I think that if I had a design challenge that I would definitely join and participate in one of the types of online communities we have been researching. I don’t know very much about the online communities the other groups have been researching, but I would certainly use the online community my group has been researching, which is about support raising.
Before taking this class, I actually knew hardly anything about online communities and platforms. Especially ones for support raising. I didn’t know that things like kickstarter, indiegogo, or kiva even existed. When I first began researching kickstarter and indiegogo, I really liked these websites, mainly because of how helpful they are to their users. Previously when thinking about making a product or a campaign, or anything for that matter, I had never really thought deeply about the logistics of how to get your ideas or products out to the public, get them known, and raise support for them. Now after researching online communities related to support raising, I have figured this out. When first researching the sites, I simply scrolled through all the campaigns, and read up on a few, and I really thought it was amazing how much money was actually raised, simply by placing a nice description and a picture or a video of what the person or people were doing. I guess it was pretty inspiring to me, and also very nice to see what other people were doing, and what I could also do. It got me thinking about when I first create something and need to raise money, that one of the first things I will do is go to one of these websites and create my own page to raise money. So in a nutshell, yes I would use one of the types of online communities we have been researching, and I would do this because I have seen that the support raising communities are really useful and effective in raising funds and gaining support.