Last week – Almost done!

Guess what? This is the last week before the exam! Nervous, excited? Of course we are!

As far as you know until now, we tried to have an agreement with the other group about the final video. In order to combine both ideas (animation and story) we came up with the idea of making an animate story!

Furthermore, our big desire is to have a final video which would look professional, graceful and diffluent. The main point is to keep the same style through the whole video and trying to combine the ideas as one.

We have researched about what kind of software should we use for the animation and we have considered that the one which is filling all the requirements that we need is GoAnimate (http://goanimate.com/).

GoAnimate is a cloud-based platform for making animated business videos. It allows users to develop both narrative videos, in which characters speak with lip-sync and move around, and video presentations, in which a voice-over narrator speaks over images and props, which may also move around. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoAnimate)

In order to use that we propose to the other groupmates to pay €6/person to buy the software. One of the advantages is that everyone can change slides from his/her place and you can create your own characters/props/backgrounds.

We already started to combine the scripts and we all agreed to have a main character who will be speaking over all the slides. The main character will present everything as a 3rd person and it will point in the video to the main things that we consider important to emphasize.

UPDATE: we are making everything as a hand-drawn animation!!100dcdc73ed24424cf81ca17f4c5513a

source: http://www.pinterest.com

Our main goal is to finish the video until the weekend (Halloween is coming! Hihi, joking, we just want to get as much feedback as we can, and to get the chance to change anything if it’s wrong or misunderstood) and post a preview as soon as possible. In addition, after the disscusion with our NGO, Shorty, we agreed to show her first the final video after it is posted on youtube.

Stay tuned and feel free to comment to our weekly post!

Tiny Innovators

PS: I attached some pictures from Monday class to see how it’s going to look like!

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The World Wide Web… What we’ve been up to on week 4!

For this week we have been furthering our research and branching to looking at technical stewardship and how technology and social network trends could aid the Tiny House Community. We also collected together our NGO’s community activities and representing this information through a spider graph.

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So in our spider graph we have 8 points, each one represents an activity which we use in our work. Our scale works from 1 to 6, with 1 being the least important to 6 being the most.

Open ended conversation gives us information about what our NGO wants from us, and gives us advices on our future move, also such conversations can help us with making a right decision on our way to a successful project, that’s why we rated it 3 out of 6.

Group meetings as well as projects are the key and most productive points of our activities, because they help the team to reach a common decision, we discuss and brainstorm on different topics. We rated group meetings 5 out of 6 and projects 6 out of 6.

Social platform is one of the most important activities, because it is the cheapest and fastest way to gather loads of information and present to the majority of network users. It gives us a great opportunity to compare our NGO to others that are similar and is also a great source of ideas! We rated social platform 5 out of 6.

Relationship is a factor which helps team members to understand each other better, it is important to understand the dynamics of a relationship in order to strengthen your bond with one another, but it isn’t the most important factor that may affect the project, and that is why we rated it 2 out of 6.

Context is everything. Without context you can’t communicate effectively. When your message is delivered in one context, but received in another, it is likely leads to miscommunication. We rated it 2 out of 6.

Clients give us a lot of information about the NGO needs and what their ideas are to reach a better result, however in our opinion the most useful source of information is still the internet, that’s why we rated client information 4 out of 6.

Expertise gives us a deeper look on what we have done and what we need to get done, it actually doesn’t improve teamwork at all but is a really helpful activity if we want to have a better result which will suit our NGO`s needs.

Of course there are a lot of other important activities, but we have chosen the ones that we use most of all and that we believe are the most important, and with this our strategy of work will probably and hopefully lead to productive results!!

From this we concluded that the Tiny House Community should initially start by creating a website. We were told last week by our point of contact that they do not yet have a website.  We believe that this is the first way to begin being present on the internet and becoming known by others through a virtual presence. In addition to this, a website would create a page where the public could access the community on another platform.

Furthermore, we believe that any solutions created for assuring the community is financially sustainable would benefit massively from a website. In regards to tourism whether it be property rental, a ‘campsite’ or a workshop, a website would be almost a necessity with the ever increasing use of the internet. Additionally, our social entrepreneurship (we’ll explain what this is later on) idea of using renewable energy would also benefit from a website creating a page to express what the community is about and what it has done (if it goes down the renewable energy path.

Further down the line after we have the website up and running we would then advise the tiny house community to expand further on to Facebook, Instagram, potentially Twitter and to create a blog page. We would primarily focus on Facebook due to it being the widest used social media platform. Using these different networks would enable updates on what the community is doing, using pictures, text and videos which would help to get the community known by others and collectively aid in becoming financially sustainable.

After presenting this information to Shorty we gained some extremely useful feedback. Even though she agreed with our ideas about social network trends and a website, she informed us that the community was not yet ready for an expansion over social platform due to not yet being able to properly manage it. Along with having a website would be better considered when they have a market and have a better understanding of what the community is going to do. After discussing this with Shorty we have decided to change our focus on to how to help the community with finding sponsorship and investors.

Finally, we mentioned earlier about social entrepreneurship and how it related to a few of the solutions we had created as the idea of social entrepreneurship is clearly relevant to us as this kind of system would fit our NGO´s needs.

“Social entrepreneur: /noun/- A person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change” [1]

Social enterprise is a relatively new term in the field of entrepreneurship.  Social entrepreneurship is not only practiced by nonprofit companies but also by entrepreneurs who want to take social responsibility. The success of a social enterprise is not valued by the profit it generates, but by the social effect it provokes. [2]

We have gained a lot new information this week and had a few set backs with our ideas and thoughts. However, now we are aware what we need to elaborate on and will show you this over the coming weeks! Keep updated and check our comments below as we’ll be adding bits of information every now and then when we come across it!!

Tiny Innovators

[1] http://www.oxforddictionaries.com

[2] wirtschaftslexikon.gabler.de