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 😉

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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Tiny Houses Community. A start.

Yesterday we had a chat on Skype with Shorty Robbins – a representative of our NGO “Tiny House Intentional Communities”. Above all, we found out quite a bit about the community itself. They were founded in Florida, USA by a few enthusiasts. Even though they are quite small, consisting of approximately 10 families, they are gradually expanding, gaining more fans and members. This NGO is a community for people who are willing to go tiny.

What does going tiny stand for? For some going tiny means a drastic change of lifestyle. Members of the community live in tiny houses on wheels that are easy to move around. Such a lifestyle ensures a very small living cost, as you don’t have to pay a mortgage and things like monthly electricity bills are by far smaller than in your average household (possibly as small as $25). Not to mention that you simply don’t have space for that awesome yet expensive piece of furniture you saw in the shop the other day!

The idea appeals to a lot of people worldwide. Getting or building your own tiny house costs around $23,000, however, the house can be built in any stile you like. You name it! Some people, said Shorty, have sold a lot of what they own to finance the new accommodation. This small community Shorty Robbins is a part of, was founded about 3 years ago. The members are creative people who like to think out of the box. They started to set up the community through social media. The official Facebook page for Tiny House Intentional Communities expanded quickly and currently has around 3,000 followers. The community is, however looking for funding. Public areas, like a community kitchen, as Shorty told us, would come very much in handy for events and gatherings, for which tiny houses are not suited.

Now that the idea and situation of the Tiny House Community are clear to us, it is time for our team to start brainstorming and we are positive that in a short time we will come up with some good ideas to help out!

Typically Elza

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Pleasure to make your acquaintance! My name is Anete Elza Circene. But referring to me as Elza will do just fine. Or Elsa, if you wish. I respond to either one. Now, some of you are probably thinking of making a “Frozen” reference, but I think I have heard them all, therefore kindly, just let it go. 😉

First of all, what I think is most important to know about me:

  1. I’m Latvian
  2. I’m a geek
  3. I’m an occasional artist

Even though just 3 things, they already say more about me than anything else. And if you’re looking for something special – I’m a full palette of colours. It’s my superpower!

Sure, it shows on the outside. You will always see me wearing something bright. Or a bit weird. Or both! Really – I once spent a day in school in pyjamas, a fluffy purple bath robe and huge slippers with Minnie Mice on them, because I thought it would be fun. So many people found it exciting, I made it into a school event the following week. If you need proof in pictures, just ask! 😀

What might not be too obvious at a first look is that I am like a pack of M&M’s, really. All kinds of colours and you never know what I am going to surprise you with! Think of a colour. Now imagine that colour is a person. What characterizes them? Chances are, you will find a bit of each colour in me!

I can spend half a day just sitting in my quiet corner with a cup of cocoa, reading literature classics or spend hours perfecting small details. Just as well I can be bursting of energy for almost any activity, just excited to show and see what I can do. (I’ll certainly be the first one to sign up for karaoke.)

I believe the thing that really keeps me ticking is the ability to find bright colours anywhere I look. I mean, sure, a warm summer’s day is excellent, but do you get excited in the winter, when Jack Frost is getting at your toes even through the winter boots? I know I do! Because I know that without the bad days, we wouldn’t enjoy the good ones as much as we should. As a Latvian poet once wrote, the gray colour is important, because it makes all the other colours stand out. So in a way I practise my superpower every day – I try to SEE the colour and to BE the colour that stands out! 😉

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