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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Reflection week #3
We were stuck and didn’t know what to do. Francois sent big emails with lots of information and the information was overwhelming. We didn’t know what to do with all this information and didn’t know what he wanted form us. We had all kinds of ideas, but didn’t which side or what goal Francois had in mind for us. We got together and discussed the information and tried to make sense of the overwhelming information. We had all kinds of suggestions but didn’t come to a concrete idea. We really tried hard to make sense of it all, but it didn’t work. We were stuck.

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Reflection week #3
We were stuck and didn’t know what to do. Francois sent big emails with lots of information and the information was overwhelming. We didn’t know what to do with all this information and didn’t know what he wanted form us. We had all kinds of ideas, but didn’t which side or what goal Francois had in mind for us. We got together and discussed the information and tried to make sense of the overwhelming information. We had all kinds of suggestions but didn’t come to a concrete idea. We really tried hard to make sense of it all, but it didn’t work. We were stuck.

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Reflection week #4

This weeks theme is tech stewardship and the quote of the week is:

“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs.”
Which means that the technology stewards need to be versatile. He or she doesn’t need to be the computer expert but needs to be the person that understands the community in a way that he or she can fulfill the communities technology needs and needs to know enough about technology to support and address those needs.
An important tool to portray the weak and strengths of a community is the spider graph. The spider graph uses a point system and connects the points to make a weird shape, in this shape you can notice what strengths and weaknesses are. You can make multiple spider graphs to compare them to each other.
We made 2 spider graphs of our NGO, one is about the NGO write now and the other is about what we think the NGO needs to become. We compared them and looked at the differences and talked about the way we could get there.
The other thing we did was making a concept for the video presentation. The product managers came together and presented their ideas, and we discussed the ideas and approved them. The product managers made a little teaser of their idea.
This was also the week the NGO leader Françios would come and give a little presentation and we got the chance to ask some questions.
I think this week went better than last week, last week we were kind of stuck. This week we managed to make sense out of it all and we’re going in the right direction.

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Reflection week #4

This weeks theme is tech stewardship and the quote of the week is:

“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs.”
Which means that the technology stewards need to be versatile. He or she doesn’t need to be the computer expert but needs to be the person that understands the community in a way that he or she can fulfill the communities technology needs and needs to know enough about technology to support and address those needs.
An important tool to portray the weak and strengths of a community is the spider graph. The spider graph uses a point system and connects the points to make a weird shape, in this shape you can notice what strengths and weaknesses are. You can make multiple spider graphs to compare them to each other.
We made 2 spider graphs of our NGO, one is about the NGO write now and the other is about what we think the NGO needs to become. We compared them and looked at the differences and talked about the way we could get there.
The other thing we did was making a concept for the video presentation. The product managers came together and presented their ideas, and we discussed the ideas and approved them. The product managers made a little teaser of their idea.
This was also the week the NGO leader Françios would come and give a little presentation and we got the chance to ask some questions.
I think this week went better than last week, last week we were kind of stuck. This week we managed to make sense out of it all and we’re going in the right direction.

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Reflection week #1

If you want success in the world of design, communities and networks are a very important part. Because together you can inspire and activate ideas that are stuck your head. You need people with different skills to realize a product and to improve the quality. together you can reach higher levels of knowledge, because you are able to learn from each other and everyone’s skills and strengths together make one superhuman.

Our NGO the International Water Foundation needs our help in getting the world to realize that not everyone in the world has easy access to fresh water and the fact that our own water supply will run out eventually. To make sure this doesn’t happen we need to get as much people to know about this problem and getting financing for the International Water Foundation.

I would like our project to have an impact. The project should help the IWF to grow and make a better world. If our project doesn’t help, it has failed. I want the project to be something I and my team can be proud of. Because in the end it’s all about teamwork.

My addition to the team will be my knowledge of computers and helping everyone with the technical tasks. I also will bring in ideas and try to be a good team member. I will also learn from my teammates and be a better and completer person after the project. I will be helpful and Always bring my positive attitude.

Jelmer Verweij

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This is it, here I am…

IMG-20150720-WA0000Good day everyone, I go by the name of Jelmer and come from a little place called Amsterdam which is located in The Netherlands. I didn’t travel as far as most students, but at the moment I’ve got the longest travelling time from home to school of all students because I still live in Amsterdam (Ironic). I’m excited to start learning this year and I’m liking the looks of the IDE program so far. I didn’t expect to see so many students from all over the world, which is really cool. It forces and encourages you to actually speak in English because it is the only language you have in common (this can be hard sometimes). That’s also the reason I chose the English IDE program over the IPO Dutch program, to get better at speaking English.

I always liked creating things when I was a kid, for example playing with legos, creating something out of wood and building pillow fords. I always liked the idea of inventing new things. My favorite section of the ‘Donald Duck’ (a dutch monthly magazine starring Donald Duck and friends) came as no surprise; Willie Wortel (Gyro Gearloose) a wacky inventor who is good at hearth. It usually where short stories about his inventions. Once I got in the third grade and started some orientation on what I wanted to do after finishing high school I got across Industrial Design, where you basically got educated to become an inventor, so I was immediately sold. When I started to look for schools who had the Industrial Design program, the IDE program from The Hague University grabbed my attention. It was a year shorter than the dutch counterpart and it was completely in english which made the option of an internship at an international company more realistic, and that seemed really useful to me. I decided to register at The Hague University and here I am!

I’m the tech steward of this group and I know how to use google so I’m perfect for the job, kidding, but I seriously do know my way around computers. I’m no computer genius but I like using technology and like learning new things about it. Eventually I can figure out every computer problem out by myself, by using either google or just trying a lot of things (usually the last one).

My superpower probably is the urge to understand anything. If I don’t know why something happens this can be really frustrating to me. I then try anything to understand it, things I don’t understand make me feel uncomfortable. The result is that I work hard to find the meaning of something and getting to know how it works. My superhero name would be: I-need-to-know-the-meaning-of-everthing-man. Not really catchy, is it?ff94b0226ed32be0a0f123b48361ec51Jelmer Verweij (Tech Steward)

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Reflection week #2

If you want success in the world of design, communities and networks are a very important part. Because together you can inspire and activate ideas that are stuck your head. You need people with different skills to realize a product and to improve the quality. together you can reach higher levels of knowledge, because you are able to learn from each other and everyone’s skills and strengths together make one superhuman.

Our NGO the International Water Foundation needs our help in getting the world to realize that not everyone in the world has easy access to fresh water and the fact that our own water supply will run out eventually. To make sure this doesn’t happen we need to get as much people to know about this problem and getting financing for the International Water Foundation.

I would like our project to have an impact. The project should help the IWF to grow and make a better world. If our project doesn’t help, it has failed. I want the project to be something I and my team can be proud of. Because in the end it’s all about teamwork.

My addition to the team will be my knowledge of computers and helping everyone with the technical tasks. I also will bring in ideas and try to be a good team member. I will also learn from my teammates and be a better and completer person after the project. I will be helpful and Always bring my positive attitude.

Jelmer Verweij

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This is it, here I am…

IMG-20150720-WA0000Good day everyone, I go by the name of Jelmer and come from a little place called Amsterdam which is located in The Netherlands. I didn’t travel as far as most students, but at the moment I’ve got the longest travelling time from home to school of all students because I still live in Amsterdam (Ironic). I’m excited to start learning this year and I’m liking the looks of the IDE program so far. I didn’t expect to see so many students from all over the world, which is really cool. It forces and encourages you to actually speak in English because it is the only language you have in common (this can be hard sometimes). That’s also the reason I chose the English IDE program over the IPO Dutch program, to get better at speaking English.

I always liked creating things when I was a kid, for example playing with legos, creating something out of wood and building pillow fords. I always liked the idea of inventing new things. My favorite section of the ‘Donald Duck’ (a dutch monthly magazine starring Donald Duck and friends) came as no surprise; Willie Wortel (Gyro Gearloose) a wacky inventor who is good at hearth. It usually where short stories about his inventions. Once I got in the third grade and started some orientation on what I wanted to do after finishing high school I got across Industrial Design, where you basically got educated to become an inventor, so I was immediately sold. When I started to look for schools who had the Industrial Design program, the IDE program from The Hague University grabbed my attention. It was a year shorter than the dutch counterpart and it was completely in english which made the option of an internship at an international company more realistic, and that seemed really useful to me. I decided to register at The Hague University and here I am!

I’m the tech steward of this group and I know how to use google so I’m perfect for the job, kidding, but I seriously do know my way around computers. I’m no computer genius but I like using technology and like learning new things about it. Eventually I can figure out every computer problem out by myself, by using either google or just trying a lot of things (usually the last one).

My superpower probably is the urge to understand anything. If I don’t know why something happens this can be really frustrating to me. I then try anything to understand it, things I don’t understand make me feel uncomfortable. The result is that I work hard to find the meaning of something and getting to know how it works. My superhero name would be: I-need-to-know-the-meaning-of-everthing-man. Not really catchy, is it?ff94b0226ed32be0a0f123b48361ec51Jelmer Verweij (Tech Steward)

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  8. The Ducks projcomtheducks.wordpress.com
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