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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.

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

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Success vs Failure

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

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

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

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

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

Illustration of our brainstorming week by Laura Stubraite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: IDE Collaborators

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

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

Illustration of our brainstorming week by Laura Stubraite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nancy with The Collaborators #2

Some technical problems, inability to connect and suddenly we are in the hang out with other group?  What a suprise!

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Nancy inspired us to start from different point – let’s start not from spreading the enthusiasm about water, but from connecting young people that already have it in themselves: surfers, swimmers, fishers. Group of people that is aware about water are the ones we need to contact. We hope  beginning with small communities will be a better input in our future work.

In the end both groups: we (The Collaborators) and The Ducks were contented with final results. All groups are experiencing different challenges (from inability to contact your NGO to our situation – the giant amount of feedback we get). We found comparing them very beneficial.

A little chaos that activated our minds was needed.

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Needs of the NGO

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Our NGO wants us, via social media, to get young people to recognize their enthusiasm about water and to support the IWF.

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Reflective post #2

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

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

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

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

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

Lessons learnt

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

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

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

Groups involved – their sizes and dynamics

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

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

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

Lessons learnt

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

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

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Reflection from Laura :)

We all live in the World where are a lot of people around us. We all are different from others, that is why sometimes we are arguing between ourselves and can’t make a decision, which fits for all of us.  In my opinion, we all must see not only ourselves, but also others.

“I want to spend less time talking about myself, and more time listening to what other people have to say about me.”

Jarod Kintz

These words are like golden and that’s why I think that communities and networks can support our team’s work. We all have to work as a team, because if we not, our achievements won’t be so big as that could be. One PERSON has much power, but TEAM have much much more than the power. Team members share their ideas, help each other and try to do the best they can, so that is a  really huge power, which is hidden in communication and networks.

I am a perfectionist- I  always try to achieve as much as I can. I am really motivated beecause I want to explore a new country and cultural variety and to do my studies in the English language which will provide an opportunity for personal development in many different ways too that will allow me  to become a designer, a thinker and a creator. I expect to be educated not only as a problem-solver, but also as an opportunity –seeker.

That’s why outcome is really important for me. While we will be working with our NGO I think we will succeed in our final video presentation and that would help many people who can’t access fresh water. Now, when we are sitting in our comfortable homes we are not thinking about it, but billion and a half people do not have that luxury, which we have. That luxury is WATER, it keeps us alive, gives a sense of freshness and provides many fun activities. We all use water and we are not saving it at all, because we know that if today I got water, it will be tomorrow too. What if it won’t be? . . . Maybe that was the last drop? . . .

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