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Hangout with Alan

So here’s our final hangout within this module and it was super helpful. We were mainly talking about the final video, of course. There are some challenges our team faced while making a video draft. Alan shared some really simple way to solve it. This hangout also gave us some new ideas and inspiration for the video. I do wish other teams find useful tips in this video ✌

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Last week – Almost done!

Guess what? This is the last week before the exam! Nervous, excited? Of course we are!

As far as you know until now, we tried to have an agreement with the other group about the final video. In order to combine both ideas (animation and story) we came up with the idea of making an animate story!

Furthermore, our big desire is to have a final video which would look professional, graceful and diffluent. The main point is to keep the same style through the whole video and trying to combine the ideas as one.

We have researched about what kind of software should we use for the animation and we have considered that the one which is filling all the requirements that we need is GoAnimate (http://goanimate.com/).

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for making animated business videos. It allows users to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voice-over narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoAnimate)

In order to use that we propose to the other groupmates to pay €6/person to buy the software. One of the advantages is that everyone can change slides from his/her place and you can create your own characters/props/backgrounds.

We already started to combine the scripts and we all agreed to have a main character who will be speaking over all the slides. The main character will present everything as a 3rd person and it will point in the video to the main things that we consider important to emphasize.

UPDATE: we are making everything as a hand-drawn animation!!100dcdc73ed24424cf81ca17f4c5513a

source: http://www.pinterest.com

Our main goal is to finish the video until the weekend (Halloween is coming! Hihi, joking, we just want to get as much feedback as we can, and to get the chance to change anything if it’s wrong or misunderstood) and post a preview as soon as possible. In addition, after the disscusion with our NGO, Shorty, we agreed to show her first the final video after it is posted on youtube.

Stay tuned and feel free to comment to our weekly post!

Tiny Innovators

PS: I attached some pictures from Monday class to see how it’s going to look like!

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Last week – Almost done!

Guess what? This is the last week before the exam! Nervous, excited? Of course we are!

As far as you know until now, we tried to have an agreement with the other group about the final video. In order to combine both ideas (animation and story) we came up with the idea of making an animate story!

Furthermore, our big desire is to have a final video which would look professional, graceful and diffluent. The main point is to keep the same style through the whole video and trying to combine the ideas as one.

We have researched about what kind of software should we use for the animation and we have considered that the one which is filling all the requirements that we need is GoAnimate (http://goanimate.com/).

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for making animated business videos. It allows users to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voice-over narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoAnimate)

In order to use that we propose to the other groupmates to pay €6/person to buy the software. One of the advantages is that everyone can change slides from his/her place and you can create your own characters/props/backgrounds.

We already started to combine the scripts and we all agreed to have a main character who will be speaking over all the slides. The main character will present everything as a 3rd person and it will point in the video to the main things that we consider important to emphasize.

UPDATE: we are making everything as a hand-drawn animation!!100dcdc73ed24424cf81ca17f4c5513a

source: http://www.pinterest.com

Our main goal is to finish the video until the weekend (Halloween is coming! Hihi, joking, we just want to get as much feedback as we can, and to get the chance to change anything if it’s wrong or misunderstood) and post a preview as soon as possible. In addition, after the disscusion with our NGO, Shorty, we agreed to show her first the final video after it is posted on youtube.

Stay tuned and feel free to comment to our weekly post!

Tiny Innovators

PS: I attached some pictures from Monday class to see how it’s going to look like!

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Interesting things about tiny houses :)

A new vision about how tiny houses would look in the future!

We also did some further research to develop the presentation and we found some useful information. You can find below more information about how can a Tiny House become more sustainable:

  1. Renewable Power Generation:
  • Locate solar and wind on lower portion of pasture; siting is critical
  • Consider phasing the installation to reduce initial costs
  • Study site-specific shading devices and plantings
  • Monitor wind patterns with anemometer to determine site possibilities for power generation
  • Consider the production of power as a revenue source
  • Net metering option:
  1. one meter for all homes could be advantageous
  2. submeter each home to track usage and help homeowners conserve
  3. provide financial incentives for using less power
  • Encourage conservation by specifying efficient appliances and lighting
  • Incorporate daylighting and natural ventilation in homes
  1. Ambient Heating:
  • Passive solar as primary source
  • Glazing: amount, location and type important
  • Shape of buildings should be rectangular and oriented correctly east to west
  • Incorporate shading to avoid overheating: overhangs, trees and/or vines
  • Ventilation; use natural convection with a study of prevailing winds
  • Heat storage and retention: use thermal mass and insulation
  • Secondary heat source options
  • Biodiesel
  • Wind and biomass (from forest windfall) to generate electricity for small demands
  • Consider district or centralized heating as secondary source, combined with hot water heating and solar water heating in slab heat coils
  • Solar air heating (TROMBE concept) for domestic heating, with boiler
  1. Water Heating:
  • Primary source: solar collectors (summers and some winters)
  • Supplementary source: biomass, district heating, and/or electricity
  1. Cooking:
  • Electric- high loads but possibly from renewable source generated on site
  • Propane- a possibility, but is not consistent with goal of zero net energy
  • Solar ovens- could be a supplementary source, especially if located in accessible space (on a nearby deck, shared)
  1. Other possible secondary heat sources:
  • Heat exchange system considerations include:
  • Type, air-to-air versus ground-tothermal combining with solar heating
  • Solar units – consider maintenance
  • Hydrogen fuel cells – storage for hydrogen is problem
  • Woodstoves – efficient burning reduces particulates and health risks
  • Micro-hydro power generation

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Interesting things about tiny houses :)

A new vision about how tiny houses would look in the future!

We also did some further research to develop the presentation and we found some useful information. You can find below more information about how can a Tiny House become more sustainable:

  1. Renewable Power Generation:
  • Locate solar and wind on lower portion of pasture; siting is critical
  • Consider phasing the installation to reduce initial costs
  • Study site-specific shading devices and plantings
  • Monitor wind patterns with anemometer to determine site possibilities for power generation
  • Consider the production of power as a revenue source
  • Net metering option:
  1. one meter for all homes could be advantageous
  2. submeter each home to track usage and help homeowners conserve
  3. provide financial incentives for using less power
  • Encourage conservation by specifying efficient appliances and lighting
  • Incorporate daylighting and natural ventilation in homes
  1. Ambient Heating:
  • Passive solar as primary source
  • Glazing: amount, location and type important
  • Shape of buildings should be rectangular and oriented correctly east to west
  • Incorporate shading to avoid overheating: overhangs, trees and/or vines
  • Ventilation; use natural convection with a study of prevailing winds
  • Heat storage and retention: use thermal mass and insulation
  • Secondary heat source options
  • Biodiesel
  • Wind and biomass (from forest windfall) to generate electricity for small demands
  • Consider district or centralized heating as secondary source, combined with hot water heating and solar water heating in slab heat coils
  • Solar air heating (TROMBE concept) for domestic heating, with boiler
  1. Water Heating:
  • Primary source: solar collectors (summers and some winters)
  • Supplementary source: biomass, district heating, and/or electricity
  1. Cooking:
  • Electric- high loads but possibly from renewable source generated on site
  • Propane- a possibility, but is not consistent with goal of zero net energy
  • Solar ovens- could be a supplementary source, especially if located in accessible space (on a nearby deck, shared)
  1. Other possible secondary heat sources:
  • Heat exchange system considerations include:
  • Type, air-to-air versus ground-tothermal combining with solar heating
  • Solar units – consider maintenance
  • Hydrogen fuel cells – storage for hydrogen is problem
  • Woodstoves – efficient burning reduces particulates and health risks
  • Micro-hydro power generation

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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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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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Inter inter inter group collaboration

The IDE collaborators posted an awesome reflection on how they work with google. We as InterHague group want to help our NGO with creating an organized an clear system. Our client service Alisa got in contact with Marcel from the IDE collaborators to ask them how they worked with google and they gave some nice tips and tricks.

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