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Final Presentation Preperations

This week is the final week where we as a group were able to come up with a solid concept for the final video presentation. We were able to build on the idea of having an animated version of draw my life video. Along with the ‘Tiny Innovators’ our team ‘Found in Transition’ was able to collaborate and come up with a strong concept and output. It was an interesting journey as we saw how we progressed and were able to put our main idea of hosting workshops and raising funds across. We think we are successful in bringing the message across to our audience. We also have the final text and story board which we can base our video on. The video is coming along really well and we will be done soon.

During this week discussions and a good amount of collaboration along with the other Tiny House team took place. A productive skype call with Shorty our mentor in U.S.A Florida was held and we were able to show her the intro video and she approved it. Once our part of the video is completed we will merge the video with the other team and be able to combine both of them. Preparations for the final presentation are also taking place simultaneously.

As we are approaching the end of the module, we as a group feel that we’ve come a long way. Throughout the weeks we had our ups and downs, but they didn’t stop us on working and moving forward. We learned not only how to work as a group, but also how to listen and accept our cultural differences. This journey definitely has not been an easy one, but it made us stronger not only as a group but also as individuals.

This is a picture of our video in progress:

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Final Presentation Preperations

This week is the final week where we as a group were able to come up with a solid concept for the final video presentation. We were able to build on the idea of having an animated version of draw my life video. Along with the ‘Tiny Innovators’ our team ‘Found in Transition’ was able to collaborate and come up with a strong concept and output. It was an interesting journey as we saw how we progressed and were able to put our main idea of hosting workshops and raising funds across. We think we are successful in bringing the message across to our audience. We also have the final text and story board which we can base our video on. The video is coming along really well and we will be done soon.

During this week discussions and a good amount of collaboration along with the other Tiny House team took place. A productive skype call with Shorty our mentor in U.S.A Florida was held and we were able to show her the intro video and she approved it. Once our part of the video is completed we will merge the video with the other team and be able to combine both of them. Preparations for the final presentation are also taking place simultaneously.

As we are approaching the end of the module, we as a group feel that we’ve come a long way. Throughout the weeks we had our ups and downs, but they didn’t stop us on working and moving forward. We learned not only how to work as a group, but also how to listen and accept our cultural differences. This journey definitely has not been an easy one, but it made us stronger not only as a group but also as individuals.

This is a picture of our video in progress:

Screenshot

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Storyboard time!

Hello, dear readers!

Here’s a little update on the progress of our work. This past week we have been working on our final presentation. It is much less stressful now, compared to the beginning of this project – we all understand what we are doing and as the project is approaching the finish line, we are happy that we have a clear solution and a plan for the presentation. We are taking the team role divisions less strictly than our weekly guide suggests. We actually divide the tasks according to our skills and the amount of time each of us can dedicate each week (we respect if somebody in our team has other important matters to attend) and we help each other with the tasks.

As we let you know last week, we settled on proposing the Tiny House community to host workshops on their land to generate an income, with which to sustain them. This is the offer we are going to present to our NGO, and we have made a script and a storyboard to base our presentation on. I’m publishing the storyboard and a summary of our script to give you an idea of our presentation. The final video will consist of 2×2 min presentations of the ideas of both teams, plus an intro and a conclusion, which we are working on together with the Tiny Innovators. We are planning to present our idea in the “draw my life style”, by illustrating the narrator’s monologue on a whiteboard. Here’s an example: https://youtu.be/6yBBO8PzWFI?t=68

And here’s our storyboard:

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  1. The community is planning to buy collectively owned land. We suggest for them to use a 1/3 of that land to host a regular workshop on.
  2. There are several people in the community, who are experienced tiny house builders. They can use their already acquired skills to present in workshops.
  3. A lot of people locally are interested in the tiny house movement, but they have no idea how to start this lifestyle. The workshop can host presentations on mundane, but important matters, like how to store possessions, how to cook, etc.
  4. Attendants can be asked for a donation, a participation fee and/or an investment for the community, which would help make a profit. Catalogues can also be printed and sold.
  5. The community should spread the word locally via social platforms or local media (newspapers, magazines, TV)
  6. What do you do once you’ve built a tiny house? Our partner team – Tiny Innovators – have a pretty good suggestion for the tiny house community.

Sincerely,

Found in Transition 😉

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Storyboard time!

Hello, dear readers!

Here’s a little update on the progress of our work. This past week we have been working on our final presentation. It is much less stressful now, compared to the beginning of this project – we all understand what we are doing and as the project is approaching the finish line, we are happy that we have a clear solution and a plan for the presentation. We are taking the team role divisions less strictly than our weekly guide suggests. We actually divide the tasks according to our skills and the amount of time each of us can dedicate each week (we respect if somebody in our team has other important matters to attend) and we help each other with the tasks.

As we let you know last week, we settled on proposing the Tiny House community to host workshops on their land to generate an income, with which to sustain them. This is the offer we are going to present to our NGO, and we have made a script and a storyboard to base our presentation on. I’m publishing the storyboard and a summary of our script to give you an idea of our presentation. The final video will consist of 2×2 min presentations of the ideas of both teams, plus an intro and a conclusion, which we are working on together with the Tiny Innovators. We are planning to present our idea in the “draw my life style”, by illustrating the narrator’s monologue on a whiteboard. Here’s an example: https://youtu.be/6yBBO8PzWFI?t=68

And here’s our storyboard:

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  1. The community is planning to buy collectively owned land. We suggest for them to use a 1/3 of that land to host a regular workshop on.
  2. There are several people in the community, who are experienced tiny house builders. They can use their already acquired skills to present in workshops.
  3. A lot of people locally are interested in the tiny house movement, but they have no idea how to start this lifestyle. The workshop can host presentations on mundane, but important matters, like how to store possessions, how to cook, etc.
  4. Attendants can be asked for a donation, a participation fee and/or an investment for the community, which would help make a profit. Catalogues can also be printed and sold.
  5. The community should spread the word locally via social platforms or local media (newspapers, magazines, TV)
  6. What do you do once you’ve built a tiny house? Our partner team – Tiny Innovators – have a pretty good suggestion for the tiny house community.

Sincerely,

Found in Transition 😉

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Rounding up

   Progress & thoughts about moving towards the final project…

  • Through this process of six weeks of learning and interacting with each other we were able to come up with a solid idea which took time and a great amount of discussion. The idea generation development took time and there were many ideas which were eliminated as the cons outweighed the pros. Although finally after reaching week 6 we were able to develop one idea which Shorty liked and was ready to proceed with.
  • The discussion and team work with our group is on track and definitely improving each week. Although, with the other tiny house group there needs to be more progress and more discussion on a daily basis to improve the final output which is the presentation and video.

What did we learn the most from all the past weeks reflection?

  • During all these weeks we learned the importance of each member and how effective it will be if each member is able to carry out their role well.
  • Communication with the community member Shorty and our advisor Nancy helped us keep on track of our main task and understand in which direction we should develop our ideas. Their feedback kept us motivated and helped us comprehend the Tiny House community better.
  • We were able to collaborate together better as the weeks went by and able to utilize our strengths together to achieve maximum output.

Collaborating with Tiny Innovators

  • Our group has already come up with the basis of the story board for the final presentation which is the solid idea of having workshops for community new-comers and enthusiasts by experienced people such as Shorty and other members. They can also earn some amount of money through this concept to help sustain the community and introduce more people to this new lifestyle making it easier to promote the concept. The script of the presentation has been outlined, but the storyboard is still to be improved within the week.
  • We wish to make the final presentation in the form of a video. Our team feels a video has several advantages over animation and it would speak more emotionally to the audience. The other tiny house has a different concept of having an animated version of the presentation. This is the area in which our opinions clash and we are yet to find a compromise.

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Why film a video?

  • Our team ‘Found in Transition” felt that the idea of having a realistic video will be more effective in having an emotional connection with the audience and they will definitely be able to relate more to the idea and concept. This is a much more structured idea.
  • We think a video is relatively easy to make even with rudimentary skills in cinematography, so we could spend more time on detail and quality and it would be easy to correct any mistakes and re-film anything that we got wrong.
  • Making a video would be more of a shared team effort and the work would not have to be left to the only one in the team who knows how to create an animation.
  • With little skill, videos can be made with diverse interesting methods, that can completely change around the mood of the presentation.

We are looking forward to making the final presentation video and collaborating with the other team. We will be in touch.

Sincerely,

Found In Transition

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Rounding up

   Progress & thoughts about moving towards the final project…

  • Through this process of six weeks of learning and interacting with each other we were able to come up with a solid idea which took time and a great amount of discussion. The idea generation development took time and there were many ideas which were eliminated as the cons outweighed the pros. Although finally after reaching week 6 we were able to develop one idea which Shorty liked and was ready to proceed with.
  • The discussion and team work with our group is on track and definitely improving each week. Although, with the other tiny house group there needs to be more progress and more discussion on a daily basis to improve the final output which is the presentation and video.

What did we learn the most from all the past weeks reflection?

  • During all these weeks we learned the importance of each member and how effective it will be if each member is able to carry out their role well.
  • Communication with the community member Shorty and our advisor Nancy helped us keep on track of our main task and understand in which direction we should develop our ideas. Their feedback kept us motivated and helped us comprehend the Tiny House community better.
  • We were able to collaborate together better as the weeks went by and able to utilize our strengths together to achieve maximum output.

Collaborating with Tiny Innovators

  • Our group has already come up with the basis of the story board for the final presentation which is the solid idea of having workshops for community new-comers and enthusiasts by experienced people such as Shorty and other members. They can also earn some amount of money through this concept to help sustain the community and introduce more people to this new lifestyle making it easier to promote the concept. The script of the presentation has been outlined, but the storyboard is still to be improved within the week.
  • We wish to make the final presentation in the form of a video. Our team feels a video has several advantages over animation and it would speak more emotionally to the audience. The other tiny house has a different concept of having an animated version of the presentation. This is the area in which our opinions clash and we are yet to find a compromise.

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Why film a video?

  • Our team ‘Found in Transition” felt that the idea of having a realistic video will be more effective in having an emotional connection with the audience and they will definitely be able to relate more to the idea and concept. This is a much more structured idea.
  • We think a video is relatively easy to make even with rudimentary skills in cinematography, so we could spend more time on detail and quality and it would be easy to correct any mistakes and re-film anything that we got wrong.
  • Making a video would be more of a shared team effort and the work would not have to be left to the only one in the team who knows how to create an animation.
  • With little skill, videos can be made with diverse interesting methods, that can completely change around the mood of the presentation.

We are looking forward to making the final presentation video and collaborating with the other team. We will be in touch.

Sincerely,

Found In Transition

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(Idea 1&2): Tiny Investors for Tiny Houses

The Documentarian task of this week is to visualize our progress of the week. On Monday in class we came up with a new idea how we could raise enough money to buy the property. The task included to find away to connect our idea with either crowdsourcing or crowdfunding. We choose crowdfunding. The idea to finance this project was to buy 49% of the land with crowdfunding. People from all over the world can buy a piece of land. It would start with a small amount of money. Then they would receive a certificate (but not a official one) which shows how much they one of the land and the exact coordinates of ‚their‘ land. It is more like a fun project for the crowdfunders to invest a small amount of money to get a tiny piece of land. The NGO community still has 51% of the land. But with the amount of money they raise with the 49% of the crowdfunding they would pay it off. Our idea for this is connected to the man who sold property on the moon, names for stars and a guy who sold a pixel of a image for 1 US-Dollar. He made a million dollars with the pixel project.

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Expending our horizons…

This week we were concentrating on crowdsourcing and crowdfunding as a possible options how to help our NGO. We researched few websites and made pros & cons to get a clearer shot.

Crowdfunding

Kiva Zip

Pros

  • Cost %
  • A great community of lenders

Cons

  • Low loan amount
  • Speed of funding 3+ months
  • Some businesses don’t get funded because of lack of lender support, even though they have good endorsement.
  • Invite your own lenders
  • Specific loan terms
  • 15 days to invite the required number of lenders

Overall a great option if your business only needs a small amount and can wait for few months.

Chuffed

Pros

  • Keep 100% of what you raise even if you haven’t hit your target
  • They support 8 different categories which are devided
  • 100% free

Kickstarter

Cons

  • Their goal is to help new artists, musicians, designers not communities
  • If you don’t hit your funding goal in the specified time frame, you don’t receive any of the funds
  • You have to make a video about why you want to raise money

Crowdfunding is not that easy. It comes with a lot of effort and dedication, but if one puts in the necessary work, they can become successful. Crowdfunding is a great opportunity how to introduce yourself and your vision to the larger market and audience. Besides getting the financial support you can receive useful comments, feedback, ideas or find new loyal customers. But of course not every story ends happily and you have to take into account possible risks or failures.

Crowdsourcing

  • Ideaken – collaborative crowdsourcing
  • Innocentive – open innovation problem solving
  • Ideaconnection – idea marketplace and problem solving
  • Onebillionminds – online (social) challenges

Crowdsourcing can be very useful, because it can help in many different ways, for example:

  • Finding solutions
  • Collecting, organizing new ideas, opinions
  • Gathering knowledge
  • Connecting with different people around the world
  • Finding workers etc.

That’s why right now we are considering ways in some of these sites could be useful to our particular cause.

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This Wednesday we also had a chat with Shorty about our newest ideas. We have two of them, which we already shared with her and later in the evening they will appear on the blog. Throughtout the entire week we met up as a group to discuss our ideas and possible actions, which helped us to get a clearer look on our goals and NGO needs. This week seemed the most productive, because we finally sorted out the bunch of ideas we had and picked out the best ones. Hopefully the next week will be even more productive.

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Idea generator – Tiny investments, BIG cause – DOC + TECH

The Documentarian task of this week is to visualize our progress of the week. On Monday in class we came up with a new idea how we could raise enough money to buy the property. The task included to find away to connect our idea with either crowdsourcing or crowdfunding. We choose crowdfunding. The idea to finance this project was to buy 49% of the land with crowdfunding. People from all over the world can buy a piece of land. It would start with a small amount of money. Then they would receive a certificate (but not a official one) which shows how much they one of the land and the exact coordinates of ‚their‘ land. It is more like a fun project for the crowdfunders to invest a small amount of money to get a tiny piece of land. The NGO community still has 51% of the land. But with the amount of money they raise with the 49% of the crowdfunding they would pay it off. Our idea for this is connected to the man who sold property on the moon, names for stars and a guy who sold a pixel of a image for 1 US-Dollar. He made a million dollars with the pixel project.

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As a Tech Steward for this week the focus is on having the team ready to take a step into production and having the blog being finalized to reflect the cause. Besides finding the best social platform solutions also looked into some search engine optimizations (SEO). Coming up to the idea all of us somehow felt the direction to follow and what to do. There weren’t ever a problem with the team. It’s seems organic to us. But it’s still a huge mystery were it’ll take us. We always meet up on Tuesday after the only lecture of the day. On this Tuesday we dealt with loosing precious time. Even though we always do what we have to and have fun at our meetings by creating a non stress, freedom of speech environment we can not afford it. In addition we knew that we have to be prepared for the talk with Shorty Robbins for Wednesday. We decided to stick with the idea of selling fictional property but embraced the reality that it might be a one-hitter and not sustainable, still is a good cause to raise awareness and money if we sell it properly. As well decided to find a way to reward crowdfunders with a better reflection of the community and the client. We knew we had to have more options so we decided to bring back our “Build your own” plan.

Hooray!

We’ve come up with it during the first weeks but then stashed it in the vault for a possible future use. The action took presence. And it includes. A Helping Hand to the established website mostly on how to build a Victorian style Tiny House. A style guide on how to build some. Establishing a Tiny House Builder Association. Youtube documentation with tutorials on how to set up in building. Finally we want to toss the project to the vast market of housing because we see that the Governments doesn’t consider Tiny Houses as real estate. So establishing a workshop in the third of the land that community is willing to share would be able to build these houses for specific clients. This way a workplace would be established in the community and would create a finance generation source. After a very warm and positive chat with the client NGO witch is very rare these days we are even more motivated now than ever. Some of the free-time of all of us consists of gathering resources to surprise fellow team members. Also we are looking forward to expand our network and offer you to check a fellow team Tiny Innovators working on the same cause, but with a different perspective.

The first step is to start. A base is what you need
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