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Success vs Failure

To recognize a failure is a fundamental key while moving towards the success. From the beginning of this project our team had up and downs each week while thinking of a last and solid proposal to our NGO. On week 4 we had this essential change in our strategy after a long discussion with Francois, IWF founder. Rather than connecting young water enthusiasts only trough social media we can bring together proactive youngsters though crowd-sourcing. Me, we and networks week led us to a right direction towards creating a platform for local youth networks, which will work as a potential and future-orientated initiative for IWF.

We believe that with our proposal we can fulfil our NGO needs to spread love for water message. However, it requires not only enthusiasm, which can be a driving key in the beginning for young surfers or swimmers, but also a strong partnership within those water related groups and of course the constant contact with IWF itself.

Watch and share - I AM NOT AN ARTIST - AN ANIMATED GIF PARANOIA ABOUT NONSTOP DESIGN WORKERS
I reckon that each of our team’s member had some difficulties and doubts to go though this whole period of the project communities class. Personally I had a struggle to commit to my role as production manager as I didn’t have a clue what is happening and what will happen. This week we have finally visualised our result, we’ve made a storyboard for a final video. It is a standpoint for me when I can actually see what we have already achieved during this short period. I must say that I believe in our success, but the failures often launch us into better opportunities too, right?

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Success vs Failure

To recognize a failure is a fundamental key while moving towards the success. From the beginning of this project our team had up and downs each week while thinking of a last and solid proposal to our NGO. On week 4 we had this essential change in our strategy after a long discussion with Francois, IWF founder. Rather than connecting young water enthusiasts only trough social media we can bring together proactive youngsters though crowd-sourcing. Me, we and networks week led us to a right direction towards creating a platform for local youth networks, which will work as a potential and future-orientated initiative for IWF.

We believe that with our proposal we can fulfil our NGO needs to spread love for water message. However, it requires not only enthusiasm, which can be a driving key in the beginning for young surfers or swimmers, but also a strong partnership within those water related groups and of course the constant contact with IWF itself.

Watch and share - I AM NOT AN ARTIST - AN ANIMATED GIF PARANOIA ABOUT NONSTOP DESIGN WORKERS
I reckon that each of our team’s member had some difficulties and doubts to go though this whole period of the project communities class. Personally I had a struggle to commit to my role as production manager as I didn’t have a clue what is happening and what will happen. This week we have finally visualised our result, we’ve made a storyboard for a final video. It is a standpoint for me when I can actually see what we have already achieved during this short period. I must say that I believe in our success, but the failures often launch us into better opportunities too, right?

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“We want to rally, in a crowd-sourcing kind of way’’

The title attributes to our NGO founder Francois words. During the meetings with him and other groups we were struggling to identify most valuable online and offline networking platforms as each of them could be taken as very useful means for spreading ‘love for water’ message.

Illustration of our brainstorming week by Laura Stubraite

Our main concern started with an offline niche to establish the importance for water in the local communities related to water sportsclubs (surfing, fishing, rowing, scuba-diving, swimming). Getting enthusiasm from people who are already connected to water doesn’t sound such a big deal as, for instance, spreading that message to everybody, who does not give any importance either way. Through making solid local contacts we will be able to reach out young and pro-active crowd and boost their enthusiasm. Our plan is to set up long-term relationships between water supporters in the city while using micro tasking (breaking work up into tiny tasks and sending the work to a crowd of people). Here we have some ideas for our locally working crowdsourcing circle concept:

To set up a contest between creative students from any field to redesign our NGO’s visual identity.

To provide water- related organisations with recognisable IWF objects such as stickers and posters.

To implement some small creative projects, for instance, organising a local beach cleaning event in order to a regular meet ups for water-related communities.

To propose some volunteering programs from existing IWF’s water initiates to young water enthusiasts to get a real experience.

Justin Gammon | Design + Illustration animated GIF
Indeed, we have to immerse our NGO actively in a social media platform as well. Undoubtedly, Facebook network plays such an important role for connecting young people. Either through certain groups where they can discuss about water-related topics or just share something fun about it or IWF’s main Facebook page, we want to draw people in and get them excited to be involved. Concerning the strategy how to reach that goal, we come up to pretty new non-linear thinking term which works as a less constrictive and related to the emotional and visual experience rather than logical structure. That’s how new generations brain work nowadays, so the content will be emphasised through videos, audio, images and in general concepts that rapidly go from person to person  (inforgraphs, memes or phrases).

Because nowadays people want to share everything, or at least online…

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“We want to rally, in a crowd-sourcing kind of way’’

The title attributes to our NGO founder Francois words. During the meetings with him and other groups we were struggling to identify most valuable online and offline networking platforms as each of them could be taken as very useful means for spreading ‘love for water’ message.

Illustration of our brainstorming week by Laura Stubraite

Our main concern started with an offline niche to establish the importance for water in the local communities related to water sportsclubs (surfing, fishing, rowing, scuba-diving, swimming). Getting enthusiasm from people who are already connected to water doesn’t sound such a big deal as, for instance, spreading that message to everybody, who does not give any importance either way. Through making solid local contacts we will be able to reach out young and pro-active crowd and boost their enthusiasm. Our plan is to set up long-term relationships between water supporters in the city while using micro tasking (breaking work up into tiny tasks and sending the work to a crowd of people). Here we have some ideas for our locally working crowdsourcing circle concept:

To set up a contest between creative students from any field to redesign our NGO’s visual identity.

To provide water- related organisations with recognisable IWF objects such as stickers and posters.

To implement some small creative projects, for instance, organising a local beach cleaning event in order to a regular meet ups for water-related communities.

To propose some volunteering programs from existing IWF’s water initiates to young water enthusiasts to get a real experience.

Justin Gammon | Design + Illustration animated GIF
Indeed, we have to immerse our NGO actively in a social media platform as well. Undoubtedly, Facebook network plays such an important role for connecting young people. Either through certain groups where they can discuss about water-related topics or just share something fun about it or IWF’s main Facebook page, we want to draw people in and get them excited to be involved. Concerning the strategy how to reach that goal, we come up to pretty new non-linear thinking term which works as a less constrictive and related to the emotional and visual experience rather than logical structure. That’s how new generations brain work nowadays, so the content will be emphasised through videos, audio, images and in general concepts that rapidly go from person to person  (inforgraphs, memes or phrases).

Because nowadays people want to share everything, or at least online…

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Networks (work) for us!

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By multiple perspective approach presented to us by Francois we broaden our knowledge and realized how two things (at first look, different from each): philosophy and water can connect. Nothing in the world exists only by itself. The information flows and keeps changing. Meeting with our NGO on Wednesday and Monday was a chance to present to him our ways of finding solutions and working in groups. Instant confrontation of ideas helped us save time and get faster to point of starting actions.

Once again we learned that looking at problem from different angle pays back. Instead of starting to create new groups of people enthusiastic about water, we can use networks! tumblr_myszpofBpu1s1popdo1_400Networks that have already existed and we can connect them together. Surfers, swimmers, the people that have love for water in themselves. Contacting them is our next step.

Using internet in place we all are in this time of our lives without contacting other users is impossible. Internet has become the most important tool of communication. Even though we stay in small groups of five, we work on wider field. Every group is part of something bigger. Thinking you only exist in one tiny not important piece is wrong, because all giants are build from the tiny ones. Networks are dynamic, they can grow swiftly and by that they can make getting certain goals done easier.

As Francois said understanding is strongly connected with simplicity. The message we want to spread is simple: enthusiasm about water and of course to get our goals done, the networks are necessary. Recently Nancy contacted us with Rachel. We are still waiting for meeting with her, but we are very excited as every person we meet makes us re-think the path we are following and adds something creative. Other people stimulate our work.

All groups intersect in every way, we update each others about steps we take toward main objectives. Also by dividing the tasks we save the time – time, time, time everywhere. How to get somewhere, how to get things done faster? Time is a most important aspect we live tumblr_inline_neozw4Kfjm1r1fxo6in. Networks help you with that. By staying open and being able to contact others, you can work faster and more efficient. Gaining experience and knowledge is what networks allow you to do. It is beneficial for both sides. You should never underestimate what you have to offer. We are on our way to finalize action plan.

Using what people already have in themselves – the interest in water and establishing it is what we want to do. Building good and stable network should be based on trust and ability to maintain it. We not only want to contact some groups like surfers and swimmers, but also give them some ideas what could be done linking those ones with I-Water. We do not want to give ready content but find the best way to stimulate actions and brainstorm.

As a consequence of what we experienced last week all that can be said is the more simple and clear the actions we are about to take are getting the more focused and determinated we become.

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Alan with Yasin

Hi there,

here we have some useful advices from Alan Levine about how to make an

attractive and efficient video for our NGO, like ‘How to record a high quality

video’ and ‘ what should be the content’.

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Our Sweet Spot is founded!

We got on the same page! Our team’s diversity and curiosity led us to learn a new working structure, based on consecutive weekly assignments, not only on the final result. At this point, we started following STARR reflections method. It stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result and Relate:

  1. Describing a situation we want to reflect upon.
  2. Explaining our tasks in the situation.
  3. Describing very concrete actions we took.
  4. Describe the results of our actions.
  5. Reflecting: what went right or wrong.

That’s how we discovered our Sweet Spot, which is based on both the NGO’s goals and the organisational team’s mission.

Painted by Laura Stubraite
                                  Made by Laura Stubraite

 

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Reflective post #2

What a week it has been again. If this project was a rollercoaster we would still be on a long way up before the fun ride starts. As Nancy said to us this week – don’t expect the breakthrough yet. It will come soon enough. In the meantime we have learned some absolutely invaluable lessons.

tumblr_nglkdqvvOF1qlq9poo7_500Groups involved – their sizes and dynamics

Even though our group size was predetermined, we decided to make most of our capabilities and vary the group size at different stages of the project. As we are currently coming up with ideas for the IWFs social media campaign, we agreed to pursue the thinking process individually and then in a group of 5 discuss the ideas and further develop them. Chris Corrigan’s input on group sizes as a big help and made us aware that a 5 person brainstorming session can quickly end in chaos.

During this project a lot of different sub groups will collaborate and work together and Christopher Allen’s theories on group thresholds and size again helped simplify the challenge of making these teams work. After our first group meeting with all people working for our NGO we quickly realised that the group size of 15 people is anything but ideal for group discussions. People started to feel left out and not all ideas were given enough consideration.

As we are working towards one final result with a group of 15 people we have to find ways to distribute tasks and work effectively. Whether it be through groups of experts, researchers or roles, we will need to make clever use of group sizes and workflows.

Our group size of 5 works well when splitting in even smaller teams due to different tasks. On Tuesday our client service assistant Daria and Yasin – a Tech Steward had a very smooth and helpful conversation with Allan on skype, which will definitely help while improving our blog. As well as, we contacted Nancy for the first time as the whole group. She proposed to get in touch with another interesting person, so that opens new paths for us… 😉

Lessons learnt

The Collaborators are going strong when it comes to internal communication and task distribution. Everyone is doing a fantastic job at following their responsibilities and delivering what is due on time – a great foundation for a productive team. Communication with other teams within the NGO team can definitely be improved when looking at future weeks.

Also, there is something what we will do differently, next week we want to combine two ways of our work, which we kept separated until now. So far we have been trying to find solution for our NGO’s challenge and on the side work on the weekly tasks. We have been treating them as separate tasks with the weekly focus being more of a chore. After reflecting on it’s place within our work we realised that we should utilize the weekly focus on the way to help our NGO. It is a powerful tool and cannot be seen separately from our creative process – it adds immense value to it.

What a week it has been again. If this project was a rollercoaster we would still be on a long way up before the fun ride starts. As Nancy said to us this week – don’t expect the breakthrough yet. It will come soon enough. In the meantime we have learned some absolutely invaluable lessons.

Groups involved – their sizes and dynamics

Even though our group size was predetermined, we decided to make most of our capabilities and vary the group size at different stages of the project. As we are currently coming up with ideas for the IWFs social media campaign, we agreed to pursue the thinking process individually and then in a group of 5 discuss the ideas and further develop them. Chris Corrigan’s input on group sizes as a big help and made us aware that a 5 person brainstorming session can quickly end in chaos.

During this project a lot of different sub groups will collaborate and work together and Christopher Allen’s theories on group thresholds and size again helped simplify the challenge of making these teams work. After our first group meeting with all people working for our NGO we quickly realised that the group size of 15 people is anything but ideal for group discussions. People started to feel left out and not all ideas were given enough consideration.

As we are working towards one final result with a group of 15 people we have to find ways to distribute tasks and work effectively. Whether it be through groups of experts, researchers or roles, we will need to make clever use of group sizes and workflows.
Our group size of 5 works well when splitting in even smaller teams due to different tasks. On Tuesday our client service assistant Daria and Yasin – a Tech Steward had a very smooth and helpful conversation with Allan on skype, which will definitely help while improving our blog. As well as, we contacted Nancy for the first time as the whole group. She proposed to get in touch with another interesting person, so that opens new paths for us… 😉

Lessons learnt

The Collaborators are going strong when it comes to internal communication and task distribution. Everyone is doing a fantastic job at following their responsibilities and delivering what is due on time – a great foundation for a productive team. Communication with other teams within the NGO team can definitely be improved when looking at future weeks.

Also, there is something what we will do differently, next week we want to combine two ways of our work, which we kept separated until now. So far we have been trying to find solution for our NGO’s challenge and on the side work on the weekly tasks. We have been treating them as separate tasks with the weekly focus being more of a chore. After reflecting on it’s place within our work we realised that we should utilize the weekly focus on the way to help our NGO. It is a powerful tool and cannot be seen separately from our creative process – it adds immense value to it.

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Hi Everybody

This is Yasin,

Technical Steward of this page.

I have crossed a long way to come here, Netherlands.I am Iranian but also I have been living in Turkey for 4 years and in Germany and Netherlands for last 2 years. I love travelling and also gain experience by this way rather than reading or watching about other people and other cultures, Cause in my opinion it is totally different!

In my belief nothing is more important than a thing you really want! I always try to gain my wishes cause it gives me more energy to live.

We as a group and I as a member of this group will try to do our best to achieve IWF’s goals.

Cheers!

Yasin

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Indiana Inesa Trusaite Jones of Happiness

I always look for something undiscovered. I don’t try to make revolutions happen, but sometimes I go against the grain. This hunger for real experiences and the knowledge that cannot come from the books or any rational explanation lead me to live quite a nomadic life for three years. I was carrying my ‘everything’ in the backpack like a snail its house. In fact, the different artefacts powers collected on my way either revealed or not were put on my messy travelling journals. I must confess that I prefer the unstructured and intimate dairy-like manner of writing on the paper than non-personal style blogging. However, it will be some twists in my story (hopefully) as I have a power of survivor so will strive to conquer all the fears and problems. Hmm, should I mention how long is it taking to defeat the silly fear of rats?

For me a good traveller has less to do with the destination, but much more with the attitude. So let’s leave all the phobias behind us and keep moving forward as the real adventure seekers. I am joining this one, because I know that it’s going to be a fun and long-lasting way to explore and discover new artefacts. Both from you guys and myself.

Flâneur

This time I came to The Hague in a more ‘civilized’ way than before, I mean with a piece of luggage. Although I can hardly imagine myself being settled somewhere for more than a half-year, I am very enthusiastic about unpacking everything and creating a homely nest here. Well, because I will need much more space for collecting my professional baggage for the future. Wish the same to everybody!

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