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The beginning of the end.

Over the past 8 weeks we have been working with our NGO Gogorobi, we have also been researching various different channels concerning online communities and networks in innovative design. There has been a lot of information that I have learnt throughout this process which I has been invaluable not only to our NGO’s progression towards their goals but also to myself and my own personal development.

However the one most important thing that I have learnt on a personal level would be that there is such a large pool of knowledge online and if you can learn how to find and use the information that relates to you effectively, it can be one of the most powerful tools that you will ever have. There are so many different online communities that are available for you to tap into online; these have been so helpful when we have been researching different channels. For example before I even started this course the only online communities that I used were Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and TheStudentRoom. However I didn’t even think about them as being ‘online communities’ I just obliviously used them as tools to stay in touch and up to date with what is going on within my friends group and expanding on that in the world. Expanding on that, it has also been helpful when presented with the brief from Gogorobi our NGO which in essence is ‘Expanding networks and fundraising’.

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On the other hand I wouldn’t say that Crowdsourcing was the most important thing as a member of group 3 and given the brief from Gogorobi mentioned above. I would have to say that the ONE most important thing I have learnt about using online communities and networks in the sense of bettering our NGO would be the Crowdfunding sources and techniques that we have been able to use using the networks and online communities that we have researched. The one most vital to use being Global Giving as this is the crowdfunding network site that we will be advising Gogorobi to use in order for them to reach the goals that they want to.

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Considering all I have learnt and experienced throughout this project I would say that I have 4 main design principles when designing and fostering online communities and networks. These are as follows.

  1. Teamwork
    Teamwork was the most important aspect of this project. Without our group working as a team and coordinating with each other whilst each taking on a part of the responsibility I don’t think that this project would have been achievable. You may have seen in my previous blog posts that week 5 was a turning point for our group as we were asked to look at social and technological architecture. From this we divided our group up into smaller work teams within the group and this became a lot more efficient and helped considerably.

  2. Intense Research
    Intense research is something that can be achieved to a better standard when working in a team. For example when Group 3 were researching different crowdfunding options, we all went away and each decided to come back with 2  of the best crowdfunding ideas that we could find, then put them in the middle and choose the best one. I feel that by intensely researching in a team you can cover a lot more resources than if you were on your own. This way we came up with the best and most reliable resource.

  3. Client Liaison
    Client liaison was another design principle that I would say was one of the most important. This is because the client is who we are working for and we want to be informative with the options that we deliver to them. Another important aspect of this is that we start off with the correct information, therefore it is important how we structure our questions to the client so that they don’t get confused and that we don’t get unnecessary answers that are non-applicable which could lead us off track. Therefore clear and concise questions, for hopefully clear and concise answers. Sometimes “Less is more”.

  4. Simplicity
    Simplicity. After collaborating the other design principles that I have mentioned it is also important to then have the difficult task of making all of the components work together in a simplified manor. To have a clear and defined pattern of thinking that is easily relayed to the client for maximum understanding and efficiency. For group 3 this will be proven in the final presentation that we are due to give next week, however I feel that as we have applied these design principles to the best of our ability that this will be an easier task to live up to. 

For the last time… Thanks for reading!

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So far, so good.

Throughout the 7 weeks that we have been studying this course we have explored many different themes. These include Technology stewardship, Crowdsourcing and online social structures, Work teams, Crowdfunding networks and this week Marketing. All of these different themes throughout the weeks have all be useful in different ways towards supporting our NGO. However there have been certain themes that have been more useful than others to reaching our goal.

Our NGO ‘Gogorobi’ set us with a goal of expanding their networks and fundraising. Thankfully these actually run very closely alongside each other and when completing tasks for one, it actually contributes to the other. For example if you increase the variety of platforms that you use to get a larger network, then this would mean that there would be more chance of people donating to the cause and therefore would contribute to the fundraising aspect also. However I would personally say that the most useful theme for us so far was Week 6: Crowdfunding Networks.

-       Firstly because it is directly linked to our NGO’s goal of expanding the network and also fundraising, through one aspect of using the ‘Crowd’ (larger audience with opportunity to expand) to get the ‘Funding’ (fundraising) that Gogorobi would need.

-       Secondly, because it provided us with new information about different platforms that are available for Gogorobi to use. One of the platforms that we found when researching Crowdfunding is called Global Giving. You may have seen me talk about this in my previous blogs, but if not… Global Giving is a crowdfunding website specifically for charities like Gogorobi to use which give an initial training month on how to use the tools on the website to Crowdfund effectively.

-       Thirdly because of the importance that this new information will play when presenting to our NGO in 3 weeks’ time as this has now become a major part of our proposal to Gogorobi in how they can reach their goals.

However even though I personally think that this is the most important aspect of solving the unmet needs of Gogorobi, I also think that there will be some other aspects that will play a key role towards the success during the process. The first thing that I would say would play a key role would be whether our group delivers a good enough presentation to convince Gogorobi that this is the correct path for them to proceed down. Because in the end if they are not convinced with our findings then they don’t actually have to use any of the information that we have given them, it’s their own choice to choose what they think is best and want they want to use. If Gogorobi do choose to take on board what we have said and go with the suggestions we have made about Crowdfunding, then the next key role towards success would be marketing and maintenance. By this I mean how well Gogorobi would keep their Global Giving site maintained and how much effort they put into actually marketing it to get more donations, because without the time and effort being put in, then I personally don’t believe that they will be successful in fundraising using this crowdfunding site that is perfect for them.

I feel that the solution to these key roles succeeding will be self-motivation. Especially from the person at Gogorobi that will be using our ideas to achieve the goal that they have set us. Because in the end we can only give them the best advice and tools available but after this it is down to them whether they use it in the first place, maintain it over time and also how effectively they use it to achieve the goals that have been set. But I have no doubt that ‘self-motivation’ will not be an issue whatsoever, due to the fact that Gogorobi is a non-profit organisation and therefore the people that work there do so for the values that the charity stand for. If they are already working for Gogorobi then they clearly display to me that they have the motivation needed already, to carry through these solutions. 

Until next time… :)

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“We’re Better Together!”

This week in project communities we have been learning about Crowdfunding. Specifically what crowdfunding is, what the strengths and weaknesses are and exploring the potential options for using it with our NGO, Gogorobi.

So what is crowdfunding? In simple terms crowdfunding happens when there is an idea that someone or an organisation believe in but don’t have the finances to carry the idea through. Therefore they advertise their idea through various sources and hope to gain the support from other people, who then in turn will give a donation to help fund this idea and make it a reality.

So once we had found out what crowdfunding was, we then had more questions, including “how do you do it? Where do you do it? What’s the success rate?” So we started doing some research. At first there seemed to be hundreds of different websites that were promoting crowdfunding, but as we looked closer it became more apparent that each crowdfunding website was for mainly a specific sector type. So as a team we decided to come up with the top 3 that we could use, specifically relevant to our NGO.

The three that we came up with were Global Giving, Indigogo and Kickstarter. Each of these had their strengths and weaknesses. For example Kickstarter has become the most popular site for funding projects therefore would bring the highest site traffic. However it is limited to projects only based in the UK and US. Indigogo is not restricted to certain countries and actively seeks diverse projects, however if the NGO doesn’t make the target amount they are searching for then they will have to pay more for advertising on the site. The final option that we decided up was Global Giving. Firstly this was because this website was specifically for charity based organisations and not anyone with an idea trying to get funding. Also because before you can become a fully pledged non-profit partner, you have to take part in a ‘Gateway Challenge’. This challenge means that you will get training on how to use the online fundraising tools, using different techniques like tapping into social media, online communication, mapping, building giving networks and campaign planning. However you will only have 4 weeks in which to raise £2,000 from 50 donors. If this cannot be completed then you cannot become a fully pledged member. This is the site that I believe we are going to be pitching to our NGO for the ‘fundraising’ aspect of the brief that they have given us as it seems to be absolutely invaluable for what we are looking for.

However there is still the ‘Network Expansion’ that we still haven’t talked about that was also in the brief. For this particular part of the brief we are going to be using a tool called Crowdsourcing. So for anyone who hasn’t read my previous blogs, “Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of individuals, especially within the online community”. I feel that this explanation is pretty self-explanatory of what crowdsourcing actually is, however I feel that it doesn’t give true meaning to how powerful this tool is. This week I felt that we took a massive step in the right direction as Viktorija and myself came up with a strategy for the network expansion, which we hope will directly affect the crowdsourcing that needs to be done for our NGO. We came up with a 4 step strategy that consisted of 1 – Establish a base of networks (including all popular social media), 2 – Connect all of these networks together so that they are all linked, 3 – Maintain them and keep the content up to date, 4 – Crowdsource, share and keep the network expanding so more people can get involved, to give more ideas and in turn hopefully crowdfund.. This strategy does go into a lot more detail but these are the overview of the steps we are going to be taking to complete the ‘network expansion’ strategy.

It is easy to see the appeal of crowdfunding, it seems like the perfect idea. You have a brilliant idea and not the cash to put it into action, so you use crowdfunding to gain the capital that you need to progress and market the idea and put it into production (from a product sense). However there are some designers who do ‘go it alone’ and personally I can see the justification for it from a designer’s point of view. I have this view for a few reasons, the first one is the most powerful point which is copyright. Imagine you’ve come up with a revolutionary new idea copyrighted and patented, but you need to crowdfund to gain the capital to produce and launch it. However this new idea that no one would have even thought about is now out in the open for all to see and for anyone to improve on. Therefore anyone could improve your idea and copyright it and then if they actually have the finance to go through with it, get it out in the market and make money from your idea! This is the main point that I am passionate about because my girlfriends grandfather Dimitrios Papadopoulos is an inventor and this actually happened to him when he came up with the idea for a new type of scaffolding. One of his investors slightly tweaked and improved the idea he had come up with and then made A LOT of money from selling it as his own. He is probably currently sipping a cocktail on a beach somewhere, living the life as it were, off the back of someone else’s invention and ingenious.

Secondly I feel that if an investor wanted to put a lot of capital into a certain designers idea, I feel that the idea itself might lose its roots that it initially came from. For example a designer could come up with an idea to help the masses. However if they don’t have the capital to see it through themselves then when an investor gets involved it may change from a idea to help the masses to a money making scheme.

On the other hand I would like to say that am not completely bias and not a fool. I can definitely see the huge benefits of designers crowdfunding, and there has been many success stories from this. One of which was actually done on Kickstarter called ‘Star Citizen’. This is a video game design that needed $500,000 but has currently raised £18,000,000.

Crowdsourcing in design however I feel is a different matter. When talking about this I would break it up into two sections, crowdsourcing actual designs and crowdsourcing help for designs. I actually didn’t realise how big this tool was until I started researching it. I find it incredible in the sense that there are websites specifically designed for crowdsourcing design ideas. One of the websites that I found when researching was called Crowd Spring (http://www.crowdspring.com/). This is specifically for logos, graphic and naming. However it boasts that there has been over 4.5 million entries of design ‘job’s’ of which for each job there is on average 129 entries of designs. From this the company that made the job, chooses the best design and pays the person who made it. In the case of needing design jobs done I feel that this is an incredible tool as you pull collective knowledge together and choose the best ideas that suit you and only pay the people that were involved with the design. The only con of this route is that it may take a month to get an idea from the 129 people that you are crowdsourcing from.

On the other hand crowdsourcing in design can also be interpreted as needing advise or help from the wider community that is involved with that specific industry. For this I feel that the main tool that helps people is Forums and Blogs. This means pulling together collective knowledge on a certain subject, from many different experts who have their own opinions and ideas on how to help with a problem and reaching a conclusive answer. The only con of this would be that it may take a while for someone with the correct knowledge or correct answer to reply. Also that there may be a lot of white noise, with a lot of people trying to help but not actually knowing the right answers that you need.

So until next week… :)

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Divide And Conquer!

This week in Project Communities we were asked to look at our own use of social and technological architecture. This meant our own team dynamics and how the team was working with the amount of people that we have in it.

We watched a video from Nancy and her friend Chris Corrigan, about how group size can affect the work that is produced. The key points that I got from the video was that with individual reflection comes diversity of ideas. Groups of 2’s or 4’s have a stabilising effect, whereas groups of 3’s or 5’s are more unstable when coming up with ideas. However the main point that stuck with me personally throughout the video was that studies have shown that groups of more than 5 people mean that creativity is harder. As we are working in a group of 7, this point stuck in my head for something that we could potentially change.

So armed with this new information and new techniques that we could use to make the most of our groups creativity, the first thing we did was divide the group up into pairs and then separated the work up so that each pair had tasks to complete. I was paired with Michelle and our task was to Research the Gogorobi context fully and also to research and come up with solutions for the Network, Products, Events and the Website.

So far with our group work there has are a few aspects that have been working well, firstly I think that how we collect and collate all the information using Google Drive is vitally important as everyone has access to it. Another aspect that is working well is the communication side, as we use Facebook for all of our research that we do at home and also communications that we may need during the project. I also felt that this week has shown me that our group all has different qualities and skills that we can utilise and use so that we can complete tasks easier. As I mentioned we broke up into pairs to come up with ideas. I was in a pair with Michelle and thankfully she can read and speak Dutch and as we had to translate the Gogorobi website which is all in Dutch she translated and read it to me whilst I harvested the information that she was giving to me and wrote it all down so that we could interoperate it in English.

However there have been some challenges with our large group. The main challenges that we have come across is attendance, work ethic and work completion rate. With the attendance, some weeks we have a whole group and others we have been down to 4 people. This really effects the work rate that we can progress with as usually people have been given specific tasks to complete before we have the next meeting. Therefore if certain team members don’t turn up, or turn up without the work being completed it means that we are being unproductive and have to use the time we should be progressing with to go back and complete the work that should have already been done.

The impact of having such a large group has meant that sometimes we can be unproductive as there is so much information and ideas being suggested, that we can get lost or off track completely. However I feel that it isn’t all bad with the large group size as actually it means that we can divide and conquer. This week in particular I feel has been the most productive due to the fact that we had 6 people working in pairs on separate tasks that meant a large amount of work was completed and we progressed massively. The impact of different cultures however so far I feel has been positive, as mentioned earlier each of us having different skills that we can use in conjunction together to be successful in the different challenges that we are faced with. The impact of the task, is one of the most important things in my eyes as it is all about how our group interoperates the task that we are trying to complete. This week we actually looked at what work we have already done and the answers that we have got. We then realised the direction we were going in wasn’t completely the right one. We were getting off topic and actually had to go back to the original brief and ask ourselves what we were trying to achieve. We were effectively lost in answers, but by going back to the original brief and task we actually started again and got back on track.

One thing that I hope we will be definitely doing in the coming weeks is taking the experience that we had this week and see the progression we had so that we can break up into smaller groups within our own again and be more constructive. Breaking up into smaller groups is by far the best thing that we have done so far and the progression we have made this week has been profound.

Until next time! :)

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Me, Myself And I

This week in Project Communities we have been introduced to ‘Me, We, Network’ and how we use this in terms of not only what we personally do, but also how it can be used to help others.

I was never really interested in computers when I was a kid. I was the type that was outside kicking a ball around the park with friends or building various things with my dad. This was all until I went to secondary school anyway, whereby peer pressure amongst other things coerced me into online social networks. It seems like only yesterday when I signed up to Bebo and the biggest arguments in the playground were about who was in your top 8 friends list, that was displayed on your page. How times have changed, I am now an active user of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Drive, Instagram, LinkedIn and since 4 weeks ago, Tumblr also!

The idea of the ‘Me, We, Network’ is about the interaction that we personally have with the internet and also what it can provide to us.

‘Me’. The easiest way to describe this term is when I am using the internet for research, or for general browsing purposes and don’t actually get involved with any discussions or interactions whatsoever. I would say that the two main online spaces that could be referred to as ‘Me’ would more than likely be YouTube and Instagram. These are both online spaces where I personally only browse and research items that are relevant to me, even though there is the opportunity to interact with others I choose not to. But these are only two that I mainly use, there are obviously more that I can use when the occasion arises, for example I am currently using lots of online resources to find relevant information that can help us with our NGO project. One example would be http://projectcommunity.info/resources/ where funnily enough, all the resources and information has been ‘crowdsourced’.

‘We’. Refers to bounded groups. These are groups of bounded people who have something in common with you that you communicate with. I would say that the main online spaces I use for this would be Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These are all different online spaces but all have a different function and purpose. I have been using Facebook for nearly 4 years now and have been in countless bounded groups. But more recently I have been highly active in only a few. These are ‘New Open Innovators (IDE)’, ‘IDE Group 3 – Proj Comm’ and one called ‘The Commonwealth’. All of these groups are either closed or secret so that there is still a platform for interaction between the members involved but with a certain amount of confidentiality. They are all full with people that are involved in one way or another in a certain aspect of my life, whether that involves a professional or social aspect that we have in common and are easily and quickly available whenever something needs to be discussed or organised. This has been used by my group during project communities so far, by using firstly Facebook but secondly Google Drive. This is a tool where we all have access to and can see the work each other has completed and also have the opportunity to work on something together at the same time, from different locations around the world, which is invaluable.

 ‘Network’. The World Wide Web. Somewhere where I can interact with people regardless of whether I know them or even have anything in common with them at all. I think that the main online space I would say I use, that incorporates this would be Twitter. This is where I can voice my own views, give constructive criticism on others (politely of course) and sometimes have a generally good debate. On the other hand however, away from my personal endeavours the ‘Network’ section has proven to be and I personally still think will prove to be even further an invaluable tool for research and interaction for our NGO.

I would say that the most valuable to me would be the ‘We’ aspect or the bounded groups that I am currently involved in. This is because at the moment it is so valuable to myself and our group as a whole to be able to communicate effectively on Facebook whilst also being able to work in conjunction with each other on Google Drive. It means that we can efficiently work together and in the progress be more productive. The most comfortable, for me would actually be the ‘Me’ as I am quite happy to be in my own little world, browsing and researching things online and not getting involved with anything more than that. I would say that my preferred tools that come under the ‘Me’ section would be YouTube and Instagram. However for the ‘We’ section would most definitely be Facebook and Google Drive.

Until next time :)

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Me, Myself And I

This week in Project Communities we have been introduced to ‘Me, We, Network’ and how we use this in terms of not only what we personally do, but also how it can be used to help others.

I was never really interested in computers when I was a kid. I was the type that was outside kicking a ball around the park with friends or building various things with my dad. This was all until I went to secondary school anyway, whereby peer pressure amongst other things coerced me into online social networks. It seems like only yesterday when I signed up to Bebo and the biggest arguments in the playground were about who was in your top 8 friends list, that was displayed on your page. How times have changed, I am now an active user of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Drive, Instagram, LinkedIn and since 4 weeks ago, Tumblr also!

The idea of the ‘Me, We, Network’ is about the interaction that we personally have with the internet and also what it can provide to us.

‘Me’. The easiest way to describe this term is when I am using the internet for research, or for general browsing purposes and don’t actually get involved with any discussions or interactions whatsoever. I would say that the two main online spaces that could be referred to as ‘Me’ would more than likely be YouTube and Instagram. These are both online spaces where I personally only browse and research items that are relevant to me, even though there is the opportunity to interact with others I choose not to. But these are only two that I mainly use, there are obviously more that I can use when the occasion arises, for example I am currently using lots of online resources to find relevant information that can help us with our NGO project. One example would be http://projectcommunity.info/resources/ where funnily enough, all the resources and information has been ‘crowdsourced’.

‘We’. Refers to bounded groups. These are groups of bounded people who have something in common with you that you communicate with. I would say that the main online spaces I use for this would be Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These are all different online spaces but all have a different function and purpose. I have been using Facebook for nearly 4 years now and have been in countless bounded groups. But more recently I have been highly active in only a few. These are ‘New Open Innovators (IDE)’, ‘IDE Group 3 – Proj Comm’ and one called ‘The Commonwealth’. All of these groups are either closed or secret so that there is still a platform for interaction between the members involved but with a certain amount of confidentiality. They are all full with people that are involved in one way or another in a certain aspect of my life, whether that involves a professional or social aspect that we have in common and are easily and quickly available whenever something needs to be discussed or organised. This has been used by my group during project communities so far, by using firstly Facebook but secondly Google Drive. This is a tool where we all have access to and can see the work each other has completed and also have the opportunity to work on something together at the same time, from different locations around the world, which is invaluable.

 ‘Network’. The World Wide Web. Somewhere where I can interact with people regardless of whether I know them or even have anything in common with them at all. I think that the main online space I would say I use, that incorporates this would be Twitter. This is where I can voice my own views, give constructive criticism on others (politely of course) and sometimes have a generally good debate. On the other hand however, away from my personal endeavours the ‘Network’ section has proven to be and I personally still think will prove to be even further an invaluable tool for research and interaction for our NGO.

I would say that the most valuable to me would be the ‘We’ aspect or the bounded groups that I am currently involved in. This is because at the moment it is so valuable to myself and our group as a whole to be able to communicate effectively on Facebook whilst also being able to work in conjunction with each other on Google Drive. It means that we can efficiently work together and in the progress be more productive. The most comfortable, for me would actually be the ‘Me’ as I am quite happy to be in my own little world, browsing and researching things online and not getting involved with anything more than that. I would say that my preferred tools that come under the ‘Me’ section would be YouTube and Instagram. However for the ‘We’ section would most definitely be Facebook and Google Drive.

Until next time :)

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Technology Stewards + Spidergrams = Confusiasm

Here goes week 2!

So our second week of Project communities is well underway thankfully to me anyway the path seems to be getting a little clearer with every progressive step that we take. So far this week we sent an email to our Gogorobi contact Sheila with all of our initial questions and also received the answers. We have also had our second Google hangout with Nancy, Alan and all the other 8 groups, which proved more difficult than one would imagine. Finally we have come up with our group name ‘εvolve’ which was a play on words as we were also group 3. Nevertheless this has given us our online identity, which strangely enough was what this week’s assignment has been about.

Our online identity is effectively how we are portrayed online, whether that would be on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram or Tumblr. Whatever we choose to disclose about ourselves (this could be from opinions to pictures) will inevitably become our ‘online identity’. Therefore by making our team name εvolve and also making a Google+ account to accompany it, we have in my opinion unlocked a few different things. First would be a more professional ‘online image’ whereby we now have an email address that we can use to contact the outside world when working on this project. Secondly is a workspace for our group to collaborate together by using Google Drive. This is an online platform that we can use to work from and upload work onto.

Google Drive is one of the many tools that we will inevitably use throughout this project. I hope that there will be an opportunity for me to use my knowledge that I have acquired using other tools. Some of these include Photoshop, InDesign, SwishMax4, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and Prezi. These types of tools have helped me in many different situations especially when dealing with presentations, designing, video making and image editing. I hope that I can pass on my knowledge of these programs to others within my group and also others who aren’t so that everyone can somehow benefit if they are less able than me in a certain tool. However I hope that the attitude I have of passing on my knowledge is also reciprocated as I would love to learn some more about Adobe Illustrator (Any volunteers please apply below! :) ).

 This week we were also introduced to the term ‘Technology Steward’. For those of you who are as unfamiliar to the term as I was, when I first heard it. Here is a quick rundown of what it means ”A Technology Steward is someone with enough experience of workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community”

Once we had been introduced to the term we were then asked to create a ‘Spidergram’ to pinpoint the issues that Gogorobi has, and prioritise them in context of finding a solution. So as you can see below we came prioritised the different issues in the spider gram and named this the ‘Kick Start’. We then decided to come up with another diagram of how the priorities would changed after the first year when any strategies had been implemented to help Gogorobi fundraise. We named this ‘Implementation’. After implementation came the ‘Feedback’ stage where after all of the strategies had been implemented we could take a step back and look at what did and didn’t work and why, we then labelled this on the spidergram.

I feel that by showing the different time scales we are starting to see a picture of what we want to achieve and which issues need to be dealt with different priorities at the time. For example our main objective for Gogorobi is to find the means of fundraising for them. You can clearly see that in the ‘Kick start’ stage we relationships is only a 4 as at this time we mainly be aiming at marketing ourselves. However once the marketing has begun, the ‘Implementation’ and ‘Feedback’  stages show that the relationships has moved up to a 5 rating as it is one of, if not the most important objective.

However I find it interesting that in Group 1 on their spidergram, that relationships only go up to a maximum of 3! I will be doing some research into who their NGO is and what task they have presented them with..

Until next week folks :)

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The best place to start, is at the start…

Well here goes my first ever blog or as I like to call it.. ‘Tumble’!

When I first read the brief on the Gogorobi Foundation I must admit that I was slightly confused about how we were going to achieve the goals set. However we do have a clear end goal that we need to achieve with our NGO. This is to gain funding through different strategies by reaching out to different communities and using various networks so that the Gogorobi service of conserving and preserving the traditional storytelling and instrument tradition.

So with a clear goal in mind, the next question was ‘How are we going to get there?’. With a group of 8 budding innovators, it surely couldn’t be that hard? Could it?

The key to this will lie in how well the 8 individuals could bond into a team.

The one thing that I most want to learn when exploring this project is how to help manage a team in a way that would get the best from everybody that contributes. Therefore the best ideas from each person mashed together to produce a clear and concise strategy that will benefit the Gogorobi foundation and will actually make a difference!

I wouldn’t like to say that I have a ‘Special Quality’ that I can bring and contribute to the group as such. However I would say that you can always count on me to bring a positive attitude, open mind and a desire for success!

Until next time … :)

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