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Some Statistics About Our Time Together

I was taking a few screenshots from the WordPress statistics area to see how people have (or have not) used the site. Here are some images for us to consider… Click on the image to see a larger version. I think it is interesting that the grading list page far outnumbers the content pages. Are we focusing on our learning? 馃槈 Or on our grades?

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Meetingwords Notes from Nov 7th

Wednesday 7-11-2012
Group 8 – Horizon Geoffrey, Kiril, Giuliana, Miguel, Angelika, Justina
Nancy White, what would聽you聽like to learn from our Presentation?
  • Where does your presentation feel most “solid” and what part are you still wondering about?
  • Be clear about “what is the story you are trying to tell.” People hear and understand a coherent narrative (story) better than a pile of information! It engages them. I guess we have a pretty visual way of presenting our information.
We did a lot of work on the design process, and how our chosen platform can help them in this process. One thing thing we are still wondering about is how we can best share ideas. Mostly produc ideas are sceched out and we haven’t been able to find a platform which is suitable. Any suggestions. We did a lot of work on the design process, and how our chosen platform can help them in this process. One thing thing we are still wondering about is how we can best share ideas. Mostly produc ideas are sketched out and we haven’t been able to find a platform which is suitable. Any suggestions.
Have you considered a really simple solution like sharing images on Flickr?
We’re sitting here laughing at ourselves thinking why we did not come up with that ourselves.
That happens to me all the time. Sometimes the simple solution, right in front of us, is not so visible!聽 YEss exactly 馃榾
Group 5 “Customer Circle” Henrik, Deyan, Andrei, Nadezda, Johan, Ading :
There is alot of repetition throughout the b specially the chapter 12.???
Are you talking about “Digital Habitats?”
What point(s) do you think have been overemphasized?
I think there was not much new information in chapter 12.
Maybe it is just me not understanding the difference? (henrik)
Chapter 12 is trying to pull the threads from the earlier chapters and start to think about where the trends are heading into the future. ETienne, who wrote this chapter, is really a philosopher about learning. His hypothesis is that we have to learn “as a planet” in order not to self destruct, thus there is a lot of emphasis on learning. Does that make sense?
Yes that does.
It is just that 20pages of this makes it very complicated to follow and get the core idea about it. For me. It is a harder to read chapter. I totally agree. He uses language in a very specific way that takes a while to get into. But I also learn a lot from it if I take my time to absorb it. 馃槈
I guess it has something to do with the fact that different people share some ideas and repeating eachother comes easy. I’ll have to go back and reread it to see if I can better see your perspective on repetition. (Pullling out the book). Did you read the rest of the book?
I did not read it entirely. Read some chapters that I find more interesting or necessary to answer the questions.
Maybe I should have sent 11 as well, which sets the tech trends and 12 the more global, big picture trends. And 12 IS a summary of sorts. 馃槈
How much we should concentrate on the NGO, our group and product in our presentation?
You should give enough information so that the audience knows you understand the NGO, its context and the product in question. This establishes your credibility, right?
Our “customer community” idea applies to many different products so nor the product either the NGO plays a big part in our idea.
In that case, use a couple of examples to show the range of applicability.
What is the most important thing that we should present next week in our presentration? Regarding the customer communities, the NGO and our group. Ah, now that is an interesting question that I would want to hear from YOU about first. What do YOU think is most important? YOu are “driving” the project! Yes, that’s right, but we are asking this question, because we don’t want to miss the most important part.
For me, clarity on purpose, context and recommendation are essential. Giving evidence that supports your ideas and assumptions (or be clear when they are simply assumptions). Credit to sources of your ideas if they are not your own is also important. It shows you understand that ideas are not just of individuals, but in the NGO context, an important global public good.
Well, we are going to suprise you next week !聽 WONDERFUL! I’m really excited to see what each group has done. And to see how we weave all the ideas together.聽 The video should be 9,30 minutes or longer, right? Because we thought it should be only 8 and we are confused now.
NOT longer聽 Ok, so 9,30 minutes .
Thank you , Nancy ! See you soon !
You are welcome. And THANK YOU!!! I look forward to seeing your story. (I keep on emphasizing that story/narrative is a powerful way to present!)
Group 7: Malte Djordan Tsvetelina Frederieke Becky Laura
We see a trend in the Sandy support. On websites like indigogo, there are several causes that are trying to raise money in hurricane support. Do you think the future lies in these types of non-profit support reliefs (for short term solutions) or are they going to be used for long term product developments like the life straw or the glasses we are researching?
Do you think there needs to be a clear distinction in these type of fundraising projects on the funding websites?
I think these sites are an amazing resource. I wonder about fragmentation and competition. I can see things from both perspectives. What do you think? (And by the way, I donated supplies I bought on Amazon directly shipped to an Occupy set up location in Brooklyn.)
I don’t know exactly, the aspect of competition might inspire people to make better videos and better the information on the indigogo pages and such. So I think it might be effective. However I do find the thought of ngo’s competing for money kind of repulsive because they are supposed to thrive in non competitive areas. But I suppose people only donate so much of their money so there needs to be some form of competition always. What do you think Nancy?
Sorry, lost track for a second. Maybe we break the competition down. Independent efforts vs independent efforts becomes a question of compelling “sell” – the video, the message. So those that communicate well, win. Competition between a mass of crowdsourced ideas and established, large NGOs may present a different dynamic. I think they DO need to be challenged. A lot of waste and burocracy (I can never spell that word correctly!) So the competition may actually improve the sector, but it may also inadvertently leave out some vulnerable/underserved people. Does that make sense? (It isn’t simple!)
It does make sense. It is a shame though that crowdsourcing then would be less accessable for the masses but I suppose it does need a little bit of filtering because like we see in the netherlands *we can’t see the forrest anymore because there are too many trees*.
By showing both sides of the question, you help the NGO see that there are implications in their choices. If you DON’T bring this up, then we are missing an important thing.
I’m not sure I’m following you…
There are pros and cons to these things. Thinking about them critically is important. No “techno-utopianist” Does that make more sense? What are the plusses and risks.
Yes thanks that makes sense
Group 3 – Juste, Anita, Evelina, Busra, Felix, Wu Zhen
What trends would you advise Unicef to pay attention to as they look into their own futures (concerning the theme/trends ‘technologies’ for example ?)
Hm, I’d be curious to know YOUR answer and then add mine. Is that cheating? 馃槈
We have made a table already concerning “Technologies” and ‘Country-based’, let me check if I can copy paste…
FYI, I’m not sure I’m reading this right since it is out of the table format!
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Development of platforms online for;聽聽 collaboration, communication (give a few examples?)
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New gadgets/devices for communication (does this refer to things like mobile devices? I think this is a CRITICAL area, because many people will NEVER have computers)
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New apps (you might want to numerate some relevant examples. For example there are some amazing public health apps, some around water, etc. )
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Enthusiastic people (is this under technologies)
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Projects online/offline (be sure you explain why both may be important. Sometimes people think of only one)
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Online advertisement (just from a language perspective, NGOs rarely talk about advertisement. They talk about public awareness, social marketing, etc. The implication here is they rarely PAY for ads. Ads imply payment. FYI.
聽 路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Volunteers (how is this different from enthusiastic people)
聽聽聽 Country Based
聽聽聽 路聽聽聽聽聽 Health situation
路聽聽聽聽聽 Death/birth rate and mortalities
路聽聽聽聽聽 Education system
路聽聽聽聽聽 Poverty (economics)
路聽聽聽聽聽 Infrastructure
Food and nutrition security is a bit one
Then we have these twp paragraphs;
Following the country-based trends is a sort of research to acquire statistics that will help you in the brainstorm and design cycle. It is so that we can understand the environment/situation better for us to be able to identify the problem hence make better solutions. Good. Context always matters
Following the trends of technologies will allow us to become updated with the possible tools that may be used whilst getting towards the solution. Therefore it will facilitate the work.
Make sure you note where there may be discrepancy between the cost/benefits of the tools. We have to use them SMARTLY
-What other trends should they follow? :))
Hm, that is pretty comprehensive. Under education I’d include technology literacy perhaps. But look at mobile phone penetration rates. That would be critical聽 Do you think these trends/themes are good to be wokring on from them? Maybe more detail right 馃榾
What I notice when I present these sorts of new ideas, is that telling a story, giving an example, can be far more powerful than delivering a firehose of facts. So think about the ‘narrative” of your presentation. What is the story you want to tell. Tell a work team story.
message for groups 3 and 8:
What is the story you’re trying to tell (as a work team)? BEEEEEEEEE the Work Team, FEEEEL the work team, Show us how a great work team works, in action… video that maybe???\ (Laura S tutor)
Thank you for this 馃檪
We have a story, showed you already (3) parts 馃檪 Thanks for the advise! However, the main goal of the video is to advice the NGO right?
Advice can be delivered in a narrative — at least the set up of the context, etc. Just a suggestion! We will have voice overs, in a narrative 馃榾 Hopefully it will be good 馃榾
Eastfield 72 (Group 2)
Heya Nancy!
At the moment we really just need to focus on our work. We feel that we are pretty much on track with our project. Our questions are internal group questions, which we can answer within the group. And we might just take you up on your offer for some feedback on our presentation!
Great. I look forward to your presentation. Let me know if you want to test any drafts/ideas w/ this crazy outsider!
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Week Six Reflective Posts From You and Me

I’m settled into my hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where I’ve been facilitating a pretty large meeting. (We did a World Cafe with over 800 people yesterday — a record for me!) 聽I finished a little dinner and settled down to read the blog reflection posts in Project Community. I worked my way group by group, reading the posts and the comments. WOW! Lots of changes, improvements and some wonderful insights. So I thought it might be useful to share my reflections of my experiences so far, and also reflect on what I sense as I read YOUR posts.

First – your posts. While not everyone has posted yet, I really appreciated that you DID reflect – you looked at what worked, what didn’t work, both from your work and the external factors, such as technology. It can be really hard to be honest with ourselves and with each other and so many of you have really taken and succeeded with that challenge. You have had the courage to look at yourself and give feedback to your peers and instructors. That is a critical skill for a creative person, for a designer and for a successful professional. To do these things and to be aware of HOW we do them.

I appreciated the diversity of views — what works for one person, doesn’t work for another.

As I reflect on my participation as one of the instructors team, there have been moments where I think we started to hit that point of “magic in the middle” by connecting and understanding both each other and our work.There have been moments when I felt the instructor team working together well, with each of us bringing our strengths forward.

There have been moments where I wanted to curse technology, to magically show up in your classroom. TO be able to read everyone’s minds at a distance. to be able to have smaller conversations with each of you. Yup, some struggles.

Yet in those moments, we often learn the most. I get to practice speaking more clearly and succinctly. I get to try and improvise around technological blocks. These are essential skills for professionals, for designers. 聽So maybe it is in the challenges we learn the most.

This is the first time I have taught this course and furthermore, I helped design it. So I think about what I would do different next time, and what I would keep. 聽I feel a lot of responsibility…

I worry too. I worry that I can’t call in for week 7 as I will be in a client meeting in Washington DC. I worry that we haven’t scheduled follow up team meetings yet — and how we’ll squeeze in time to do that!

I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what all of you will do for you final projects. In my personal opinion, all of you going into industrial design can play a critical role in not only designing cool stuff, but designing stuff that may help improve the world we live in.


OK, what did I say about being succinct? I’m failing. Again!


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Prezi on Design Thinking… may be of interest to the group!聽(and see the other prezi’s from this person!)

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The Improvements I’ve Noticed

In the last two weeks, I think the quality of our learners blog posts has increased. I feel like I’m reading people’s real voices, and that there is a deeper quality to the reflections. I wonder how this is connected to the transition I’ve felt the last two weeks as the projects have become more coherent. Now the pressure is on to DELIVER!

I have also noticed that the comments on each others’ blogs have improved this week. It again feels like people are having a conversation with each other, rather than commenting because they are supposed to. I suspect this is because the relationships are growing stronger and people are no longer strangers. There is seriousness, teasing, and maybe even a little challenge!

I love this evolution. LOVE IT!

The next transition is to begin to prepare for the final project production — which will probably prompt another round of confusion as we grapple with WHAT and HOW! But the teams are strong and they will sail right through this!

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October 9th Project Community Website Stats

…just to keep you informed! It is always interesting to see that folks are paying attention to the front page and GRADES! Hm…. I wonder why?

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OpenIdeo –> Please look at this site

Hi all. I know this url has been mentioned in a few places, but I think you may be very inspired by checking out OpenIdeo. Particularly, look at this Business Impact Challenge

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Having a Tech Problem in Class? A little helping experiment

I just learned of a site that helps share tech challenges… because when something doesn’t work, we need details to figure it out.

The site,聽 me to create a unique url where you can automagically record up to five minute screen cast of your problem, with audio and then it will send the video link to me to respond. So I set one up at this url:


So if you have a problem, and you want to experiment, try this tool! And I’ll see how I can help you!

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What is Your Theory of Change

Today I interviewed Beth Kanter for our short video for week six on evaluation. But in our conversation, it became clear that we need to pay attention to evaluate BEFORE we reach the end. She pointed to a blog post about “Theory of Change” which may be a useful frame as you plan your projects. You can find the blog post here:聽

If you want a sneak preview of her video, you can find it here:聽



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Curious about page views on your blog here on the Project Community Site?

On Wednesday we talked about comments on blogs and how they did or did not matter to us.

I looked at the stats yesterday and created a PDF so you can see if any of your posts had views. 聽Is this important to you? Or not?聽WordPressstatsasofSept26

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