Final Presentation Preperations

This week is the final week where we as a group were able to come up with a solid concept for the final video presentation. We were able to build on the idea of having an animated version of draw my life video. Along with the ‘Tiny Innovators’ our team ‘Found in Transition’ was able to collaborate and come up with a strong concept and output. It was an interesting journey as we saw how we progressed and were able to put our main idea of hosting workshops and raising funds across. We think we are successful in bringing the message across to our audience. We also have the final text and story board which we can base our video on. The video is coming along really well and we will be done soon.

During this week discussions and a good amount of collaboration along with the other Tiny House team took place. A productive skype call with Shorty our mentor in U.S.A Florida was held and we were able to show her the intro video and she approved it. Once our part of the video is completed we will merge the video with the other team and be able to combine both of them. Preparations for the final presentation are also taking place simultaneously.

As we are approaching the end of the module, we as a group feel that we’ve come a long way. Throughout the weeks we had our ups and downs, but they didn’t stop us on working and moving forward. We learned not only how to work as a group, but also how to listen and accept our cultural differences. This journey definitely has not been an easy one, but it made us stronger not only as a group but also as individuals.

This is a picture of our video in progress:

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Storyboard time!

Hello, dear readers!

Here’s a little update on the progress of our work. This past week we have been working on our final presentation. It is much less stressful now, compared to the beginning of this project – we all understand what we are doing and as the project is approaching the finish line, we are happy that we have a clear solution and a plan for the presentation. We are taking the team role divisions less strictly than our weekly guide suggests. We actually divide the tasks according to our skills and the amount of time each of us can dedicate each week (we respect if somebody in our team has other important matters to attend) and we help each other with the tasks.

As we let you know last week, we settled on proposing the Tiny House community to host workshops on their land to generate an income, with which to sustain them. This is the offer we are going to present to our NGO, and we have made a script and a storyboard to base our presentation on. I’m publishing the storyboard and a summary of our script to give you an idea of our presentation. The final video will consist of 2×2 min presentations of the ideas of both teams, plus an intro and a conclusion, which we are working on together with the Tiny Innovators. We are planning to present our idea in the “draw my life style”, by illustrating the narrator’s monologue on a whiteboard. Here’s an example: https://youtu.be/6yBBO8PzWFI?t=68

And here’s our storyboard:

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  1. The community is planning to buy collectively owned land. We suggest for them to use a 1/3 of that land to host a regular workshop on.
  2. There are several people in the community, who are experienced tiny house builders. They can use their already acquired skills to present in workshops.
  3. A lot of people locally are interested in the tiny house movement, but they have no idea how to start this lifestyle. The workshop can host presentations on mundane, but important matters, like how to store possessions, how to cook, etc.
  4. Attendants can be asked for a donation, a participation fee and/or an investment for the community, which would help make a profit. Catalogues can also be printed and sold.
  5. The community should spread the word locally via social platforms or local media (newspapers, magazines, TV)
  6. What do you do once you’ve built a tiny house? Our partner team – Tiny Innovators – have a pretty good suggestion for the tiny house community.

Sincerely,

Found in Transition 😉

Rounding up

   Progress & thoughts about moving towards the final project…

  • Through this process of six weeks of learning and interacting with each other we were able to come up with a solid idea which took time and a great amount of discussion. The idea generation development took time and there were many ideas which were eliminated as the cons outweighed the pros. Although finally after reaching week 6 we were able to develop one idea which Shorty liked and was ready to proceed with.
  • The discussion and team work with our group is on track and definitely improving each week. Although, with the other tiny house group there needs to be more progress and more discussion on a daily basis to improve the final output which is the presentation and video.

What did we learn the most from all the past weeks reflection?

  • During all these weeks we learned the importance of each member and how effective it will be if each member is able to carry out their role well.
  • Communication with the community member Shorty and our advisor Nancy helped us keep on track of our main task and understand in which direction we should develop our ideas. Their feedback kept us motivated and helped us comprehend the Tiny House community better.
  • We were able to collaborate together better as the weeks went by and able to utilize our strengths together to achieve maximum output.

Collaborating with Tiny Innovators

  • Our group has already come up with the basis of the story board for the final presentation which is the solid idea of having workshops for community new-comers and enthusiasts by experienced people such as Shorty and other members. They can also earn some amount of money through this concept to help sustain the community and introduce more people to this new lifestyle making it easier to promote the concept. The script of the presentation has been outlined, but the storyboard is still to be improved within the week.
  • We wish to make the final presentation in the form of a video. Our team feels a video has several advantages over animation and it would speak more emotionally to the audience. The other tiny house has a different concept of having an animated version of the presentation. This is the area in which our opinions clash and we are yet to find a compromise.

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Why film a video?

  • Our team ‘Found in Transition” felt that the idea of having a realistic video will be more effective in having an emotional connection with the audience and they will definitely be able to relate more to the idea and concept. This is a much more structured idea.
  • We think a video is relatively easy to make even with rudimentary skills in cinematography, so we could spend more time on detail and quality and it would be easy to correct any mistakes and re-film anything that we got wrong.
  • Making a video would be more of a shared team effort and the work would not have to be left to the only one in the team who knows how to create an animation.
  • With little skill, videos can be made with diverse interesting methods, that can completely change around the mood of the presentation.

We are looking forward to making the final presentation video and collaborating with the other team. We will be in touch.

Sincerely,

Found In Transition

Idea generator – Tiny investments, BIG cause – DOC + TECH

The Documentarian task of this week is to visualize our progress of the week. On Monday in class we came up with a new idea how we could raise enough money to buy the property. The task included to find away to connect our idea with either crowdsourcing or crowdfunding. We choose crowdfunding. The idea to finance this project was to buy 49% of the land with crowdfunding. People from all over the world can buy a piece of land. It would start with a small amount of money. Then they would receive a certificate (but not a official one) which shows how much they one of the land and the exact coordinates of ‚their‘ land. It is more like a fun project for the crowdfunders to invest a small amount of money to get a tiny piece of land. The NGO community still has 51% of the land. But with the amount of money they raise with the 49% of the crowdfunding they would pay it off. Our idea for this is connected to the man who sold property on the moon, names for stars and a guy who sold a pixel of a image for 1 US-Dollar. He made a million dollars with the pixel project.

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As a Tech Steward for this week the focus is on having the team ready to take a step into production and having the blog being finalized to reflect the cause. Besides finding the best social platform solutions also looked into some search engine optimizations (SEO). Coming up to the idea all of us somehow felt the direction to follow and what to do. There weren’t ever a problem with the team. It’s seems organic to us. But it’s still a huge mystery were it’ll take us. We always meet up on Tuesday after the only lecture of the day. On this Tuesday we dealt with loosing precious time. Even though we always do what we have to and have fun at our meetings by creating a non stress, freedom of speech environment we can not afford it. In addition we knew that we have to be prepared for the talk with Shorty Robbins for Wednesday. We decided to stick with the idea of selling fictional property but embraced the reality that it might be a one-hitter and not sustainable, still is a good cause to raise awareness and money if we sell it properly. As well decided to find a way to reward crowdfunders with a better reflection of the community and the client. We knew we had to have more options so we decided to bring back our “Build your own” plan.

Hooray!

We’ve come up with it during the first weeks but then stashed it in the vault for a possible future use. The action took presence. And it includes. A Helping Hand to the established website mostly on how to build a Victorian style Tiny House. A style guide on how to build some. Establishing a Tiny House Builder Association. Youtube documentation with tutorials on how to set up in building. Finally we want to toss the project to the vast market of housing because we see that the Governments doesn’t consider Tiny Houses as real estate. So establishing a workshop in the third of the land that community is willing to share would be able to build these houses for specific clients. This way a workplace would be established in the community and would create a finance generation source. After a very warm and positive chat with the client NGO witch is very rare these days we are even more motivated now than ever. Some of the free-time of all of us consists of gathering resources to surprise fellow team members. Also we are looking forward to expand our network and offer you to check a fellow team Tiny Innovators working on the same cause, but with a different perspective.

The first step is to start. A base is what you need
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Expending our horizons…

This week we were concentrating on crowdsourcing and crowdfunding as a possible options how to help our NGO. We researched few websites and made pros & cons to get a clearer shot.

Crowdfunding

Kiva Zip

Pros

  • Cost %
  • A great community of lenders

Cons

  • Low loan amount
  • Speed of funding 3+ months
  • Some businesses don’t get funded because of lack of lender support, even though they have good endorsement.
  • Invite your own lenders
  • Specific loan terms
  • 15 days to invite the required number of lenders

Overall a great option if your business only needs a small amount and can wait for few months.

Chuffed

Pros

  • Keep 100% of what you raise even if you haven’t hit your target
  • They support 8 different categories which are devided
  • 100% free

Kickstarter

Cons

  • Their goal is to help new artists, musicians, designers not communities
  • If you don’t hit your funding goal in the specified time frame, you don’t receive any of the funds
  • You have to make a video about why you want to raise money

Crowdfunding is not that easy. It comes with a lot of effort and dedication, but if one puts in the necessary work, they can become successful. Crowdfunding is a great opportunity how to introduce yourself and your vision to the larger market and audience. Besides getting the financial support you can receive useful comments, feedback, ideas or find new loyal customers. But of course not every story ends happily and you have to take into account possible risks or failures.

Crowdsourcing

  • Ideaken – collaborative crowdsourcing
  • Innocentive – open innovation problem solving
  • Ideaconnection – idea marketplace and problem solving
  • Onebillionminds – online (social) challenges

Crowdsourcing can be very useful, because it can help in many different ways, for example:

  • Finding solutions
  • Collecting, organizing new ideas, opinions
  • Gathering knowledge
  • Connecting with different people around the world
  • Finding workers etc.

That’s why right now we are considering ways in some of these sites could be useful to our particular cause.

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This Wednesday we also had a chat with Shorty about our newest ideas. We have two of them, which we already shared with her and later in the evening they will appear on the blog. Throughtout the entire week we met up as a group to discuss our ideas and possible actions, which helped us to get a clearer look on our goals and NGO needs. This week seemed the most productive, because we finally sorted out the bunch of ideas we had and picked out the best ones. Hopefully the next week will be even more productive.

Week 4 review

In week 4 we’ve decided to go in the financial problem direction. We have a few ideas. One of them would be to create a YouTube Channel. With all the ads that are shown, they could make a decent profit. It could be a solution to make the community more self-supporting. For the upcoming week we are planning to get in touch with some other Tiny House communities. We want to find out how they make profit and achieve self-support. We are also going to introduce some ideas for social platforms they could use to get more attention. We also thought of workshops as a way to raise some funds. But first we are  going to present the social Media Platforms we were thinking of:

What, tech-wise, can we offer our NGO ?

  • Youtube
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • A mobile app
  • Google Ads (a proper website with information, rentals, offers, market platform, include all social contents)

If we talk more about the challenges our team must face during the year 2015 we found out that the approach we took regarding the Investor funding is on point. Our main goal to this is to establish independent businesses. Providing them with social networks we are taking a huge step forward because its basically the ground of any business to be established promo vise. Our ideas include renting the tiny houses or showing them around, raising awareness of these as we see it future home places for people that concern in living sustainable. Of course every legitimate business needs a proper establishment so we’re thinking to create an outside business of Brokers who could help a starting tiny house community. We view it as a very open market to do so. It actually should be a governmental concern but since it’s not we will take matters in our own hands. We already some landmark improvements to make them legitimate and sustainable (showers, public area, common kitchen, pole of postboxes, flag system to pay taxes being off the land.) Being students gave us the question how to adapt the Tiny Houses to student life. As well it’s in our challenges. We thought to start a small project in Scheveningen, Den Haag. There could be a relevant place to make use of this program.

In addition to this we would like to show you the paraphrased Interview with Shorty Robbins from last week. It shows what our main goal is.

S = Shorty

G = Group (Found in Transition)

G: „Could you send us some extra information about the community?“

S: „I will send it to you, it’s a description of all members of the group. What we all have in common are the Tiny Houses. There are truly crazy people out there in the Tiny House world. But that’s not us, we are just normal people in normal houses, downsized, and live affordable. We don’t want to change the rules. The younger people of our group are not conservative but responsible.

G: „What coasts do you have each month ? How can we make you financially sustainable ? “

S: „Our monthly payment is around 2000 U$ for the land for our community per month. Something simple, that’s what we are looking at.

G: „Have you already rented out Tiny Houses ?

S: „We don’t own the property yet, we’re still looking. We are probably 6 month to a year far away from the property.

G: „Have you found any options ?

S: „Oh yeah, there is lots of stuff available. There is a opportunity to take over an old Trailerpark. Where people living in Motorhomes. And not as nice as Tiny Houses. But they go out of business.

We have to decide if we want to change the neighborhood as well. There are options to work with the city. The own the land and you buy it back. There are many options looking where we want to go. We want to have space near water. I wouldn’t be nice in an area where it’s dangerous. We want a nice neighborhood.

G: „Would it be possible to take a Tiny House to an event to show people?

S: „Do you guys celebrate earthday ? For this event we had 4 Tiny Houses and over 2.000 people came. It was great. But there are only a couple of us moving round easily with their Tiny Houses. I mean i don’t mind, so i could move around. I want to travel with it. But a lot of them build houses with wheels to get it to the place where it should be. They just move it if they need to. They’re not planing to be as mobile as i am.

G: „Ok will give more thoughts on the financial aspect. And how to be sustainable.

S: „ That’s the big thing for us, how can we be self-supporting ? Don’t want to pay 1000 U$ per month. Then we could still in the big houses. Before we move in we want to make sure it is self-supporting.

G: „We were also trying to find a Tiny House Community in the Netherlands.“

S: „I haven’t been to my new sister’s house. But the old one was like a Townhouse. They don’t have any side yards. They are all build together on a street. But we don’t live like that here. I don’t think that the concept is as interesting for Europeans as Americans. Because you guys are already living in that. The closest thing to us would be a gypsy community. Except we don’t travel around together. We stay in one place.

G: „We will try to find more ideas and get in contact with Nancy. She might have some contacts for our ideas. Thanks for the info!“

This week in class we had to create a spider graph which shows the NGO’s priorities:Bildschirmfoto 2015-09-22 um 14.54.50

The most important is awareness for financial aspects. The NGO is looking for finances. We thought about Kickstarter, GoFund-Me or Google Ads. The next two on the scale are marketing and promotion on social media. The more people the community reaches out to, the more likely it is to find investors and new members in a shorter time. Creating and sharing content, of course, is the next step for gaining followers. All the above contribute to building a stronger network for the community. The last point, which is still important, although (we think) does not rank the highest, is getting feedback. It would help the community improve the content they share with the public and perhaps help shape their future plans.

A few ideas to begin with

IMG_0795We have been brainstorming this week and discussing ideas related to the Tiny House Project. One of the problems we wondered if we could tackle is financial support for the community, which is one of their biggest concerns. Of course, everything is still only on paper, but maybe one of these will eventually help raising some funds:

  • Renting out
    What about people who would like to go tiny, but have no idea if they can handle the alternate lifestyle? Why not try it out living tiny for a month or two before making the decision?
  • Community’s own workshop
    Organizing an open event from time to time to help the interested find out more about building their own tiny houses could also be a fun fundraiser.
  • „Peep inside a tiny house“
    Taking your tiny house on wheels to fairs and public events and letting people take a look inside for a small donation. Great way to popularize the community!</li
  • Making a catalogue
    Why not provide an insight – what materials to use for a tiny house and the approximate costs?
  • While not being the main focus, it wouldn’t be a waste to raise the popularity of this little community. Perhaps their own YouTube channel with a weekly “1 day in a Tiny House” video by various members of the community could prove an interesting advertisement.Besides funding, there is another obstacle that tiny house owners face – a house on wheels cannot be given a proper address. If you live in a tiny house, you may still need to be registered at a regular house or apartment, necessary for having a driver’s license, etc. Even though we are not yet certain that we can contribute in this field, the community could benefit from the opportunity to form, perhaps, an area where registration of tiny houses is possible. A small village, if you will, with its own post box poll and a community’s own flag raised high beside it and tiny houses parked all around…These are the first ideas on how this community could possibly evolve. As for our next steps – we will hear what our NGO representative Shorty Robbins has to say on everything so far and we will be sure to update you, our readers, as well.Sincerely,F.I.T.

P.S. Turns out photos cannot be added in the comments section, so here is an addition from our documentarian Elias. The team`s sweet spot, and the needs of our NGO:

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