I have always been interested in charity and development work. This is probably because of the fact that my parents were doing this in the Philippines when I was 0 to 4 years old. So I was raised within a quest to help people. So when I hear there is an opportunity to help people by designing something I start thinking;’ This is my future, my life’.
When looking at design groups like D-lab and Catapult I feel really inspired and I would love to join a group like those. Through the use of online communities they succeed to perceive new problems, solve the problems and eventually implement their ideas. So when they would for example have an online ‘think-tank’ on a forum or Google hang-out etc. I would be all over it. Just thinking about this I realize I bet there is stuff like this out there. I just never really stumbled upon it. But stumbling upon something like this will gradually happen during my IDE course anyway.
When you think of online communities I always relate that to open sourcing. And to open source solutions that were designed to improve life and are somehow connected to the millennium goals is the greatest thing to do. What’s the use for a good solution when not everybody who needs it knows about it? Online communities are the best way to spread those solutions. And it will also create a chain reaction of more solutions.
So yes, when I had a design challenge, I would definitely participate in an online community!