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THE FINAL STEPS TO OUR GOAL

This time I want to start with a brief overview on the themes we have been looking at in the last weeks and then analyze them and make a reference on our NGO’s unmet need.

CROWDFUNDING & CROWDSOURCING 

These tools give the opportunity to make an ‘open call’ to a wider community. Used in the ‘right’ way, these tools are the perfect start/base for sharing knowledge and ideas and moreover they can bring diverse perspectives and critical thinking to the problem/situation.

ME/WE/NETWORK

These three components, which are part of every community, are based and build up on each other. Starting with the ME, which can be an individual person or project, and which represents the WE as well as the NETWORK. Then the WE, which is crucial for gathering ideas and perspectives and then working on them on a collective level. And finally the NETWORK, which empowers the ME’s and WE’s to cooperate and collaborate and through this, to achieve higher goals.

TEAMWORK

Not only the teamwork itself but furthermore the structure and form of teams/groups have a huge impact on a running network or community. Knowing how the group size influences the work and how this knowledge can be used to work on different creating processes is central and can be very helpful.

MARKETING 

For me, marketing is a very broad term with lots of subtopics. Thats why I am gonna focus on my understanding of it, especially regarding our NGO challenge. Referring to Solidaridads problems and difficulties, I guess the marketing is more focused on an internal level which makes it an ‘internal marketing’ for me. I did some research on this and found the following definition : ‘Management philosophy of promoting the firm and its policies to employees as if they are the (internal) customers of the firm.’
( source : BusinessDictionary.com )

Moreover, internal marketing is described as an inward facing marketing, which is used by marketers to motivate all functions to satisfy customers. I think this idea can be transferred to Solidaridad.

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This is a visualization i made, to explain my thinking. Solidaridad is the center, surrounded by the different topics in different colors. But finally,in combination with Drupal they are combined.

That is because I dont believe that there will be ONE specific theme of which Solidaridad will benefit the most, but a combination of all of them, since they are build up on another.

I think the most crucial part in introducing Drupal to the various Expertise Centers is, to show them that we are aware of the fact that they have different cultural and ethnic values and understanding of things and to try and support them. Furthermore, we should try and comfort them in their usage. I believe that it plays a central role to give them the feeling of being helped and supported if needed. For example by connecting them with an individual contact person ( respectively ambassadors ) or by creating a interactive guide, so they can successfully implement the platform and finally use it on a daily basis. To sum up, the perfect solution should be based on motivation and support for the employees, created through transparency and direct communication/help. So, we should try to create an easy running internal interaction for every Expertise Centre and then, if that works, connect the smaller parts of Solidaridad on a global level. If we can achieve that, I guess that we have build a good base for them to finally work collaboratively together..

Thats it for now.

Thanks for reading and kind regards,

Katinka

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The end is near

Time goes by so fast, this weeks, I didn’t even noticed that we’re getting closer to the end, thus to our goal. I really liked the picture of the creative process Anne used in her blogpost, because this is exactly how it is. This picture below gave me the final reality check, but so far, i can’t answer the question. 

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Credits: http://thephoenix.com/Boston/

The things we learned in the past weeks, helped me understand how communities and companies work and how much afford you have to put in your work. And it helped me understand what is needed for our NGO Solidaridad. So what can be relevant to our NGO and how could they make use of it. To get to this conclusion, first I’ll summarize the main impacts of the previous weeks.

Working in a team means collaborate, support and create ideas, you couldn’t think of by yourself. We learned how to get the best out of a team, by diversify different group sizes and divide tasks. Distribute various group roles like a teamleader, a timekeeper and so on, can be very helpful, since this creates a structure and we all know that it is way easier to work with a structured system instead of just gambling and tossing around. Especially in groups with so many different nationalities and cultures. But as you can see it is all about collaboration. As in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. It is a way to involve a broader community to your work. Crowdsourcing for example gives people the chance to participate in a design process, by  giving feedback, share ideas and contribute. Crowdfunding is a opportunity for designers, companies or normal human beings, to gain financial support for a upcoming project. But the nice thing about it is, that the supporters are also normal human beings, who likes your ideas and trust in your projects. 

The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution

Still, collaboration doesn’t mean to completely forget about each individual part of a team, to get to the actual reason for this blogpost. 

Our challenge is, to introduce Drupal Commons to Solidaridad. Which basically means, to help Maarten (our NGO), persuade the members of the nine Regional Expertise Centres to use Drupal Commons. I think the theme Me-We-Network will be of the most use towards our goal of solving our NGO’s unmet needs. What they need is an intra- en extranet for wider knowledge exchange, for sharing news and documents.  So far, they communicate only via e-mail or skype. Since they don’t want to spend too much time or money on new technologies, a simple and easy to use Network would be a great impact. With Drupal Commons they could have full control of their own platform. They don’t have this possibility with Facebook, which they only use for Marketing and to keep their supporters up-to-date (which was also our main topic this week). In our group, we worked out a good opportunity to also set value on the Me-part, by creating personal profiles for each member, with profile settings. Containing basic information like age, name, picture, but also country and timezone, to be able to arrange meetings. And in addition it is a way to inform other members about the projects you’re working on at the moment and sharing your trajectory. Hopefully our recommendations will be helpful to Maarten and we will reach our goal with a happy smile and turning the end into a good thing !

Solidaridad Network Facebook Page

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we had storming, forming… just need performing

Hello World..

So our challenge is to show SOLIDARIDAD the perfect intranet and what features their intranet should have to work perfect together. The general topics that we were focussing the last few weeks are:

  • Me-We-Network
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Marketing

In my opinion there is no most useful theme that solves the unmet need of SOLIDARIDAD. All of them are equal important. And only together they are strong.

In our group we divided the task. Two people are summarizing each topic.

Our (Antonina and me) part was Crowdfunding. So I would like to tell you more about Crowdfunding and how it benefits SOLIDARIDAD. There are four different ways of crowdfunding:

  • Equity crowdfunding = Someone give’s money and in reward he/she is part of the company
  • Donation crowdfunding = for charities (raising money for social projects) Most charities do that through their own web-site. We couldn’t find a donation button on solidaridad page.
  • Lending crowdfunding = Crowdfunded lending facilitates projects, individuals or businesses to seek loans from the crowd, with members of the crowd taking small chunks of the overall loan.
  • Reward crowdfunding = contribute to projects and receive non-financial rewards (like record, movie, game, product) -> for SOLIDARIDAD not that interesting: what could they give as reward? (maybe: The name of a backer on something they build)

So thinking about which crowdfunding type would be helpful to SOLIDARIDAD, I think most of them are helpful in certain tasks.

I am not sure about equity crowdfunding. That means that people that give money to SOLIDARIDAD be a part of the “company” of SOLIDARIDAD. I do not know if that is possible and what legal reasons that may have.

It doesn’t matter which crowdfunding type you look at the supporter should get something from SOLIDARIDAD as reward to their supporter. It could be a t-shirt, supporters name on a building/vehicle/web-site…, follow as a visitor a typicall day of a Solidaridad worker……

I also really like the idea of crowdsourcing.

SOLIDARIDAD started a campaign on sugar cane…

"During the campaign Solidaridad will ask our campaign question to as many relevant players in the world of sugarcane as possible; How can you change the world with sugarcane? All change starts with awareness. Solidaridad will target companies with a positive tone of voice and will work towards a better world together with those companies." 

That sounds to me like a crowdsourcing task. But as far as I saw SOLIDARIDAD doesn’t use it in crowdsourcing. They ask the question “How can you change the world with sugarcane?” to important people and companies…. but do not have a real crowdfunding campaign. My suggestion for SOLIDARIDAD using Crowdfunding in getting information about certain products (coffee, tee, sugar, ..) and farmers that would like to work with them and also company that buy from certain farmers.. These information should be mapped on a map: Crowdmap

I do agree with Group7 post about a more recognizable visual for solidaridad. Something that shows their vision and an aim that they are working for.

And there are many other good things you can explore them in the picture or wait until our final-video is done….

CU miriam

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Day 1:

I was so happy when I found out that our group got the Solidaridad assignment. Fund-raising for an NGO? Now that’s tough! Good luck to my peers with that! The way I see it we get to work on a way to ease information flow and communication within a large global organisation with it’s local stations all around the world. This seems like a do-able challenge! After a period of uncertainty about the limitations of our assignment, the thought of having to work in a certain framework, and thinking that there really was just one good answer, it turns out that all those fears have been for naught. I think the more we, as a group, understood the freedom we were given the more ideas came bursting out about finding out why they needed our help, how to approach it and what to find out before we actively engaged in the assignment. I feel very confident about my group and I believe we might actually come up with a great system to introduce to our NGO. To truly find something great, not only in concept, but also in practice, I need to learn as much as possible about their current infrastructure, the way they operate and their ability to implement potentially complex systems into their structure. I don’t have much experience in the IT field, however, I can bring a great deal of ideas and IT professional contacts to the table. The only problem is to find out if those ideas are within the realm of possibilities. I found a very interesting document on their website, that sort of is a digest of all the information I need to understand what it is that they are doing, globally as well as structurally within themselves. I’m happy about having done a speed reading seminar, else this 65 page beast probably would’ve seemed too big to tackle. I’ve already been thinking about some ways to ease up communication by making all knowledge available intuitively. I want to eliminate this scene from their offices

I wonder if it will work out?

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