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This is it…

Now we are at the end of the course and, what I can say is that I’ve learned very much during this Project Communities course.

One of the most important things that I learned about online communities and networks is that both can be very useful and help you to solve problems even far away from your client. The internet has become the most used tool in world, and with it you can have a direct contact with your client, find out what his problems are and, also using online networks and communities, come up with an idea that may solve the problem. This networks created the possibility to many different kind of designers from many different parts of the world to work together and help each other in finding solutions for every kind of problem. 

It means innovation, since you are not bounded by the communication borders. With it you have different opinions for different clients and different solutions, but all with only one goal: Designing the great solution.

For me one of the best principles for designing is “Engage beginners and attract experts”. This one is basically what happened to us in our work with our NGO. We, as beginners (now we are better =] ), were trying to use the information that we had and looking for more information that could help us to do our job in this course. And with the online networks and communities we got help, even not directly, from experts in the subject, what helped us to develop our work. Also, using communities of crowd funding means using experts websites to reach our goal, and in this way they can work together for a common purpose.

Another good principle is “Plan for today’s and tomorrow’s business”. This is a good one, because it is also what we are trying to do for our NGO. We are trying to solve its actual problems but also thinking in its future, like expanding their network so they maybe would not face the same problems again.

For the next students of this course I would say that you will face a big challenge because it is real life’s problems that you have to solve. But, if you give the most of you and work well, you will accomplish your tasks successfully. For them to get the most of it, I’d advise them to get as much as information they need to solve the problem, and also study the things that are given on each meeting in class, because they will help them a lot when doing their work. Other tip is not try to do it with the whole group, I mean, dividing tasks and after put the solutions together is the best option for a faster, and well developed work. I know they will learn this during the course, but as a tip in advance, this is a good one! :)

Now that I’ve experienced things like I did in this course, I know that I hardly will face the same problems as in dividing tasks or roles when working in group. I am sure that this will help me a lot during the IDE program.

Thank you for reading this post! :)

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Coming up with solutions

          We are now in the week 7 (almost 8) and we’ve learned many tools that might be helpful for our NGO. In the first week, we received kind of a text telling us about what was the Gogorobi Foundation’s unmet needs and since than we started working on how we could give some help for Sheila, who is the founder of the NGO.

          This unmet needs were Fundraising and Network Expansion. So, based on this and choosing only one theme, I think that Crowdfunding would be the best one.

I can justify my option with at least 3 main reasons:

   1- The main need of the foundation in money. Sure they need money for doing their presentations and other projects. By choosing the best Crowdfunding platform we can have a bigger range of people who will see and know the NGO and, than will support it. We have many platforms as options, but we can always find the best one for achieving our goals.

   2- The second reason is because we learned that Crowdfunding is not only funding. Is also can help the NGO to bring diverse perspectives and critical thinking to their work, what is always ‘welcome’ as a tool that can be used for improving our project. Moreover, it can help you to get new ideas.

   3- Using this tool will help to advertise the foundation. I mean that it is not a free way of advertisement, knowing that the platform keeps an amount of the raised funds, but as we could notice, some of this platforms have more than 150.000 likes on Facebook, and more than 85.000 followers on Twitter, which are by far one of the most used social networks, so this is one of the points that we considered when choosing the best Crowdfunding platform.

          But, having the best Crowdsourcing platform and the best ideas are not enough to make something work out. We must know how to express our ideas in a clear and creative way, so people can be interested in ‘the product’ we are trying to sell.

          That is why what will play a key role is our movie. This movie must be the most creative as possible that people can watch and feel like: I like what this foundation is culturally trying to do and I want to support them. 

We have to think about the target group, that is as Sheila said, any people, because she wants to make presentations for kids but that their parents feel like watching it too.

          The solution would be the movie itself where people who is watching will want, if possible, go to the places where Gogorobi is presenting their play, or if not possible, watch the youtube videos about it and be sure that their money is being well used and so we can create a solid network with good and fixed supporters for the further projects of the NGO. And this network will be always in expansion.

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Crowdsourcing in Design

Crowdsourcing was the subject of the meeting of some weeks ago and since then I discovered some good and bad points of this ‘tool’.

Let’s start talking about what is useful in crowdsourcing. The first thing for a designer’s career is, for me, creativity. But, many times you will have to face some new challenges, as do a work about something you don’t know very much. At this point, having the help of other people is, for me, the best way to come up with a good work. In our project with the Gogorobi Foundation, we have to design ideas to help this foundation and try to solve the problems they are facing. As we didn’t have too many ideas on how to do it, we started discussing and we are developing together means to do what we are supposed to do. So, at this situation, crowdsourcing is helping us a lot. I have to say that Meggie’s help is also giving us more creativity and good thoughts to do it better.

On the other hand, depending on how many people you are able to receive help or how many people you are working with, the work can become kind of a mess and misunderstandings are expected. For me, it means that sometimes is better if you work alone than with somebody else. This I can tell you that is good in this cases because we used it last meeting, when we had to decide which would be the best crowdfunding tool. We divided the group in 2, each one searching this kind of tools, while I was thinking about our storyline, and then when they chose two tools (one each group), I was the one that decided which would be the best for us to use.

Just to make a conclusion about this subject, it is really necessary to differentiate the moment you must crowdsource people to work with, and when you have to do it by yourself. Doing this, I think you can develop better your work.

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Analyzing our project – Week 5

From the first week until now, we developed many things with our NGO. We faced many problems at the beginning of the course caused by some misunderstandings and some kind of ‘fears’.

Our problem started from the part where we had to divide ‘general’ tasks, mainly the team leader. Then, some group tasks we had problem to understand and divide it too. After all the problems that we had to deal with, I think that we could improve our group organization and dividing tasks became easier and more effective.

Last meeting, for me, was one of the best. Our group discussed the tasks and we could divide it very well. So, I think that our organization now is working well. And, as the topic of the last meeting at Area 51 was group size, we realized that smaller groups are really much more effective than big ones, and dividing the big problems into small ones is also better. 

But, we still have to create a solution for our NGO’s problem, I mean, we are developing tools and ways to help but we have to mix the information we got to come up with a final solution. I think that the lack of enough knowledge about the NGO and its work was challenging not only me but the whole group. That is why today we had a very productive Google Hangout with Sheila, who is the founder of our NGO. In this meeting, she explained us things since how she decided the name of the organization until things like telling us what motivates her to do this. She got excited with our hangout, specially with one question we made her. With this question we were trying to know if she has already worked with one kind of possible sponsors for her NGO, so she realized that she never thought about that. This is also very good for our work because we are already helping her even before the end of the whole work.

About the impact of the culture, I think that the integrants of the group are very well used to different cultures and the environment that it creates. We are dealing very well with this, and I think that this is not a problem for us, specially because we are all international students who are seeking for knowledge and new cultures. And, the tasks we are now dealing very well with it.

From now on, as now we have enough knowledge about the Gogorobi Foundation, we will keep on improving our work and development of new tools that may help our NGO, and also increasing the capacity of the ones already selected.

One thing I think that made a huge difference for me and also for the group, is a thing that Sheila told us about what moves her and why she is doing this. For me, her work became more clear and her motivation will also inspire me and the group to keep our work and improve it to the limit!

Thank you guys, hope this is useful for the others and for my group!

We have a work to do, so let’s give our best!

Bye.

Se you next time…

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Group post

          Today we learned that smaller groups work better than big ones, that is why we had some problems at the beginning of the project. The first week we tried to do the tasks all together and it didn’t work very well. So we decided to divide the group in two smaller groups to research the problems in depth. The works of the two groups, at the end were put together in order to combine their results in the best way.               

          We also discussed about some things that went well and others that went not so good. And this post, my group and I want to say about this things. Maybe, writing it down may improve our capacity and clarity to make better what didn’t go very well.

          Somethings that went well are the spider gram and the Google Drive. The first, helped us to point out the problems of our NGO and thus we could give a straight direction to our work. The second one helped us to share information inside the group. By using this tool we could upload schedules, files, even our week agenda, what updates the whole group about the progress of the work.

          On the other hand, somethings did not went well so far. Dividing tasks is one of them. This did not go so well because some of the tasks were not so clear, what created some doubts and misunderstandings. We also had some problem with organizing ‘general’ roles, although now this is solved.

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Me, We, Network…

People interact through many ways. The old one is talking face to face. The “new” one is using the means of communication, mainly the internet. 

But, what do I prefer? 
For me, nothing can substitute the first way of communication. But, sometimes we don’t have enough time to talk to the others, or something came up, and this becomes the best way to talk.

I think that we can find ourselves inside the 3 kinds os “network”. Next I’ll explain it better.

The ‘Me’. Sometimes I prefer to search information and harvest it, than share with others. I ‘liked’ many facebook pages, the ones that I have interest, of course. From technology and education to parties and singers, many things can be found in my facebook profile. This means that I am an individual person? - NO! 

The ‘We’. On the other hand, I have some closed groups, what means people from different places, or even from the same place, but sharing the same interests. I have facebook groups like the one we use for the IDE course. I also have one that is closed and the member are friends from my university in Brazil, and we use it to talk about any subject of interest. Another tool that can be considered a closed group is the Instagram. I follow people that I have some contact. Maybe not the same interests but not too different ones. And a follow some ‘pages’ that are really interesting for me, too. Another example, can be the group we created for discuss things about our NGO, and the Google Docs account to share files that interests us (my group).

The “Network”. Some of the examples I’ll use here have already been mentioned above, but this tools are kind of multifunctional, so they can be classified in many different ways. The first tool I’ll mention is the YouTube. I love watching youtube videos, and many times I face some view points different from mine. Sometimes it is good, and I start thinking about something differently. But maybe it is not that good, and I just change the video. I also use websites like wikipedia, that is a big example of crowdsourcing, because they take knowledge from many people to make their website. And this is a wide network, where you find all kind of information. The first already mentioned tool that now will be used again but with another way is the facebook. Facebook can also be used as a tool to make new friends and share new information or maybe discover new things. I’ve already made a friend on Facebook (about 4 years ago) and we are very good ones - we’ve never met each other - but I tell many things to her that I don’t tell other people. This can be a proof that I also interact with people along the way in the wider network. The last example is the Instagram, that many times I check some random pictures, and maybe ‘like’ some of them, and even start following the person or page.

The next question is hard to answer but I’ll try to do so. I think that making new friends along the way in the wider network, or just have contact with different perspectives is very important. But, I’ve heard a sentence that, perhaps, is the best thing to explain my answer (It is something like the following): Make new friends but keep the old ones. So, I think that the most valuable is the “we”. Because I think that this make the risk of getting disappointed with something is lower. It doesn’t mean that a new thing ( for instance, coming from the wide network) cannot enter inside my ‘we’, just that for me the ‘we’ is more comfortable and valuable.

You cannot forget to open your mind for new stuff. If you stay stuck inside the ‘Me’, it can be very sad and not good for you as a person and as a professional.

The question about my preferences for tools and examples have already been answered above, so I hope that it is well explained.

This is it for now.

Hope you like this post, and please, LEAVE COMMENTS! :)

Let’s interact and discuss about our points.

Bye!

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Week 3

This week’s meeting was very important because we could give some direction to our project. We had another google hangout and Nancy told us many things including the spidergram, which is very useful and help us to develop faster and better our project.

I know how to use some ‘offline’ tools that can be useful for our group like Photoshop, Power Point, Excel, Word… We can use many of this tools to schedule the development of our program. Talking about the online tools, I learned how to use a little of Google Hangout and Tumblr. The first can be used by our group to meet even when we are at home, and allow us to work more and also improve our help to our NGO.

During this course I hope to learn how to use more necessary tools and I also want to help my coworkers in what I know and any other thing they need. We started using a new tool that I have already had some contact before this course: Google Drive

We discussed some things with the other group that is trying to help the same NGO, this way we can share information and increase the efficiency of our contact with the Gogorobi Foundation.

Although we are trying to make our project better than the other groups that are also working on the same problem of the Gogorobi Foundation, we have to put in the first place that this task must be completed and the best for the foundation must be reached. And we want that it helps our NGO to achieve their goals and continue with their cultural work.

This is it for now,

See you guys next time.

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Talking about our course kick-off

Yesterday we had our first class of “Project Community” at the so called “Area 51”. It was full of new knowledge and very exciting.
This kind of meetings are very useful, and I hope that the next meetings are as good as the first one.

Working in group is one of the most important work tool and must be strongly developed, and I think that this course will show us the right way to do it. Besides that, helping our NGO to find a way to get what they need will improve our capacity of logical and critical thinking. As we improve our professional skills, we are also improving our personal skills, what is good in every way.

I have a good knowledge about internet and some of its tools, but I’m sure that I still have to improve it. At our first meeting, we had a meeting with two professors in the US using Google Hangout, and it was incredible. I’ve never seen this tool working, and its functionalities are very impressive. Notes were taken using the MeetingWords at the same time of the meeting. This is only the beginning of the things that I’ll have to learn.

The assignment we are supposed to work on until the end of this course will be done using every required tool to make of it an unforgettable work, and I hope that our NGO, Gogorobi Foundation, really use it and than reach their objective. This would be the best prize for our work.

I’ll try to contribute with each thing that I’ve learned and developed during the first two years of graduation in Brazil, like drawing, creativity, logical thoughts, and I’ll will also give my best to help our NGO.

That’s all for now…

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Hello Fellows…

First post on my Tumblr…

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