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Wow, time goes fast.

Wow, time goes fast.

So what do I think is the most important thing about the use of online communities in the design process ? I think since the Internet and its media changed the way to be together it also fundamentally changed the way designers can be together with their clients or future clients and interact with them. Recent insights - also from the introduction week (thanks Gustaaf) - have shown me that designing is always about creating something for the customer, the people. It’s about them. So connecting to them via online communities and networks seems to be a smart and plausible thing to do. Forums in which customers discuss with other customers is I think a great source of valid feedback, it is mostly honest. Tesla Motors the successful automaker “startup” has a special “Enthusiasts” tab on their website with a forum and other things.

Online communities should be easy to use and accessible to everybody. And there is no online community without a relevant topic to talk, discuss, think about. A good online community is a social one where people care together about a certain relevant topic.  

To all the ones who will attend this course I would say it’s all learning by doing, what you put in to it is what you get out. Thats what we have been told in the beginning and I found that to be true. I think I didn’t put enough into it. In parts it’s a simulation of your later way of working and it will teach you valuable things about people, teams, procrastination and others.

This is the beginning so don’t be afraid to fail, we’ll fix it later. But more important don’t be afraid to succeed greatly. 

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Solution

Our “client” the Gogorobí Foundation assigned us to find solutions to their funding needs as well as network expansion. In my opinion the latter point can be split in two. Network expansion within the foundation and external supporters which do not participate in the work but give support by donating, spreading the word and enjoying their work. So basically employes and consumers. So far every theme could be of use to address these issues. The use of crowdsourcing and especially crowdfunding seems to be the best ways though.

An argument in support of this approach is that a big crowd of people can make a bigger change than just a few people and the  internet gives us the opportunity to tap this crowd very precisely. Volunteers from all over the world could be found to help the foundation do all the PR for example or give support with organizing, managing.

If enough people are convinced by the idea they will be willing to donate. Crowdfunding used right is a great way to reach a big chunk of the right target group.

Making this crowdfunding campaign viral would be the ultimate goal of course and would reach a lot of people, but even without it being viral there is a good chance that it would reach people that want to participate in the foundations work as well and build up community that way. 

I think its really important to have our video with the advice as precise as possible just to make the impression that it is a plan that is thought trough. 

My final solution would roughly look like this: First step for Sheila would be to find some volunteers online that would like to help her with creating media like a killer website, a crowdfunding campaign video and material. She should choose one project that she wants to do and try to market that. Start a crowdfunding campaign for this one planned project while expanding the local community by reaching out to the next target group: cultural interested tourists through travel agencies and tourist offices. 

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