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Final reflection from Mate

Dear all,

These nine weeks have been passed so quickly, but the knowledge what I have acquired will stay with me, I believe. I have learned many things about myself and about group works. From now on I know, one of the most important aspect of working together is the flexibility and helpfulness and to motivate each other.

My biggest challenge during the project was to manage my time properly and able to meet the deadlines.           I hadn’t got free days, because of work, so at the end of the project I had to edit the video during the night till morning. It was a big pressure, but finally everything worked out! My biggest highlights were, when I saw the final video, and prior to that the last filming day, when we recorded the final sights, because everything went smooth thanks to the good communication and flexibility. :)

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I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity to Nancy White, Alan Levine, Laura Stevens, Marjanne Cuijpers and for the other tutors of the course!

A big thanks to my group as well: Emilio, Greog, Sandra, Abel, Alisa, Esmée, Anton, Manda, Edvinas.

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Cheers,

Mate – Documentarian

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OH MEN! I can finally see the light

This is our last week! And final blog post :( ,  we have mainly focused on filming our presentation for the Stahili foundation, since we are doing a top view recording of the video we had to manage several aspects of the filming,  we have to tackle 3 different areas of the filmmaking : Materials , Script and timetables so the people needed could unite this three to make the video.

We have been struggling with the idea of making the content appealing and so far it has been quite difficult to prepare every shoot.

We have been working together with the other group of our ngo to unite forces into the filmmaking and thinking about the bigger picture. ohhh yeah

What went well? so far we have managed to record half of script video recording, we think we are on a good path and the result of what we have recorded looks good.

What didn`t went well : we struggle with time management , we planned to start recording on Monday but we didn’t realized the amount of work that the actual filming would take , also getting all the different materials to make the video from different props to light lamps and tripod.

During this filmmaking I basically tried to solve the problems of getting some of the equipment. Professional lamps was a big issue , so during the first day of filming I just searched around university to see if anyone could let us the lamps for filming , during the 3rd day of filming we didn’t had a tripod so we had to make one! we went to the workshop and figured out with a piece of left out wood how to balance the camera and to see the proper shape that we could use to use the camera confortably without breaking the support.

Some major thinking and problem solving was involved as well as asking for external people for equipment.

What have I learned?

we have learned not to take any work for granted , no one is more important than the other , every task is as difficult as the others , just in an different areas. Also , each of us not just sticks to their own role , we exchange , we cant always arrange everything to be perfect , flexibility is key. also working in groups is harder than working on your own , you have to make peace in the battle field.

Okay

So , we are excited to see the final result and to see the reaction on our NGO , hope everything goes smooth from now own ( im to positive ) we will see :

good luck

Emilio L.

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OH MEN! I can finally see the light

This is our last week! And final blog post :( ,  we have mainly focused on filming our presentation for the Stahili foundation, since we are doing a top view recording of the video we had to manage several aspects of the filming,  we have to tackle 3 different areas of the filmmaking : Materials , Script and timetables so the people needed could unite this three to make the video.

We have been struggling with the idea of making the content appealing and so far it has been quite difficult to prepare every shoot.

We have been working together with the other group of our ngo to unite forces into the filmmaking and thinking about the bigger picture. H

What went well? so far we have managed to record half of script video recording, we think we are on a good path and the result of what we have recorded looks good.

What didn`t went well : we struggle with time management , we planned to start recording on Monday but we didn’t realized the amount of work that the actual filming would take , also getting all the different materials to make the video from different props to light lamps and tripod.

During this filmmaking I basically tried to solve the problems of getting some of the equipment. Professional lamps was a big issue , so during the first day of filming I just searched around university to see if anyone could let us the lamps for filming , during the 3rd day of filming we didn’t had a tripod so we had to make one! we went to the workshop and figured out with a piece of left out wood how to balance the camera and to see the proper shape that we could use to use the camera confortably without breaking the support.

Some major thinking and problem solving was involved as well as asking for external people for equipment.

What have I learned?

we have learned not to take any work for granted , no one is more important than the other , every task is as difficult as the others , just in an different areas. Also , each of us not just sticks to their own role , we exchange , we cant always arrange everything to be perfect , flexibility is key. also working in groups is harder than working on your own , you have to make peace in the battle field.

Okay

Here are some pictures of our filming process,

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So , we are excited to see the final result and to see the reaction on our NGO , hope everything goes smooth from now own ( im to positive ) we will see :

good luck

Emilio L.

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Reflection week 7

Rehearsal Presentation & Production aka the Final Countdown (week 7)

What we have done this week what’s the progress of the process?

This is the week where we basically need to wrap up everything we’ve been doing till now and put this ‘everything’ in an easily digestible video to advise the Stahili Foundation.

Even if we as a group needed to tackle some challenges in our decision making-process we are still enthusiastic about the end result and the effect we might achieve.  Enthusiastic in that sense we hope to give “our” NGO useful advice that will help to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the work they’re doing.

With this enthusiastic mood we going into this team adventure of filming a short and informative video for advising the stahili foundation. For this Video we have already prepared the storyboard and we have had a feedback session, where we recognized that we first need to create valuable content (for the NGO) to later be able to visualize it in an catchy, understandable and useful manner. Valuable – what’s that? What we are meaning? Meaning; we recognized we need to improve our WHAT, HOW, WHY  to better make sense of our findings. Hence be able to not only inform the Stahili foundation but also encourage action.

As we worked in a collaborative group with InterHague and considering that we more or less experienced steadily changing sub-groups, we also divided the task for filming the video between all members (of two groups). Just to name it once we split up in Script Writers, Film-Crew, Editing People.

Preparation for the video includes when and where to film the video. Further the materials and devices we are going to need on the spot. Besides patience somebody might bring the storyboard that we actually know what we are doing.

The VIDEO includes the main issues the foundation faces, what we researched during the last weeks and the effects we actually trying to achieve.

The content of the Video in short:

What? Volunteers

why -> be more effective, sustain and expand the impact that they have right now

more donations through efficient work

how -> recruit, manage, support

utilize differents tools and methods to achieve those objectives

What? Fundraising

why? -> build and maintain a better/closer relationship with donors

how? -> showing/visualizing the donors how they contributed to help the children supported

by Stahili

What? Publicity and Communication

why?  -> (enlarge, engage, involve network/community) to have greater impact and secure

future for the children they support at the moment

how?  -> Social Media Schedule, revised brochures, improved style of approach

Cheers

Enjoy the autumn break!

Sandra

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Reflection week 7

Rehearsal Presentation & Production aka the Final Countdown (week 7)

What we have done this week what’s the progress of the process?

This is the week where we basically need to wrap up everything we’ve been doing till now and put this ‘everything’ in an easily digestible video to advise the Stahili Foundation.

Even if we as a group needed to tackle some challenges in our decision making-process we are still enthusiastic about the end result and the effect we might achieve.  Enthusiastic in that sense we hope to give “our” NGO useful advice that will help to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the work they’re doing.

With this enthusiastic mood we going into this team adventure of filming a short and informative video for advising the stahili foundation. For this Video we have already prepared the storyboard and we have had a feedback session, where we recognized that we first need to create valuable content (for the NGO) to later be able to visualize it in an catchy, understandable and useful manner. Valuable – what’s that? What we are meaning? Meaning; we recognized we need to improve our WHAT, HOW, WHY  to better make sense of our findings. Hence be able to not only inform the Stahili foundation but also encourage action.

As we worked in a collaborative group with InterHague and considering that we more or less experienced steadily changing sub-groups, we also divided the task for filming the video between all members (of two groups). Just to name it once we split up in Script Writers, Film-Crew, Editing People.

Preparation for the video includes when and where to film the video. Further the materials and devices we are going to need on the spot. Besides patience somebody might bring the storyboard that we actually know what we are doing.

The VIDEO includes the main issues the foundation faces, what we researched during the last weeks and the effects we actually trying to achieve.

The content of the Video in short:

What? Volunteers

why -> be more effective, sustain and expand the impact that they have right now

more donations through efficient work

how -> recruit, manage, support

utilize differents tools and methods to achieve those objectives

What? Fundraising

why? -> build and maintain a better/closer relationship with donors

how? -> showing/visualizing the donors how they contributed to help the children supported

by Stahili

What? Publicity and Communication

why?  -> (enlarge, engage, involve network/community) to have greater impact and secure

future for the children they support at the moment

how?  -> Social Media Schedule, revised brochures, improved style of approach

Cheers

Enjoy the autumn break!

Sandra

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Storyboard and Cooperation – Week 6

We continued the active collaboration with InterHague team this week, what has been really efficient and motivating.

On Monday we could see the results of our work from the last week. As a first task, we discussed the results of our individual research of the last week, in the two research group, what we’ve been divided into. (Volunteering and raise funding), subsequently we put all of the information together and presented it to the other group. From this point we reunited into one community again and as a whole started to brainstorming together about what would be the best way to visually communicate our solutions. Thanks to Manda, who showed us a great inspirational video we’ve found the perfect style of our upcoming presentation for Stahili.

Here is the video, what all of us just love it, I hope you’ll like it, too

http://www.wdka.nl/

Afterwards when we’ve got an idea about the main concept of the visual communication style of our presentation, we created a draft of our storyboard by using sticky notes, and tried to figure it out the best order of the advises.

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We’ve decided to classify the information of the video into 3 main group: Volunteering, fundraising, and online presence. The best way to present our ideas/solutions in the following order, we believe:

Volunteering, fundraising, online presence.

Volunteering has been put to the first place, because it is needed for most of our solutions as a base, in instance we need financial volunteering for fundraising or volunteering designers to improve publicity materials.

Here are a couple of pics about our brainstorming session of today with our storyboard:

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I would like to share a few of our personal experiences and what we’ve learned from the past weeks, so far: 

In the past 6 weeks I learned many new things in this project. How teamwork goes well and sometimes when not. I think I learned most by seeing how productive our group can be, when everybody knows his task and keep in our schedule. From my last reflections, I have also seen that an good planning is the name of the game. For me the most interesting team blog was the one of SplitUnited. They have a very nice design and layout so for me as the role of tech steward it was a good inspiration.

-Georg, tech steward

During this last few weeks of project community i started with mixed feelings, i started having a secondary role in the group as the production manager,, my job was not really important, my task was to do research but i slowly got more and more importance, after the two groups got together i noticed that the team work changed for good and that gave me an extra boost of motivation

-Abel, production manager

What have I learned during project community? Well, being the Client services has been tough, trying to take an active role in the group being the face of my team many times and also with the foundation meetings. Has been challenging in two different ways: Firstly, trying to provide to my group with as much information as possible from the foundation from the questions that I got from them even if I had some technical issues recording the content. So basically I had to remember all the new information on the moment. Secondly, trying to focus the main goals into what our foundation is trying to complete rather than just going with our own idea of what we want to do, concerning our private interest rather than focusing on the full result for the foundation. I have learnt to work a little bit more productive in a group not try to do it all by myself which for me in normally the most comfortable approach , it was difficult for me to let others do their job since always I believe I can do it better , which in many cases it’s not true. Some people have more faculties than me and realizing that gives me some peace inside. Having talked with a real NGO makes me also realize about the real world, how a small foundation is struggling to succeed in such a basic concept but at the same time so difficult to achieve, something that we take for granted here in The Hague and many places elsewhere. Sharing ideas has been a big part of the process, getting them rejected and also agreeing on some ideas that were better for the project and group’s sake. So, what else could I ask for, I think that I could get a great insight after all this project, we will see.

-Emilio, Client Service

I’ve learned that, the group-work can be really difficult and stressful and easy, enjoyable as well, it really depends on us. At the beginning the group-works sometimes were stressful with a sort of brawls. But it was really useful, because we had to try out the different group sizes and set ups, and i can say the group works can work nicely and fluently, furthermore sometimes it’s just fun!  I’ve also learned how important is to be independent and to be prepared to all of our meetings and it’s not enough to follow the guide, because we have to customize the guide to fit to our situation. Finally I’ve realized we need to make the commands from ourselves, because we want to be open innovators, and I believe innovators haven’t got a complete guide how to build the future, they have to figure it out.

The blog of  InterHague team is the most inspiring one for me, because they are working on the same projects, therefore it’s really inspiring to see and understand a different approach to the same problem, but all of the blogs are contains a lot of valuable ideas and thoughtful way of seeing.

-Mate, documentarian

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Storyboard and Cooperation – Week 6

We continued the active collaboration with InterHague team this week, what has been really efficient and motivating.

On Monday we could see the results of our work from the last week. As a first task, we discussed the results of our individual research of the last week, in the two research group, what we’ve been divided into. (Volunteering and raise funding), subsequently we put all of the information together and presented it to the other group. From this point we reunited into one community again and as a whole started to brainstorming together about what would be the best way to visually communicate our solutions. Thanks to Manda, who showed us a great inspirational video we’ve found the perfect style of our upcoming presentation for Stahili.

Here is the video, what all of us just love it, I hope you’ll like it, too

http://www.wdka.nl/

Afterwards when we’ve got an idea about the main concept of the visual communication style of our presentation, we created a draft of our storyboard by using sticky notes, and tried to figure it out the best order of the advises.

IMG_0235     IMG_0232

We’ve decided to classify the information of the video into 3 main group: Volunteering, fundraising, and online presence. The best way to present our ideas/solutions in the following order, we believe:

Volunteering, fundraising, online presence.

Volunteering has been put to the first place, because it is needed for most of our solutions as a base, in instance we need financial volunteering for fundraising or volunteering designers to improve publicity materials.

Here are a couple of pics about our brainstorming session of today with our storyboard:

IMG_0246img_1386

I would like to share a few of our personal experiences and what we’ve learned from the past weeks, so far: 

In the past 6 weeks I learned many new things in this project. How teamwork goes well and sometimes when not. I think I learned most by seeing how productive our group can be, when everybody knows his task and keep in our schedule. From my last reflections, I have also seen that an good planning is the name of the game. For me the most interesting team blog was the one of SplitUnited. They have a very nice design and layout so for me as the role of tech steward it was a good inspiration.

-Georg, tech steward

During this last few weeks of project community i started with mixed feelings, i started having a secondary role in the group as the production manager,, my job was not really important, my task was to do research but i slowly got more and more importance, after the two groups got together i noticed that the team work changed for good and that gave me an extra boost of motivation

-Abel, production manager

What have I learned during project community? Well, being the Client services has been tough, trying to take an active role in the group being the face of my team many times and also with the foundation meetings. Has been challenging in two different ways: Firstly, trying to provide to my group with as much information as possible from the foundation from the questions that I got from them even if I had some technical issues recording the content. So basically I had to remember all the new information on the moment. Secondly, trying to focus the main goals into what our foundation is trying to complete rather than just going with our own idea of what we want to do, concerning our private interest rather than focusing on the full result for the foundation. I have learnt to work a little bit more productive in a group not try to do it all by myself which for me in normally the most comfortable approach , it was difficult for me to let others do their job since always I believe I can do it better , which in many cases it’s not true. Some people have more faculties than me and realizing that gives me some peace inside. Having talked with a real NGO makes me also realize about the real world, how a small foundation is struggling to succeed in such a basic concept but at the same time so difficult to achieve, something that we take for granted here in The Hague and many places elsewhere. Sharing ideas has been a big part of the process, getting them rejected and also agreeing on some ideas that were better for the project and group’s sake. So, what else could I ask for, I think that I could get a great insight after all this project, we will see.

-Emilio, Client Service

I’ve learned that, the group-work can be really difficult and stressful and easy, enjoyable as well, it really depends on us. At the beginning the group-works sometimes were stressful with a sort of brawls. But it was really useful, because we had to try out the different group sizes and set ups, and i can say the group works can work nicely and fluently, furthermore sometimes it’s just fun!  I’ve also learned how important is to be independent and to be prepared to all of our meetings and it’s not enough to follow the guide, because we have to customize the guide to fit to our situation. Finally I’ve realized we need to make the commands from ourselves, because we want to be open innovators, and I believe innovators haven’t got a complete guide how to build the future, they have to figure it out.

The blog of  InterHague team is the most inspiring one for me, because they are working on the same projects, therefore it’s really inspiring to see and understand a different approach to the same problem, but all of the blogs are contains a lot of valuable ideas and thoughtful way of seeing.

-Mate, documentarian

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Succesful division – Week 5 reflexion

As the title says the division of last week is working great, the fundraising group is researching methods to help the NGO, most of the solutions are online based projects and for that to happen the webpage of our foundation needs an upgrade, the rest of task were divided between the group members.
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The other group, the volunteers, we had a lot of ideas of to help the foundation but we needed more information from the NGO to keep working and know if we are going in the right direction, to be sure of that, if we’re going the right direction, one of our members had a videoconference with Nancy and we updated her on our ideas and current state of the organization and obviously, to ask for advice.

So because we needed some information to keep working we also arranged a meeting with one the volunteers on Tuesday to see if she could provide us the information that we needed and maybe get inspiration for new ideas to help the organization, from that meeting we got a lot of useful information, we asked about their website and they thought it needed an update, her answer was that yes but they didn’t have time to think about things to improve their website and they lacked the skills to do it and the same happened with the flyers, they thought about doing them to be known because they’re still a small organization, those two things became our objectives, improve their website and flyers. Another one of their problems is that they have a lot of work per person and an idea we had to solve that was to research and try to find a platform where they can assign small tasks to volunteers so it’s kind of a relief valve for them because now they don’t have much time, not even to organize events so we thought also about long-term volunteers whose only task is to organize events and focus on spreading the message of Stahili foundation.

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This is a little diagram of what we discussed on monday.

Also, Today (30/09/2015) there is an event to raise funds so feel free come!

https://www.facebook.com/events/163141927352595/

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Succesful division – Week 5 reflexion

As the title says the division of last week is working great, the fundraising group is researching methods to help the NGO, most of the solutions are online based projects and for that to happen the webpage of our foundation needs an upgrade, the rest of task were divided between the group members.
fr

The other group, the volunteers, we had a lot of ideas of to help the foundation but we needed more information from the NGO to keep working and know if we are going in the right direction, to be sure of that, if we’re going the right direction, one of our members had a videoconference with Nancy and we updated her on our ideas and current state of the organization and obviously, to ask for advice.

So because we needed some information to keep working we also arranged a meeting with one the volunteers on Tuesday to see if she could provide us the information that we needed and maybe get inspiration for new ideas to help the organization, from that meeting we got a lot of useful information, we asked about their website and they thought it needed an update, her answer was that yes but they didn’t have time to think about things to improve their website and they lacked the skills to do it and the same happened with the flyers, they thought about doing them to be known because they’re still a small organization, those two things became our objectives, improve their website and flyers. Another one of their problems is that they have a lot of work per person and an idea we had to solve that was to research and try to find a platform where they can assign small tasks to volunteers so it’s kind of a relief valve for them because now they don’t have much time, not even to organize events so we thought also about long-term volunteers whose only task is to organize events and focus on spreading the message of Stahili foundation.

12071405_10203907812455642_1565126139_n

This is a little diagram of what we discussed on monday.

Also, Today (30/09/2015) there is an event to raise funds so feel free come!

https://www.facebook.com/events/163141927352595/

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HALF WAY THROUGH! – WEEK 4 REFLECTIONS

IN THE SEARCH FOR PEACE

During this week Nancy guided our group on their concerns about the group organization and how to tackle those issues to make a more successful group work .Our most important part was to create tasks outside of the portfolio, deadlines and real interest for the foundation purpose and be more conscious about it.

ON THE FIELD

After last Sunday’s meeting with Michelle (CEO) we obtained great insight in some issues of  the foundation on how to grow.  We talked in our last meeting, about what was more necessary for their foundation & regarding how we could contribute. RAISE AWARENESS! , they need help with graphic design and how to encourage and engage students into the foundation matters, For instance: Digital Postcards, attractive vouchers or briefs that will catch the attention of people about Stahili . Also another idea was to ask previous volunteers who have already work with the foundation about their actual work , how they contributed with  the foundation.

BACK IN THE BURROW

During the school we expressed their needs and everyone was excited with the idea of helping with the design of the NGO , still , other areas of work needed to be addressed and taken care of or at least , invest time in. How can we improve their Fundraising and Volunteer techniques with new technology? What Is their situation right now? , where do they need to focus in reality to obtain the best results with their work? And hopefully in the future, with our work. Dividing the groups into two main teams FUNDRAISING AND VOLUNTEERING we established the first premise to research how to take advantage of nowadays technology also getting in contact with volunteers from the foundation to get more insight.

Also , our Production managers have started to work towards the final presentation video.

Based on the spidergraph model, we show YOU their actual situation with use of technology, so as the ideal model for them.

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On a more friendy note , we recently got some pictures of some of the children that are in Kenya right now supported by this incredible foundation , I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you some of their smiley faces , Enjoy :)JoyceLala Salama ,

Emilio.

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