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Meetingwords Notes from September 9

firstmeetingwords13(Just to share the process, I first “cleaned up” the notes – removed the color markings, fixed a few formatting and typo things, then I did a cut/paste so I could blog them here. The formatting gets a bit wonky with cut and paste, but I could clean it up easily.)


Welcome to our Project Community MeetingWords note-taking page for today!
September 9, 2013
This pad text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text.  This allows you to collaborate seamlessly on documents!
Today our online bit is short and sweet.
In the upper right there is a box, you can put your name! Hit save. Sometimes it messes up, so don’t worry.
What is the Value of Collaborative Meeting Notes?
  • Capture key ideas
  • How can you help us with our studies and what is the way to contact you?
    • Nancy White is at or choconancy on Skype … I’ll also follow the FB group and the Q&A area on the site
    • Alan Levine is or cogdogblog on Skype — I do not do much in Facebook, but also on twitter as @cogdog
  • Which is better to find one big investor or to look for a couple of small ones?
    • What is the context? It matters
    • fundraising strategy of gogorobi foundation(preservation of tradition of Caribbean).
    • Do they have a great existing network of individuals who might contribute? Do those people have great networks? Do they have a good set of larger funder contacts? Are they willing to do what a large funder wants them to do?
  • What disadvantages does network communities have? G5
    • Do you mean communities that mainly interact online?
    • yes
    • Let’s explore that question as we go. I think there are lots of different perspectives on this issue!
  • G9: Is open source software the biggest crowd sourcing collaboration ever?
    • Lets try and find out the answer? Longest lived? Biggest? SuccessfuL? Compared to Wikipedia?
  • G9: Are Kickstarter campaigns the most effective crowd funding method?
    • Context?
    • As you explore crowd-funding mechanisms, try and see what is similar and different between them. Try and understand why successful campaigns ARE successful. Search for stories on the internet — a lot is being written about this these days
  • G9: Does focusing on marketing too much hamper innovation because what is cutting-edge isn’t necessarily marketable?
    • At what point in the innovation cycle?
    • What is the value of a product if no one knows about it or uses it?
  • G9: Is it easier to market ideas to big businesses than to end consumers?
    • Market what? Context matters.
  • G4 Why you decided to take part in this course?
    • I was invited… cool people, great challenge!
  • What other projects you take part in?
    • Alan: Made a site recently for an organization in Canada using art to deal with Reconciliation Treaty issues with First nations people
    • Nancy: Working on an action research project to develop a useful online collaboration platform assessment protocol –
    • About to teach two Graphic Facilitation workshops in Canada
    • Supporting a network of network facilitators in E. and S. Africa
    • Planning a big meeting in Oct for an organization undergoing a big transition (painful)
    • Reviewing two articles for a journal
    • Beta testing a collaboration platform
    • Planning facilitation for a large Tech for Agriculture meeting in Rwanda, another team meeting in Kenya and a “write shop” in Cali, Columbia
  • What is Drupal common 3.0. Do you have any experience dealing with this particular platform?
    • What depth of experience? I can point you to a few people… I have not used this version. I’m more familiar w/ old stuff – NW
  • How can we as students get our hands on a demo version ? As we are not part of a company – g6
    • Drupal should be available for free download. If not, let me know, i’ll try and find a source. Email me directly – nw
  • How can we make an individual meetingwords just for the group ?
    • Just type in and create one + share the url.
    • Make sure you capture your notes and save the URL later
  • What are the steps that we have to take in order to complete  our assignment?
    • Well, first step would be to learn about your NGO and try and understand the strategic needs of their challenge. Get as specific as you can.
  • G7: What can we do wrong (common mistakes etc.)?
    • Biggest mistake: not question your own assumptions. We often fall into the traps we make for ourselves.
    • Not asking for help, being afraid to be open with ideas
  • g7 The things we end up designing or coming up with, is there a chance of those being translated into real life?
    • Ooh, great question. Lets keep that one alive as we begin. I think if the solution really meets the needs of the “client” it may have a real chance of living!!



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  • Nancy White { I appreciate that you included client liaison - I think this is often forgotten. Good catch. What advice would you give next year's students please?... } – Dec 18, 5:53 AM
  • Nancy White { Fun visuals! And right to the point. I think you are practicing your design principles! 🙂 Thanks for being part of Project Community Nancy } – Dec 18, 5:52 AM
  • Nancy White { I loved this piece of advice "Nobody will spoon-feed you the content of the course, you have to make your own experiences but you get... } – Dec 18, 5:51 AM
  • Nancy White { I love that you used your own photo! But more important, I appreciate the clarity of your description of what you have learned. WONDERFUL! Thanks... } – Dec 18, 5:49 AM
  • Nancy White { OK, your tips are the most practical ones I've read so far. WONDERFUL. Thanks, Fer. Thanks for being part of Project Community Nancy } – Dec 18, 5:46 AM
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