We are currently living in a time where the importance of digital media, technology and digital presence increases rapidly. Communities rely on technology more and more. And as the importance of technology increases, the importance of technology stewards increase as well. By developing our technology knowledge we will be able to find the best supporting technology for our NGO and we will be able create our digital identity.
Technological knowledge is necessary to be able to keep up with upcoming new ideas. But as the amount of technology in the communication process increases we also have to be careful what we, as digital identities are putting out there.
A digital identity is the presentation of the actual real life person in the Internet. It starts by using cell phones or having a ID card with an RFID chip. It is your digital footprint left by the interaction in a digital environment. But what do we want to put out there? People write about us and very often we can’t control what they post or tweet. And all this affects our digital identity.
You should ask yourself if you want to be a part of that digital world or better, ask yourself how you cannot be part of it. Isn’t it almost suspicious not to be a part of the digital world?
In the third week of the project community class we started by using a spidergram to find out which types of activities will be required for our NGO and how important they are going to be. But creating one spidergram seemed not clear or suitable enough for our NGO. So we came up with the idea to create three spidergrams. There is one spidergram for the first Kick-Off Phase, one for the Implementation phase and another for a feedback phase. Depending on how productive each phase is going to be, it would be useful to give feedback in between the other phases, to increase the amount of constructive work.
Creating a spidergram is a great possibility to take an overview about all the questions that come up while creating the best way how the NGO can work. Consequently we started to discuss the importance of different topics, such as meetings. How important are meetings? What is the difference between an actual meeting and digital communication (e.g. Google Hangout)? How does it affect the way a group is working?
The discussion gave me the opportunity to get to know the opinions of my group members and I think we are starting to find our roles in the group. As a result our work on monday was well-organized and efficient.
By using Google Hangout a second time we learned that efficient work needs practice. And it takes time. You need time to set up rules such as who is going to talk when? It is interesting to see how social dynamics develop. I see the class as a chance to practice my personal online tools.
Some people in my group already have experience in using online tools and it was very helpful for me that they explained everything. One tool which i feel confident with is Excel. It helped us creating the spidergram. And I would say I am good at filming and have some skills with movie editing, which is going to help us in a later phase of the project. Of cause I would love to learn more about it and hopefully I can help others to develop their skills as well.
All in all i can say that the confusiasm turns into pure enthusiasm! :)
Could that be a possibility for our NGO?