Introduction> reflecting on what it takes to create impact
Seven weeks you have been studying, monitoring, perhaps participating and reflecting on a variety of online spaces that support open and innovative design and collaboration. You have developed a monitoring and evaluation approach. So now is the time to ask ourselves, what does it take to thrive and create value out of these online possibilities? Can we clearly state the value proposition and provide evidence that the proposition has/can be fulfilled? This will be the focus of this week’s discussion and for your team work. By the end of this week you should have a good sense of the ‘story’ you want to tell your ‘client” and clarity on where there is (and maybe where there is not) value in using online communities and networks in the innovative design process. What do they have to learn or do in order to best take advantage of the opportunities.
Discussion #7 :
In your teamwork, you will be addressing the value question around the particular type of design innovation community or network you have been researching. In our class discussion this week, lets look at the challenges. Looking across the different types of communities we’ve researched, what are the barriers? What might we do to get around them?
Teamwork Activity #7:
What is the value proposition today for communities and networks for open innovation design in your part of the design cycle? Overall? Is there a sweet spot? A weak spot? Imagine you are back in front of the imaginary NGO we positioned in the start of the course for the team activities. What would you tell them? Is it worth investing in these areas? Summarize your arguments and post and tag appropriately. This will be part of your final presentation/conclusion.
This week you should also be seriously investigating how you want to put together your online presentation which must be recorded. You might ask our own Alan Levine for ideas as he teaches Digital Storytelling classes!
Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #7:
This week’s reflection question is simple. If you had a design challenge, would you join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching? Why or why not?