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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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.

That’s me

I am Elias Maximilian Goebel, a first year student. But it’s not the first time for me in Den Haag. When I was younger me and my friends came to Scheveningen for surfing. For us it is the closest  access to the ocean. Even though the waves aren’t that good most of the time. But for me it’s not all about the waves. It’s also sitting outside in the ocean and have good time with your mates. Anyway I have chosen IDE because I really enjoy crafting. I built a few Surfboards, Skateboards and Skate ramps in the last few years. I enjoy to use something that I built and it’s even better if it really works and has a purpose. In general I love board sports. It gives me this feeling of freedom, independency and this special adrenaline kick. 11541020_1007768912575349_5866638472202487528_n

I found my superpower during my two gap years, after i finished school. I realized during my travels that i lost the feeling for fear. It helps me in every situation. I don’t know exactly how it came. I guess it was a kind of process and progress. It began during my stay in Australia for 9 month. I learned a lot about cultural differences. It opened my eyes, meeting people from all over the world. I was working and traveling in Australia. When I came back to Germany, I realized that I had to get back on the road. So I started to work again for about 6 month. Because I couldn’t get enough a visiting new places and meeting so many different kinds of people. So I went for 4 Month to Central America and the USA. When I say I lost the feeling of fear, I mean i wouldn’t fight with a tiger. But I got really calm and even in the worst situation you find a good solution. And you start to believe in the good in everyone. I guess all those people I meet, places I visited and situations i experienced change me in a good way hopefully.

For my Future, I want to finish the IDE course successfully. In the meantime i’m going to enjoy the student life. My dream would be to find a job as a Designer and maybe go back to Australia for a couple of years. But you never know what will happen.

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