Week 6/ The Storyboard: Ready, set, go!

This weekend we got introduced to idea of a storyboard, which is based on a script we did. It explains all activities we do to suit the NGO’s needs and we will make a final product (video). You will find below the text for the final presentation matching our team’s storyboard (that you will also find it as a picture).

The Presentation

Intro:

The intro part explains the NGO problem, which is crowd founding and making the organization financially sustainable. We did brainstorm and came up to lots of ideas on how to make the organization financially sustainable, our NGO loved what we believed was our strongest idea, which is using tiny houses as a rental, movable offices. To give this project a kick-start we advise the organization to ask the government for a grant which will give them a possibility to prepare tiny houses and advertise themselves.

  • The NGO & NGO’s problems (short)Our NGO (TinyHouse Community) wants to reach financial sustainability. As well they would appreciate a community space/ house which can be used for bigger groups, since the space in a Tiny House is quite limited. As they are private people, they don’t want to and can’t invest too much money. We don´t believe it is necessary for our NGO to get a fund, but we think it would definitely be easy to realize the solution if they would get one.
  • Crowdfunding + Sourcing: We further researching into this though Micro Ventures which is an equity crowd funding website offering investment in the early stages of companies. Micro Venturesconnects accredited investors with start up companies and is the only major equity crowdfunding website that is broker dealer registered by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority.[1]
  • Final solution using all above: The Final solution we came up with is a mobile office service that provides rural working space. Our Idea was about creating ‘offices’ as part of the community which can be rented out by businesses or individuals as a unique working space presented in nature and a tiny house. There is already an existing business in the Netherlands which uses this concept very successfully. The caravan-style offices are made from vintage mobile homes and come equipped with WIFI, composting toilets, couches made from recycled jeans and solar-powered coffee machines.

Middle:

The NGO liked our final idea, so the next step is analyzing our final idea, as I’ve already mentioned it is using tiny houses as rental offices for anyone who may need them. This idea was originally invented by Dutch company Kantoor  Karavaan (http://www.kantoorkaravaan.nl/ ) they offer fully equipped offices which are completely movable. Basically this organization gives you a great opportunity to work in nature, which is what we liked about the idea. They have 3 offices available which are rented 2-3 times each a week, therefore they have a constant income, that’s why we found our final idea suitable for our NGO.

We believe that building a tiny office wouldn’t cost as much as a tiny house itself, however to give the organization the kick-start we would advise them to ask the government for a grant for this project. They can use websites like https://www.sharedesk.net/ or https://www.airbnb.com/ to promote their offers.

The thing we decided to do is to make an advertisement for tiny house offices to make it more known and to tell possible customers about the great opportunity which they offer.

  • NGO liked it – unique – reflect Tiny House movement + principles: Shorty liked the idea that the offices will reflect the principles of a Tiny House (freedom, connection with nature, simplicity) and the fact that this idea is unique and successful in Netherlands.
  • How much land does it need? Costs?
  • Grants:preferably from the Government: still an open opportunity: USDA Grand does not work, rather for poor communities
  • + the other groups idea – how to build the Tiny Houses cheaper 
  • The connection between the solution and the people: purpose: The customer would be companies of any/people searching for unique working spaces/people that like nature/people that like tiny houses 
  • Advertise through the internetà show websites: http://sharedesk.net/https://www.airbnb.com/

Final:

To sum up, we would like to say that the idea is unique, there are only a few companies that offer this possibility. Florida is famous for its nature that’s why we believe that there are a lot of customers who would prefer to combine working and staying in nature, therefore the organization will have a stable income.

  • Conclusions
  • Final word(about the team and project)

story

click here for a better quality of the image

Video production planning

Our video will be like a stop motion cartoon, explaining our idea about using tiny houses as rental offices. We use stop motion video because it is the easiest type of video to make and also it is the funniest animation technique. We will use Lego figures or just drawn pictures to show the action and recorded voice as an audio and also add some music/audio effects. Click on the link below to see an example.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pyCTPQZUXc

Moreover, we described what do we think about success/failure and the impact of our advice:
  • How can we measure success or failure of our advice?

We get to know whether it is success or failure though the reactions of our NGO because our purpose is to find a solution for a certain problem, that meets the needs of our NGO. They get to decide whether they like the idea or if it’s possible. First of all we need to go through a lot of failure finding different solution to find the perfect one that’ll meet our NGO’s needs.

We get feedback, whether our effort was a failure or not. But I would rather say that even failure is a success, at least for us, due to the fact that we learn from our failures and take the knowledge we gained to move on and find better solutions. The final success will be pleasing the NGO’s needs and finally making them financially sustainable.

  • Where will be the most impact on our client?

The Impact on The NGO is preset because we have a certain problem to fix. We help them create financial sustainability for their community. Without financial sustainability there will be no community. So we have a huge impact and we need to be aware of that.

In conclusion, we think that we have shown great progress this week that we are very satisfied! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to write down your opinion in the “Leave a Reply” section. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Week 6/ The Storyboard: Ready, set, go!”

  1. Hey, good to hear you found an suitable advice! How is the teamwork with the other team of the NGO going? I read in their post that they want to make a video, maybe something to take in account? I really like the solution you found, I would like to work in a tiny office one day! 🙂

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  2. First of all, I have to admit that I never thought before that if I would have review my past reflections, I will see a big difference between the past ones and the present ones. I noticed that I became more organized and now I got a lot of sources for the research. I created a good connection with the other group (the one which has the same NGO) and now we can share the ideas and improve them.
    Furthermore, I realized that is important to get a feedback as much as you can from different people (specialized/not specialized). I am glad that our group team is well done, also organized and we can brainstorm our individual ideas to get a final one that fits everybody’s needs.

    In what order should the idea’s be placed in the video and why? How will you convince the overall set of teams to go in this direction? Use above tips to improve your blog.
    The solution from the different team’s working on our NGO are quite different from ours even if we have chosen the same problem: finance sustainability. From what I know so far, they want to sell virtual pieces of land in order to get money. They have another idea about how they want to construct the Tiny Houses cheaper but it’s still in development.
    We can combine our ideas in the presentation because we present the solutions for the same problem, but I think you can’t mix them in just one solution. If they will come up with a good development about how the Tiny Houses can be construct cheaper, then we can combine our solutions usefully. Until then, I think that our group’s solution is more physical (e.g.: Caravan Tokyo took the idea from Kantoor Karavaan and now they have a successful business) than the other one, and we actually can create a connection between Tiny House Intentional Communities and Kantoor Karavaan, which is a Dutch project (we contacted them here, in Netherlands).
    I think that the order where our group’s idea should be placed in the video is not that important. The most important thing is that we should be able to express the message that we want to communicate very clear. We will discuss our plan with the other team and we are planning to have a common conclusion that will satisfy everybody. 🙂

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  3. I’m really excited to see the final video, I’ve tried doing videos with legos before and I know it’s a lot of work so good luck guys!

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  4. I was reading through your most recent reflection, and I found it very complete and thorough. I did wonder what techniques of filming you were going to use, and thus decided to look back and I found my answer. I’m intrigued by the idea of stop motion and I’d like to know how it’s going. Your team mentioned that standard phone cameras weren’t adequate, thus meaning that you already had some test videos. Are those video’s maybe available?

    Keep up the good documentation! looking forward to follow your progress

    PS: If stabilization is an issue, I have a mini tripod which fits every phone that you can borrow.

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    1. First of all, thank you Edwin for your interest and your appreciations.

      We tried to film the Cultural Differences movie with a standard phone camera, you can watch it on Feedbackfruits whenever you want to. The biggest problem that we have now is the sound record device, which is still unknown for us. We will try to give our best!

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