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okey, so the community project is over and I start to think about my Master theses topic. It is…

okey, so the community project is over and I start to think about my Master theses topic.

It is very hard to find something that interestes you but also has enough potential for a scientific work. So I looked deep inside me and what I am interested in. And one thing that followes me through my life was “food”. Yes of course everyone depends on food. But I consider myself as dealing carefully with food. Peel food not or just carefully to not discard more of this valuable nutritions as necessary.

Than travelling 6 month on various organic farms where they grow theire own vegetables and raise pigs, sheep, goose, cows, turkeys, chicken,..

There I saw how much work it is to grow delicious nutrients.

Back in Europe… Somehow I get to know about “Containern”. Knowing not much about it I tried it out on my village. And I was successful. But do you know what is so fantastic about “Dumpster Diving”? You never lose. Ether you find a lot of eatable food, like bananas, potatoes, cauliflower, … or you find nothing and than you still can go home with a smile on your face. Because you are happy, that the supermarket do not have to throw food away.

Actually if I find something in the dumpster I should be sad and angry, that they are throwing away something where other people put a lot of energy and love in it. But somehow I am happy because I rescued it.

So in my master Thesis I would like to bring back the consciousness about food to the consumer. So why do they throw away food? Why does the supermarket throws food away?

The Supermarkt says, they throw away food because customers will not buy food which will soon hit the expiring date.

Also the customer might not be well informed. The expiring date does not mean, that food after the expiring date turns bad. It might lose some of it’s quality. For dairy products for example somethimes there might be some whey flowting on top of your yogurth. Just stir it and than eat it. Trust your senses: WATCH, SMELL, TASTE.

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Posted in Community, Group 1
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Miri's Desk

Infographics

I’m a bit late with this update about my collateral value course reflection, but I just couldn’t find the time to write about it until now.

Friday, we had a guest lecture of a Russian infographer Max Gorbachevskiy. Infographics is a tool of communicating a lot of data visually. We use it in everyday life, like in traffic signs, or in newspapers. It’s important because if you don’t use the proper shapes you might be understood wrongly.

This was a course which was full of red stickers. This means very many people thought this lecture would be good for them in being a designer. I thought so too, even though I spended my red stickers on other topics… Infographics is an important tool for future presentations as being a designer. It is important for a designer to visual their ideas exactly. And it provides a nice presentation for your clients, and that they can see your vision of course. It was a nice additive to our course visual communication. I have never thought of a certain mix of emotion and information. 100% emotional visuals are advertisements. And 100% informational visuals are just numbers. It’s recomendable to use a lot of basics shapes in your presentations because those are emotional and for the easy loyal decision makers (your client). Or you could use methaphors in your visuals for a bit more real evidence look and for the bit more tough decision makers. And so on with explanations, real pictures and analytical designs. Your visuals could be static, animated or even interactive. It was for great help, because Max has shown some stuff which you have never even thought about so deeply. Like, there are three levels of creating such visuals: first collect your data, tranfer that in meaningfull information and turn those into a rich picture of your knowledge of the subject. He also gave some great inspirtation in ways of visualizing data.

The lecture was a bit lengthy, and some parts were getting boring and not really to the point. But it was quite fun to see that this person came to the HHS for this lecture and tried to be so enthousiastic with his difficulties in giving this presentation in English. He did a good job, but he had to sort out some things which were not so usefull to us. And he tried to involve us into his examples and stuff but because it was so lengthy it didn’t work quite well.

A great solution to this lengthy was to give us some more short termed breaks of 5 minutes instead of one of 15. In this way the whole class could be more active in the lecture. Maybe some pommodoro techniques…

I didn’t really learned a lot in those hours, but it sure was of great inspiration and a bit additive to our visual communication course.

Laturzzz.

Posted in Community, Group 1
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Anne's Words

Essentials

Heidi: i hope i get a TV next week

Giovanni: what? 

A tv?

Lucky bitch

Heidi: what?  It is essential


Posted in Community, Group 2
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Gio's Amazing Place

Introducing Smithsonian X 3D

smithsonian:

It’s here: Browse, manipulate, download & print 3D models of some of our artifacts and research objects for free with our new Smithsonian X 3D program

image

Wow!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: mohandis Thissen

Introducing Smithsonian X 3D

smithsonian:

It’s here: Browse, manipulate, download & print 3D models of some of our artifacts and research objects for free with our new Smithsonian X 3D program

image

Wow!

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: mohandis Thissen

fundersandfounders: How to Be Productive The Mindmap of 35…



fundersandfounders:

How to Be Productive

The Mindmap of 35 Habits of the Uber-Productive.

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Meggie's Project Communities Blog

First day module 2

This was the day we started the second module of the Collateral Value class. We gained some new (old) students in class. They are second year students who decided to join the class. So, we had to put on our name tags again and start to get to know one and other. It’s incredible how many things you can get to know about a person in only 15 minutes. And not only by asking questions. Also his or her body language and their tone of speaking. Then we put together all those characteristics traits of everybody on the wall to look for similarities. Later on, we decided which course ideas we wanted to keep, which were rational to choose and which were fun. We had to do this in total silence for 25 minutes, a time of total focus. I think it’s a good way of spending some time in a course, because otherwise you won’t give your full attention to whatever in the course. Eventually we had to tag our name on those courses for which we want the full responsibillity with two other classmates. It was a bit of a race for which three persons were going to do which course.

It was a good day for collateral value. Things are getting more clear and more serious to have as a course. Attendency is important and keeping a diary of every week’s course is important for your grade at the end. I think it is good to be reflective on what you do, and why you have done it.

See ya next time.

Posted in Community, Group 1
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Anne's Words

Your NGO and you

 Our NGO is the Gogorobi Foundation, a storytelling and theatrical music production organization located in Curacao.  For this weeks assignment I’ve tried to immerse myself in this organization and I tried to get as much knowledge as possible. First of all, the website is in Dutch so I was able to read it (advantage for Dutch people!). As I’ve learned, they produce musicals and workshops to conserve and promote the storytelling tradition in Curacao. For us the assignment is to help them expend their network and help them with the fundraising. This is something we started to work on in class and got together to achieve our goals. I wanted to know as much as I could about the Gogorobi foundation to be able to understand what they do and what their unmet needs are. As I’ve learned more about their work, I saw that there is a lot more they can improve on expanding their network. As I’ve said before, their website is only in Dutch and thus not possible for others to read. This is something within the group we’ve immediately agreed on should be changed. Next to their website, they have a Facebook page. This page is not updated at all and they’ve got just over 60 likes. There are so many other social networks they can use, for example Instagram or Twitter. This is just some proof that we can help them improve their network and I am looking forward to starting with it!

I truly hope that at the end of our course we are able to help them with their needs, I believe that if we stick together and go for it we can make a difference for them. 

Posted in Community, Group 3
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: The 3rd Project

Last post

CC Photographer: LA(Phot) Rhys O’Leary

It’s the last post! No not that last post associated with a picture like above. But like that last post, this is an emotional goodbye. (Just to be clear, I have great respect for all men and women in the services. I just don’t respect the masters of war http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvr72uTd7kc )

Project communities has been one hell of a ride and although sometimes stressful I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to thank all colleagues and students but especially Nancy and Laura for all their work and patience.

What I liked is that both groups asked feedback on their video with less than 24 hours before the deadline. This is always a difficult thing to do , because you have just worked very hard and you are tired and don’t really want to change anything anymore. But you did ask and I pointed out some things and you did go that extra mile to make it better. So kudos to all of you and keep that up as a good habit.

As a first project we can see the ways of working and culture of this year group develop, What I really enjoyed is that we are starting to develop a culture were students are helping each other in their learnng and do a lot of their work in area 51. 

For my groups: I’ll also give some direct feedback in the Facebook group pages.

I really learned a lot and I am immediately applying my learnings. For the minor smart life rhythms that I am teaching next module I am asking the project teams to report in a weekly blog. It makes sure there is weekly progress and it means that they don’t have to write a report in the end but can focus on building their solution.

I am also very happy that my dear old friend Sheila was very happy with the result.

I really hope to be able to join in the project again next year and am looking forward to another steep learning curve then!

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Meggie's Project Communities Blog

ianus: Percussive maintenance: A supercut of fixing broken…



ianus:

Percussive maintenance: A supercut of fixing broken things by kicking them. dunk3d

Ok, tumblr IS fun!

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: mohandis Thissen