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The Final Touches

Post your movie making questions here and I’ll answer them asap.

Good luck everyone!

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Moving Forward

Are you struggling with the freedom to do something… or not,… to be involved… or not,… to take action… or not,… to read the module guide and ask questions ahead of time… or not,…

I was shocked yesterday during the Hangout. There weren’t many questions from the groups. Does that mean everything is crystal clear? I don’t think so.

The day planning was posted on FB, the Hangout was already set to go at 14:45, I checked by the groups to see if they were ready, MeetingWords was set and posted. I’m curious as to find out why the hangout works sometimes, but other times it’s a disaster. It’s not just the WiFi. What is it? 

Help us (me) understand. Please post your remarks and suggestions here.

For example, one of Janneke’s team members made a summary of the days tasks for her group. Great example of a strong community action. It’s always great to see that.

Let’s move forward together :-)

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A Walk on the beach

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Going to the beach always picks up my spirit and gives me energy. It gives me new insights in to our Community Project and gets me ready for the week.

We have formed teams, made lot’s of friends, discovered Google Hangouts, learned about some cool NGO’s and their products & services, and can tell anyone a bit more about Idea Networks, Crouwdsourcing and -Funding, Design Dream Teams and also Marketing. To put all this useful knowledge to use, we need to synthesize and analyze what we have learned and match these ideas to the unmet need and to the solution (which, btw, is something we’ll be doing more of this year of Exploration).

Let’s imagine that the prize is even more than that cool Golden Egg, but it’s actually a real assignment… for CASH! Well folks, that’s what it will add up to if you get that curiosity cultivated enough to keep the engines running into overtime. The goal here is to start the coolest campaign ever… just start it mind you, using your ideas, imagining it as if these were real assignments for real clients…, because – oh yeah – they are!

There is no better school than just using your own determination to get you the knowledge and skills you need, and go for it. Take that “walk on the beach” and get inspired to be great designers, to design great stuff… not just better stuff, but 100% good stuff. Like Neil Gaiman says, “Make Good Art”. We are here to facilitate and help you inspire each other and also to get inspired ourselves.

Interesting video as a matter of fact, “Make Good Art”… also tells us a bit about the teamwork, the individual work, gaining respect from our colleagues, what is acceptable (and what is not) and is inspiring all around. It’s a long video, but well worth it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-NYkseI&feature=share&list=PLzsSL9O5E1ZgHr1Na-q6VFouE-DXSI-Ue

Enjoy your walk on the beach - get inspired…

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Touching home base

Okay guys…. We’re half way there. I’ve already seen an awesome video that Keisha and Maurice made of their view on the theme for Design Work Teams… (hats off to Keisha’s newly learned skill of movie making). Now THAT’s what I call a cultivation of curiosity!

Time to start thinking about your end product. Any idea’s what you would advise your client right now, if the end of the project was tomorrow? What would you say on the first 2 themes (2nd almost online). How will you tie the themes (remember those hats) together to make the besta dvice for your NGO? Tell me about it.

Who will you ask for what? Who needs help? Where do your resources come from? How many heads are better than 1 here? How much will any of this advice cost to your NGO and where will the cash come from (if needed of course)? What does your NGO think about what you have done so far? Does he or she even know yet? Have you kept in contact with them? Have they with you? How would you do (what) differently next time? Tell us about it. And get cultivating!

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One Chaotic Day… again…

One MORE chaotic day during the hangout on Monday during ProjComm.

What I’m looking for, is an answer/suggestion/idea’s on how to make it better.

Before class, the tutors met up to discuss the program and during class I had asked the groups to practice the hangout. I don’t know where things went so wrong, but I couldn’t hear a few of the groups… and a few couldn’t find the link on Facebook to get into the Hangout.

Those who DID get in, HOW did you manage it? Please post your answer here (and on FB to spread the good news. For those groups where the sound was good, I am wondering what their setup was. For example, how was group 9’s sound? Visual? On our screen, we looked great (of course), but did everyone see and hear us? I heard my voice coming in on your video’s with a 5 second delay (at least 5 seconds).

I would also like to find out from the students, if they have any idea’s on how to make the group cohesion better. Please add suggestions.
I saw at least 3 students falling asleep and not taking part… Why?
Is this class too boring? Is it too difficult? Do you not feel as if you can take part? Do you WANT to take part? I’m confused. I also see some students working hard and really getting into their project. If you feel “into it”, could you give a suggestion to teams who are not?

And a last request, please add your input/comments here on your meetings with your tutor. Please think about your comments and suggestions before placing them and I ask you to add only constructive critisism, not destructive. I believe in openness and not B.S.-ing around.

With all these questions, what is the most important to you? What do you think should be “my” priority issue to address. If you just comment on one issue, that would be great.

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Sometimes you just have to start walking through the rice…



Sometimes you just have to start walking through the rice showers and enjoy the moment. 

Read.
Think.
Discuss.
Ask.
Innovate.
Start Over.

In that order.

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Trains… keep on walking….



Trains… keep on walking….

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We’ve taken our first steps into the world of Project…



We’ve taken our first steps into the world of Project Community at The Hague University. How are you liking it so far? Did everyone get their blog done? (Actually, I can see this… just a rhetorical question)…

I’m curious to see which group or student can give me more insight into our themes we’ll be covering after next Monday. Is there one theme that you are more familiar with and could tell me more about than what we already have in the module guide (I take it for granted that everyone has read this by now).

I would say “assume”, but some of you may know what that could mean, right Ceira?

Has anyone used our online network that we already have set up? I’m talking about Facebook and our 2nd year students who joined your group to help you out and take these first steps. Any contact yet about the projects???

I say this, because some networks are ready and available, sitting right in front of our noses. Like if your target group would be “adults with children in college”… would you think to ask your parents???

USE the networks you have and develop new ones, Develop new communities, capture and share marketing things that attract you. Become more aware of the world around you… and beyond.

And have fun taking those next steps… Keep on walking.

"It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop"… Confucius.
Well, sometimes it may seem to matter, but it’s all up to you in the end!

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Feet, my feet in many different places and time. Walking the…













Feet, my feet in many different places and time. Walking the walk while I talk the talk.

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sunshine…



sunshine…

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