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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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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

Story-boarding and Final Presentation(Video Planning)

Hi,

Today I am going to describe the definition of storyboarding and some tips and tricks to make it more attractive, also give you some information about video creating/editing tools which could help you to create your own video much easier and better!

Story-boarding:

A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence(template).

We as a group have decided to visualize our role in the IWF NGO, We have chosen Storyboarding Method as it is one of the most explicit ways of it!

As we are three groups working on the same issue (Water Problem),We divided tasks so Our group (The Collaborators) worked on a part of the whole story-board. Our task was to visualize a solution for Water Problem.So we tried to expose to this matter rationally and the Outcome satisfied me. In my opinion not necessarily all Ideas work, but doing something is better than just staying and nagging about problems!

Here you can find some useful info to make your own Storyboard:

Final Presentation(Video planning)

As we are going to make a video for our final presentation we should be pretty much organized and follow the right path to make an efficient one. But how we are going to do it? let me explain:

First of all, I asked Alan to give me some instructions about how to make a video(Technically) and what should be content.(Here you can watch our hangout video). So the next step was finding a best program for it, Here are my recommendations:

Actually we are not started to make the video yet, as we (Whole three group) are all working on the content nowadays, But hopefully within couple of weeks you can see it on our blog as well as project community website.

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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

Teamwork, learning and other tales…

The mother of all lessons
Looking back our crash against a wall in terms of structuring our work in week 4 has been the biggest lesson during this project. This was a lesson we learned as a whole NGO group, not just the individual teams. Being too focus driven lead us to jump to conclusions. The confusiasm made us panic and we tried to combat it with coming up with results fast.

We all thought confusiasm was a pretty funny term for just being confused but I think as a team we have finally grasped the logic behind it and furthermore how to embrace it. Taking it slow and not looking at the final outcome but the steps leading to it proved to be an approach that will even help us in other projects (if not even most) in the future.

giphy (2)

We came close to making the same mistake again when creating the script for the video. We had the final video in mind and not what was required to complete it. This time however we took a step back and came together to discuss the outcomes and what needed to be done. Structuring our work helped a lot and we avoided being stung by the same bee twice.

Inspire me

The team blogs within our NGO were of most help to gain further insight into what has been discussed in our team meetings and what Francois had given us to chew on. It was a great source of learning and ensuring we were all on the same wavelength. Reading how another team had perceived the learning of the week gave us new perspectives and encouraged active conversations in our team meetings.

Our NGO had an amazing amount of input for us that required all of the teams to receive the same message. Reading through others blogs again helped us with that.

Bringing all the good things together

Screenshot at Oct 06 20-44-34All teams working on our NGO collaborated from the get go to create a structured and unified solution. We started by brainstorming within the teams. The ideas were brought together in front of the big audience to refine and decide what will be done. This way we kept changing between working in teams of 5 and with the entire group. From the proposal we distributed tasks to the teams to contribute to the final solution. This led to a solution that has many creative inputs and unifies the vision of 15 people in one product.

Our group working structure

giphy (1)

The final presentation again has been split up into three parts (see below) that then got assigned to the teams. This way we agreed on a format and content together while having creative individual input.

  1. Problem – Batco
  2. Existing Initiative – 5Kings
  3. Proposal – Collaborators

Each team works on a script as well as a storyboard which will be merged to form a complete presentation. We understood that teams need to work together closely to ensure the transitions are logical and work. Once the final project has been agreed on, it will then go into production.

Another benefit of this approach is that we do not have to coordinate what goes where and have ideas competing with each other within the team.

This week, team work has been more important than ever before. We needed to communicate on a regular basis to ensure all the puzzle pieces fit together. Finding the right way to split the workload and setting strict deadlines was crucial to achieve the objective of bringing our storyboards together.

Reaching out

We are also looking into more ways to collaborate with the Interhague team to see if our NGOs can benefit from each others work. We will have another Google Hangout brainstorm session next week to explore what might be possible. This will not fundamentally change our proposal to our NGO but we believe everyone can benefit from being open towards new connections and fresh ideas. Stay tuned for some exciting development in cross NGO work!

Let us know how you approached working on a common video as a group, did you also split the workload of a unified idea? What do you think of our approach? We are looking forward to your comments!

The Collaborators

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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

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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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

Story-boarding and Final Presentation(Video Planning)

Hi,

Today I am going to describe the definition of storyboarding and some tips and tricks to make it more attractive, also give you some information about video creating/editing tools which could help you to create your own video much easier and better!

Story-boarding:

A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence(template).

We as a group have decided to visualize our role in the IWF NGO, We have chosen Storyboarding Method as it is one of the most explicit ways of it!

As we are three groups working on the same issue (Water Problem),We divided tasks so Our group (The Collaborators) worked on a part of the whole story-board. Our task was to visualize a solution for Water Problem.So we tried to expose to this matter rationally and the Outcome satisfied me. In my opinion not necessarily all Ideas work, but doing something is better than just staying and nagging about problems!

Here you can find some useful info to make your own Storyboard:

Final Presentation(Video planning)

As we are going to make a video for our final presentation we should be pretty much organized and follow the right path to make an efficient one. But how we are going to do it? let me explain:

First of all, I asked Alan to give me some instructions about how to make a video(Technically) and what should be content.(Here you can watch our hangout video). So the next step was finding a best program for it, Here are my recommendations:

Actually we are not started to make the video yet, as we (Whole three group) are all working on the content nowadays, But hopefully within couple of weeks you can see it on our blog as well as project community website.

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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

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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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: watotomages

Teamwork, learning and other tales…

The mother of all lessons
Looking back our crash against a wall in terms of structuring our work in week 4 has been the biggest lesson during this project. This was a lesson we learned as a whole NGO group, not just the individual teams. Being too focus driven lead us to jump to conclusions. The confusiasm made us panic and we tried to combat it with coming up with results fast.

We all thought confusiasm was a pretty funny term for just being confused but I think as a team we have finally grasped the logic behind it and furthermore how to embrace it. Taking it slow and not looking at the final outcome but the steps leading to it proved to be an approach that will even help us in other projects (if not even most) in the future.

giphy (2)

We came close to making the same mistake again when creating the script for the video. We had the final video in mind and not what was required to complete it. This time however we took a step back and came together to discuss the outcomes and what needed to be done. Structuring our work helped a lot and we avoided being stung by the same bee twice.

Inspire me

The team blogs within our NGO were of most help to gain further insight into what has been discussed in our team meetings and what Francois had given us to chew on. It was a great source of learning and ensuring we were all on the same wavelength. Reading how another team had perceived the learning of the week gave us new perspectives and encouraged active conversations in our team meetings.

Our NGO had an amazing amount of input for us that required all of the teams to receive the same message. Reading through others blogs again helped us with that.

Bringing all the good things together

Screenshot at Oct 06 20-44-34All teams working on our NGO collaborated from the get go to create a structured and unified solution. We started by brainstorming within the teams. The ideas were brought together in front of the big audience to refine and decide what will be done. This way we kept changing between working in teams of 5 and with the entire group. From the proposal we distributed tasks to the teams to contribute to the final solution. This led to a solution that has many creative inputs and unifies the vision of 15 people in one product.

Our group working structure

giphy (1)

The final presentation again has been split up into three parts (see below) that then got assigned to the teams. This way we agreed on a format and content together while having creative individual input.

  1. Problem – Batco
  2. Existing Initiative – 5Kings
  3. Proposal – Collaborators

Each team works on a script as well as a storyboard which will be merged to form a complete presentation. We understood that teams need to work together closely to ensure the transitions are logical and work. Once the final project has been agreed on, it will then go into production.

Another benefit of this approach is that we do not have to coordinate what goes where and have ideas competing with each other within the team.

This week, team work has been more important than ever before. We needed to communicate on a regular basis to ensure all the puzzle pieces fit together. Finding the right way to split the workload and setting strict deadlines was crucial to achieve the objective of bringing our storyboards together.

Reaching out

We are also looking into more ways to collaborate with the Interhague team to see if our NGOs can benefit from each others work. We will have another Google Hangout brainstorm session next week to explore what might be possible. This will not fundamentally change our proposal to our NGO but we believe everyone can benefit from being open towards new connections and fresh ideas. Stay tuned for some exciting development in cross NGO work!

Let us know how you approached working on a common video as a group, did you also split the workload of a unified idea? What do you think of our approach? We are looking forward to your comments!

The Collaborators

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Posted in Blogs, IDE Collaborators, International Water Foundation, NGO Groups, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

6 weeks of hard work

Another big task for this week is reflecting on all the learnings for so far. Because everyone experienced these weeks differently I asked the following questions to everyone in the InterHague team:

  • What did you learn the most from all of the past weeks reflections?
  • Which team blog has had the most impact or has been the most useful to you?

Esmée:

I learned a lot about communication, in the beginning I thought I wouldn’t be that good in team work, but after all the (preparations of the) reflections I saw that we all worked together so well! In the beginning we all had some trouble but we came back on track and improved the result of our work so much! I’m proud of our team and proud of the process of changing confusiasm into enthusiasm! The team blog that had the most impact on me was the one of IDE Collaborators. We also had a hangout with them because they could really help us with advices based on organizing a NGO better. They used google a lot and gave us some insights in those tools. As a tech steward that is very interesting. It will bring people together at the right places and right times. Everything will go a lot smoother so time can be used better and nothing goes to waste.

Alisa:

It’s been one month into our project, but it feels like it’s been ages! (In a good way though) This project has been a rollercoaster in terms of defining challenges for our NGO and at the same time dealing with the challenges within our group. I am Client Service of my team, and throughout these weeks my main focus was to establish good communication between the NGO and our team. For myself I discovered several aspects of teamwork which previously I wouldn’t even take into consideration. One important revelation that I will definitely bring into my future work – it is important to establish strong relationship with your client not only on behalf of your group, but make sure that your group feels the connection with the client. In terms of our blog – I’ve mostly learned not from our reflections, but from the process of preparing our reflections. It was usually group work – we’ve always discussed key points together, and I think that allowed all of us stay on a similar track and define the important tasks within a group. In short, I think that reflection posts served more as checkpoints for our team and kept our work more or less correlated with the project manual. I think that week we posted infographic on Stahili Foundation needs was the one when we came up with strategy and direction of our team work.

Other blogs – for me, the most relevant and inspirational one was IDE Collaborators blog. I’ve been following their blog from the start. In our first two weeks into our projects I read all blog posts of all teams, and they were the ones I found to be the most serious and enthusiastic about the project. Also, what caught my eye was the language they used (pretty formal and elaborate, but with a pitch of humor), and their visual representation – they use a lot of informative pictures or gifs in their posts, so before you start reading the post, you already have an idea what it’s about. Other thing that I really like about their blog – they are not afraid to write long posts, explaining their progress and why they do things the way they do. For me, I see that I can start reading their blog from any week and get the idea of what their project is about and where they are at a given point (in terms of group work AND their progress with their NGO).

Anton:

Each reflection post is a great idea to summarise our approaches and struggles we had during all past weeks. I liked and really appreciate the thing that my team really helped me a lot to prepare my own reflection post. It was really easier to reflect everything using our infographics (thanks to Manda) that showed clearly what was going on whole week. And analysing our reflections I am really happy that each week we had less struggles inside our team and group and more certain steps. Personally for me it was nice to compare also Watotomages blog to see their approaches so far. And as a good example of good blog I would mention “The ducks” and “IDE Collaborators”

Edvinas:

Since I had a lot of problems with my health I couldn’t participate in our project as i wanted and reading the reflections in the blogs  was the biggest help for me from my teammates and other teams because i could follow everything based on our NGO and NGO’s that other teams are cooperating with. So basically after a long weeks of being ill, I stood back on my legs and with a help of my team and tutor I got from confusiastic to ethusiastic. I really appreciate the fact that my team didn’t turn off and were full of ideas how should i get back and join the Project. So right now I’m doing my best to solve this big puzzle and will do everything to make the final video look great! And about the blog, since the first day, I really liked the “ IDE Collaborators” writing style, with a clearly and correctly written blogs, they still got a daring to add some humor into it. And i loved it.

Manda:

When thinking about what I learned so far, the first thing coming to my mind is – blogging. I already knew there were “these blogs” on the internet and I even know some (really successful) bloggers personally as well, but nevertheless it was a revelation to me, what it is really all about. As part of Project Community I understand the entire function of a blog and how it works. I dealt with all the details like the writing style, the content, the structure and visualization. And I have to admit that it’s really amazing to me – I even think about writing a personal blog (and all my friends and former work mates want me to do this ;)). The second thing is not really a learning but a pleasant experience. As described in our blog we worked very well on giving feedback and reflect on our work and on ourselves. I was used to work together with people to whom giving feedback and reflection was normal, in my Scout Organization as well as at IKEA it was a daily faire. Hence I was surprised in a positive way that it worked so well with a group of five people from five different countries, knowing each other hardly two weeks at the beginning. I think this matter contributes a lot to our team work and especially to our very fast developing team spirit.  Having a look at other teams and their blogs, there are two teams which are outstanding to me: IDE Collaborators and Split United. Both teams convinced me through their enthusiasm and their energy, it seems that you can really feel it through their blogs. I enjoy reading them because the posts are well structured but more important they are visually attractive. I like that they work with useful graphics (for example the post about “Twitch” from Split United) and that the main points are really outstanding, so you get the most important facts very easy and fast (for example “We want to rally […]” from IDE Collaborators). In my opinion the latter is the most important considering the flood of information from all the blogs 😉

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Posted in Blogs, InterHague, NGO Groups, Stahili Foundation, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: InterHague

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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Posted in Blogs, Mages, NGO Groups, Stahili Foundation, Students, Teams
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: watotomages

6 weeks of hard work

Another big task for this week is reflecting on all the learnings for so far. Because everyone experienced these weeks differently I asked the following questions to everyone in the InterHague team:

  • What did you learn the most from all of the past weeks reflections?
  • Which team blog has had the most impact or has been the most useful to you?

Esmée:

I learned a lot about communication, in the beginning I thought I wouldn’t be that good in team work, but after all the (preparations of the) reflections I saw that we all worked together so well! In the beginning we all had some trouble but we came back on track and improved the result of our work so much! I’m proud of our team and proud of the process of changing confusiasm into enthusiasm! The team blog that had the most impact on me was the one of IDE Collaborators. We also had a hangout with them because they could really help us with advices based on organizing a NGO better. They used google a lot and gave us some insights in those tools. As a tech steward that is very interesting. It will bring people together at the right places and right times. Everything will go a lot smoother so time can be used better and nothing goes to waste.

Alisa:

It’s been one month into our project, but it feels like it’s been ages! (In a good way though) This project has been a rollercoaster in terms of defining challenges for our NGO and at the same time dealing with the challenges within our group. I am Client Service of my team, and throughout these weeks my main focus was to establish good communication between the NGO and our team. For myself I discovered several aspects of teamwork which previously I wouldn’t even take into consideration. One important revelation that I will definitely bring into my future work – it is important to establish strong relationship with your client not only on behalf of your group, but make sure that your group feels the connection with the client. In terms of our blog – I’ve mostly learned not from our reflections, but from the process of preparing our reflections. It was usually group work – we’ve always discussed key points together, and I think that allowed all of us stay on a similar track and define the important tasks within a group. In short, I think that reflection posts served more as checkpoints for our team and kept our work more or less correlated with the project manual. I think that week we posted infographic on Stahili Foundation needs was the one when we came up with strategy and direction of our team work.

Other blogs – for me, the most relevant and inspirational one was IDE Collaborators blog. I’ve been following their blog from the start. In our first two weeks into our projects I read all blog posts of all teams, and they were the ones I found to be the most serious and enthusiastic about the project. Also, what caught my eye was the language they used (pretty formal and elaborate, but with a pitch of humor), and their visual representation – they use a lot of informative pictures or gifs in their posts, so before you start reading the post, you already have an idea what it’s about. Other thing that I really like about their blog – they are not afraid to write long posts, explaining their progress and why they do things the way they do. For me, I see that I can start reading their blog from any week and get the idea of what their project is about and where they are at a given point (in terms of group work AND their progress with their NGO).

Anton:

Each reflection post is a great idea to summarise our approaches and struggles we had during all past weeks. I liked and really appreciate the thing that my team really helped me a lot to prepare my own reflection post. It was really easier to reflect everything using our infographics (thanks to Manda) that showed clearly what was going on whole week. And analysing our reflections I am really happy that each week we had less struggles inside our team and group and more certain steps. Personally for me it was nice to compare also Watotomages blog to see their approaches so far. And as a good example of good blog I would mention “The ducks” and “IDE Collaborators”

Edvinas:

Since I had a lot of problems with my health I couldn’t participate in our project as i wanted and reading the reflections in the blogs  was the biggest help for me from my teammates and other teams because i could follow everything based on our NGO and NGO’s that other teams are cooperating with. So basically after a long weeks of being ill, I stood back on my legs and with a help of my team and tutor I got from confusiastic to ethusiastic. I really appreciate the fact that my team didn’t turn off and were full of ideas how should i get back and join the Project. So right now I’m doing my best to solve this big puzzle and will do everything to make the final video look great! And about the blog, since the first day, I really liked the “ IDE Collaborators” writing style, with a clearly and correctly written blogs, they still got a daring to add some humor into it. And i loved it.

Manda:

When thinking about what I learned so far, the first thing coming to my mind is – blogging. I already knew there were “these blogs” on the internet and I even know some (really successful) bloggers personally as well, but nevertheless it was a revelation to me, what it is really all about. As part of Project Community I understand the entire function of a blog and how it works. I dealt with all the details like the writing style, the content, the structure and visualization. And I have to admit that it’s really amazing to me – I even think about writing a personal blog (and all my friends and former work mates want me to do this ;)). The second thing is not really a learning but a pleasant experience. As described in our blog we worked very well on giving feedback and reflect on our work and on ourselves. I was used to work together with people to whom giving feedback and reflection was normal, in my Scout Organization as well as at IKEA it was a daily faire. Hence I was surprised in a positive way that it worked so well with a group of five people from five different countries, knowing each other hardly two weeks at the beginning. I think this matter contributes a lot to our team work and especially to our very fast developing team spirit.  Having a look at other teams and their blogs, there are two teams which are outstanding to me: IDE Collaborators and Split United. Both teams convinced me through their enthusiasm and their energy, it seems that you can really feel it through their blogs. I enjoy reading them because the posts are well structured but more important they are visually attractive. I like that they work with useful graphics (for example the post about “Twitch” from Split United) and that the main points are really outstanding, so you get the most important facts very easy and fast (for example “We want to rally […]” from IDE Collaborators). In my opinion the latter is the most important considering the flood of information from all the blogs 😉

giphy

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Team Blogs
  1. 5 Kings 5kingsblog.wordpress.com
  2. BATCO batcoiwf.wordpress.com
  3. Blue Mood lijinghz2014.wordpress.com
  4. IDE Collaborators idecollaborators.wordpress.com
  5. IDE RESEARCHERS ideresearchers.wordpress.com
  6. InterHague interhague.wordpress.com
  7. ROBOBLOG blogwithswag.wordpress.com
  8. The Ducks projcomtheducks.wordpress.com
  9. Tiny Houses Found In Transition foundintransitionblog.wordpress.com
  10. Tiny Innovators tinyinnovators.wordpress.com
  11. watotomages watotomages.wordpress.com

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