Nancy's Project Community Reflection

Reflections on teaching and learning in the Hague University's Project Community class. My main blog is http://www.fullcirc.com
Gems from Albert Einstein in mind map form. You might enjoy this!

Gems from Albert Einstein in mind map form. You might enjoy this!

25 Must-Follow NGO Resources on Twitter

Have you gotten interested in NGOs? If you want to keep learning, here are 25 people/organizations on twitter that tweet a lot about technology for good!

The things I find interesting say something about me. Shared links are like the clothes you wear, they project an image of yourself that you hope some people will find attractive and be drawn to. This process of curating stuff that appeals to you allows you to be found by people who share your interests. This helps start relationships and build networks. This is how you get to do interesting things with interesting people.

—Good stuff from Euen Semple - read the whole thing at Curatorship — euansemple.com

* Jeremiah: What supporting evidence they’re living in the collaborative economy? How are they sharing the physical work, their time, and space around them? Millennials would rather work in a collaborative setting than in cubicles. Companies, such as American Express, understand this need and have programs around it. American Express created BlueWork, which is an innovative program designed to support workplace collaboration and promote flexibility. Employees benefit from being able to work side by side with peers and the company benefits from higher productivity. More millennials, especially entrepreneurs, enjoy co-working spaces because they are inexpensive and let them connect with like minded people. In Boston, for instance, we have Work Bar. When it comes to transportation, research by Zipcar finds that 67% of millennials want media sharing programs, 53% want car sharing programs and 49% want home or vacation sharing programs. Their intent with sharing is to save money because they have students loans and aren’t finding jobs. When it comes to shipping, they do it together and more than older generations. Kit Yarrow and Jayne O’Donnell’s book “Gen Buy” says that 68% of millennials shop with other people at least half the time, while only 44% of older generations can say the same. One thing that we looked at this year was how college students collaborate and we found something quite surprising. 75% of students want to study alone instead of with others and only 20% want to study with friends and classmates in person. Based on my experience with millennials, I believe that technology makes it easier for them to form work groups so they don’t have to meet in person. It’s interesting because you would think they would develop collaboration skills in college and then use the same skills when they get into the workplace. * Jeremiah: Why do they share? What’s in their nature to do this? (Dig in deep here and talk about WHY they share. Maybe look at psychographics and that they’re the first generation on the internet that sharing is a default behavior.) Millennials share out of necessity. They were heavily impacted by the recession and are very slow to recover. They suffer a 16.1% unemployment rate, which is more than twice the national average of 7.4%. Millennials disclose a lot of personal information in order to stay connected with their peers and take advantage of social, economic and political opportunities. As they build their families, they will want to use the internet to keep in touch with them. By 2020, millennials will be more likely to share information online. We did a study for the 2012 elections and found that the second most popular way that millennials followed the election was on social media. They see social media as a way to keep up with what’s going on in the world and other peoples lives.

P2P Foundation’s blog » Blog Archive » The Emerging Collaborative and Sharing Mentalities of the Millenial Generation

Here is another useful article about YOUR generation. Do you think this reflects you?

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandoment

I strongly recommend taking a read of this story about design, failure and learning. In my work with NGOs over the years, we sometimes start with failures. If we learn from them, we gain insights that get us closer to success. If we hush them up and “sweep them under the table,” the mistakes tend to happen again and again.

Next week one of the three tasks is to think about how your NGO might evaluate the success of their initiatives. You might want to consider how they mitigate for risk, but also maximize for learning…

RSA Replay - Crowdfunding - where next, how far, and what are the limits? (by The RSA)

If you are REALLY into crowdfunding, watch this one! (Over an hour long!)

Edu on Tour (by presenteChannel) could be seen as a crowdsourcing approach. How do we learn what is going on to build on it? How do we share what we know. Sometimes we have to step outside of routine. 

I’d love to create such a tour. 

Hm.

Maybe I should plan one for myself. 

Hm. Feeling a bit of inspiration here!!

Webinar on http://taroworks.org/ and Video from KIVA on Mobile Apps

A lot of interesting tidbits come across my screen every day about designs that support innovation in international development. I wanted to share a couple this morning. First is a free webinar coming up on mobile and cloud tools which may have some relevance to the Solidaridad work. (Less about fundraising). note the time is in US Eastern Daylight time, which is 6 hours behind you in the Netherlands! The second is just a quick link to a video on agricultural loans and mobile applications from KIVA

Subject: Webinar: TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Connecting the Information Dots

TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Tues, September 24th @ 11:30AM - 12:45PM EDT

This Tuesday’s webinar focuses on TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis:

TaroWorks enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data, and use that data to make business decisions.

TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.

TaroWorks is a product of the Grameen Foundation. Building on over 10 years of experience working with poverty-focused organizations, the Foundation developed TaroWorks as a data tool to provide greater understanding and transparency, no matter how remote your clients, partners, and operations.

The presenters will include:

Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa

You’ll find registration information below for this webinar and the others in the series. We hope you can join us.
 

Connecting the Information Dots, a Webinar Series for International Not-for-Profit Organizations.

NPOKI & n-Village, in partnership with InsideNGO, will present a webinar series for international not-for-profit organizations (INFP) seeking solutions to address and integrate knowledge management, content management/publishing, monitoring and evaluation, use of ICTs, workflow, project management, financial management, and grant/partner management.

This webinar series offers presentations (1 - 1½ hour) demonstrating the possibilities available when we ‘connect the information dots’ - defining, collecting, managing and sharing information inside and outside the organization. We will look at specific solutions implemented by our member organizations, and demonstrate interesting products from various vendors and implementation consultants. Knowing that it is not possible to highlight every available solution, we have chosen to focus on those that may provide new value to the INFP sector and/or that may work in low resource areas. William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI, and Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village, moderate the series.

For more information about previous/future presentations, visit:  http://www.npoki.org/connecting-the-information-dots/

Topic,  Date/Time
Detail
Presenter(s)
TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection and Data Analysis

Tues, Sep 24th @ 11:30AM � 12:45PM EDT
TaroWorks (www.taroworks.org) enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data and use that data to make business decisions. TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.
Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa
 
Registration

There is no fee for the webinars, but attendance is limited, so register early.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3061023130245139200

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We anticipate quite an interest in the topics included, and suggest that you promote the webinar series to key colleagues within your organization with a direct interest in these topics, including Knowledge Management, Communication, M & E, Grants & Contracts, Finance, Program, and IT staff.

If you have questions or comments, please contact info@npoki.org