The final touch – Reflection Post Week 8

How to get up a video on time – or are we actually going to meet the deadline?

It´s the last week. How did that happen?

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This week we finally started working on the video. Together with the Split we distributed the last tasks and our video started to take form.After talking to Nancy last week,we took her ideas and feedback into consideration and made our storyboard a lot more “human” and focused on ConstruCasas case. We also changed our script to adapt it to the new storyboard. Having recorded that script already makes things a lot easier for us this week as we only have to focus on drawing and editing the video. At least that´s what we thought; after listening to it we realised that you could hear our group mates talking in the background and that was disturbing the audio. So on Tuesday Me, Thomas and Bogdan recorded it a second time and this time it was a to better! Jackie and Oliver started on designing the sketches for our video. On Wednesday they finalised them and edited them in Photoshop so  they can be put in the video.Big thanks to Bogdan at this point for editing the video and making it reality!

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Our teamwork this week was really good I think. Everybody knew what to do and worked on their tasks, but did´t forget to offer their help to the others if needed. That is one of the main things we learned over the whole course I think. That it is important to look after each other and make sure nobody gets lost. After struggling with that a bit in the beginning in the last few weeks we really have that under control and i can at least say for myself that I´m very grateful if somebody offers me to help and I do appreciated getting help as much as I like to help my teammates.We also set up one final meeting to finalise all our plans and “products” we came up with to help our NGO.

If we had to do it again I would say we should have definitely gotten together a lot earlier to solve our teamwork issues. Because since we did that everything was so much easier and a lot more fun. All in all it´s safe to say that we all did learn a lot in the last 8 weeks and enjoyed it.

Shout out to the Ducks!

Progress Week 2

Working with ConstruCasa – or how to deal with cultural differences

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The last week has been a bit of a confusing one for the Ducks.We´ve all been under the weather and not really ourselves,thanks to horrible colds,moving stress and therefore a bit of lacking motivation.But now we´re back to our old ,motivated selves and ready to go and work on our project – change the world .There have been lots of challenges and questions over the past few days, but there´s actually two that really stick out:

How are we going to keep the contact and build up a great work relationship?

The answer to that question lays in my field of responsibility as client services. After lasts weeks talk I feel like we have really good connection to Julie and a good basis for working together. But because Julie lives in Guatemala, always on the move,always busy and involved making the world a better place,she can´t always ensure a stable connection or stick to a regular date every week,where we can Skype.For example this week she is  in Tikal trying to network and do research for ConstruCasa. So we cannot Skype her this week. To avoid losing the contact we scheduled an interview with ConstruCasas project manager to find out all about how the houses are build, how much they costs, what kind of materials are uses. Just to give us an insight and a better understanding of the local situation.

The other question is:

How can we help our NGO?

Last week we found out that the biggest challenges ConstruCasa has to face are:

  1.  How can they advertise their cause more in order to get funded and achieve more?
  2.  Is there a cheaper, easier and more effective way to build the houses?

So we have to decide on which challenge we – as a group- are we going to tackle?

We are hoping that after talking to Ranferi, the construction manager, we will have a broader view on the local situation and can therefore decide which challenge fits our groups sweet spot ( there is a blogpost coming on that – so watch out!) best and is going to be our mission for this class!

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So there a a lot of open questions, but hopefully they´all be answered soon. Until then we just have to keep searching,exploring and experimenting! Let´s bring it on!

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Maries Superpower

Hello everybody!

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I´m Marie and I´m from Munich,Germany.

I´ve recently started IDE at De Haagse Hogeschool and I´m so excited about it.

A bit more about myself; I was born and raised In Munich and therefore spent most of my winters in the mountains skiing or snowboarding or just being outside in the snow.My summers I would spend traveling all around the world, first with my parents ,later with my friends.I am a vegetarian by heart,meaning that I just love all things vegetarian,like cooking,baking (yes that´s a thing) or meeting other vegetarians. But not meaning that I judge you if you´re not vegetarian 🙂 I don´t think I could stay in place forever, I always have the need to go explore,see new cultures, get to know new people. So that´s how I ended up here in Den Haag. I´ve always had a massive interest in all kinds of designs and inventions and from a young age I would try to come up with all sorts of helpful things that would make life so much easier – mostly they did´t really work out 🙂 But still I enjoyed it.

For my group I´m client services which is great, because I talk a lot. Like really A LOT. So I´m super excited to get in touch with the client and build up a great connection with them.

So now let´s talk about my superpower. I think my superpower is inventing things and coming up with ideas how you can turn something old into something really,really cool and new. I feel like there are so many resources in the world that people simply ignore, just for the sole reason of those resources being “old”. So I love to look at things and try to find new or improved ways you could use them. So hopefully that is going to help my group with our project ConstruCasa as they need to figure out an easier way to build their houses.

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So hopefully you will hear lot more from me soon!

Progress – Week 1

Project community ConstruCasa

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 skype interview.

Today we had a Skype conference with the NGO in Guatemala together with team The Split.

We posed a few questions to get to know their mission better and what is expected from us as a team. With this information we are able to help brainstorm solutions and be a contributing factor to the Guatemalan society.

After a bit of a hassle we managed to finally Skype call Julie, she started off by introducing the whole idea behind Constru Casa. We were informed that is was Caroline van Heerde who moved to Guatemala in 2000. She worked with various projects and social organizations and hoped to improve the lives of families living in extreme poverty. In 2004 she managed to start up Constru Casa with a starting construction of 10 houses.

The goal is to provide accessible housing to the poor; the locals prefer a strong blockhouse, since Guatemala is prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters.

So from what we understood of the conference, we now have to help come up with the solution of a cheaper way of creating these durable houses for a maximum number of people. The main challenge is especially funding, advertisement and the promotion of their cause. The idea was it would be easier to gain funding if the audience (rest of the world) if they were asked to donate for a school or a local community building, because why should others donate for a house if they are having problems with their own housing?

It was also brought to our attention that taking on volunteers isn’t as efficient as we thought, lots of volunteers are usually students and knowing them they get distracted easily. They enjoy playing with the local kids and of course enjoy late nights in the city, which is fine however it just isn’t the most productive or efficient method.

Moreover the families who receive a home should be educated on how to change their attitudes towards having a home and how to take care of it. They may even save some money and be able to pain it or buy some necessary furniture.

So we as a Team during the coming few weeks will help brainstorm and form solutions that will be useful to Constru Casa. Our first task will be to come up with a design that would be cheaper and better (we will receive a list of materials) and the approximate total cost for a house 40x38m is 4800 euros.

Second will be fund raising, how to approach people, corporations and foundations. Will this be enough? How do we get others involved and what is their current weak point within their advertising. Because so be honest none of us knew about Constru Casa before IDE introduced us.

Next week we will be interviewing one of the construction managers to gain a better insight into what materials exactly are being used and what the method of building is. Stay updated for more!

 

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The Ducks.

 

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We are the ducks, and are proudly welcoming you to our pond! This pond is our source of inspiration, and each lily pad represents a different portion of our approach towards project community. The ducks, in the most convenient order are as follows:

  • Caroline Haeger – Production Manager
  • Oliver Gray – Documentarian
  • Carolina Kyvik – Team Project Leader
  • Jacqueline Blok – Documentarian
  • Marie Kremer – Client services
  • Domynikas Dilys – Technical steward

We will be filling our pond with information about our progress with the NGO of ConstruCasa as well as our weekly reflections on what we have learned and achieved. We hope to be able to aid ConstruCasa with their mission of creating a more habitable environment for the Guatemalan community. Hopefully you will enjoy reading our blog and we will appreciate and wish for all kinds of feedback!

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