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The end is near

I think that crowdsourcing and user support are the most important things for us. With Drupal all the workers of Solidaridad have the chance to get in contact with others fastly and it is also easy to share knowledge. With that sharing and helping you also use the idea of self-improvement likewise it is used in third world countries. That´s why Drupal has the chance to become a crowdsourcing platform itself and grow from day to day. In my eyes a good intranet is fundamental for an oversea organisation. Everybody benefits from that.

That is also the first point why the people of Solidaridad should use Drupal because it would become more and more important and helpful. But we concentrated on how we can “force” the people tu use Drupal even more. That is why I mentioned user support at the beginning.

Willem had a good idea last Monday how we can involve the helpers of Solidaridad also into the interface, which I think is very good because with that possibility the people would feel really integrated. Besides that we focused on the frontpage of Drupal to make it as userfriendly as possibile and to set Drupal like some kind of start up at every computer. After that everybody would have to log in to Drupal at first and check all the news.

"You have to push some people towards their luck." - German saying

Finally we want to make sure that there would be a Drupal expert in every area to help people individually because we still have the problems of different cultures and time zones.

With all those aspects (pros) I think we would have a good chance to implement Drupal successfully.

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Our NGO is Solidaridad. This NGO is spread all around the world and has offices on different locations. People who work at these offices work with locals to find out ways of producing products or natural resources in a sustainable way. A lot of expertise is needed in the process and a lot of expertise is gained at the same time. Expertise which can be used by all locations. To share knowledge Solidaridad is working on Drupal a program which enables members to communicate overseas. We as group 4 are looking for ways to introduce Drupal to the people who work at Solidaridad and to bring out the message why it is so important.

I think crowdsourcing is a good way to make Drupal a succes. Wikipedia is a perfect example of crowdsourcing. The reason why it is so big, is because of the community. This is what Drupal needs to. Their community being the members and professionals working with Solidaridad. People should understand that it is rewarding to post things they experienced on Drupal so every other member can learn from it and can give feedback. Then Drupal will turn into an information platform aswell as a communication platform just like Wikipedia. 


- The community will keep Drupal alive. New content will be added or changed constantly. 

- Free information. The knowledge people post can be viewed by any member and has no costs. No need to hire professionals.

- Drupal will become more interesting and maybe fun for members. It is rewarding to help other members by giving them the right information. 

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With many you can achieve ANYTHING!

The first time I came in contact with crowdsourcing happened when a friend showed me the video of the Pebble Smartwatch on Kickstarter. I found Pebble to be an amazing product. It is a pretty handy tool if you use a smartphone. But maybe what I liked more was the way it was being funded. Pebble did not belong to a big company or multinational but just to a group of young people who enthusiastically worked on a project that they want to make reality. But how does this group fund their work? That is when my friend told me all about Kickstarter. This briljant website gives people the chance to promote and fund their projects/ideas/products by using the crowd. These things make me think that we live in great periode of time. No longer do you need to borrow a lot of money or make a deal with a company to make ideas you believe in come to pass. You have to convince the crowd that your idea is worth the cash they would like to spend on it.

Together with crowdsourcing this is a very strong combination for creativity and innovation. People don’t have to depend on big companies or organizations they can do it themselves these days. Crowdsourcing and funding expand freedom for people with ideas. Overall I think this has a positive effect on society and this can change the old mantra of industry in total.

“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black

Henry Ford

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Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing

Both options have a very high potential. Crowdsourcing is giving people the chance to get in contact with a huge bunch of others and their ideas and solutions or even get feedback from end users. You can exchange information or simply search for help. Hence you have the chance to get help by professionals. Another positive effect is that you can save money by using this option because you don´t have to hire those professionals on your own and can select between all the giving help. Therefore it would have been a good thing to use by Solidaridad to see how other handled problems with implementing an intranet.

"Four eyes see more than two" - German adage

Crowdfunding on the other hand gives startup companies the possibility to find finacial aid from others for their ideas and projects. The advantage of that is obvious.

But I can also understand why many designers want to do it on their own. If you came up with good ideas and or want to design individual products you don´t want others to put hands on your work. I would also like to do something on my own because then it´s a very personal thing for the designer and I think everybody can be proud of himself if he created something on his own. (For example like the history of Adidas.) At this point you can maybe also see weaknesses of crowdsourcing because the more people you have the more different agenda you get into your work. And when everybody wants a right to say in matter you get alot of trouble. But I would say the main aspect is that you can work freely and really work with your own ideas. So I normally also prefer to be the “lone wolf”.

Big Sorry for the delay.

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The last two weeks I found very interesting. Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding had always appealed to…

The last two weeks I found very interesting. Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding had always appealed to me and in my opinion crowdsourcing is probably the best way of getting information. Crowdfunding is excellent in itself and their are a lot of products out there that were only able to exist due to crowdfunding. I regularly look at the projects on kickstarter and some are absolute genius. Great products that I can only hope will make it into the stores. Crowdfunding gives people with great ideas the opportunity to make their product. Products that wouldn’t be created by large companies because they might not speak to the mass market of millions and result in billions worth of profits. These small companies often only target thousands or tens of thousands consumers and its a combined effort to make this product come alive. If I had the funds myself then I would help lots of these projects especially the ones that make your life easier. The real innovative and life changing products are now designed and created by a small group of people and funded by a large group.

I understand why some designers might not want to seek assistance from others as they want it to be their own product, their own achievement and their own thing to be proud of. 

When it comes to crowdsourcing in design I think it can be beneficial for many things. Design is what makes the product appealing to the consumer. If it looks horrible then the functionality of it must be unbelievable for it sell as good as if it looks great and the function is good. What would you rather buy, a super fast car very expensive car that is ugly or a fast very expensive car that is beautiful? The majority will choose the better looking car. 

When you target crowdsourcing for your design then you get ideas from thousand of people and you can ultimately choose the best parts and combine them. This makes the product appealing to more people. However to be able to ask the public for their design inputs or feedback you need to reveal pretty much everything about your idea. This gives larger companies with funding of their own the possibility to copy your product and release it to the market a lot earlier then you can. Its a risk you need to be able to take but its certainly a large disadvantage for crowdsourcing in design. 

When it comes to crowdfunding for our project with the NGO I honestly do not know why someone would help us fund the project. The incentive for people to help fund a project is that they will get the product first, cheaper and receive other things aswell. But how would the individual benefit from helping fund our project. Thats something I am struggling with. 

I certainly see the benefit of crowdsourcing for our project. 

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

It’s a little crowded in here…

If you want to have a good idea, have a bunch of ideas”

Before this course I had never heard anything about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, but after the classes about it I started to search it to find out how people really use it.

But before the examples of the use of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding I’ll put two definitions of each that helped me to understand better what these technics are:

1. Crowdsourcing:


  • “Crowdsourcing is a production model that uses the collective intelligence and knowledge and volunteers around the internet to solve problems, create content and develop new technologies or solutions.”
  • “Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally assigned to an employee and externalize it to an undefined group, and generally big, of people through an open call, usually the Internet”— Jeff Howe

2. Crowdfunding:


  • Crowdfunding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”
  • Crowdfunding is a new and emerging way of funding new ideas or projects by borrowing funding from large numbers of people often accessed through a website.” 

A funny fact is that the first definition of crowdsorcing I took from Wikipedia, maybe the biggest example of crowdsorcing. In Wikipedia people can put their knowledge online to help other with their research. Another example is the spam. When  a user mark a mail as spam, this information go into a database and then the anti-spam tools providers use this information to mark a certain type of mail as spam.

We saw an example of crowdfunding in class and that really helped me to believe that it actually works, because I thought that people wouldn’t believe that the concept of crowdfunding really can work.

Of course, besides the research that I did on my own, the things in the syllabus on the website of Project Communities also helped me to understand better how a design can use this tools during the development of a work.

In design it’s nice to use crowdsoursing when you have an idea but don’t know exactly how to put it on paper or if it is good enough. But then you will take the risk of put your ideas out there, where anyone can see and use it as his/her own. 

During my research I found a website really nice for design, if you have interest and time take a look ;)

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Meliga's Community



'Harness the Crowd to Increase Awareness, Cultivate New Volunteers, and Gather Information for Your Charity'

Making the right use of croudsoucring- and crowdfunding networks,like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, is essential for starting up with any kind of project and idea. By using these tools, people get the opportunity to make an ‘open call’ to a wider community. Besides of sharing knowledge and ideas, it can enrich the designers/starters and bring diverse perspectives and critical thinking which may help refining or revising their idea. As I said, it is important to know how to use these tools, in order to reach the right audience, and make use of the communities build around the project to support it.Still, they can bring a lot of supportive help for starting up with an idea/project and I guess it connects the right people and creates a good basis for exchanging, creating,refining and raising.

'If we really see each other, we WANT to help each other'

- Amanda Palmer


As I was watching this video, I realized its connection to our current prompt. Moreover, watching it made me very emotional, because what she explains is very touching and true. She brakes this issue down, to a personal and human base, by talking about her experiences of searching for self-fulfillment and accepting. And, even more important, about the circle of asking, giving and receiving. As a basic requirement, she views the ability of ‘seeing’ each other, not just as strangers or competitors, but a lot more as human beings with fears, mistakes and hangovers. As we all know or probably even all have experienced, these thoughts and emotions are part of us, since we all are afraid of failure in our lives. Lots of people, including myself, are afraid of asking for help (no matter of what kind) because they feel like it makes them vulnerable. Showing to others that we need help, and through that admitting that we cannot solve our problems on our own, makes us feel like giving a surface for corroding. BUT, instead of letting this fact holding us back, we should use it and try to face each other, with all our doubts and fears. Referring this to the challenge of designers, who often feel urged to ‘make it on their own’ it shows the importance of trust and openness, and above all, the ability of admitting to need help and ASKING for help, without being ashamed. What I guess is, that innovative people, like designers are, have the fear of ‘sharing’ their ideas or the related problems because it might feel like being not creative enough to do it on their own. But in fact, experiencing that should not make us feel like failing. Instead, we should be open for exchanges of thoughts and feelings. As it is true for sharing on all kinds of levels, if you do it with a right intension, it should enrich and help you, and not make you feel like loosing or giving up. Therefore, as we learned last week in our assignment about collaborative group work, Crowdsourcing can be a very helpful tool to use after the individual/organizational idea generation, for refining ideas and bringing different view angles and perspectives. Finally, I see more advantages than disadvantages for Crowdsourcing in Design. 


As I did my research on the weekly topics, I found this amazing organization, which in my opinion, has a truly commendable aim. By giving people all around the world access to capital (even small amounts) they encourage and support them on their way of creating a better life for themselves and their families. What I personally find most adorable is, that the focus here is not only in helping people by funding a bigger project, but in supporting those who need financial help in order to have a perspective for their lives. It gives everybody the possibility to help by making a loan in order to support a specific person or project. Moreover, you are getting updates about how the project is going, and in the end, you even get your money back! So, you can use it to fund another project or donate it to KIVA. So PLEASE check it out !


'a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved'  and  'a joy shared is a joy doubled'

Thanks for reading,


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do u believe in murmuration?

When you go to a handmade market and see a nice but easy to make thing, there is always someone who would say: why do you buy it, why don’t you do that yourself it’s easy

Using either crowdsourcing or crowdfunding you place your ideas into the same “market” context, revealing them to the whole world. Obviously, there is always some risk that other people would use your idea to earn their money.

But there is a surprising fact (supported by MIT studies on motivation) to consider: the more money people are offered for mental challenge the poorer the performance is (check that in a great video visualizing Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA). So it’s not money that drives and motivates us. What does motivate us is our purpose. We want to make a difference in this world and we want to make it a better place to live. 

Its not a secret, that each of us has different sets of gifts and passions. We can do some things better then others, as well as we’d prefer to do ones to others. So why not to do some wonderful stuff ourselves, supporting others to do their wonderful stuff, if their ideas resonate with our values. Crowdsourcing and croudfunding provide exact tools to make it possible. If an idea is worth spreading, if there is a need for it in the world, it would be supported by people, giving money to implement it into life. 

"People don’t buy WHAT you do, the buy WHY you do it”
Simon Sinek “How great leaders inspire action”.

Why wouldn’t they steal it? Because they would trust that you can do it in the best way possible while they would do something else just as wonderful :). It already worked for FairPhone, a nice Russian book GreenDriver and many others. It sounds like an ideal economic model, based on collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment - amazing murmuration, described by Don Tapscott


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When we started mondays session we watched a by Chris Corrigan who talked about the size of groups…

When we started mondays session we watched a by Chris Corrigan who talked about the size of groups influencing creativity and efficiency. The way he explained it was a first for me and I never thought about it in that way. After watching the video I reflected on group work I did in the past and found out that it really was true. When it was a big group project it took a very long time to get to a result and the result wasnt exactly staggering. When I worked in smaller groups we were all much more enthusiastic, everyone just threw in their ideas, getting to work until the final outcome was much faster and the result more thought out. 

I hope I will see this in our group that we have split into two groups of 3 aswell. 

What I find great about our group is that we all like and respect each other. We dont have any disputes and its fun working together. I think we all feel comfortable with the other group members and that really helps to have an efficient working environment. Its absolutely great that we are all form different cultures and grew up in different surroundings as the insight each of us can bring into discussions are much broader. We have more to choose from to come to the best in the end.

The smaller google hangout we had felt more productive then the one in recent weeks. As we are understanding the job at hand more and more we were able to ask specific questions and have then answered. It was very helpful that Maarten joined us as he answered important questions we had.

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Week 5: Working in groups

Good: I would say our biggest benefit is that we all get along well with each other. If your connected and everybody has got an equal position it´s nice to work with each other and everybody feels free to say what he really thinks. Also we always have fun and I think that´s good for a relaxed group atmosphere. However we are still focused and after I talked to people out of the other groups I would say that we´re doing well.

Challenging: In my eyes there aren´t any challenges that belong to our group itself. But we had our problems with the tasks in class and were a little bit confused sometimes. [Though we made a progress in connecting the different aspects of our work with each other and everything is getting clearer for us.] -> another good thing!

Likewise this weeks topic helped us a lot to take another step on this way. We made a schedule for our upcoming work and divided the different tasks that we see for us. It´s good if you always have in mind what to do and it´s also some kind of motivation. Moreover it was a good experience to divide the group in smaller groups to work more individually and to compare the results with each other. Maybe that´s the way how everybody is able to get his ideas in our conversations even more. That was what we also tried to implement in our schedule. Those factors will also be the things that we will change in the next time to be even more efficient because we really want to start with our video now to have enough time to deliver a good outcome to Maarten.

Therefore I don´t really understand why we focused on group work that late. In my eyes it would have much more helpfull to start with that so we would have been able to use it as a good fundament. In addition it was the biggest benefit to work on that for our group itself.

In Addition: After I thought about the point in time again I had the idea that it was maybe about self reflection. We are now able to reflect our work of the last weeks and to see a progress or a change for ourselves.
It seems similar to the situation we had in collateral value (marshmellow tower). My group just started with the work without any plan but later we reflected what mistakes we made.

But anyway … Group 4´s keeping going.

"The slowest, who doesn´t lose sight of his aim, is still faster than the one without a aim" - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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