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group dynamics – cultural dynamics

The teams seem to be getting somewhere at the project. Great! There are some unspoken difficulties though which are common in a way, but very new to me as well. First: they’re not working as teams yet, more like individuals who, it has to be said, want to get the best results possible. In that quest it seems that the bold and outspoken students take the lead and the others are trying to catch up being intimidated a bit. 

Second: there seems to be some other form of intimidation at play as well. Not in an active way, nobody is consciously intimidating anybody, but more in a passive way. Some behave intimidated by the actions and words of others. The active, more outspoken students are not just the more ‘assertive types’, they are also the students who are native speakers of English. This year is the first year that I find more than one student from the US or the Commonwealth in my groups and it is great. Conversations are context rich, funny and abundant. As a non native English speaker I am also aware of a subconscious process within me. Because of their fluency and natural accent (just like the movies!) I tend to take them more seriously. This is unwanted but very natural and it probably also happens when non native Dutch speakers talk to me in my mother tongue. I wonder if the students, all students realise that a dynamic like this might be taking place. What would it be like if they did realise and have a conversation about how they unwontedly effect each other? 

If they read this, I hope it can be an opening or conversation starter in their next meeting. This article (please click) may also help in pointing out what might be happening. If they don’t read I’ll certainly start with it in our next tutor meeting.

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

Keep working digitally

This week we had our second Project Community class and it seemed really interesting. I think i’m starting to get into the subject and understand what it is for, what we should do next and what tools we still need to set. 

Talking about the digital environment, i’d like to mention that our modern life seems to be impossible to live in if you don’t have enough skills to work with networks. What do we need it for? Firstly, we need it to communicate with each other and with the whole world. This is the easiest way we can be connected to different communities as well as keep being aware of things going on worldwide. 

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By now, our group has been keeping in touch using the WhatsApp group chat, Facebook group, Google mail. On our last meeting we used Google Hangout to contact with Nancy and Alan, members of our NGO. 

Personally I’m used to the online tools we have already set up with out team. However, i’m also into following the news on Internet. For example, I follow them on Twitter, BBC News, Euronews website and so on. Also I’m good at searching for the convenient information relating to any kind of subject. I like checking the YouTube as well.

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Except being a good news provider, Twitter is also comfortable to follow your friends’ lives (if many of them are socially developed). Moreover, I use it to improve my reading skills in Spanish. I’ve subscribed to many different pages on spanish and read it very frequently. YouTube allows you to take up any kind of free online lessons: from guitar classes to make-up master classes. However, it seems to me that Facebook is remaining the most helpful and entertaining online tool. For me this is the best way to keep in touch with friends and family and with mates from other countries. So this is a really culturally various network. What can you use it for apart from conversations? Whatever. Even for the advertising matters. Once I was helping my friend to make up the PR plan in order to let their musical band be known. 

If it is ever needed, I would be happy to help anyone with connecting their device to Internet. This is what I’m often asked to do when someone’s connection is failed. Having a lot of practice, I think I already know how to deal with it. Switching to programming, I also can be a help with getting into Pascal or Visual Basic languages. 

I’m still not enough familiar with all of the other groups’ “unmet needs”. But I know that Group 8 is working on designing a plan that would help Solidaridad Network company create their internal network that would give them opportunity to share a big amount of information and at the same time to let the employees creating their Personal Branding identity. I’m pretty sure they’ve already found out how to face their NGO’s problem but I would be glad to help them if they need to know how to use one or another online tool (e.g. giving the tips about Facebook etc).

Before finishing writing this small report, it is here to say how essential the Internet is for any kind of project or planning. We’d never be able to successfully organize our work without being in touch on Facebook, WhatsApp and emails. Nevertheless, I think that we still have some arrangement things to consider. No doubt that we’ll turn all our power on to aim for our main target. 

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

I hope this is gonna work…

I hope this is gonna work…

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Mario Levon Mirzahanyan