Reflection Week 5

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This weeks theme was Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding. On Monday we learnt about both of them and how effective they can be, thanks to a presentation by the production managers.

After the presentation, we began to further define our ideas, and, as a group chose the ones we liked best. We determined that the demographic we are after realizes the need for water and awareness towards it, however, instead of just being worried about it, they need to be interested in it for the situation to get better.

“awareness among the young about the importance of water for the near future”

Our next step was to develop the strategy we would employ in order to help the IWF. We determined that crowd sourcing would be the way to go and that it could be beneficial if we create some symbolism to make the IWF recognizable, the same way and AIDS ribbon does.

Finally, we discussed the premises on which the final video would be made on.  We discussed the options of making it catchy, getting people to realize their love for water, and how much they really need it, as well as memorable. However we still need to decide on an easy way for supporters to be able to commit and act upon.

Have a nice day!
Team BATCO
❤ Tech steward

Reflection Week 4

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Hello everyone,

I just want to give a quick update on what we have been doing this week. I would like to keep it short and simple because there are a lot of updates that have been posted on all the blogs, which means there is a lot to read.

On Monday (Sept. 21) we all got together to discuss the project and how everything was going so far. Well, we realised that we started getting ahead of ourselves. We came up and brainstormed all there great ideas but we then legalised that it will be hard to do or achieve for a one man operation. We had to take a step back, keep in mind that IWF only consists of Francois Burley and really see what our NGO (International Water Foundation) actually needed from us.

What we need to do:

Create a way for Francois to spread the love of water to the youth, in order to get the global issue of water out there.

Within the team we made a spiderGRAPH of what we thought the NGO needed. So we could give a visual representation of what we believed the NGO needed.

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The enter represents “Less important” and the outer circle represents “More important”

We later combined the spidergraphs of all the teams and merged them together. You can click on the link below to view the document

Combined Group Spidergraph

After we had made this we thought it didn’t really explain what we are planning on doing for the NGO. So, we decided to also create a spiderGRAM, to hopefully make it a little more clear.

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As we rounded up our Monday meeting, we started talking about our next meeting. We were all very excited about it because… this was also the day we got to meet Francois Bruley in person. We are finally able to put a person to the name and the organisation he has created.

As we were nearing the meeting with Francois, we were starting to gather questions to ask him and made a plan for Wednesday. Francois started of with a presentation about the Integral Approach. Once we were enlightened about Integral Approach, we moved onto individual work. The team leaders had a meeting. If you would like to read what happened there go to the post titled (or click on the link); Face-to-Face meeting with THE ONE AND ONLY ‘Francois Bruley’.

The production managers also showed a quick “trailer” of what they are planning to do with the final presentation. This allowed the group to see a visual representation of the video and to make suggestions on improvements.

Lastly, I will attach some of the pictures that were taking during Francois’ presentation along with a group photo.

A group photo with Francois Bruley
A group photo with Francois Bruley

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Face-to-Face meeting with THE ONE AND ONLY ‘Francois Bruley’

'You will need to be very clever to get 100% ever single time’ -Francois Bruley, 201512015122_10203672568614197_2802487177196925068_o

Photograph taken on 23-09-2015 by: Charlotte Stoopman

On Wednesday 23 of September at 13:00 the IWF group had a meeting with our NGO Founder Francois Bruley.  This was a huge opportunity of course to ask questions face to face instead of over Skype/google hangouts. We received a proper introduction who Francois Bruley is and why he started up the IWF organization. A short presentation was given on how the human development/evolution in the four quadrants model(below) and how this is linked with in this NGO:
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Furthermore, the team leaders had a one-on-one meeting with Francois Bruley him self, to get a better understandment of what really needs to be done and to share our ideas collected over the past weeks.

Als wel we have created a spider graph with Francois Bruley, so we can see his vision of the importance of what should be done in the IWF. And we can then compare our NGO spider graph to his spider graph. (we’ll be shown in the next reflection ‘Week 4’).

'Objectives of the IWF isn’t rocket science, we don’t want to scare  people with too complicated theory' - Francois Bruley, 2015

Things we ‘ Team Leaders’ discussed with Francois Bruley:

  • Discussing our Strategy approaches from the previous weeks, Francois Bruley suggested us a new way to go; Make a questionnaire: (Getting information also from other universities/study programs) Create questions that addresses the more brainy personality and questions aim to the more open hearted personality and keep it short.Titel of questionnaire: Do we love water?

    Questions to ask in questionnaire:
    -What is your relationship to water?
    -Do you see it everyday?
    -Whats your need with water?
    -What if you didn’t have water?

    And how do we hook our audience? how do we keep them interested in the IWF organization? We could give them the FB link at the end of the questionnaire to tell them that they can see the results of the questionnaire back on there and more.

  • Francois Bruley is thinking of changing his website name to ‘sharingwater.world’. He wants us to look into this name, wants feedback if this is a good name to portray the IWF organization.

More information and feed will be updated soon!
Have a Nice Day!

Team Leader/Team BATCO

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BATCO’s Sweet Spot Identified

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TA-DA! here is Team BATCO’s Sweet Spot:IMG_5957 (1)Team BATCO is a very creative group, as you can see in our very appealing picture(Above).

We found our Sweet Spot based on the NGO’s goals and our own personal Sweet-Spot which we made during the course: Personal Branding.

In our Sweet-Spot model you can see that our passion is design, our purposes is to help our NGO (IWF) & our gift is that we are a hardworking bunch that is very organized and has the gift of creativity!

Have a Nice day!

Team BATCO

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Week 3 ‘Reflection’

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Hi Guys, this is our weekly update:

We are now already at the end of week 3, Time is flying by! It was a hectic week with challenges and a lot of questions but overall a very informative week.

First of all, On Monday the 14th of September, we had met up with our NGO tutor. Monday afternoons of course everyone is still a bit tired, so we started off watching a video on group size in innovation and open design by Chris Corrigan. The video is about having a discussion that is focusing around some of the variables in online social groupings, starting with size. As Chris Corrigan said “ You’ve heard the aphorisms. ‘One is the loneliest number.’ ‘Three’s a crowd’ & ‘The more the merrier!’ 

Taking a look at our own NGO group and team BATCO , we can see that we vary the group sizes at different stages of the project. At times we work as a whole NGO group, just to make sure everyone is on the same page and that one group doesn’t drift off into another direction. At other times, we have little discussions with others from the same function (team leaders ect) or just between our groups ‘Team BATCO’.

Having watched Christophers Allen’s theories on group thresholds and size, has helped our group as a whole, a lot! At the start of this project, we noticed that communicating and discussing about the NGO is not very ideal with 15+ people, this due because there will always be a few people that will feel left out, have the feeling they don’t have a say in things because they might feel a bit shy to discuss with such a big group. Thus having groups of 3 (team leader or Tech Stewards ect), 5 (team BATCO ect ) and as a whole (IWF NGO) is great for us, because we can brainstorm and discuss a lot better with each other.

On Wednesday 16th of September, we finally received clarity what our NGO is expecting from us. One of the Team Leaders in the IWF NGO took charge to have a short meeting/Skype call with Francois Bruley to clarify what we need that is acceptable to do within our time scale working on this NGO and that will help Francois Bruley out. Francois Bruley wants us to keep in mind that if he had already known how to involve the younger generation, he would have done that already. Thus our task to think of ways how young people can help the IWF (without boring them to death with theory). To get in contact with them we will use social media. What we do with them is up to our creativity. (FB Page, Create a APP game (IDEAS STILL IN PROGRESS).

So now knowing what we as a group need to do, we can finally get our production mangers and tech stewards to get started with coming up with a concert plan for the presentation/video for week 4.

Further, I would really like to give my Team, BATCO a thumbs up! I as the team leader am very happy with how we are communicating and working hard on this NGO. As well a thumbs up for the teams IDE Collaborators Bloggers & Team 5 Kings Bloggers. They are all contributing good vibes and ideas. We together are a very productive team. Had a few bumps along the way of course, but we are now able to proceed forward.

Have a Nice day!
Team BATCO
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