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.
We later combined the spidergraphs of all the teams and merged them together. You can click on the link below to view the document
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.
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.
- Charlotte Stoopman
- 19 years old
My name is Charlotte. I’m from The Netherlands however, I have been living abroad since I was young. I have lived in Sweden and in Dubai. It’s surprising how many people (outside the expat community) don’t fully understand the concept of being an international student. I’ve had to explain countless times that I’m Dutch and that I only lived in Sweden but am not from there. Besides the explanations, I think there is only positive things about living abroad. It allowed me to discover that I love to travel and see the world. I feel so lucky that I have had the opportunity to see the world already. I have gone to some amazing places and learned a lot about the different cultures. I have traveled to places like New York, Africa, Japan and a few other Asian countries, and a ton of places in Europe.
Some of my hobbies and interests are building and designing things, mostly furniture, as well as cooking, baking and nail art. I love to do sports however I don’t have the best relationship with sports. You see, I have broken a lot of bones while playing sports, I could write a list but then we will be here until tomorrow, because of this I have decided that I should limit myself to water sports and snowboarding.
My journey of living abroad has come to a pause when I decided to move back to The Netherlands for the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) course at The Hague University of Applies Sciences. I say pause because in the future I really want to keep moving around and learn about a lot more cultures. I chose this course because I have always wanted to do something in design but was never sure on what exactly. When I found this course I felt like I could connect to it. The information I found about the course just described exactly what I was looking for and now I’m here starting my first year of IDE.