase the community can be included.

  • Content - The content is something Gogorobí should really work on. Their stories and traditions are interesting and they do have great content to present, but as a start coming up with new solutions for presenting it is important. Then after deciding how to present it, it is important to decide which content is relevant for each platform.

  • Individual Participation - As we already pointed out, firstly it is important that the NGO works well as a group. To receive the best possible outcome it is important that every individual gives their best, but first the leaders/leading team has to focus on what they want to achieve in the next time.

  • Open-ended conversations - Conversations and discussions are important to develop, progress and even visualize your thoughts. Nevertheless, in the Kick-start phase we think the team goals for conversations and meetings have to be fixed and clear. But, if necessary, they can also use the meetings to set subjects (not goals) for this kind of conversations and try to get together in a relaxed environment to let their ideas flow.

  • Cultivation - As a practice that brings and trains brains to work based in the team’s goals, cultivation is important to the kick start phase. The founders of an organization need to have more people supporting and enjoying to work with their ideas. However, its relevance is going to increase only in the Feedback phase. In the first part, sometimes having a lot of people could help, but since it is only the beginning and some things may not be that clear, trying to stick to founders and close collaborators can make the managing simpler and objective.


Implementation Phase

  • Projects - In this phase, the projects that were structured and developed during the Kick-start phase should be revised. After having a look to its planning and results the team can continue to work on them. But now with more knowledge about what the priorities of their projects are and what the weaknesses and strengths may be. At this moment it is also possible to add new projects. The increasing amount of experiences enables the team to continue with their organization work. Furthermore it helps them to not only have audience and recognition for their ideas but also to be recognized as a good working group.

  • Meetings - It is advisable to continue with regular meetings, but as the main goals are clear to everyone in the team and as tasks are divided the necessity of meetings decreases. Maybe now it will be more interesting if synchronous meetings take place online. The team should stick to the tools they have already realized and that are appropriated for the asynchronous meetings.

  • Access to expertise - The importance of expertises increases with the implementation of strategies. Now that the team knows how to support projects and have good relationships, they need to focus on what is important so that they learn and develop ability. Then choosing the right people and sources to help them with acquiring some expertise in new and helpful practices. This is essential to make an effective work when implementing strategies, since a team not always have all the knowledge it takes to reach their goals.

  • Relationships - Relationships still are fundamental for the work in the team. As everybody got to know each other better, the strength of the group increases. And this strength is useful to cope with upcoming projects, new events and people. If now more people are joining or getting in touch with the team it is helpful to have a good and strong inner relationships. It will help others to understand how the organisation works and what the best way is to work with them.

  • Context - It is time that the communities are included in processes as a part of the projects, however, the context of the organization remains the same. The structure within the foundation should have been created by now and the team knows who they are working with/for. Getting in the implementation phase doesn’t increase the context relevance. They just need to make it clear for the communities to be included.

  • Content - The relevance and quality of content should still be great. Now that it is going to be presented to the communities, the team needs to learn more about new contents/tools and has to make use of different online platforms. It is the most effective way to ensure that people all over the world will be able to learn what the foundation wants to achieve and by knowing more about it they will be able to interact. A new website with an easy possibility to donate money will help the foundation to receive donations. A contextualized and always updated Facebook page is necessary to get more audience. And there are even more possibilities to make great content available, such as blogs or microblogs like Twitter.

  • Individual Participation - The management team is able to work smoothly. This will guarantee that there are people to help others getting motivated. The implementation work requires some quality individual participation but still, it is important that everyone can work well as a team. More than new individuals, new communities are interesting because they can give new input that helps the NGO.

  • Open-ended conversations - With the start of the projects there will be a need to discuss whether things are working out fine and whether not and how to improve them. Now, as strategies are being tested/implemented, it becomes more important to develop and visualize personal and group thoughts.

  • Cultivation - The cultivation relevance still does not increase because the team is now only working to put into action what they think is right. Instead of bringing more “workpower”, having too many people working could become stressful and tiring. Also it is absolutely normal and healthy for the team that some things go wrong before the actual feedback phase.

Feedback Phase

  • Projects - Projects that were developed during the first and second phase should be checked if they are successful in three ways:
    1. successful in spreading the idea of the foundation (popularity)
    2. the management and implementation of the projects works well
    3. the projects received good donation (financial part)
    If yes, then it is advisable to develop new inner and external projects.

  • Meetings - As it is feedback time, meetings are now essential to share what happened during the last months. Now the team needs to meet up as much as they can: offline, online, synchronous and asynchronous meetings are welcome. They need to gather as much information as they can about how the world sees them. We think meetings are the best way to talk about the projects, the management and the financial aspects.

  • Access to expertise -There should be a leader/team that is able to change feedback into useful improving methods because it is time to learn how all the work is seen and accepted. But definitely not the moment to try and learn new things. To work with upcoming feedback it is necessary to have skills in communication, which should have been already developed so far.

  • Relationships - During the feedback phase it is not only important to know what the team within the foundation has to say, but also what suggestions the people in the communities have. One possibility is to create a feedback letter that will be handed to participants after the theaters/workshops/projects. Another possibility is to install an online feedback page on the website. The team needs to be open to people’s opinions and know where to get genuine feedback. The online activity is really helpful here especially on sites like Facebook.

  • Context - Now that the team is gathering information on the results of its work, it is really important to set a context. If the work doesn’t have a proper context, the organization may receive feedback from a group that it’s not their target. Analysing what kind of people have been interacting with the organization and trying to prioritize what they can offer and how is a good idea.

  • Content - The content now plays an important role for the context. If the content is not good, the organization’s seek for feedback is not well contextualized. This can place Gogorobí in a irrelevant environment for them. As the feedback is received it also becomes easier to shape and present the content in a right way.

  • Individual Participation - The feedback phase is based on the individual experiences of every participant. Their suggestions should be a big part of the feedback process. This aspect is is weighted very high during the feedback phase because an individual view of the other’s interaction can bring relevant and important ideas. People are often more able to see things clearly and in details when they work individually than when they are with others trying to stick to a certain kind of attitude.

  • Open-ended conversations - We hope that in the feedback time the team has a lot of opinions to discuss about. What kind of people are interacting with the organization? how is the quality of these interactions? Conversations can show which things are working out fine and which not. The foundation should spend time with open-ended conversations.

  • Cultivation - Now it is the time when cultivation matters the most. It is time to bring everyone of the organization together to join the conversation. Both online and offline cultivation are important so that a variety of experiences and opinions are analysed.

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Week 2 assignment

 This is my first post in my blog for Project Community classes. At the beginning my head was filled with questions like how this course is related to Design? What are the aims of this course?

 However, now I begin to understand that Design is not just creating nice products that we use in our daily life but it is, also, about finding effective design solutions for communities. I was very impressed by Emily Pilloton, who shows that we can make changes if we use right design solutions.

One of the goals after this project is to have a deeper understanding what design is. Also, we will have better knowledge of the ways we can help to communities.

 In the classes on Monday we had a great chance to see how technologies may help us to work in a community effectively. These days even long distances is easily solved problem. So, digital technologies help us to move on.

 I am a member of group 3. The project we are working on is about Gogorobi Foundation which makes efforts to preserve and promote the storytelling tradition of Curacao and Caribbean. Our main goals are to get the funding for this organization and to get more people interested in its work. This organization seems to be culturally rich, so, we want more people to be involved in its activity. Finally, it would be a way to pass the traditions for the younger generation.

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