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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Storyboarding 101 for dummies.

Let’s get right to the case! How do you plan storyboard? – Easy, you start with a script that is based on content plan which is based on all of your work that has been done previous weeks of your project community course and then you draw. Sounds simple and basic, but its not. From my own experience story boards are a bit of a pain in the seat.

So how did Split United plan a storyboard? Let’s start from the start. Previous week tech steward (Hey that’s me!) read the course guide till the end week and knew that this week we would have to make a story board. So the tech steward (me again!) wrote a small plan about what should be included in the script (content for the video). So when we started to get to the whole script writing for the video, we had a base to build it on, per se. Also we has this thing called Delf Design Guide which helped a bit.

delf design guideSo our teams lovely, Production Manager (today we are not naming people) created an awesome basis script for our video, which we made the story board from (so far we nailed everything), but we got a little bit confused on the story board so we drew it a bit wrong (just a bit). The storyline between the frames was a bit confusing, but that didn’t stop us. We improved our script and created a new story board. You can read all about our story board in the rest of our blog!(nobody just reads one blog post)

How is our work on our video. So far as, as I mentioned 5 times before (yes, I counted, end of discussion) we wrote a script which is the base and guidelines, and content, and almost a speech, and our advice, and everything we did all these five weeks (sorry, I’m just hyped). Since we work with the other team together, we needed to make sure they have a script as well which we will combine to a final script. That script will base all the video animations and speech and much more.

Also, we discussed the whole video making, both team agreed that we will make a stop motion drawing animation video, well it’s a bit hard to explain how the video animations will be based, but it will be awesome. We still have to combine some script and think through what kind of animations we will make and how they will tie together with each other. Since our groups had a meeting together we discussed that 4 (I’m one of them, but don’t tell anyone) people will work on video and its animations, we will meet together for a separate meeting outside school meetings.

That’s our plan so far on the video and the story board, of course some things will change, but this is the basis!

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Storyboarding 101 for dummies.

Let’s get right to the case! How do you plan storyboard? – Easy, you start with a script that is based on content plan which is based on all of your work that has been done previous weeks of your project community course and then you draw. Sounds simple and basic, but its not. From my own experience story boards are a bit of a pain in the seat.

So how did Split United plan a storyboard? Let’s start from the start. Previous week tech steward (Hey that’s me!) read the course guide till the end week and knew that this week we would have to make a story board. So the tech steward (me again!) wrote a small plan about what should be included in the script (content for the video). So when we started to get to the whole script writing for the video, we had a base to build it on, per se. Also we has this thing called Delf Design Guide which helped a bit.

delf design guideSo our teams lovely, Production Manager (today we are not naming people) created an awesome basis script for our video, which we made the story board from (so far we nailed everything), but we got a little bit confused on the story board so we drew it a bit wrong (just a bit). The storyline between the frames was a bit confusing, but that didn’t stop us. We improved our script and created a new story board. You can read all about our story board in the rest of our blog!(nobody just reads one blog post)

How is our work on our video. So far as, as I mentioned 5 times before (yes, I counted, end of discussion) we wrote a script which is the base and guidelines, and content, and almost a speech, and our advice, and everything we did all these five weeks (sorry, I’m just hyped). Since we work with the other team together, we needed to make sure they have a script as well which we will combine to a final script. That script will base all the video animations and speech and much more.

Also, we discussed the whole video making, both team agreed that we will make a stop motion drawing animation video, well it’s a bit hard to explain how the video animations will be based, but it will be awesome. We still have to combine some script and think through what kind of animations we will make and how they will tie together with each other. Since our groups had a meeting together we discussed that 4 (I’m one of them, but don’t tell anyone) people will work on video and its animations, we will meet together for a separate meeting outside school meetings.

That’s our plan so far on the video and the story board, of course some things will change, but this is the basis!

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A picture worth a week’s work:

Concluding week 5 got our ideas together. Definitely one of the most productive weeks in this module, which doesn’t make this task easier. We exposed two of our main ideas to Julie in our Skype meeting last Wednesday and received feedback to reflect on. This was great as we all know that jumping into conclusions isn’t the right way to go. After completing our successful Spidergram on Week 4 the Constru Casa’s priorities jumped out of the page and highlighted sectors they were missing, discovering things that we ignored in the past. You can imagine this was helpful in many ways since in the previous week our meeting was delayed, leaving us slightly hanging. Nevertheless, we followed Nancy’s and Allan’s advice, making assumptions which we could then present to our NGO as “possible scenarios” for improvement.

But let’s start from the beginning because I’ve started the other way round, my apologies.

Join me a second while we go back in time:

Weak Spots

Relationship Building: Standing in the worst rank in our Spidergram, with a number 0, we realized this was an important sector to tackle as a team. This doesn’t mean their already existing network isn’t good, but lacks the fundamental purpose of reestablishing relationships in the future. As an NGO they build and create new homes for families, they re-invent their way of living by not only providing them with an independent house, but by introducing them to a better quality of living in society. Constru Casa, in our humble opinion, needs to open-up to more communities, be more “friendly” to other networks that can provide more benefits than drawbacks.

We questioned how we could widen the audience Contru Casa was reaching, and more specifically the age category of their viewers. Easy peasy!

Think of friends you have made in the past, or people that have ever stand-out in the crowd because you particularly had something in common. Making connections with your audience is an essential click in order to be remembered. Without the click, you might as well last less than crumble in a fished memory. Don’t get us wrong, our goal isn’t to make Constru Casa a brand, it’s for it to make connections world wide and to beautify the incredible job they perform. In summary, we investigated other NGO’s across the globe with similar purposes, and from both Western countries and South American, selected the best out of the list and analysed the pro’s and con’s.

If you would like to know more in depth what The Split United was going through last week, please check our our Reflection #Week 5, by clicking the link.

Picture of the week (5)

This is how we came up with two viable solutions for Contru Casa. Introducing our NGO to the wonderful world of “Gaming for Good”.

Twitch ? , –         A live streaming video gaming platform, was something new to discover, something that they hadn’t done before, and a marvellous way of engaging with possible volunteer and funders. Would you like to know more? Please visit our insight on Twitch, it really is fascinating! Click here.

Nonetheless, that’s not all. The idea of changing Constru Casa’s website design was also exposed, providing the economical cost and benefits. Julie was interested in the actual insights of the website, the types of templates, (Template 1, Template 2, Template 3), etc.

Let’s see what Week 6 has to offer!

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A picture worth a week’s work:

Concluding week 5 got our ideas together. Definitely one of the most productive weeks in this module, which doesn’t make this task easier. We exposed two of our main ideas to Julie in our Skype meeting last Wednesday and received feedback to reflect on. This was great as we all know that jumping into conclusions isn’t the right way to go. After completing our successful Spidergram on Week 4 the Constru Casa’s priorities jumped out of the page and highlighted sectors they were missing, discovering things that we ignored in the past. You can imagine this was helpful in many ways since in the previous week our meeting was delayed, leaving us slightly hanging. Nevertheless, we followed Nancy’s and Allan’s advice, making assumptions which we could then present to our NGO as “possible scenarios” for improvement.

But let’s start from the beginning because I’ve started the other way round, my apologies.

Join me a second while we go back in time:

Weak Spots

Relationship Building: Standing in the worst rank in our Spidergram, with a number 0, we realized this was an important sector to tackle as a team. This doesn’t mean their already existing network isn’t good, but lacks the fundamental purpose of reestablishing relationships in the future. As an NGO they build and create new homes for families, they re-invent their way of living by not only providing them with an independent house, but by introducing them to a better quality of living in society. Constru Casa, in our humble opinion, needs to open-up to more communities, be more “friendly” to other networks that can provide more benefits than drawbacks.

We questioned how we could widen the audience Contru Casa was reaching, and more specifically the age category of their viewers. Easy peasy!

Think of friends you have made in the past, or people that have ever stand-out in the crowd because you particularly had something in common. Making connections with your audience is an essential click in order to be remembered. Without the click, you might as well last less than crumble in a fished memory. Don’t get us wrong, our goal isn’t to make Constru Casa a brand, it’s for it to make connections world wide and to beautify the incredible job they perform. In summary, we investigated other NGO’s across the globe with similar purposes, and from both Western countries and South American, selected the best out of the list and analysed the pro’s and con’s.

If you would like to know more in depth what The Split United was going through last week, please check our our Reflection #Week 5, by clicking the link.

Picture of the week (5)

This is how we came up with two viable solutions for Contru Casa. Introducing our NGO to the wonderful world of “Gaming for Good”.

Twitch ? , –         A live streaming video gaming platform, was something new to discover, something that they hadn’t done before, and a marvellous way of engaging with possible volunteer and funders. Would you like to know more? Please visit our insight on Twitch, it really is fascinating! Click here.

Nonetheless, that’s not all. The idea of changing Constru Casa’s website design was also exposed, providing the economical cost and benefits. Julie was interested in the actual insights of the website, the types of templates, (Template 1, Template 2, Template 3), etc.

Let’s see what Week 6 has to offer!

Brought to youuuuuuuuuuu by,

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websites, crowdfunding, and twitch, oh my! (our ideas for ConstruCasa)

WEEK FIVE

…have we already been at university for that long? This week we discussed our ‘final’ choices and decisions on how we want to help our NGO. After much consideration, the SplitUnited came to the conclusion that creating a crowdfunding profile, creating a twitch account and revamping the already informative ConstruCasa website are of main importance!

After making this decision, we decided that we should write a summary of what crowdfunding is, where the most donations go, and why it is important and successful!

So what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, which has exploded in the last decade has become a very popular form of realising solutions to problems through monetary contributions from a plethora of individuals via the internet. Instead of financing innovations through the traditional financial system ( loans from banks), crowdfunding is a form of alternative financing- allowing all individuals from any cultural, or socioeconomic background to present their ideas to the world of web-surfers. The crowdfunding model is powered by three actors: the innovator, the supporters and the platform which brings all three parties together and launches the product. 

Crowdfunding has reached a peek since its creation in 2006. In 2014 crowdfunding expanded by 167% ( raising $16.2 billion) and has nearly doubled again in 2015, raising an amazing amount of $34.4 billion. Interestingly enough, according to Statista, the most active and sponsored category within the crowdfunding world are social issues, contributing to 30% of all the fundings. Based on this information, which was quite a surprise to me and my group, we will utilise this source of funding and creating awareness.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.39.59 PM

The biggest advantage of crowdfunding is that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can support ANY project because they believe in the cause.

READY, SET, GO! THE STEPS IN CREATING A CROWDFUNDING PROFILE!

We found the YouCaring crowdfunding platform (www.youcaring.com) most useful and suitable for our NGO. It was founded in 2011, initially to help students to fundraise money to pay for their tuitions, but through the following 4 years it evolved and raised $ 281 million for individuals, communities and non-profits. It stands out from other competitive platforms because it’s free of charge. The only fee is the 2,9% and $0,30 per transaction taken by the donation processor.

Furthermore, creating a fundraiser is really easy – with just a few steps you can start fundraising: first you need to register at youcaring.com platform. You have the quick and easy option to create a profile by signing up to Facebook or by entering you name, email, and password.

After creating a profile…its simple; all you have to do is write an honest and heart warming story, upload interesting photos and wait for donators! :)

What makes a good website….

Website development and our ideas
After comparing HerFarmsNepal with the ConstruCasa website, we started to analyse how we can improve their website. The problem with the most non-profit websites is that they look unprofessional and hence shoo away their visitors. Our idea is to improve the total income of donations by creating a welcoming, user-friendly website.

We want to implement new sections within the website, a blog post, linking the social media to the website and so on. The ConstruCasa.org website is missing the footer section of what makes a successful website as well. In the footer section, there can be another column that can use with the latest stories and updates towards the help of the new visitors.

Why we want to do this

One of the most important platforms for any NGO is its website. If you want to be successful, you need a modern website. Over the last few weeks we have become acquainted with with WordPress, a multifunctional platform with endless possibilities. Every website built on WordPress platform is user friendly ( an important success factor!) There are five aspects of a user-friendly website: learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, and satisfaction. By understanding these aspects, we can define what the term user-friendly means in terms of web design.

 

Learnability
This is how easily people can find your website. Can they find what they want easily? Can they understand the structure and the design? If someone can’t find what they were looking for they are more inclined to leave than to continue looking. The aesthetic, and modernity of a website is also of great importance as it suggests to the user that the given company has invested time, energy, and monetary value into it. You know the saying, ‘First impressions are everything’- well that is exactly how it works in the online world. In our modern age, websites are usually an individuals’ first expose and experience with a company. If a website is plain, ugly and outdated people will search for a website which presents the same information in a clean, tasteful way.

Efficiency

In addition to learning how your website works, visitors must be able to to do what they came to do quickly. Having a website that visitors can move through efficiently makes their experience much better. Long page loading times and too many pages on the path to your website’s goal can diminish the efficiency of your website. 

Memorability

If you have many return visitors to your website, memorability is very important. Maybe you are a printing company with a file upload system, maybe you have an important notifications portal on your website. Whatever your situation, you want people to be able to navigate and use your website quickly and easily each and every time. Avoid changing your website’s structure too often, don’t implement huge updates and changes to the system all at once if you don’t need to, and make sure you get feedback whenever you make a change.

Satisfaction

If your website is pleasant to use, your visitors will be satisfied. This means they are satisfied with your business, which is always a good thing. Make sure you are doing whatever you can to satisfy your users. By making your website focused on your visitors, your visitors will be much happier, giving you, in this case, more donations.

Every element is important in your website as stated earlier, but what makes it really memorable is the user friendly experience on the website. If someone’s aim is to donate money, they should be able to do it very fast, and as easily as possible.

Therefore, we believe ConstruCasa’s website needs a big mid-section button for donations. Maybe near the button, state the mission on a very basic argument, clean and modern. Let the visitors decide if they want to have a monthly subscription or just a one-time donation.

Keep all the visitors updated with your social media, with the help of a plugin installed on the new WordPress website. About the blogging part on the new website, our group was thinking that a blog post will be mandatory by each volunteer, to share their experience and post positive vibes about their time in Guatemala. Those things help a lot with the advertising and management of the new incoming possible donors.

Also the language barrier won’t be a problem, the easiest way to solve it is to install again, a plugin, that will copy your whole website, giving you the chance to edit everything in your own language. It is actually really simple.

WordPress templates that would work with ConstruCasa’s vision and mission:

Benevolence Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/benevolence/

Charitylife Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/charitylife/

Rise Template (you would really like this one):

http://wow-themes.com/demo/wp/rise/

Lots of love and happiness,

The SplitUnited

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Websites, crowdfunding, and twitch, oh my! (our ideas for ConstruCasa)

WEEK FIVE

…have we already been at university for that long? This week we discussed our ‘final’ choices and decisions on how we want to help our NGO. After much consideration, the SplitUnited came to the conclusion that creating a crowdfunding profile, creating a twitch account and revamping the already informative ConstruCasa website are of main importance!

After making this decision, we decided that we should write a summary of what crowdfunding is, where the most donations go, and why it is important and successful!

So what is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding, which has exploded in the last decade has become a very popular form of realising solutions to problems through monetary contributions from a plethora of individuals via the internet. Instead of financing innovations through the traditional financial system ( loans from banks), crowdfunding is a form of alternative financing- allowing all individuals from any cultural, or socioeconomic background to present their ideas to the world of web-surfers. The crowdfunding model is powered by three actors: the innovator, the supporters and the platform which brings all three parties together and launches the product. 

Crowdfunding has reached a peek since its creation in 2006. In 2014 crowdfunding expanded by 167% ( raising $16.2 billion) and has nearly doubled again in 2015, raising an amazing amount of $34.4 billion. Interestingly enough, according to Statista, the most active and sponsored category within the crowdfunding world are social issues, contributing to 30% of all the fundings. Based on this information, which was quite a surprise to me and my group, we will utilise this source of funding and creating awareness.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.39.59 PM

The biggest advantage of crowdfunding is that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can support ANY project because they believe in the cause.

READY, SET, GO! THE STEPS IN CREATING A CROWDFUNDING PROFILE!

We found the YouCaring crowdfunding platform (www.youcaring.com) most useful and suitable for our NGO. It was founded in 2011, initially to help students to fundraise money to pay for their tuitions, but through the following 4 years it evolved and raised $ 281 million for individuals, communities and non-profits. It stands out from other competitive platforms because it’s free of charge. The only fee is the 2,9% and $0,30 per transaction taken by the donation processor.

Furthermore, creating a fundraiser is really easy – with just a few steps you can start fundraising: first you need to register at youcaring.com platform. You have the quick and easy option to create a profile by signing up to Facebook or by entering you name, email, and password.

After creating a profile…its simple; all you have to do is write an honest and heart warming story, upload interesting photos and wait for donators! :)

What makes a good website….

Website development and our ideas
After comparing HerFarmsNepal with the ConstruCasa website, we started to analyse how we can improve their website. The problem with the most non-profit websites is that they look unprofessional and hence shoo away their visitors. Our idea is to improve the total income of donations by creating a welcoming, user-friendly website.

We want to implement new sections within the website, a blog post, linking the social media to the website and so on. The ConstruCasa.org website is missing the footer section of what makes a successful website as well. In the footer section, there can be another column that can use with the latest stories and updates towards the help of the new visitors.

Why we want to do this

One of the most important platforms for any NGO is its website. If you want to be successful, you need a modern website. Over the last few weeks we have become acquainted with with WordPress, a multifunctional platform with endless possibilities. Every website built on WordPress platform is user friendly ( an important success factor!) There are five aspects of a user-friendly website: learnability, efficiency, memorability, errors, and satisfaction. By understanding these aspects, we can define what the term user-friendly means in terms of web design.

 

Learnability
This is how easily people can find your website. Can they find what they want easily? Can they understand the structure and the design? If someone can’t find what they were looking for they are more inclined to leave than to continue looking. The aesthetic, and modernity of a website is also of great importance as it suggests to the user that the given company has invested time, energy, and monetary value into it. You know the saying, ‘First impressions are everything’- well that is exactly how it works in the online world. In our modern age, websites are usually an individuals’ first expose and experience with a company. If a website is plain, ugly and outdated people will search for a website which presents the same information in a clean, tasteful way.

Efficiency

In addition to learning how your website works, visitors must be able to to do what they came to do quickly. Having a website that visitors can move through efficiently makes their experience much better. Long page loading times and too many pages on the path to your website’s goal can diminish the efficiency of your website. 

Memorability

If you have many return visitors to your website, memorability is very important. Maybe you are a printing company with a file upload system, maybe you have an important notifications portal on your website. Whatever your situation, you want people to be able to navigate and use your website quickly and easily each and every time. Avoid changing your website’s structure too often, don’t implement huge updates and changes to the system all at once if you don’t need to, and make sure you get feedback whenever you make a change.

Satisfaction

If your website is pleasant to use, your visitors will be satisfied. This means they are satisfied with your business, which is always a good thing. Make sure you are doing whatever you can to satisfy your users. By making your website focused on your visitors, your visitors will be much happier, giving you, in this case, more donations.

Every element is important in your website as stated earlier, but what makes it really memorable is the user friendly experience on the website. If someone’s aim is to donate money, they should be able to do it very fast, and as easily as possible.

Therefore, we believe ConstruCasa’s website needs a big mid-section button for donations. Maybe near the button, state the mission on a very basic argument, clean and modern. Let the visitors decide if they want to have a monthly subscription or just a one-time donation.

Keep all the visitors updated with your social media, with the help of a plugin installed on the new WordPress website. About the blogging part on the new website, our group was thinking that a blog post will be mandatory by each volunteer, to share their experience and post positive vibes about their time in Guatemala. Those things help a lot with the advertising and management of the new incoming possible donors.

Also the language barrier won’t be a problem, the easiest way to solve it is to install again, a plugin, that will copy your whole website, giving you the chance to edit everything in your own language. It is actually really simple.

WordPress templates that would work with ConstruCasa’s vision and mission:

Benevolence Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/benevolence/

Charitylife Template:

http://themes.wplook.com/charitylife/

Rise Template (you would really like this one):

http://wow-themes.com/demo/wp/rise/

Lots of love and happiness,

The SplitUnited

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Researching for possible solutions for the construction.

The future lies within the hands of students. Pressure has been put on us from a young age by the educational system. Always encouraging us to thrive, innovate, create and learn. Therefore instead of looking at solutions published by companies or organisations for cheaper housing I decided to look at research papers in universities. Specifically in the architectural department. I was looking at research papers from the TU Delft architecture faculty and found a very interesting paper. This was written by a student name Kimberly Beimin. She travelled to Suriname, which is a country in south america and created a solution to their housing problems regarding costs, the climate (especially heat) and sustainability (natural disasters). Scriptie-Affordable_housing_for_the_lower_income_group-Kimberley_Beimin_4102037_ (1)

Her research targets the low income groups, which is exactly what we as a team are looking at right now. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this research paper and may it be inspirational!

P.s. heres a link to show a comparison of Guatemala and Suriname

http://www.aneki.com/comparison.php?country_1=Suriname&country_2=Guatemala

It even shows their corruption index! From the website you can see that there is not a great difference between the two countries. Guatemala however is running a little behind.

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The SWEETSPOT continued…

Since week 1 we have discussed and analysed Dave Pollard’s ‘sweetspots’ theory from multiple angles. We were first introduced to his theory in Personal Branding,which I thought was very interesting and helpful in understanding what our expertises, passions, and aspirations were. These exercises gave us a deeper understanding of our personal and potential professional-self.

We utilized this knowledge gained and transferred our new understanding of ourselves to our Community Project. Now that all members knew their passions, gifts and purpose, better known as their sweetspot, we knew which individual was most suited and more importantly passionate about what subject. For instance, I am passionate about psychology and up-cycling projects, and that is exactly what I researched on our Wednesday meeting. I found a very interesting Stanford study about the psychology of philanthropy titled ‘How to increase charitable donations, appeal to the heart, not the head’. It states that there is a positive flux in philantrophic behaviour when an organisation presents an ‘identifiable victim’. Along with other useful tidbits, this  information could change the donation flow of ConstruCasa. Furthermore, I also found extremely interesting articles, step-by-step instructions and videos about plastic bottle housing in Nigeria, Honduras and Guatamala!

On the complete other side of the ‘sweetspot’ spectrum, Thomas spent his time sprawling questions on an A4 piece of paper- creating an interview for our Wednesday Skype-date with a ConstruCasa construction man. When analysing Tom’s purposes, gifts and passions he was perfectly adept for this job as communication is not only one of his gifts but also one of his passions.

Learning about our sweetspots has helped us tune our already well-organised, passionate and loving team! I don’t think our team sweetspot could be anymore ideal for our NGO: we are all design entrepreneurs who enjoy crafting to improve the world we live in. Understanding our communal sweetspot has helped faciliate and aid the general productivity, interpersonal relationships and individual passions of our group.

Thats it for this week!

Lots of love,

The Mighty Treehugger

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