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I’m a big question mark..

I’m gonna have to be completely honest here, I simply do not understand this week’s blog prompt. This is also the reason why it has taken me so long to find that piece of paper and pen. But here we go; I’ll give it a try.

During this course I have researched several fundraising websites and have learned a lot about how they function. I have mainly been working on Indiegogo and the interesting part about their operations is how they are able to reach a large range of people to support the campaigns through social media and online communities. They encourage their users to use all the social media tools at hand to promote their causes and for their network to then share it with their network. They make it easy for their Indiegogo users to share all their campaign information and they even go as far as explaining how to get the best use out of social media. By getting their users to do this, they give them a better chance at succeeding at reaching their funding goal.
And if the users are doing well at creating activity about their campaign, then they will receive extra attention from Indiegogo and their contributors by being featured prominently on the frontpage of Indiegogo and by being contributed in the Indiegogo press outreach.

To be successful in fundraising it is very important to stay active and generate attention, to which Indiegogo is a superb facilitator.

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Indiegogo is a Go

Throughout the course of this project I have learned a lot about support fundraising and come across several websites dedicated to this. If I would eventually need to seek fundraising for a design challenge I would definitely consider doing some crowdfunding. For a design project I would take kickstarter.com into account as they cater more to creative projects. I could also work with indiegogo.com because they have a great network if I wanted to start my own project, company, campaign, etc.

The upside to using these websites is that they have a big community that one would have the opportunity to connect with fairly easily. The websites will not be doing all the work for the projects, but they are accommodating with their resources. For the project to be successful you would have to put a lot of your own effort into it. You have to actively use the websites and other online social media to create energy about your project. The more activity generated will automatically make the project wore visible on the homepage and search engine. However, even if one were to follow all these steps and create a buzz about the project then there is not guarantee for success. You can do everything right, but if the crowd isn’t interested in the project or it isn’t the right time, then the goal might not be reached.

Despite the no success guarantee I would still take advantage of this opportunity. There is no financial downside to these funding sites. If the campaign succeeds then you would only have to pay a small percentage of the achieved funding. If the goal isn’t reached there is still only a small fee to be paid for the funding you have generated or all the contributions will go back to the contributors. Even without reaching the funding goal you will still have generated some interest and exposure for the project. Therefore I would definitely use these opportunities if I where to have an appropriate design task in the future.

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A Brief Evaluation

Personally I feel that my group and I are behind schedule at the moment. However, after talking to the teachers I have realized that it is just my impatience to find information and create some results that’s causing my concern. It seems that we are right on track and that might be caused by the fact that I am this impatient to organize the project and keep my group members busy. I feel that it is very important to have these skills while working in a group. If every member was passive and not trying to push each other forward, then the group could easily fall behind on the progress needed.

As a whole I think that the entire group is up to date on all the findings about our project so far. I keep reminding them to read up on everyone’s writings. If a group member doesn’t take my advice into account, then it’s up to that person to update him or herself. I might be the team leader, but I’m nobody’s mother. I would say that I’m as informed about our project as I can be at the moment. We cannot move forward till we have received more information from the teachers side, which I’m assuming is part of their plan. I did think, that by now, I would have learned more, but perhaps this class isn’t quite as demanding as I thought it would be. Which is something I have heard from several different classmates.

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Facillitation

So far I have been pleased with this program and feel that the class and I has already made some progress. This progress has been possible because of the resources and knowledge that our teachers have shared with us. Every week we have had the opportunity to explore the web on our own, we have made new discoveries about how online communities work and how to best communicate with others. All with the assistance of our teachers. The most unusual feature of this class is also the fact that one of our teachers is sitting halfway around the world and goes online every week to connect with us and guide us in our project. She has also given us some new online experiences by pushing us into trying new online sites and communication tools.

The main issue I have had until now has been the vague assignments in this project. We have been allowed to go exploring online on our own, but this has caused us to not get a real sense of the purpose of the project. When we tried to ask specific questions about the end result of our assignments, we have been met with answer that didn’t make the project any clearer and mainly left us more confused and in the dark than before. It wasn’t until this week, when we had our group meeting with Nancy White on Google Hangout, that the purpose was finally made clear for us. Nancy was able to give us concrete answer about what we are supposed to get out of this course. Because of this helpful meeting we are now more aware of what we need to do.

Because this epiphany about our purpose came so late in this course, we now need to make sure that we stay on track with our project, so that we don’t fall behind. In my group we have a tendency to get extremely of topic and loose track of the assignment in front of us. I will therefore have to be a bit more strict when it comes to our teamwork, simply because we have to get a bit more focused and concentrate on creating results.

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"I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms…"

“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”

- Bill Gates
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Tool For You

“How much does your personal preference drive your tool choices? What if everyone else in your group had different preferences? How would you proceed as you steward the technology? Does looking at others’ preferences and perspectives change your view as a tech steward? Challenge you?”

I must admit that I am not the most active person online. I’m a harvester at heart and mainly use the Internet for information. Therefore I’m also not a big user of a lot of tools. But I do have a few preferences. When searching for useful information for essays or simply out of personal interest I always turn to Google.com. You can Google everything. I think Google has a nice and simple layout, while I think the competitors Bing.com and Yahoo.com are messier and not quite as user-friendly. Google.com also have some great extra features such as Google maps and Google translate. Especially the latter has come in great use since arriving in the Netherlands, because only one out of 100 Dutch homepages has an English alternative. I am an active Facebook user and use quite a few of their tools, such as chatting, private messaging, file sharing etc. Other practical homepages would be youtube.com and Wikipedia.org because they have massive amounts of content.

When it comes to the actual computer I am now a Mac user. I have previously exclusively worked with PCs, but because of the design course here at The Hague University I decided to invest in a MacBook Pro when I had to get a new computer last year. From the get-go I found that it has some nice features and has a very user-friendly interface. So far I haven’t been able to use it to it’s fullest, because I have only just started using it for more than the random e-mail/Facebook check and news reading. I have had to buy the Microsoft programs (Word, Excel and Power Point) for my MacBook, because I found that the Apple programs weren’t quite as good as Microsofts products. I have recently started fiddling around with the programs Gimp and Scribus, which are open source versions of Photoshop and Indesign. I wish to improve my graphic skills, but until I find it necessary I won’t be investing in Adobe’s programs. I find programs a bit confusing, but I am slowly improving my skills by practicing with tutorials from Youtube.com.

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Eastfield 72



Eastfield 72

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Indiegogo.com Spidergram



Indiegogo.com Spidergram

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Group Troup

I have personally always enjoyed group work, despite the fact that it can be challenging working with different personalities. So far I think we are making good progress in my group and we have a great working atmosphere. We are having fun working together and everybody gets to share their opinion, which has resulted in some good results so far. The only problem that I have stumbled upon till now is the fact that not all team members seem to contribute equally. There seems to be a lack of enthusiasm and more interest about doing other personal projects. And when this member does participate it is never with anything valuable, it is mainly with negative useless comments instead of constructive criticism. Everyone is of course allowed to have their own opinion and they should be shared, but I feel that these comments should be backed up with concrete arguments. At the moment, I think the next step to solve this problem would be for me to sit down with this team member and have an serious conversation about the difficulties so far and explain the purpose of the group work.

Personally I would have liked to work in a smaller group of 3-4 persons in this project. I think this would have made the group work more efficiently and would have forced all team members into participating. It is very easy for a group of 6 people to get sidetracked and for more passive members to hide behind the rest of the group, who in result end up are carrying the group.

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Communicating Face to Face? Now, that’s something new!

As a person who likes to keep private, I only belong to one social network, Facebook. Well, up until last week, when I got a tumblr account. I used to have a MySpace profile as well, but I deleted it a while ago because I felt very exposed online. In the recent years I have felt, that it has gotten increasingly difficult to keep some sort of privacy online, because a great deal of social interaction has started taking place on these artificial spaces. Since when have we found it necessary to hide behind a screen, whilst communicating with family and friends? Of course I also find online social platforms useful, when I wish to get in touch with friends and family that has slowly spread to most of the world. However, when I’m completely honest, do I mainly use these tools to contact people across the world or to chat with friends that are sitting in front of a computer only some minutes away from my location? The answer will be the latter. This is also the main reason that I like to stick to myself online. I go online to find and procure my information, but I’m not necessarily interesting in interacting with others. I feel very uncomfortable with the openness that the online world has to offer.

Since arriving in the Hague and starting on the Industrial Design Engineering programme, I have found myself spending about 10x more time online, than I would have previously. Usually I only use Facebook to communicate with people I already know, I do not use it to make new acquaintances, but this time I thought to myself, “To hell with it, I’m in a new country, new city, might as well get to know my new classmates!”. Therefore I put myself on the line, from my perspective at least, and tried to bond with these new personalities that I had never met before and felt shy and timid around. For this I felt that I could finally benefit from the useful tools, that Facebook has to offer and reach out to this new group and bond with them. Yes, it was an easy and simple way to make contact. Yes, I would say that I have made new friendships. But to be completely honest, I’m old fashioned and despite this experience I would still rather connect with people face to face.

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