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Was an honor…

In this new world, not use online tools is difficult. Everything happens online and the most important information are in the internet. 

With online communities you can exchange information more easily and obtain feedback of your work from people that understand about it. You can “follow” someone that you admire. And these online communities can help you to improve your network and keep it growing.
All of it together helps the designers understand what is necessary in the world and what people are expecting, therewith they can create something unique according to the information they obtain online.

Before I choose my principles I had to understand what they are. So I read the websites that were posted on week 8 and I chose the ones I found most important:

  • Internationality: to be able to use all online communities and expand your network it’s important disseminate your knowledge around the world, and to do that you must be sure that everyone will understand what you want to transmit.
  • Innovative: doesn’t matter where you come from or where do you live, people are always looking for something new, different, that will make them see things in new ways. A design that has creativity is always thinking about how he/she can do something innovative.
  • Break from routine: inspiration come from the most different places, so it’s nice to have a break from the daily routine; you never know what your mind can create when you are not  thinking about the problems or where do you have to go.

To everyone who starts this course, the most important thing, in my opinion, is to be friendlily with your co-works, they will be with you during all the way. You will help each other and its important to have in mind that everyone is different and has his/her own culture. So listen what they have to say, you never know what they can teach you.

And don’t forget that you will be working for a real client, so, ask his/her opinion about your ideas to solve the problem. And, of course, try to gather all the necessary information about your client.

This is the first course you will have in IDE program where you work with a real client, and we can use all the experience that we gain with it in the next course, for example, how to work with people from all over the world.

Before I finish my last blog, I want to say to the others team member of Group 4 that it was an honor to serve with them. ;)

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Can you see the end?

Although crowdsourcing and crowdfunding may help Solidaridad in some aspects, it doesn’t help us to solve the problem of how to introduce Drupal to all the employees of Solidaridad.
Just to give you a little context, Drupal is a tool that Solidaridad wants to use to help the communication between their several offices. Drupal can be explained as a type of social media, that can be internal or external.

So, for solving the problem, we decide that the most important themes to use would be Teamwork, that includes the concept of “I, We and Network”, and Marketing. Both of these concepts we saw in the 4 hats that Nancy presented to us and we went deeper in these subjects during some classes. In the class of this week, for example, we learn more about Marketing and we understood better how to use it in our advantage.

Before I present the solutions that Group 4 thought that would be efficient, I will say why I think Drupal will help Solidaridad and I will list the problems that Solidaridad might face to introduce the Drupal platform: 

  • Why Drupal can help: Drupal would help by gathering all the information of Solidaridad in just one place, making easier for people search for some document, or how another office solved a problem that your office is having now. And, since it’s an online tool, I could open it anytime I want to search for something or send a message for someone of another office.
  • Problems they may face to introduce Drupal:
    1. People can resist to the use of a new tool, since they might be accustomed to using email;
    2. Solidaridad have offices in a lot of different countries, so it’s a little difficult to arrange meetings with frequency and conferences calls sometimes may not be enough;
    3. With the offices in different countries the working hours of each is different, so they can’t introduce Drupal at the same time to all;
    4. In each country they have its own culture. Therefore, one strategy can work for one offices and the same strategy can fail in another;
    5. Usually the people are in the field working and they don’t have the computer with them all the time;
    6. The employees are also busy, so they may not want to spend time learning how to use Drupal;
    7. And Solidaridad don’t want to spend a lot of money with IT technology, that’s why they chosen Drupal.

Now the big question: How to solve all of these problems with Teamwork and Marketing?

                                          

First the Teamwork, Maarten told us a little a about the Ambassadors of each place and we had the idea of work with them to help people see the importance of Drupal. Instead going direct to people and say that they HAVE to use Drupal, we would show to the Ambassadors how Drupal will improve Solidaridad’s work and then they could transmit that to their employees in their own way. And here we see the idea of “I, We and Network”, where the Network is Solidaridad, the We is each office of Solidaridad, and I is the employees in this offices.
This solution would solve the problem 4, of different cultures, since each Ambassador will introduce Drupal according to his/her culture, the problem 2, of distance, they wouldn’t have to try to do conferences meeting with each office to explain Drupal and problem 3, of difference with the hours.

Regarding the Marketing, we’ll use Internal Marketing as one of the solution for the NGO. How we would use it? Our idea is to put Drupal as the start page of the browser. Therewith, every time an employee opens the internet they will see the page of Drupal and with time they will get used to it. And in this start page will have some “details” to help people to understand better Drupal, such as an introduction video, an interactive guide, a forum for question and some icons in the corner that you can click to obtain more information about some aspect of Drupal. This would help people to get familiar with this tool, solving problem 1 and solving the problems 5 and 6, because people would have a good and quick way of learning how to use Drupal, without losing a lot of time.

                 

And these solutions wouldn’t cost much to Solidaridad, so the problem 7 is not a problem anymore.
But, for us to present this in a good and understandable way, everyone in Group 4 need work equally and hard! I don’t think that have ONE important thing for the success of the project, but SIX important ones: Maria, Willem, Julien, Philipp, Katinka and Julia!

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It’s a little crowded in here…

If you want to have a good idea, have a bunch of ideas”

Before this course I had never heard anything about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, but after the classes about it I started to search it to find out how people really use it.

But before the examples of the use of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding I’ll put two definitions of each that helped me to understand better what these technics are:

1. Crowdsourcing:

                     

  • “Crowdsourcing is a production model that uses the collective intelligence and knowledge and volunteers around the internet to solve problems, create content and develop new technologies or solutions.”
  • “Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally assigned to an employee and externalize it to an undefined group, and generally big, of people through an open call, usually the Internet”— Jeff Howe

2. Crowdfunding:

     

  • Crowdfunding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”
  • Crowdfunding is a new and emerging way of funding new ideas or projects by borrowing funding from large numbers of people often accessed through a website.” 

A funny fact is that the first definition of crowdsorcing I took from Wikipedia, maybe the biggest example of crowdsorcing. In Wikipedia people can put their knowledge online to help other with their research. Another example is the spam. When  a user mark a mail as spam, this information go into a database and then the anti-spam tools providers use this information to mark a certain type of mail as spam.

We saw an example of crowdfunding in class and that really helped me to believe that it actually works, because I thought that people wouldn’t believe that the concept of crowdfunding really can work.

Of course, besides the research that I did on my own, the things in the syllabus on the website of Project Communities also helped me to understand better how a design can use this tools during the development of a work.

In design it’s nice to use crowdsoursing when you have an idea but don’t know exactly how to put it on paper or if it is good enough. But then you will take the risk of put your ideas out there, where anyone can see and use it as his/her own. 

During my research I found a website really nice for design, if you have interest and time take a look ;)
http://www.designcrowd.com/

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4 your information

Work in a group of different people from different places can be a challenge, each one of us has his own way of working and sometimes that distinct  ways of doing tasks can generate a discussion. However, it’s not a bad discussion.

We had this kind of discussion a few times and I think it was really interesting and helpful for the project. Interesting because I could see how people of other cultures generally solve their problems and challenges, which is, sometimes, really different from the way I’m used to solve the problems in projects in Brazil. And helpful because when you have different ideas to solve the same problem, you have more chances of finding the better way to solve it.

And a funny fact is that sometimes we forget that our languages are different and we need to speak english and we say something in our native language! I did that a few times. :P

But I still had some difficulty to understand the way of doing the project here. Because in Brazil the professor tells us what’s the project, what he/she wants in the end and then they leave us, the professor will give an opinion just if you ask him/her. Here we have tutors for the groups, and these tutors are always helping us, even if we don’t ask. They give us tips of how to do a better job, how to improve our work. And in the begging I thought that this was strange: “Why are they always around?”; “Why are they asking us to do this?”, and so on. But now, after Janneke explain a little bit of why all the tasks in all the classes, I started to appreciate it. It’s nice to have a tutor around every time you have a doubt or just want an advice. And now that it’s clear that all the tasks are to help us with our projects I can try use it to improve the final result.

Other thing that I think it will be a challenge for me is the video. I’m used to do something similar to a report in the end of a project and a presentation explaining what the professor will find in the report. But now, we need to do a video in the end. And all the time that Group 4 makes something for the project I start to think How are we going to put this in a video?.
But, I think it is an interesting form to present a project and I’m really excited to do it.

                        

After the video of Chris Corrigan, we know that might be better split our group into smaller groups to develop the project. So, as Katinka posted, we will have groups of 3, and each group will have a task to develop and present for the others member of Group 4. I think it’s better this way because when everyone in the team stop to think in the same task, all of the others tasks will stay behind and we won’t be able to do all of it.
I will join forces with Katinka and we are going to think about the scenarios for the video. 

So now on my focus will be how to translate everything we did (and still going to do) in a video? How to do this in a way that everybody will understand what we want to communicate?
Of course, I will help the others if they need and I will try to use all the tools that have been presented to us to help me.
Now, let’s work! :)

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Hey, I just met you, And this is crazy, But here’s my Facebook, So text me, maybe

The internet… Sweet, sweet, internet…

Nowadays people think that’s impossible to live without the internet, it became something so natural that some people go direct to the computer when arrive home or check the cellphone every time that stop in some place with Wi-fi. (me :P)
And if someone doesn’t like to use online spaces everyone look at him/her as if he/she was someone of another plane. Like: “How the hell you don’t have a Facebook?”
And I will be one of the people to look to this person like that. Facebook is one of the most efficient ways to communicate with your friends and family. But after I had to spend a while without internet, I realized that we are really addict to it and we don’t actually need all of that so much. It is nice, OF COURSE! It helps us all the time, SURE! But yes, we can survive without it, we did it once!
So today when someone tells me that doesn’t use some online space that I use, I don’t judge this person like before, I think it is cool and different, but not something that is of another world!

And, as you will see below, I still use my online spaces, a lot! ;)

So, I don’t like to put much about me in online spaces where everyone can see it. That’s why I always need to think a little hard to make my posts in tumblr. Because I want to do something that people will like and it’s real, but, at the same time, I don’t want put too much about me. I want to put enough so people can relate to it and see my point of view, but not enough so they can “unravel the mystery”. Therefore, I’m always trying to find a spot between this, the nothing and the too much.

But, when it’s about online groups, I have many of these I guess. :P

  • I have a group of best friends, called F.R.I.E.N.D.S, there we put everything we want to share but not with everyone or when we see something that reminded us of someone of the group. It is a wonderful way to catch up since we went to university and didn’t saw each other every day. And yes, the name is related to the series FRIENDS! We all love it!
  • I created a group for my friends to post my photos and news of the exchange called Amigos Sem Fronteiras and another one just for my family called Família Sem Fronteiras. In both I put the photos of my trips to another places, and photos of Den Haag and write everything that happens with me that is funny or interesting.
  • There is one called The Hague – CsF Holanda, that is for all exchange Brazilian students who study in The Hague University. In this group we put general information about the university or we use to plan a meeting.
  • I have the groups related to the IDE program: New Open Innovators (IDE); Communities -Team 4; Open Innovator Year 1

To be honest, I have 24 different groups on Facebook, some I barely use, I’m just in the group because of the information it provides, others are from past projects and others I’m not sure what I’m doing in there. But the ones that I use a lot are those above. The ones that involve my friends and family, people who I trust and care about.

Besides Facebook, the only other place that I have a group is in Whatapp, and it’s the same group of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Now, I realize that I don’t use many online tools to connect with the world, just the most popular ones! And I think this is a good thing, because all the information that I need are in just a few places and it’s easy to get it!

Thereafter,I can say that I prefer groups where I know people and interact with them outside the online world. In this kind of groups I feel more freedom to write what I want and be honest.

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There is a new world outside, go take a look

Honesty is the key to (almost :P ) everything, right? So, to be honesty, I don’t have an excellent knowledge of any online tool.

Although I love learn how to use a new technology, I’m not an expert in any! I know how to “play” with some of the most popular ones (even though I don’t use all of it daily): Facebook, Twitter,  Instrangram, Whatsapp, Skype, Gmail…

Last week I introduced my group to the tool that I used in a project in Brazil, Trello.

They didn’t know this tool, but all of them were open to learn it, something that really surprised me. Usually, people don’t like when they need to learn how to use a new technology in a short amount of time. But not in Group 4! Here we are always open to new technologies.

 is a free tool used in organizations and by people.

It’s used to project management, or you can use in a personal way, like putting your tasks for the week or the month.

You can create different boards for different projects, and in this board make lists, where you can update documents, comment something about a document… And in this lists you have cards, that are different tasks of the same list.

Here is an example of one project made in Trello with everything ready:

*picture taken from google :P

If any group wants to use it and need help with something, I’m always available to help you! :)

In Group 4, we generally use Facebook to communicate and exchange ideas. I think it’s the perfect way to a group of different people that don’t know each other very well to communicate when they have to do a project or something like that together. It’s fast and you can increase your knowledge of other members of the group by going into their facebook page! :P

I know how to use 3 tools that aren’t online, but that can help me during this module, not just in Project Communities, but in my other classes.

•             Illustrator

•             CorelDraw

•             Solidworks

Like I said before, I really enjoy learn new programs, so let’s hope someone can teach me some new technology in this module!

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Hi Maarten!

Before I post about this week assignment, I like to tell about our first meeting with someone from our NGO!
Maarten!
We(group 4) and Group 1 talked to him in Skype.

We did some questions and he answered really well!  He told us more than we think we needed to know! :P
For all the groups that are working with Solidaridad, I advise to arrange a meeting in Skype with Maarten, if possible! He will answer all your question in the best way possible!
Now we have more material to go on with our project. We understand best the needs of our NGO.

If anyone wants to know more about the meeting, don’t hesitate to talk with a member of Group 4! ;)

That’s it!
Now to the assignment!
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SpiderGram of Group 4!!Really fun to do ;)



SpiderGram of Group 4!!
Really fun to do ;)

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The First of many

First post for Project Communities.

For now, we just met the group and received the orientations about the assignments for this class.

To be honest, I don’t understand completely what we need to do.

What I know:

•    We need to do posts every week about the theme we received;

•    We are going to work with a NGO (I think we have to help them with a problem of communication);

•    Work team will be one of the most important things;

•    We will meet Janneke every Friday to put our ideas in perspective;

And that’s it! I think I didn’t understand the main goal of the class, like, what do we need to deliver in the end?  :/

 

During the course we will learn how to work with people that don’t have a physical presence in our lives. We will need to get used to talk with them through computer, and understand what the person wants to transmit.  Also, if we want to work as a team, we will have to learn how to respect the ideas of others, and how to put the ideas together in order to do the best work possible.

To be honest, I’m not the best person to work with new technology, I don’t feel comfortable talking with people through the computer, so that will be a challenge for me, but a good challenge. :)

 

I don’t know exactly what Group 4 needs to delivery in the end, but I will find out and then, with all the team, work hard to do our best, and deliver a meaningful work. A work that will be helpful to the NGO and will add value to the team members. ;)

 

I did 5 semesters of Production Engineering in Brazil, so I think I will be able to give some different ideas, because of my experience in another area other than design. And since I have some experience with team work I know a little about how to manage conflicts with the members, and, if necessary, I will try to use this to make Group 4 work together and without complications.

In Brazil, I worked in a company and I had to deal with my bosses every day, so I have an idea of how to behavior when talking to the owners of a company.   :D 

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