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Week 6/ The Storyboard: Ready, set, go!

This weekend we got introduced to idea of a storyboard, which is based on a script we did. It explains all activities we do to suit the NGO’s needs and we will make a final product (video). You will find below the text for the final presentation matching our team’s storyboard (that you will also find it as a picture).

The Presentation

Intro:

The intro part explains the NGO problem, which is crowd founding and making the organization financially sustainable. We did brainstorm and came up to lots of ideas on how to make the organization financially sustainable, our NGO loved what we believed was our strongest idea, which is using tiny houses as a rental, movable offices. To give this project a kick-start we advise the organization to ask the government for a grant which will give them a possibility to prepare tiny houses and advertise themselves.

  • The NGO & NGO’s problems (short)Our NGO (TinyHouse Community) wants to reach financial sustainability. As well they would appreciate a community space/ house which can be used for bigger groups, since the space in a Tiny House is quite limited. As they are private people, they don’t want to and can’t invest too much money. We don´t believe it is necessary for our NGO to get a fund, but we think it would definitely be easy to realize the solution if they would get one.
  • Crowdfunding + Sourcing: We further researching into this though Micro Ventures which is an equity crowd funding website offering investment in the early stages of companies. Micro Venturesconnects accredited investors with start up companies and is the only major equity crowdfunding website that is broker dealer registered by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority.[1]
  • Final solution using all above: The Final solution we came up with is a mobile office service that provides rural working space. Our Idea was about creating ‘offices’ as part of the community which can be rented out by businesses or individuals as a unique working space presented in nature and a tiny house. There is already an existing business in the Netherlands which uses this concept very successfully. The caravan-style offices are made from vintage mobile homes and come equipped with WIFI, composting toilets, couches made from recycled jeans and solar-powered coffee machines.

Middle:

The NGO liked our final idea, so the next step is analyzing our final idea, as I’ve already mentioned it is using tiny houses as rental offices for anyone who may need them. This idea was originally invented by Dutch company Kantoor  Karavaan (http://www.kantoorkaravaan.nl/ ) they offer fully equipped offices which are completely movable. Basically this organization gives you a great opportunity to work in nature, which is what we liked about the idea. They have 3 offices available which are rented 2-3 times each a week, therefore they have a constant income, that’s why we found our final idea suitable for our NGO.

We believe that building a tiny office wouldn’t cost as much as a tiny house itself, however to give the organization the kick-start we would advise them to ask the government for a grant for this project. They can use websites like https://www.sharedesk.net/ or https://www.airbnb.com/ to promote their offers.

The thing we decided to do is to make an advertisement for tiny house offices to make it more known and to tell possible customers about the great opportunity which they offer.

  • NGO liked it – unique – reflect Tiny House movement + principles: Shorty liked the idea that the offices will reflect the principles of a Tiny House (freedom, connection with nature, simplicity) and the fact that this idea is unique and successful in Netherlands.
  • How much land does it need? Costs?
  • Grants:preferably from the Government: still an open opportunity: USDA Grand does not work, rather for poor communities
  • + the other groups idea – how to build the Tiny Houses cheaper 
  • The connection between the solution and the people: purpose: The customer would be companies of any/people searching for unique working spaces/people that like nature/people that like tiny houses 
  • Advertise through the internetà show websites: http://sharedesk.net/https://www.airbnb.com/

Final:

To sum up, we would like to say that the idea is unique, there are only a few companies that offer this possibility. Florida is famous for its nature that’s why we believe that there are a lot of customers who would prefer to combine working and staying in nature, therefore the organization will have a stable income.

  • Conclusions
  • Final word(about the team and project)

story

click here for a better quality of the image

Video production planning

Our video will be like a stop motion cartoon, explaining our idea about using tiny houses as rental offices. We use stop motion video because it is the easiest type of video to make and also it is the funniest animation technique. We will use Lego figures or just drawn pictures to show the action and recorded voice as an audio and also add some music/audio effects. Click on the link below to see an example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pyCTPQZUXc

Moreover, we described what do we think about success/failure and the impact of our advice:
  • How can we measure success or failure of our advice?

We get to know whether it is success or failure though the reactions of our NGO because our purpose is to find a solution for a certain problem, that meets the needs of our NGO. They get to decide whether they like the idea or if it’s possible. First of all we need to go through a lot of failure finding different solution to find the perfect one that’ll meet our NGO’s needs.

We get feedback, whether our effort was a failure or not. But I would rather say that even failure is a success, at least for us, due to the fact that we learn from our failures and take the knowledge we gained to move on and find better solutions. The final success will be pleasing the NGO’s needs and finally making them financially sustainable.

  • Where will be the most impact on our client?

The Impact on The NGO is preset because we have a certain problem to fix. We help them create financial sustainability for their community. Without financial sustainability there will be no community. So we have a huge impact and we need to be aware of that.

In conclusion, we think that we have shown great progress this week that we are very satisfied! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to write down your opinion in the “Leave a Reply” section. :)

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Week 6/ The Storyboard: Ready, set, go!

This weekend we got introduced to idea of a storyboard, which is based on a script we did. It explains all activities we do to suit the NGO’s needs and we will make a final product (video). You will find below the text for the final presentation matching our team’s storyboard (that you will also find it as a picture).

The Presentation

Intro:

The intro part explains the NGO problem, which is crowd founding and making the organization financially sustainable. We did brainstorm and came up to lots of ideas on how to make the organization financially sustainable, our NGO loved what we believed was our strongest idea, which is using tiny houses as a rental, movable offices. To give this project a kick-start we advise the organization to ask the government for a grant which will give them a possibility to prepare tiny houses and advertise themselves.

  • The NGO & NGO’s problems (short)Our NGO (TinyHouse Community) wants to reach financial sustainability. As well they would appreciate a community space/ house which can be used for bigger groups, since the space in a Tiny House is quite limited. As they are private people, they don’t want to and can’t invest too much money. We don´t believe it is necessary for our NGO to get a fund, but we think it would definitely be easy to realize the solution if they would get one.
  • Crowdfunding + Sourcing: We further researching into this though Micro Ventures which is an equity crowd funding website offering investment in the early stages of companies. Micro Venturesconnects accredited investors with start up companies and is the only major equity crowdfunding website that is broker dealer registered by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority.[1]
  • Final solution using all above: The Final solution we came up with is a mobile office service that provides rural working space. Our Idea was about creating ‘offices’ as part of the community which can be rented out by businesses or individuals as a unique working space presented in nature and a tiny house. There is already an existing business in the Netherlands which uses this concept very successfully. The caravan-style offices are made from vintage mobile homes and come equipped with WIFI, composting toilets, couches made from recycled jeans and solar-powered coffee machines.

Middle:

The NGO liked our final idea, so the next step is analyzing our final idea, as I’ve already mentioned it is using tiny houses as rental offices for anyone who may need them. This idea was originally invented by Dutch company Kantoor  Karavaan (http://www.kantoorkaravaan.nl/ ) they offer fully equipped offices which are completely movable. Basically this organization gives you a great opportunity to work in nature, which is what we liked about the idea. They have 3 offices available which are rented 2-3 times each a week, therefore they have a constant income, that’s why we found our final idea suitable for our NGO.

We believe that building a tiny office wouldn’t cost as much as a tiny house itself, however to give the organization the kick-start we would advise them to ask the government for a grant for this project. They can use websites like https://www.sharedesk.net/ or https://www.airbnb.com/ to promote their offers.

The thing we decided to do is to make an advertisement for tiny house offices to make it more known and to tell possible customers about the great opportunity which they offer.

  • NGO liked it – unique – reflect Tiny House movement + principles: Shorty liked the idea that the offices will reflect the principles of a Tiny House (freedom, connection with nature, simplicity) and the fact that this idea is unique and successful in Netherlands.
  • How much land does it need? Costs?
  • Grants:preferably from the Government: still an open opportunity: USDA Grand does not work, rather for poor communities
  • + the other groups idea – how to build the Tiny Houses cheaper 
  • The connection between the solution and the people: purpose: The customer would be companies of any/people searching for unique working spaces/people that like nature/people that like tiny houses 
  • Advertise through the internetà show websites: http://sharedesk.net/https://www.airbnb.com/

Final:

To sum up, we would like to say that the idea is unique, there are only a few companies that offer this possibility. Florida is famous for its nature that’s why we believe that there are a lot of customers who would prefer to combine working and staying in nature, therefore the organization will have a stable income.

  • Conclusions
  • Final word(about the team and project)

story

click here for a better quality of the image

Video production planning

Our video will be like a stop motion cartoon, explaining our idea about using tiny houses as rental offices. We use stop motion video because it is the easiest type of video to make and also it is the funniest animation technique. We will use Lego figures or just drawn pictures to show the action and recorded voice as an audio and also add some music/audio effects. Click on the link below to see an example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pyCTPQZUXc

Moreover, we described what do we think about success/failure and the impact of our advice:
  • How can we measure success or failure of our advice?

We get to know whether it is success or failure though the reactions of our NGO because our purpose is to find a solution for a certain problem, that meets the needs of our NGO. They get to decide whether they like the idea or if it’s possible. First of all we need to go through a lot of failure finding different solution to find the perfect one that’ll meet our NGO’s needs.

We get feedback, whether our effort was a failure or not. But I would rather say that even failure is a success, at least for us, due to the fact that we learn from our failures and take the knowledge we gained to move on and find better solutions. The final success will be pleasing the NGO’s needs and finally making them financially sustainable.

  • Where will be the most impact on our client?

The Impact on The NGO is preset because we have a certain problem to fix. We help them create financial sustainability for their community. Without financial sustainability there will be no community. So we have a huge impact and we need to be aware of that.

In conclusion, we think that we have shown great progress this week that we are very satisfied! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to write down your opinion in the “Leave a Reply” section. :)

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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,

splitunited

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Back! For a new adventure

Im so happy to be at University again! I mean, really, truly and honestly excitingly thrilled! Most people wouldn’t understand that. They would look at how I have been living the last year of my life and be jealous of my “then” rather than my “now”. The last year of my life could have been the definition or personification of free; I travelled to new, near and faraway places, indulged in a plethora of foods and other semi-sins, and basically used my time to do whatever I pleased. However, much to my personal dismay I have come to the harsh realization that you can have “too much free time” and that this isn’t healthy for people like me.

I desire, no, I require to be consistently and constantly bombarded with new waves of stimuli, so that I may experience and learn new things at a secondly-rate. This is what I need to be happy.

Coming to The Hague University and starting the Industrial Design Engineering (yes, thats right, I said engineering!) has provided me with such an environment which allows and enables opportunities for new adventure. Ultimately, coming here and interacting with a colorful spectrum of wonderfully diverse people, being introduced to new topics and subjects, and being taken under the guidance of new mentors for the course of my studies has been a truly satisfying experience (although it may not have done much to satiate my hunger for more, it has stilled it for now).

Coming from a much larger university where students were nothing but fireflies in the cosmos and were given numbers rather than names, I truly relish our small class sizes, the personal student-teacher interactions, and that empirical, hands-on aspect of IDE.

What I have learned from my two experiences at these completely dissimilar universities is that I enjoy, but also learn much better in a small, interactive community. It was an interesting but also funny coincidence, for as I was having this revelation will we learned about communities and their important function within design.

Our first, and now second week, focused on opening our eyes and learning to adopt different perspectives, both cultural and technical. For example, on our second day of introduction we were giving the assignment to disassemble a product and completely redesign it using elements of the previous product (we were the lucky group who was able to go at our item with a hammer. WHACK WHACK!). This was an example of our mentors giving us an opportunity to get creative and look at a product from a different perspective. In essence I feel that the exercises we did were like ‘brain stretches’, compelling us to see a community not just as a archetypical public collective but as a tool which we can utilize to bring change!

If someone would have asked me a year ago what design entails my immediate reaction would have been: ‘Design is creating (a physical) products which fufills a current market niche’. Social design was something I was unaware of until I watched this super interesting video which Laura posted last year (http://www.ted.com/talks/emily_pilloton_teaching_design_for_change?language=en). In this video a community of two individuals, Emily Pilloton and her husband help redesign Bertie County, a province in North Carolina and too this day one of America’s poorest areas. What they do is pivotal in showing that design is not just creating pretty products but also a way to re-think, re-plan, and re-design a community. This introduction to how multi-faceted design is has greatly helped me understand Project Community!

Now I think its time I discuss our amazing NGO, ConstruCasa- a non-profit organisation which aims to improve the lives of the poverty stricken Guatamalans by providing basic housing, education, healthcare and community development programs.

The organisation was an initiative of Caroline van Heerde ( yes you guess it, she’s dutch) who helped build some of the first houses along with the locals in 2004. Up until now they have build 700 new home, provided 426 water filters and created 80 community projects.

Yesterday, we had a extremely interesting skype-date with the general manager Julia Boileau of ConstruCasa, who gave us an overview of the NGOs hopes, aspirations and most importantly current situation. She told us that one of the major challenges for all NGOs is increasing their global outreach and generating increased awareness for their cause. As a team, the Split United will implement all available resources and capabilities and attribute these to helping ConstruCasa achieve these goals.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to help this ConstruCasaCutie!

ConstruCasaCutie

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