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Ah, this quote resonates for me (marketing gimmicks)

Rachel Happe ( a very smart person) just tweeted this. I had to share. Dear #projcomm students, what do you think? How does this relate to your NGO projects?


Posted in Faculty, Marketing User / Customer Support Networks

“The things I find interesting say something about me. Shared links are like the clothes you wear,…”

“The things I find interesting say something about me. Shared links are like the clothes you wear, they project an image of yourself that you hope some people will find attractive and be drawn to. This process of curating stuff that appeals to you allows you to be found by people who share your interests. This helps start relationships and build networks. This is how you get to do interesting things with interesting people.”

- Good stuff from Euen Semple - read the whole thing at Curatorship —
Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Nancy's Project Community Reflection

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 :-)

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

Reminder – SOURCE your images, LINK your references

Source Your Visuals

Creative Commons Buttons from

Just a quick note. As I read across blogs some of you are very creatively incorporating visuals. (Interestingly, some of you are using the same visual. Be creative — look for new ones!)

I strongly suggest you link to your sources and give them attribution. In some cases, you are using copyrighted material without attribution which is not good academic practice, potentially a copyright violation and generally not very nice as a human being behavior. People like credit for their work! They appreciate being appreciated.

If you are looking for images that are free to use (like Creative Commons licensed images – and if you don’t know what Creative Commons is, follow that link!), consider tools like which give you an option for a free to use search criteria. Below is a screen shot from the Advanced Search feature on



And here is an example of how Alan found a great image, inserted it into this weeks task list, and referenced it.



Need to learn more and practice good citation? Try this game page.

Link to Your Resources/References

In a really great blog post today I read:

 Posting images with text (much like a Meme)

I have no idea what Meme is. Add a link. Increase the value of what you put on the web! All this community/network/crowdsourcing is about ADDING VALUE to get value. So add value!

Likewise, consider links resources to learn more. (Hint, they are in your weekly syllabus pages!)


Posted in Announcements, Community, Faculty

Seeking Enlightenment

I’m glad I did not post my weekly faculty post last night because today’s hangout gives me something much richer and more important to reflect upon.


At a distance, thousands of miles away, I try and imagine what you students are doing in your Monday class time. What are the faculty team members doing? What conversations are happening? What are people “getting” and what are they struggling with? What is the level of energy, engagement and motivation?

Well, if today’s hangout was my sole source of information, I’m worried. There were some moments of preparedness and engagement (THANK YOU!) There were technical difficulties (curse you, WIFI!). And there were some really awkward moments when people tried to ask questions, but, from where I sit, were not prepared. It just felt OFF. Was it just me?

So I ask myself:

  • What can I learn from our site stats in terms of learners accessing and using course materials? How can that inform our next steps?
  • What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members? How will that best support positive team outcomes?
  • What can I personally do better next week?

Here is what I’m thinking below.  I’d love to know your perspectives, ideas and what you can do. Because in the end, that is what we can control! Ourselves.

What can I learn from the Site Stats

Here are a few screen shots I grabbed from the admin interface of our class site. It looks like many people clicked into this week’s assignments. Phew! And less than clicked into the grading list, which is a change from previous weeks. Does that mean you now care more about what you are doing next? 😉 I’m surprised that the home page has proportionately so many more hits. Some of my assumptions are that everyone starts there as a jumping off point, but if that were do, there would be more hits on other pages. Or maybe the public is looking at our front page a lot? What do you think.

So far, so good. On to the next screenshot.


This next screenshot gives us a sense of what links you clicked. It does NOT tell us hits on the videos because they are embedded, so it is not a hugely accurate piece of information. But if one assumes that there is useful content in the links, I’d hope to see more clicks into the resource pages… So this causes me to ask: is the content useful? If yes, have we given sufficient attention to asking you to look it it? If it is not, would you tell us? IF you are still left with questions, will you ask us??


What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members?

OK, now I have to ask myself, how can I improve how I can work best with my fellow faculty at a distance. I realize I need to get a better sense of how each one is working with the teams so I don’t work at cross purposes. Fellow faculty, what could I do differently that would help? One piece of feedback about this week is that there are THREE elements and that is too much. My thinking was that they have a lot of time between now and the 28th but that may be unfair. Or unrealistic.

Lets figure that out.

What can I personally do better next week?

This is where I need your help. Again, at a distance, with you synchronously only 30 minutes a week, I feel I have a lot of blind spots. Can you tell me what is working and I should do more of? What is not helping and I should stop doing? Something new I should be doing? Do you need an incentive to respond?


Posted in Faculty, Site Stats

They Will Steal Your Idea. They Cannot Steal What Really Matters.

They Will Steal Your Idea. They Cannot Steal What Really Matters.:

Too ill to write today, but fortunately somebody else has already written it better.

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

Data on Millenials

Here is another useful article about YOUR generation. Do you think this reflects you? P2P Foundation’s blog » Blog Archive » The Emerging Collaborative and Sharing Mentalities of the Millenial Generation

“* Jeremiah: What supporting evidence they’re living in the collaborative economy? How are they sharing the physical work, their time, and space around them? Millennials would rather work in a collaborative setting than in cubicles. Companies, such as American Express, understand this need and have programs around it. American Express created BlueWork, which is an innovative program designed to support workplace collaboration and promote flexibility. Employees benefit from being able to work side by side with peers and the company benefits from higher productivity. More millennials, especially entrepreneurs, enjoy co-working spaces because they are inexpensive and let them connect with like minded people. In Boston, for instance, we have Work Bar. When it comes to transportation, research by Zipcar finds that 67% of millennials want media sharing programs, 53% want car sharing programs and 49% want home or vacation sharing programs. Their intent with sharing is to save money because they have students loans and aren’t finding jobs. When it comes to shipping, they do it together and more than older generations. Kit Yarrow and Jayne O’Donnell’s book “Gen Buy” says that 68% of millennials shop with other people at least half the time, while only 44% of older generations can say the same. One thing that we looked at this year was how college students collaborate and we found something quite surprising. 75% of students want to study alone instead of with others and only 20% want to study with friends and classmates in person. Based on my experience with millennials, I believe that technology makes it easier for them to form work groups so they don’t have to meet in person. It’s interesting because you would think they would develop collaboration skills in college and then use the same skills when they get into the workplace. * Jeremiah: Why do they share? What’s in their nature to do this? (Dig in deep here and talk about WHY they share. Maybe look at psychographics and that they’re the first generation on the internet that sharing is a default behavior.) Millennials share out of necessity. They were heavily impacted by the recession and are very slow to recover. They suffer a 16.1% unemployment rate, which is more than twice the national average of 7.4%. Millennials disclose a lot of personal information in order to stay connected with their peers and take advantage of social, economic and political opportunities. As they build their families, they will want to use the internet to keep in touch with them. By 2020, millennials will be more likely to share information online. We did a study for the 2012 elections and found that the second most popular way that millennials followed the election was on social media. They see social media as a way to keep up with what’s going on in the world and other peoples lives.”


Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Nancy's Project Community Reflection

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandoment

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandoment:

I strongly recommend taking a read of this story about design, failure and learning. In my work with NGOs over the years, we sometimes start with failures. If we learn from them, we gain insights that get us closer to success. If we hush them up and “sweep them under the table,” the mistakes tend to happen again and again.

Next week one of the three tasks is to think about how your NGO might evaluate the success of their initiatives. You might want to consider how they mitigate for risk, but also maximize for learning…

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Nancy's Project Community Reflection

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:

Enjoy your walk on the beach - get inspired…

Posted in Community, Faculty
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Laura Stevens Blog project communities

Sunday, Visual Thinking and Chocolate Eggs

I can’t believe it, but I started to write this post LAST Sunday, and here it is a week later. There are so many things running through my mind but I decided I should stick with two: visual thinking and eggs.

I’ll start with the eggs, because it is shorter. Yesterday we got three new hens to add to our tiny flock of 2 older hens who are in great shape, but laying fewer and fewer eggs. We still appreciate their contribution of their doo-doo to our garden’s soil quality, but we need a few more eggs. So I met up with a young woman who raises hens and picked up three Golden Nugget 7 month old hens. (Scroll down on this page if you want to know more about the breed).

We were advised to keep the new hens apart from our older hens until it was dark then introduce them while the other hens were sleeping. We did that and this morning I headed out at dawn to check on them. No fights. YAY! But all day the two mini-flocks kept their distance from each other.

I was reminded of the posts of yours that I have been reading from last weeks TEAM THEME. Quite consistently people talked about how much easier it is in smaller sub-teams than in your full teams of 7 or 8 people. It seems like these small “twosie-threesies” are the GOLDEN EGG! So if you are having success in the mini-groups, I’ll be interested to see how you build that up into larger team success. I’d love any comments if you have already figured that out.

??????????The second thing is the power of visuals in both thinking together and sharing what we’ve learned with others. A week ago I taught two graphic facilitation courses. (Here are some photos from one of them.) One issue that came up in both was how useful visuals were in negotiating meaning in multicultural contexts. What I find is a visual prompts us to ask “what did you mean by that,” when we often keep plowing forward without asking and building on assumptions if we are just relying on words. This can be a challenge for groups who are working across diverse first/second languages.

I keep wondering if some of your teams would benefit from using visuals, or perhaps you already are. If you are, would you share your experiences in the comments?

OK, sun is still out, so I’m heading back to my garden. I hope one of you found the surprise I had above in the post!

Posted in Faculty, Miscellaneous